Story by Liesel Schmidt
Being just the ripe old age of 27, one could easily look at Julia Claffey and dismiss her as someone who couldn’t possibly be a guiding force in making their dreams come true. Rather, they might expect her to be the one needing the direction, seeking out solutions on financial wisdom in hopes of securing those things to which we all aspire, not the least of which is, of course, a home. It’s surprising, then, to discover her title and to realize that, as a mortgage loan officer for U.S. Bank with more than four years of working in the mortgage industry, she’s probably forgotten more about mortgages and home financing than most people will ever learn. She’s the expert, the lifeline, the difference between a yes and a no. And while she could easily bask in the power that the position affords her, she sees it as an honor and an inspiring way to be the granter of wishes.
“I love the opportunity to help people, and I would say that that’s always been my favorite part of the work that I do,” Claffey says. “Homeownership is such an exciting step in a person’s life, and being with them for that and helping make that dream a reality is one of the amazing opportunities that my job gives me.”
With the exception of what she calls “a detour” to serve a few years with the Army, Claffey’s path to the mortgage industry has been clear; but she does realize the advantage that having that experience gives her in connecting with many of her clients. “I think I can relate to a lot of people because I’ve dipped my toe in everything,” she contends.
Despite the fact that she’s not a native of Clarksville, the past year that she’s lived here has certainly won her over to its charms—as has her involvement with Clarksville Young Professionals. “I’ve lived in Clarksville a year, and CYP has helped me meet new people, form stronger relationships both personally and professionally, and has really given me a great way to familiarize myself with the area and come to love Clarksville on a more personal level,” she says. “I think people should join CYP because it’s a great place to get out in the community and meet similar people who hold many of the same professional goals and aspirations.”
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