Meet Michael McVey of Homebridge Financial

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Michael McVey is burning it up in the mortgage industry. He’s part of a very hot team in Calabasas. And he’s also trying his hand at heating up the bbq in his backyard.

Michael McVey is a talented mortgage broker with The Mark Johnson Team at Homebridge Financial. He enjoys working with first-time homebuyers and helping them through a potentially stressful time. Demystifying and educating his clients about the home buying process is what gets him up in the morning.

Michael is also a fan of travel, baseball, and golf. But his new hobby of learning the fine art of barbecue and smoking meats is occupying more and more of his down time.

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Announcer 0:00
From Los Angeles, this is the Echelon Radio Network

Jerri Hemsworth 0:14
Hi, it’s Jerri Hemsworth with the Echelon Radio Podcast. And today I’m here with Michael McVey. How are you?

Michael McVey 0:22
I’m good. How are you?

Jerri Hemsworth 0:23
I’m doing well. You’re ready for the weekend?

Michael McVey 0:25

Jerri Hemsworth 0:26
What are you going to do you got anything planned this weekend?

Michael McVey 0:28
Not too much going on. Probably get some dinner with my wife. Tomorrow night. We’re gonna do a little bit of a date night. And other than that, nothing exciting.

Jerri Hemsworth 0:37
And you’re fairly newly married. Correct? How long has it been now?

Michael McVey 0:40
Two years as of this past October. So I guess we’re almost two and a half.

Jerri Hemsworth 0:44
Oh, that’s fantastic. I remember when you got married, and a couple other Echelon members got married all in the same year. It was, it was crazy.

Michael McVey 0:52
We were fortunate to, to squeeze it in before COVID. So we were October 2019. And then we had with three or four friends who ended up they were planning sometime in 2020 and had to delay and delay and delay. So we got very fortunate.

Jerri Hemsworth 1:09
For sure. So you are a mortgage broker at homebridge?

Michael McVey 1:15

Jerri Hemsworth 1:16
Tell us about that.

Michael McVey 1:18
So I work for the Mark Johnson team at Homebridge Financial. I’ve been there seven going on eight years now. And we specialize in residential mortgages. So conventional government loans jumbo, pretty much anything you can think of in the residential sector. And yeah, really enjoy it. I like what I do.

Jerri Hemsworth 1:39
So tell me a an example of a really great deal that you so enjoyed working on. Was it complex? Was it fairly simple? What are your favorite accounts?

Michael McVey 1:54
So favorite clients favorite transactions are really people who want to learn, right? So doesn’t necessarily need to be complex or simple, right? Because we do specialize in more complex deals. So things that might be complex to other lenders are, are not necessarily so for us, right? But we like to educate our clients, we like them to understand what we’re doing what we’re looking for, and really help them feel comfortable in the process from start to finish. So, you know, of course, there are always clients who are veterans of home buying have gotten lots of loans, and they they know exactly, or they think they know exactly what they’re doing. Right. I prefer you know, first time homebuyers where I can help educate and and a lot of the time when people are going into that process, they’re they’re nervous, understandably so. Right. So being able to kind of demystify everything, is really why I enjoy what I do. You know, obviously, the problem solving aspect is a lot of fun. But not to sound too cheesy, but there is a lot of gratification in helping someone achieve their goal of homeownership.

Jerri Hemsworth 3:12
Yeah, I can imagine because whether it’s a first time buyer, I know we’ve, we’ve bought, we’ve purchased a couple of homes. And it’s nerve wracking if you’re a first time buyer, but every deal is different depending on the seller, and the terms and all of that. And economic situations and as a as a home buyer coming to you and being vulnerable and showing our financial records and everything. It’s a little intimidating.

Michael McVey 3:43
Absolutely. And so, you know, there’s any number of any amount of vocabulary that people aren’t familiar with, because you don’t encounter it in your day to day life, right. But it’s it’s not nearly as complicated as all the acronyms may make it seem. So, you know, that’s why we like to always start with just a good conversation with our clients kind of get to know them and get to know what they’re looking to do, rather than just trying to spout off a program and an interest rate and, you know, set them on their way.

