We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophie Pappas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophie, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am actually from Denver, one of the few natives left! And when I say Denver, I truthfully mean 80210, not a suburb. Growing up the daughter of two small business owners formed me into a very self motivated and self reliant person. I was raised to put education, community, and creativity at the forefront of everything. There are two lessons my parents taught me that I still hold onto. The first, is that when interacting with anyone I must consider their back story. My dad told me that if you want to know why someone acts the way they do, you should learn about their past. This has helped me approach people with kindness and focus on forgiveness throughout my life. The other lesson, is that the bottom line of being human, is helping others. Growing up I had several family members live with us, watched my parents pick up the tab at dinners for our friends, and never heard them say no when they were asked a favor. I didn’t realize it until I was older, but my parents are two of the most selfless and helpful people I’ve ever met. They’re both incredibly successful and well-loved by our community. And it’s because all they want to do is help others. This has greatly contributed to my yearn for bettering the lives of the people in my life.
The other part of my background that people should know to fully understand me is that I was in a school shooting at 16 years old. This event, while the most traumatic of my life, was a blessing. It taught me at a young age, that I am not guaranteed tomorrow and that if I can do small things to make the world brighter, I should. Everyday I tell my friends, family, and coworkers that I love them. And I tell them a lot. I do this because I’ve seen how negatively a lack of compassion can affect a person. And I’ve also seen how easily the opportunity to express this love can be taken from me.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What sets me apart from other lenders is that I am a young woman, will probably text you about your loan, and am backed by the most well-oiled team in Denver. I also am one of the only lenders who has made my Instagram my biggest lead-source.
Getting to where I am today is funny to label because the wins have come easily, but the work that fueled them is hard. Last week is a great example of this. I walked into the office Monday morning with no contracts and got home on Friday with five of my clients under contract on their first homes. The last year of marketing myself, learning guidelines, taking 8:00pm client calls, and taking every training possible has been exhausting. Yet, it is what is allowing me to close the amount of loans I am next month.
I want people to know that I’m not here to sell them something they don’t need. I am a problem-solver. My job is to show them how they can purchase the home they fell in love with on Zillow. I’m here to structure their refinance in a way that allows them to payoff years worth of debt while still saving them money monthly.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Okay, if I was to write a full week’s itinerary it would be too long and I am much more of a foodie than an adventurer. BUT, here are a few of my favorite things in my city:
-Doppio on Colfax (head over heels in love with their almond croissant)
-Angelo’s Taverna (the Littleton location has major Wedding Rehearsal potential for anyone getting married!)
-Guard & Grace
-Capital Grille (get the lobster bisque)
Places to visit:
-City Park’s Jazz in the Park (best summer picnic opportunity)
-Old Gaylord Street
-Pearl Street (farmer’s market on Sundays is the best in the state!)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh goodness. I feel like I owe about 15 people a shout out for where I am today. Besides all of the very obvious people, like my family, roommate, and close friends – I owe the beginning of my success as a lender to my boss Turner Williams. He was the first person in my life to recognize my potential without me having to prove it to him at all. Every other job I’ve had and opportunity I’ve gotten was because I sought it out. But Turner and I spent a month, in the middle of quarantine, in Arizona with our families – and at the end of it he somehow decided he needed me on his team. When we were on the phone and he told me straight up “Sophie, just come work for me” I had never felt more complimented.
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