Mary Woodbury, Mortgage Advisor at BECU Downtown Seattle

by Seattle Agent

Where did you grow up?
Seattle, WA

What was your most interesting job before going into lending?
Professional Ski Patrol at Beaver Creek, Colorado

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Take walks with my Labrador Retriever, Luna.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Leonard Bernstein. I love his music and West Side Story the musical.

Where is Seattle’s best-kept secret?
Magnuson Park in North Seattle

What do you love most about the industry?
Working with my clients to get the home they want with the best loan possible.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Being patient, and working with people not as passionate as I am about serving my clients.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series

What’s your favorite meal in Seattle?
Steak at the Metropolitan Grill.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Seattle?
The Smith Tower

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
My borrower couldn’t speak to me because his jaw was wired shut as the result of a fight he was in.

What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
I was a professional chef.

What’s your favorite vacation spot and why?
San Juan Islands in Washington State. It’s close to home with beautiful scenery, beaches to explore, boating, bonfires and cozy places to stay.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the lending industry?
Be ready to put yourself out there and ask for referrals.

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