Jerri Hemsworth 4:16
Yeah, I do know that the Mark Johnson team is known for doing really complex deals that other people wouldn’t touch. Why is that? How does that come about? Why is it that you guys can get stuff done that others can’t?

Michael McVey 4:32
I think it’s just experience, you know, and all credit goes toward to Mark, you know. He’s taught me everything that I know, like I said, I’ve been with him for about seven or eight years now. And so there isn’t anything that we haven’t encountered or don’t know who to ask, right so we have the resources that are necessary for kind of digging deeper on the more difficult thing So, you know, common one around our areas, entertainment, entertainment industry borrowers. And so, you know, that’s that’s something that to help clients, you need to know exactly how their industry operates. And you know, how the different pay types work and asking the right question. Right, right. And so if you’re only looking for as, as marks as a square box square peg, then it doesn’t, you know, you’re gonna take away 70% of the market that’s out there right now. Yeah, gotcha, gotcha. How did you get to homebridge? In the Mark Johnson team. So I started with homebridge, which was previously prospect mortgage. That’s right. And I actually began working there because my mom was in human resources for prospect. And so I started as an intern, basically, at the very bottom, you could call me a coffee boy. Right?

Go for exactly, exactly. And so started in operations, working for Lisa Gerard there, ton of respect for and so as I kind of would go back on in summers and continue working there, I started to notice, hey, you know, these sales guys kind of, from my naive perspective, it was they make their own hours, you know, it seems like it’s a bunch of money. They’re all just having a grand old time, right? Yes, exactly. Exactly. All the things that are flashy do seem easy. Yeah. So So as I go back each summer, I kind of wanted to move more and more towards that sales side. Of course, found out it’s not all sunshine and roses. But even as I learned more about the problem solving that it takes, and you know, what’s necessary to be successful in the career just became more and more enthralled with it.

Jerri Hemsworth 6:57
Nice. Nice. So I’m gonna flip flip the business card on you and ask you, I hear your you played baseball.

Michael McVey 7:07
I did. I played baseball in high school. And I actually play baseball right now and an adult league. Yeah, there’s league, it’s called PCBL— Pacific Coast Baseball League. And we play all over LA County and Kimani Are you on we are the LA iron birds iron.

Jerri Hemsworth 7:27
That’s a new one. Yeah, I

Michael McVey 7:28
believe there. The actual iron birds are I believe a Minor League affiliate of the Orioles. Oh, really? Yeah. So I don’t know why we picked that mascot. But it’s a it’s a cool jersey. You know, all the minor league jerseys out the jersey? Exactly. The minor league jerseys are a little bit more fun than the Major League ones, in my opinion. Yeah.

Jerri Hemsworth 7:45
Yeah, they have more character. What position do you play? I play first base. Have you always played first base?

Michael McVey 7:51
Pretty much a little bit of outfield, but I’m pretty slow. So the less I have to move, the better. And obviously, like a pretty tall helps. Let’s definitely so that those two work well in not having to move much on first base and the height

Jerri Hemsworth 8:07
And do you like pro ball? Did you ever want to go pro?

Michael McVey 8:07
No, I was never good enough to even think of that. But I do follow baseball Dodgers are my team.

Jerri Hemsworth 8:14
That’s your team?

Michael McVey 8:19
That is yeah, that’s that’s just about the only professional sport that I pay close attention to. Obviously. Now I kind of check in on what the Rams are doing. I see how the Lakers are going. But I can’t watch the regular season. It just doesn’t capture me the way that baseball does.

Jerri Hemsworth 8:36
Well, how old were you when you started playing?

Michael McVey 8:40
Probably, I want to say 10 or so.

Jerri Hemsworth 8:43
Okay, so you were young.

Michael McVey 8:44
Yeah, later than most people who I played with in high school. I mean, now they have I think you can go out there like three or four. It’s pretty extreme. But yeah, just close friends played and so that, obviously, yeah, exactly.

