Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)

Guest Author:  Amanda Varga

Don has recently gone through the books, class time (3 days!) and the testing to become a CSA.

What does that mean?

CSA stands for Certified Senior Advisor. It means that he has gone through additional training to set him apart from his peers. This particular designation is not specific to mortgages or even the banking industry in general. Instead, it is for any professional who works with the senior population in the course of their business. According to the CSA website, this “…credential applies to professionals who are able to demonstrate their competence and knowledge of working with older adults into their professional practices.”

Why bother?

Don is already a member of the NRMLA (National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association) and has all of the necessary licenses to conduct his business in the State of Colorado. And, as he is quick to point out, he is a bona fide member of the senior population himself. So what difference does it make if he adds a bit more alphabet soup to the end of his name with another certification?

There is no shortage of available mortgage brokers in Colorado and plenty of them provide reverse mortgages. However, as of right now, only three mortgage providers in Colorado, including Don, have the designation of being a CSA. This sets him apart as one of the few who have made a priority of not only acknowledging that the senior population is a growing part of his business, but has taken the time to understand the various dynamics at play within the lives of older adults.

How can this be verified?

Don’s certifications and memberships are listed below and linked to their corresponding sites:

Certified Senior Advisor

Licensed Colorado Mortgage Loan Originator

Colorado Association of Mortgage Professionals

National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association

The Association of Mortgage Professionals – Lending Integrity Member

Denver Metro Association of Realtors

Broomfield Chamber of Commerce

Better Business Bureau

Don also regularly attends several networking groups with other professionals serving the senior population in the Denver Metro area. These include: Jefferson County Council on Aging, Adams County Aging Network, Denver Senior Coalitions – Northwest Chapter and St. Joseph Forum. In addition, you can find the Orion Mortgage, Inc. booth at quite a few of the local senior events around town. Visit our Events page for upcoming locations. www.OrionMortgage.com/Events