To help our members get to know one another, Weekly Report will publish periodic Member Spotlights that feature professionals from across the reverse mortgage ecosystem.
In this issue, we interviewed Sharron Eastman, owner of Big Horizon Mortgage, located in Kennebunk, ME. Big Horizon opened its doors in 2003 to provide all types of residential financing across the state. Sharron graduated from Ohio University and has resided in Maine since 1994. She has served in the past as a board member and education chair for the Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals.
How did you get into the reverse mortgage world?
When I started my company, I knew I wanted products other than just forward mortgages. I did a few HECMs through the advisor program that existed at the time and then flew to California for the NRMLA conference. This was 2005, I believe. After only an hour at the conference, I knew I wanted to do reverse. It suits my style which has always been educational sales. Shortly after, I got my Mini Eagle FHA approval which was required at the time and the rest is history.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment in your career to date?
My staying power. If I quit or went to work for a big company every time there has been a shock in the reverse or forward world I would have left the industry long ago. I just keep my head down and get to work.
Why did you become a NRMLA member?
I joined NRMLA at the very beginning to get connected and be up to date on all industry info. I have been to many national conferences, which are always valuable.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or pursuits?
I am an active athlete playing tennis, paddle tennis and pickleball. I started teaching skiing when I was 15 years old and am still at it. I am a certified level 3 instructor at Sunday River in Maine. Besides athletics my biggest hobby is cooking. I am always cooking.
What do you love most about working in the reverse mortgage industry?
Everyone should do what they are good at. It is natural for me. I am a born communicator and I truly care about others.
What is your favorite food city? Favorite meal in said city?
Portland Maine of course! Lobster stew at Eventide is the absolute best.