Jerri Hemsworth 8:59
So there’s some other Echelon members that are hardcore Dodger fans. Mark Johnson, or no, I’m sorry, not Mark Johnson, Mark Fishman and Bob Sniderman. And those are all people that we can introduce you.

Michael McVey 9:18
Yeah, perfect. Sounds like we have a good crew for some tickets.

Jerri Hemsworth 9:24
I also hear you just picked up golf not to…

Michael McVey 9:28
Yeah, probably. Official start date was probably May or so I actually it was for Father’s Day 2019 I think so.

Jerri Hemsworth 9:38
Why did you pick it up?

Michael McVey 9:39
You know, my dad’s always been a golfer, and he’s recently retired. So he’s found himself with a lot more time to go golfing. And so it was one of those things where we were trying to figure out what to do for Father’s Day. And we said all right, we’ll go to the range, right? Because that was I always said now it’s it’s boring. It’s slow. I’m not gonna like it. And so that was my concession is we’ll go to the driving range. And then from there, it was like, Okay, maybe this is not as boring and slow as I thought it was. And of course now like everybody else, I’m hooked, you know. But it’s become particularly difficult now to go. Just because everybody’s playing, right, it’s exploded since COVID. And so

Jerri Hemsworth 10:20
You can get out and play it’s great exercise. Do you find that your baseball swing has helped in any way with your golf swing?

Michael McVey 10:27
I think it has ruined it on a fundamental level. I, you know, the start was always trying not to pick my foot up as I, you know, went into the backswing. And I got rid of that. And, you know, but everything is just trying to turn and hit the ball as quick or I’m sorry, as hard as I can. And you know, it doesn’t work. It’s it’s much more of a finesse game than I think a baseball swing is.

Jerri Hemsworth 10:57
Does your wife play?

Michael McVey 10:59
Here and there. Not on a consistent basis, but she is much better than I am. I don’t know what it is, but she just has a very even fundamentally strong swing.

Jerri Hemsworth 11:12
Do you curse at her when she you know, hits it nice and straight?

Michael McVey 11:15
Well, I remind myself that she’s yet to finish 18 holes. So that’s what I still have.

Jerri Hemsworth 11:20

Michael McVey 11:20
I know that that’s where I can hang my hat.

Jerri Hemsworth 11:23
You got that in the pocket.

Michael McVey 11:23
Yes, she’s she’s much more of a we’ll take it hole by hole and see, you know, how many I get through kind of thing.

Jerri Hemsworth 11:31
That’s kind of me. Last time I played I chose- I was very selective in the in the holes that I chose to play.

Michael McVey 11:37
Yep, yep

Jerri Hemsworth 11:38
I was out with the Echeleon golf group. And there were just four of us that day. And I was on the verge of tweaking my back. And I thought, you know, this one, I’m not going to play and then you know, but it’s the you can do that with golf.

Michael McVey 11:50
Yeah. I mean, that’s that’s the way that’s, I would argue the best way to do it.

Jerri Hemsworth 11:54
Exactly. Exactly. So I do know, we were just talking that you and your wife liked to travel. And you just had a trip to Europe, Eastern Europe, Prague and Budapest. Where else have you traveled?

Michael McVey 12:09
We have been… Well, we’ve been over most of Western Europe. So we’ve been to London, Paris, all over Italy. Italy is our favorite.

Jerri Hemsworth 12:20
Is that you favorite?

Michael McVey 12:21
Yeah. Let’s see, where else?

Jerri Hemsworth 12:23
North? South? East? West? Right in the heart?

Michael McVey 12:23
All over. You know, for our honeymoon, we went to Positano on the Amalfi Coast. And so that holds a very special place in our heart. But we always have to go back to Rome. We’ve only been to Venice once but again, we definitely need to find a way back there. But we’ll look for any excuse to go to Italy.

Jerri Hemsworth 12:48
It’s a great place to own real estate these day, I hear.

Michael McVey 12:50
Yeah. That’s, I mean, it’s one of our kind of backburner goals right now is my wife’s family is all of Italian descent. And so she is actually able to apply for citizenship. Because I don’t know the exact rule, but her great grandparents came over from Italy. And so she’s in the process of applying for citizenship. But of course, because of well, pre COVID, we had a 2023 appointment with the embassy. And now with COVID. That’s all kind of a big question mark on when will actually get in. So.

