BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW: Karen Costin, Mortgage Loan Officer, New Fed Mortgage Corp.

What is your name?

Karen Costin

What is your occupation?

I have been in Financial Industry 25 + years and recently transitioned into Mortgage Industry helping people obtain Personal mortgages.

What is your business name?

How long have you been a Boston Business Women’s Member?

1 year

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What is your linked in URL?

Were you born and raised in Boston? If not, what brought you here?

I grew up North of Boston and live in West Peabody with my daughter 2 pups and parents in my in-law. There is never a dull moment at home!

Tell us more about your job or company and what led you to your career?

I spent the last 25 Years in banking in various roles. I began as a small business specialist and then move into Branch Manager for 6+ Years. I realized my passion was helping customers and moved back into a customer facing role. I moved to the personal side working with high net worth clients assisting them with there day to day banking needs, investments needs and lending needs. I loved going to work everyday, my clients were amazing and the internal team I worked with was dedicated, hardworking and always put the clients needs first. I shifted to the commercial side and spend the last 10 years working with small - business clients/ larger commercial clients. I loved the passion business owners and CFO'S have about their company. I learned so much from so many and will be forever grateful for all the clients who placed trust in me, and all of the people who worked with me. At the end 2020 the commercial lending team I was a part of a large revamp and the majority of us were laid off. I knew I was ready to make a change and the mortgage industry excited me. I originally wanted to work in a bank as MLO until I sat down with Brian at NewFed mortgage. Brian is one of the most hardworking. kind, honest people I know. In addition to that he is engaged to one of my best friends who I grew up with and after I spoke with many companies I met him last and instantly knew I wanted to be part of his team. The next day I started at NewFed Mortgage.

What would your clients say about you and your company?

My clients would tell you I always answer my phone, I hardworking, trusting, funny<br /> dependable, and smart.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

I have so many so many great people around me and feel pretty lucky with all the good advice I have a got along the way.. My mom told me to stop and smell the roses and I think we all have to remind ourselves to do that! Thanks Mom !!

What is your favorite book?

The Secret

What is your secret weapon? An app, a tool, a organization method, anything?! (Can be a personal or professional life tool)

I am a firm believer in positive affirmations, exercising , eating healthy, reading books, listening to loud music in the car and singing along. Be Grateful, no matter how busy you are, make time for your family and friends, be present, enjoy the moment, be kind to yourself and others, answer your phone, give complements to people travel, give more then you get, be silly and love as many things in life you can.

What is your most recent WIN? How are you slaying it in your career or business?

Ask for the business, educate your clients, and ALWAYS put your clients needs first. My mantra.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Wear sunblock, Don't worry abut small things, listen to your gut and Always bet on yourself.

How do you enjoy your free time?

I have a 8 year old daughter who is the light of my life. My family and friends are a huge part of my life. I love hiking, the beach, vacationing and staying active.

What is something that not many people know about you?

I never sneeze just one sneeze!!

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