Craig Lemp

Regional Manager
465 W. President George Bush HWY, Ste. 220, Richardson, TX 75080
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NMLS: 258838
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About Craig

My name is Craig N. Lemp and I have been a faithful servant to all different homebuyers for over 27 years. In that span I have helped and/or managed the process through closing for over 4,000 wonderful homeowners. I have Originated, Processed, Underwritten, Managed, and Owned Companies in the Mortgage Industry since 1991. I am currently the Regional Manager for North Texas at Guaranteed rate and incredibly excited to get the word out about all the pioneering Technology, Tools, and Marketing where GR is leading the industry. It's exciting to be part of such a great company with such lofty goals and looking forward to helping recruit dynamic professionals and leaders in this industry to take our North Texas production to the Billion dollar level. I think so many top originators are curious to find out how this company has the most originators in the top 500 national originators as listed in Mortgage Origination News and how our average originator does more than double the national average. The tools we have to get loans done quicker, more efficiently, and smoother are not seen anywhere else.

I feel like my education in finance at Cornell University '91 has given me a solid foundation to add to my discussions and advice with borrower discussions. This along with continuing industry education and informational webinars allows me to provide more accurate information and put my borrowers into the best product for their situation and needs.

I have also embraced mortgage and business coaching which has allowed me to streamline my TEAM's process to provide the best possible borrower experience while also managing time to create a healthy balance for business and family.

I am still amazed how much I love this business after 27 years and how dynamic this industry is and how it is continually changing.

In the end I am always looking to provide the best process and benefit for not only our borrowers but also for our employees while making it fun and rewarding. After 27 years it is still the best!

Craig interview Q&A

Who is your typical customer and what questions do they typically have?
My typical customer is anywhere from First Time Homebuyer in the starting price range up to the max conforming range.
What specific steps do you use to help your customers find the best home loan for them?
I ask the right questions so that I can understand what their goals are so I can offer the best solutions to accomplish that goal.
What are the top 3 misconceptions people have about the home loan process?
The top three misconceptions about the mortgage process are: 1) You need 20% down and a 700+ credit score to qualify 2) That the lender should not need to verify their income and assets 3) That they cannot get into a home when in fact they can
What resources could you recommend that borrowers use to learn more about the mortgage process and how to ensure a successful home closing?
I think a 20 minute information session scheduled with the VP of Mortgage Origination is the best and most comprehensive way to review all important information like Rate, Payment, Cash to close, Products etc to ensure the borrower has the information and understands.
What provides you with the most satisfaction in your job as a Loan Officer?
The best satisfaction is going to closing and being at ground zero feel the emotions of borrowers when they get to the finish line to understand why we do what we do.
What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time when you are not helping people with their home loans?
I love all adventure and usually have a lot of great stories...some I should not share:) Love traveling, playing all sports including golf now that I am so old :(
Tell us something that makes you unique or something wacky, yet interesting about you?
My wife and kids make me wife is a beautiful Tasmanian devil and is always the talk of the town and my kids are following in her footsteps! Also my family history includes being world beer barons from St. Louis until multiple family members committed suicide in the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis making it one of the top 10 most haunted houses in America...Don't worry I'm happy.

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