“My business philosophy is simple. Do what you say you are going to do.” – James Pogue
Q&A with James
Why did you choose to become a Reverse Mortgage Specialist?
Over my almost 30 years in the mortgage business I have seen the Reverse Mortgage change lives for the better for the Seniors that really need it. It is very rewarding to see that and to be part of making a such a positive difference in someone’s life.
Where is your favorite place in town to eat, and what do you get there?
My favorite place to eat is Frank’s Noodle House in Portland. I always get their Kung Pao chicken with their hand made udon noodles.
What draws you to the lending industry?
I have always enjoyed serving others. In this way I can serve them by helping them to better enjoy the later years of their life and stay in the home they feel most comfortable in.
Who is your hero and why?
My brother Russ. He has influenced almost every part of my life. Russ was his own man. He looked after me not only like a brother, but in his way as a father. He has passed away unfortunately. Here are just a few of the maxims that he has imparted to me and that I try to live by.
“You treat people right and the money will take care of itself.”
“If you have a problem and money will solve it, you don’t have a problem”
“After the auction, there’s still cows left to buy.”
“I don’t ask questions, if they want me to know they’ll tell me.”
What does your dream Saturday look like?
I like to wake up and have coffee with my wife and play with my 3 dogs. I really enjoy yard work so that is usually my next thing to take care of. Then if I’m lucky there will be sports for me to watch. I am a huge football fan and the Seahawks are my favorite team.