Ken Maes is one of the longest tenured mortgage experts in the country, with more than 30 years in the business. In 1983, the Oregonian native and his father were among the co-founders of the highly regarded First Pacific Mortgage, in Clackamas. With little marketing, Maes guided a team of six people into a company of more than 100 employees. First Pacific Mortgage survived every market bump and bubble, including 18 percent interest rates.
In 2010, Maes strategically aligned with Skyline Home Loans, one of the nation’s largest independent and top-ranked mortgage companies . The move gave Maes all the benefits of a large company, yet the freedom to continue operating with the same spirit that started First Pacific Mortgage—highly relational, community minded and nimble. The result–his team, clients and partners have access to unique, custom-designed tools, skills and strategies to help manage and expedite loans through direct approval with the three major lenders; financial power to keep all loans in-house; and a streamlined loan application and approval process for the buyer and real estate broker. In fact, Skyline Home Loans NW routinely delivers loans in less than 30 days.
Today, despite a different company name and job title, this father of five and grandfather to six, continues to attract the nation’s finest mortgage specialists, operating with the same philosophy his father preached: Focus on community, and responsibly helping people realize their dream of owning a home. His NW division in growth mode, Maes is operating with the same hyper-local focus in communities such as Portland Metro, Bend, Redmond, Yakima, Ellensburg, and Northern California, with plans to open more offices in the near future.