Much more than just a mortgage lender

Veterans United Home Loans of Hawaii Branch Manager Tony Dias (left) with national CEO Nate Long at the award presentation

Veterans United Home Loans of Hawaii Branch Manager Tony Dias (left) with national CEO Nate Long at the award presentation

The veterans who have been able to purchase or refinance a home with the assistance of Veterans United Home Loans of Hawaii would be the first to agree that the lender is motivated by a commitment to “enhance lives every day.” Now the Hawaii VA lender has been recognized nationally with the 2013 Enhancing Lives Award, given by the parent company at its annual summit honoring branches. Hawaii branch manager Tony Dias accepted the award for his branch at the December meeting. He was among 30 branch managers from across the country who traveled to Veterans United Home Loans’ national headquarters in Columbia, Missouri to participate.

The recipient of this prestigious award is chosen by the executives and branch department heads of Veterans United. “Choosing just one winner was a difficult undertaking,” said Matt Brand, branch operations manager. “Veterans United of Hawaii shows extreme dedication day in and day out. We are excited to recognize this branch for their commitment to enhancing lives and proudly representing Veterans United’s values in their community.”

He noted that Veterans United of Hawaii also showed tremendous support of the company’s charitable arm, Veterans United Foundation. In 2013, employees of the Hawaii branch donated more than $100,000 to local organizations.

“Our employees donate one percent of their gross income monthly to the Veterans United Foundation and I donate five percent of my income,” Dias said. “The corporate office in Missouri then matches our donation dollar for dollar. We support organizations that support the military, among them the Navy League, US Vets, Wounded Warriors, AUSA (Association of the US Army), Armed Services YMCA, Operation

Home Front, and a number of community service non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity and Easter Seals.

In addition to monetary donations, Veterans United’s Hawaii branch enhances the lives of service members by providing education about the VA Loan benefit which continues to offer the best mortgage loan terms in the marketplace to qualified borrowers.

“We have been presenting monthly free seminars on Oahu for eight years now and were excited to find out that other branches are now following our lead and offering educational seminars as well. In addition, we offer special classes for Realtors to make them more knowledgeable about the VA entitlement with the goal of eradicating any negative views about utilizing VA financing to purchase a home. These classes are good for CE (Continuing Education) credits. Periodically, we take our educational programs to the neighbor islands.

“Recently, we developed a weekly radio program, the ‘Veterans Movement,’ which is co-hosted by Rick Hamada Saturday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. on KHVH Radio AM830. This is another avenue we are using to reach out to veterans and let them know that we are listening and here to answer all their questions. The increasing number of call-ins assures us that we’re reaching our audience. Last week we created The Veterans Movement Facebook page and already have over 650 ‘likes.'”

Dias also utilizes print media to get the Veterans United message out, including the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, MidWeek, and a Veterans United magazine called Home Buyer Hawaii.

“When we hold our client appreciation parties we get a really good sense of the many lives we’ve touched and enhanced by enabling them to purchase their own homes. Generally entire families are in attendance for the day-long event with lots of food, drink and prizes. Our loan officers and support staff are there too…we feel as though we’ve all become part of the same family.”

“You’ve served our country. Now let us serve you.”

-Aloha, Tony Dias
Branch Manager
Veterans United Home Loans of Hawaii

NMLS #222836

About Veterans United Home Loans

This leading national VA lender financed more than $3.3 billion in loans in 2012. Its mission is to help veterans and service members take advantage of the home loan benefits earned by their service. The company’s employee-driven charitable arm, Veterans United Foundation, has donated and pledged $6.2 million to organizations that serve veterans and their communities since its founding in November 2011.

Upcoming VA Loan Seminars

Veterans United seminars include Powerpoint presentations & free workbooks. Question and answer periods follow the presentations. For more information and directions, call 677-LOAN (5626).

Tuesday, January 21 6 – 8 pm
Veterans United Home Loans of Hawaii Educational Center
94-539 Puahi St., Waipio, HI 96797

Saturday, February 8 – 10 am – Noon
Veterans United Home Loans of Hawaii Educational Center
94-539 Puahi St., Waipio, HI 96797

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