Laura Noriega joins Advantage First Lending as the Processing Manager with 18 years of experience in the mortgage industry. During that time, she has worked in both retail and wholesale divisions and brings with her extensive knowledge in FHA, VA, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac loans.
Laura understands that while a home purchase or refinance may only be done a few times in one’s life, they are two of the most important transactions. She is here to help every step of the way. Laura strives to continuously have a positive outlook both in her professional and home life.
As a So Cal native, Laura enjoys attending concerts, sporting events and spending time with her 7-year-old son.
Jessica Sanders is a focused lending and real estate professional with over 16 years of mortgage and real estate industry knowledge. She has a diverse background in real estate transactions, loan processing, mortgage broker/banking, and escrow services. She is an exceptional leader, results driven, and dedicated to assuring that every client has an excellent experience.
Jessica has a strong passion for helping others. She completed the Challenge Walk MS, a 50-mile walk, to raise funds for MS research five years in a row and got to share her last walk with her older daughter. Jessica lives in Laguna Hills with her husband, Kyle, and two daughters, Skylar and Sydni.
SENIOR PRODUCTION SPECIALIST
Jennifer Quackenbush joins AdvantageFirst Lending as a Senior Production Specialist, assisting with nearly every step of the loan process. From the initial application and qualification through post-closing, she is both Sales’ and Processing’s go-to gal.
First entering the mortgage industry three years ago, she began as a loan officer. Soon after, she learned that processing would be her forte and found her absolute passion. Nothing makes her happier than seeing families flourish from either a refinance or a new home purchase.
Outside of work, Jenn is a total gym rat and loves being outdoors. Born and raised in sunny Southern California, she grew up taking trips to the beach in the summer and to the mountains in the winter. She spends her free time hiking, snowboarding, cooking and a healthy dose of Netflix binge-watching in between.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Max joins AdvantageFirst Lending with a passion to provide top-tier service and a drive to help in any facet of the business. After 5 years working in retail banking, Max transitioned into the mortgage industry and has held four different positions as he has grown in his brief, but successful, mortgage career. An extensive background in customer service and operations has led him to AFL.
Max was born and raised near New York City and moved to the west coast as a teenager. After attending high school in Orange County, he was accepted to the University of Arizona where he majored in journalism and minored in English. He graduated in 2009 and moved back to Orange County to pursue a career in finance.
Out of the office, Max remains active to stay sharp. He stays fit at the gym multiple days a week, cycles, and plays on recreational teams for softball and flag football. He is an avid follower of his alma mater’s sports teams as well as his New York-based professional teams. In his spare time, he has an affinity for a spectrum of music, movies, and food.
Shannon Quackenbush joins the AdvantageFirst Lending family as a Production Assistant, offering processing assistance prior to approval as well as post-closing. She also acts as a point of contact for the borrower to maintain clear communication with all parties involved during the loan process. After transitioning out of hospitality and into the mortgage industry almost 2 years ago, customer satisfaction will always remain her top priority.
Shannon was born and raised in Southern California, surrounded by her large family and three dogs. Outside of the office, you can expect to find her spending her free time in the kitchen whipping up some goodies or seated at the piano cranking up some tunes. She also loves exploring outside, snowboarding, and attending various music festivals across the nation.
SENIOR LOAN PROCESSOR
Ashley Casas brings 13 years of experience in the mortgage industry to AdvantageFirst Lending. Ashley started in the business as an Account Manager for a Wholesale Lender and was then recruited by a local Mortgage and Real Estate Brokerage where she served as the Operations and Processing Manager for eight years. She then decided it was time to return to the Wholesale Lending side of the business as a Client Relationship Specialist for a National Wholesale Lender and quickly earned her role as CRS Manager and Closing Manager for the Wholesale and Correspondent Channels. Ashley has also gained a wealth of knowledge in her most recent role as the Loan Setup and Disclosure Team Manager before finding her new home with AFL. She prides herself in her excellent customer service and communication skills to guide her clients through the mortgage process and ensure the client experience is the best that it can be.
Ashley graduated from the University of Southern California on a full ride scholarship for Women’s Soccer with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Her new passion was found in the world of Triathlon and as a six-time Ironman. You can find Ashley swimming, biking and running throughout Orange County.
Shelby began her career in the mortgage industry 19 years ago as a Broker Coordinator. Throughout those years she has played many roles, but spent the majority of them as a Loan Processor providing excellent customer service to her borrowers. Shelby is committed to making the borrowers experience enjoyable and as smooth as possible.
Shelby lives in Mission Viejo with her husband Ryan, daughter Peyton and son Drake. In her free time, you can find her at the River in the summer and off-roading in the Desert in the winter.
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