Sarah Spearn, Underwriter, residential underwriting, First National Financial
Winner of the award for Best Newcomer, Lender Underwriter at this year’s Canadian Mortgage Awards, Sarah Spearn began her mortgage career after university when she moved to Sydney, Australia, and took on a role as the client services assistant for mortgage brokerage MortgagePort. In 2013, she returned home to Toronto and continued to pursue her interest in mortgage financing, eventually developing an interest in the lending side of the business. Today,
Spearn works directly with underwriters and brokers in documentation review, and she continues to learn and expand her skills on a daily basis. Spearn recognizes that the mortgage industry offers a wealth of opportunities for young professionals. “I was working in customer service when I developed an interest in mortgages, but strived to learn more,” she says. “There were so many areas to explore: lender underwriting, brokering, mortgage sales, etc. I think young professionals are attracted to the industry because of its fast-paced, challenging and fun nature. That said, it can be difficult – regulations, rates and processes can change on a weekly basis. In order to succeed, you need to be adaptable and open to learning.”
Outside of the industry, Spearn spends her time volunteering with the Good Shepherd Mission in Toronto, an organization that helps feed and shelter the homeless, as well as Yes! Toronto.