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NC Housing Finance Agency Presents Winston-Salem Loan Officer with Top Award

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Connie Helmlinger, NCHFA, 919-877-5607 
Brian Rapp, NCHFA, 919-877-5655

Ashley McKenzie-Sharpe has been named Top Loan Officer for 2013 by the NC Housing Finance Agency. This is her first Top Loan Officer Award from the Agency.

McKenzie-Sharpe is a senior loan officer with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. and the branch manager for mortgage lending at Members Credit Union in Winston-Salem, NC. She originated 86 NC Housing Finance Agency mortgages in 2013, including loans in the 10-month-old NC Home Advantage Mortgage™ program, out-performing 2,000 mortgage originators in more than 80 banks and mortgage companies statewide that participate in Agency programs.

 “I am thrilled to have been able to help so many deserving homebuyers through the programs offered by the Housing Finance Agency,” she said. “One of the core values of Fairway Independent Mortgage is ‘Committed to Serve,’and the Agency helps me do just that. Many of my clients would not be able to realize their dream of home ownership without these programs.”

A. Robert Kucab, executive director of the NC Housing Finance Agency, said, “Our Agency has excellent mortgage products, and Ashley has done a fantastic job of ensuring that her eligible buyers are able to take advantage of them to get into a new home. She is a dedicated professional who has made homes more affordable for them.”

“Ashley is what’s right about the industry,” said Steve Jacobson, CEO of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. “She cares about her customers, she has heart and she works hard. What else could you ask for in a loan originator?”

Based in Madison, WI, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. is one of the nation’s largest mortgage bankers, with more than 170 branch offices staffed by more than 1,500 employees. The Winston-Salem branch, which opened in 2011, produced $16.9 million in Housing Finance Agency loans in 2013.


The NC Housing Finance Agency, a self-supporting public agency, has financed more than 221,000 affordable homes and apartments statewide since its creation in 1973.