Jerri Hemsworth 13:30
So it is a possibility of living there.

Michael McVey 13:33
We will see we need a lot of things to go right. But yes, we’re doing everything we can.

Jerri Hemsworth 13:39
I think it’s a great goal. Great goal. So um, I have an unnamed source that that told me. You like to smoke meats?

Michael McVey 13:51
Okay, yes, this is a new, a new hobby of mine,

Jerri Hemsworth 13:55
A new hobby. How did this come about?

Michael McVey 13:58
So that this actually came about when we, when we purchased our home a couple years ago, our realtor as a housewarming present gave us an electric smoker. And my mother-in-law gave us a grill and I had always like to grill but never, you know, being in apartments or condos or wherever it was, couldn’t really be smoking meats for 18 hours without the neighbors being upset. So

Jerri Hemsworth 14:24
McVey’s at it again.

Michael McVey 14:25
Exactly, yeah. So once we had the space, it was always something that I’d wanted to try. And of course the first time you try it and it fails miserably, and you’re like, Alright, well I can do better. Right? So that is also much like golf, still very much a work in progress.

Jerri Hemsworth 14:45
Do you study pitmasters and what they’re doing?

Michael McVey 14:48
So I- I’ve watched some YouTube videos to try and get well the first one was of course, like I needed to figure out how to trim it right. This is a whole different. I’m used to going to the store and just getting whatever me I want and putting it on the grill. So that was the educational part of getting started. And now I’m trying to figure out different techniques that might yield better results.

Jerri Hemsworth 15:12
What’s your favorite so far? Type of meat?

Michael McVey 15:15
Brisket. Brisket, I think will always be my favorite. It’s one of the more labor intensive so…I have it all right, I don’t have it often enough to where I’m worn out on it. But I like to do pulled pork. I’ve tried… What else have we done?

Jerri Hemsworth 15:37

Michael McVey 15:38
Have done tri-tip.

Jerri Hemsworth 15:39

Michael McVey 15:39
Yep, tried tips a little easier, similar to brisket, but a much shorter cook. So that’s a nice like, if I’m craving something from the smoker, I can still do that on a weeknight and not have to wake up the night before. But yeah, so still learning. It’s a lot of fun. And it’s a you know, you eat at the end of it. So that’s always good.

Jerri Hemsworth 16:00
We have there’s a Echelon member named Bobby Feldman. Do you know Bobby?

Michael McVey 16:06
I do not.

Jerri Hemsworth 16:07
He’s in insurance. And he has an Instagram account called Bob B Q. He is like the utmost pitmaster. He smokes meats constantly. He’s got the rig in the backyard. I think it goes down the whole length of his yard.

Michael McVey 16:25

Jerri Hemsworth 16:25
Multiple smokers and pizza oven. And I mean, he’s just he’s got the whole thing. So I highly recommend getting to know Bobby and checking out his techniques because he’s, he’s hardcore.

Michael McVey 16:38
I will have to do that. Especially because, you know, that’s what everyone says is anybody can do a good brisket once or one good brisket. It’s doing many of them at the same time. That’s the tough part. So I’ll have to see how he does it.

Jerri Hemsworth 16:51
Yeah, he actually takes it out. And and like when COVID first started, he was taking lunches and stuff to the, to the hospitals to feed the workers. And he’s- he does that on occasion. He goes and takes, you know, sandwiches and, and meals to potential clients or to clients and, and really a lot of giving to the healthcare workers and it’s really kind of fun. Yeah, he’s, he is totally hardcore into this.

Michael McVey 17:21
That’s fantastic. Yeah, that’s a good way to endear yourself to the community and clients. Definitely.

Jerri Hemsworth 17:26
Bobby let’s get together over brisket.

Michael McVey 17:28
Yup. There you go.

Jerri Hemsworth 17:31
Michael, thank you for being here

Michael McVey 17:32
Thank you for having me.

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