Craig Strent is the CEO and Co-Founder of Apex Home Loans, a firm he helped start in 1998. He graduated from the American University’s Kogod School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife, Amy, his sons, Sammy & Ollie, and his dogs, Pavarotti and Butters. In his free time, Craig is an avid roller hockey player, loves to hike the local trails, travel the world, and study history.
For more than 15 years, Craig has been consistently ranked among the top 1% of mortgage bankers nationwide and has been named among the Most Influential Mortgage Executives in America. Craig holds a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS) designation, which 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 is also a Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP) and has particular niche for working with clients going through separation and divorce, solidifying his knowledge 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.
Over the years, Craig has been recognized as a subject matter expect and has garnered both national and local media attention for his adept understanding of the mortgage and housing market. He has provided commentary on NBC Nightly News, CNBC, News Channel 8, and Fox Morning News and his writing has appeared in several notable publications, including the Washington Business Journal.
Craig is a longtime member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, where he served on the Board of Directors for four years and chaired the membership committee. Craig is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington, where he served on the Board for 6 years and chaired the membership, selection, and nomination committees. Craig is also a member of the Economic Club of Washington, where he 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.
All of my customers are enrolled in Mortgages Under Management, a complimentary program that brings together our experienced staff and reporting tools to make sure you have the best terms on your mortgage. My comprehensive approach begins at the planning stages of your home financing and continues throughout the entire life of your loan.
Out of the gate, I'll structure your new mortgage to complement your financial plan, getting you the perfect mortgage at a great rate. I'll consider your financial goals, cash flow, retirement budget, and more - helping you understand each factor
Interest rates change daily. With our Auto-Lock service, I'll help you target a competitive rate and lock it in when it becomes available. Then, I'll work with you to plan for the future by establishing a preset rate target at which a refinance can save you money.
After your loan closes, my work doesn't end. I'll provide RateWatch Reports: quarterly mailings that compare your interest rate to the current mortgage market. You will be alerted when savings are available and always know where your mortgage stands.