There was a lot of downward trending for the stock market last week, but overall, that’s positive for the bond market and interest rates, says Bob Johnson (AKA Bob Mortgage) the senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender, Wallick & Volk

Our most-trusted mortgage adviser explains that, as people react to the plummeting stock market trends and fear-inducing rhetoric from the Federal Reserve, they look for a safe haven for that money. Hence, the overarching growth in relatively safe bond market investments. Plus, less-than-stellar economic reports in the housing industry have made for some negative reactions, too. So, how does that influence whether you should lock or float? Find out today in the Mortgage Report:


In the “real world” the typical time it takes to close and fund a home loan can be 30 days, says Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) in his latest brodcast. However, as he notes, it does’t have to take that long. In this week’s BobMortgage Zone episode, we hear from the team on what it means to “go slow to go fast” and how they can help clients win bids by cutting closing time in half.

Find out more about what makes the BobMortgage team at the nation’s oldest private lender, Wallick & Volk, so successful now!


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Cheryl Brown started at Guardian Mortgage Company in 1982 as a loan processor in the original Grand Blanc, Mich., office. Thirty four years later, Brown is the senior vice president, head of operations at the company. What a wonderful success story, one that also tells us just how dedicated Guardian Mortgage employees are to the company. You just don’t hear of long-term, ladder-climbing employees anymore, and this is a welcome message!

But that’s not the only reason we’re singling out Cheryl Brown as our Guardian Angel of the month. We also want to praise Brown’s adaptability in the ever-changing regulatory landscape of the real estate business, and her focus on customer satisfaction.

Learn more about Brown and her journey after the jump!


736 Elsbeth Front

It’s rare to find a new build in this area of North Oak Cliff, so when we see one, we tend to take notice. And this listing from David Griffin Realtor Crystal Gonzalez demands your attention. It definitely has presence in the area, which is full of homes built in the 1920s to 1940s.

And the location? Well, it’s just a hop from the Bishop Arts District, and just down the street from Beckley and Zang. And just around the corner you’ll find the beautiful Lake Cliff Park. If you don’t fall in love with the house immediately, chances are the location will seal the deal.

And when you fall in love, be prepared to put in an offer. To do that, make sure you call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to get you through pre-approval so you can put in your highest and best offer on the spot! To get the deal done without hiccups or delay, call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today.

Jump to see the unexpected interiors in this North Oak Cliff new build!



Some people ask us why we think Guardian Mortgage is such a great company. There are lots of reasons, but it’s hard to articulate them when you haven’t worked as closely with the entire staff as Brian McCary has. It actually took leaving for another company for McCary to see what makes Guardian so great, and it was a pleasure to hear it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

This month’s Guardian Angel started his career in the mortgage industry at Guardian only to leave the company and then return. It’s that varied experience and Guardian’s company culture that shows why this mortgage business is able to attract top talent all over the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond.

Read on for more about Brian McCary, a family man and dedicated mortgage professional at Guardian Mortgage.



Marcia Phillips, CEO and President of Guardian Mortgage, with Candy Evans and Gayle Haley at the company’s 50th birthday celebration. Phillips recently retired from her position at Guardian. (Photo: Guardian Mortgage)

Since 1988, Marcia F. Phillips has been at the helm of Guardian Mortgage Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated. But it’s an end of an era as Phillips has retired from those positions and will become Vice Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.

“Marcie Phillips, along with Cari McCue, the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, and Marcus McCue, Executive Vice President of Business Development, have been instrumental in developing one of the strongest corporate cultures in the rapidly changing mortgage origination and servicing industry,” said William D. Sanders, chairman of the Guardian Mortgage Board of Directors in a news release. “Every Guardian Mortgage colleague knows that providing service to the Company’s clients before, during and after the mortgage origination process is their most important responsibility. Marcie’s day-to-day involvement will be missed, but we will have her advice and counsel on an ongoing basis as Vice Chairman of the Board.”

Russell Anderson

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Russell Anderson will fill Phillips’ shoes as the new president and CEO of Guardian. Anderson, a 30-year veteran of the mortgage industry, has extensive experience in home finance and mortgage companies, and will use that acumen to push Guardian forward as a national player in the industry.

“In a short time, I have developed a genuine respect for the entire Guardian Mortgage team, for Marcie Phillips, and the Company’s strong business culture,” Anderson said. “Guardian Mortgage celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year; I am excited to have the opportunity to lead Guardian Mortgage into its second half century.”With a solid leadership team in place, Phillips looks forward to her new role.

“I have been honored to be part of Guardian Mortgage for more than 39 years” Phillips said. “We have built a company that has integrity at the center of everything we do, and I am confident that Russ, Cari, and Marcus will continue that philosophy. As Vice Chairman, I look forward to watching the Company intelligently grow into a national enterprise and offering my thoughts, advice, and guidance as needed.”


It’s one thing to be married to your job, but what if you work with the person you’re married to? Spending all day at the office with your spouse and then spending evenings and weekends at home has to be a drain, right?

Not for Trey and Kim Rabon, who have become experts in maintaining a work-life balance. Not only that, but this pair capitalizes on the work dynamic that their marriage brings to Guardian Mortgage, earning them the trust of their clients time and again.

For those reasons and so much more, we’re honored to feature Trey and Kim as this months Guardian Angels. Jump to learn more about these trusted mortgage professionals!


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Though we realize that this month’s Guardian Angel from Guardian Mortgage isn’t from around here, David Stout does have a lot of the characteristics you’ll find in a true Texan. We forgive this New York native for his Yankee past, but we have to laud his wonderful ability to guide his clients through one of the most stressful transactions in their lives.

“Each customer has a different story, a different history, and a different goal,” said Stout. “I make sure I know and understand all three before beginning the process with them.”

Now that’s a sentiment worth applauding, and that’s one of the reasons this sports fan is this month’s Guardian Angel. Stout goes the extra mile for his clients in their mortgage process, and makes sure they are educated about their loan options. Now that’s service worth recognizing!

Read more about Stout after the jump!