Recognized as one of the Top 200 Loan Originators in America, Craig Strent has been routinely surpassing client and partner expectations since he began originating loans over 20 years ago. Craig co-founded Apex Home Loans in 1998 with the aim to create a locally-focused, independent mortgage lending service with the highest degree of customer satisfaction possible.
Craig provides the vision and focus to maximize all ongoing marketing and public relations efforts made at Apex Home Loans. He leads the company by forging strong relationships with business partners and finding innovative ways to enhance the customer experience. Craig also provides guidance and inspiration to the Apex Sales team, serves as the spokesperson for the company, and leads several community outreach initiatives within the company.
Craig is among the 1% of mortgage bankers nationwide to earn both the Certified Residential Mortgage Specialist designation as well the Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS) designation. His CMPS status speaks to his mortgage planning expertise in working with financial advisers to tailor a mortgage that complements long-term financial goals. This is a unique skill among mortgage bankers that requires extensive training in the areas of taxation, estate, and financial planning. Craig is sought out for his mortgage planning expertise, and he regularly teaches classes and offers Continuing Education (CE) credits to financial advisers in the area.
Craig has particular expertise in working with clients going through separation and divorce, and he has bolstered those abilities by obtaining comprehensive training and certifications in the area. Most recently, Craig became a Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP), solidifying his expertise in the connection between divorce, family law, IRS tax rules, and mortgage financing strategies as they relate to real estate. Craig has also undergone both Mediation and Collaborative training.
Craig has garnered both national and local media attention for his mortgage and housing market expertise. He has provided commentary on NBC Nightly News, CNBC, News Channel 8, and Fox Morning News. Craig is regularly interviewed as a subject matter expert, and his writing has appeared in several notable publications. His Op-ed, “Now is the time to buy a house,” was a featured article in the Washington Business Journal.
Craig has been awarded Most Engaged Small Business Person and Ambassador of the Year by the Greater Washington Board of Trade (GWBOT), where he has been an active member for several years. His commitment to the local business community has led him to undertake several leadership roles at the GWBOT, including service on the Board of Directors, a Co-Chair position on the Membership Committee, and a coordinating role in the Ambassador Network. As a result of his many leadership roles and community involvement, Craig was also selected for the elite 40 Under 40 award, Washington Business Journal’s annual recognition of the DC area’s brightest emerging business leaders.
As a member of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Craig joins the likes of other CEOs, Presidents, and major national corporation heads in the attendance of exclusive events that signal the future of the U.S. economy and the local business landscape. He takes this opportunity to learn about unique industry trends and network with other local leaders. He then applies his knowledge of current events to inform his service in Leadership Greater Washington (LGW), where he has been collaborating with other business, government, and nonprofit leaders to make a positive impact on the community for years. Craig is a graduate of LGW’s class of 2009. He currently sits on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee and is the Chair of the Nominating Committee. He previously served as the Chair of the Membership Committee & Selection Committee as well.
Craig earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the American University’s Kogod School of Business Administration and resides in Bethesda, MD with his wife, Amy, and sons, Sammy & Ollie, and his dog, Pavarotti. In his free time, Craig is an avid roller hockey player, hiker, traveler, and history buff.
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“I greatly appreciated the rapid responses to my many questions even on the weekend! The clarity and kindness allowed me a huge degree of trust, confidence and finally, a good understanding of the process overall.” – Nancy L.
“The Apex team is the The Real Dream Team ! A pleasure to work with and would not hesitate to recommend!” – Robert S.
“Transaction was handled very professionally, smoothly and timely.” – Srinivasa K.
Craig Strent hosts live Mortgage Q&A online with The Washington Post.
The Washington Post
Craig speaks with Kathy Orton of The Washington Post on mortgage rates plummeting.
The Washington Post
Craig speaks to CNBC's Diana Olick on mortgage rates dipping below 4 percent.