New Hires

Welcome Debbie Denman!

Feb 8
Category | New Hires

Homestead Funding would like to welcome Debbie Denman to our Sarasota, FL sales team. Debbie has been in the mortgage industry for several years and also has experience in real estate. 

Debbie says she is excited to join Homestead because of the company's impeccable track record and commitment to customer satisfaction. And because of her IT background, she is extremely impressed with the user friendly, easy to navigate, and informational company website.

Originally from Green Cove Springs, FL, Debbie spent twenty years in Atlanta, GA before returning to her hometown. During her free time, she enjoys running, cycling, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

Welcome, Debbie!


These decadent desserts are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion! This recipe is super simple and takes the guesswork of how to make mouth-watering and beautiful treats.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

16 ounces milk, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chips
2 pounds strawberries
2 tablespoons shortening
Foam block
Non-perils, sprinkles or other decorations

Rinse and pat dry the strawberries - drying the strawberries will help the chocolate stick better.  After washing, insert a toothpick into the top of each of the strawberries.

In a double boiler, melt together the chocolate and shortening. You can also microwave the chocolate. Use a microwave safe container to melt the chocolate and shortening. Microwave the mixture in 15 second increments to avoid burning the chocolate. Continue heating the chocolate and shortening until they are blended and smooth.

Next, dip the strawberries in the chocolate mixture by holding the toothpick. Then turn the dipped strawberry upside down and push the toothpick into the foam block. You can also place the strawberries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to cool. Before the chocolate has completely hardened, sprinkle your decorations on the strawberries to add texture.



Beating the Winter Blues

Feb 2
Category | Informational
Beating the Winter Blues

Now that winter is in full swing, the gloomy weather can be a little disheartening. But don’t worry! Here are our top five tips on how to stay energized this winter.

Get Moving. Adding exercise to your routine (inside or outside) can help improve your mood and help boost your energy. If you want to spend time outdoors, there are plenty of winter activities to participate in. Snowshoeing, ice skating, skiing, snowboarding…the list goes on! Even walking is a great way to get moving.

Socialize. Spending time with your friends and family after the hustle and bustle of the holidays is important. Withdrawing and staying home can actually make you feel worse! So try visiting with friends or making some new ones. Get out there!

Shed Some Light on the Situation. We are exposed to less sunlight during the winter, which can affect how our body produces Vitamin D (an important part of bone health and overall wellness). Less sunlight can also mean a dip in your mood. Getting outside or sitting by a light box for as little as 30 minutes a day can put some pep back in your step. And make sure your blinds are open to let as much light into your home as possible.

Keep up with Your Resolutions. Having a focus can help you look past the snow drifts and chilly weather. And checking items off your list gives you a sense of accomplishment. Continue to persevere and keep up the good work!

Have Fun! Listen to your favorite music. Plan a vacation. Volunteer. Take a class. Trying something new and exciting is a great way to stay active and beat the winter blues.


January Red Cross Blood Drive

Jan 27
Category | Branches

Homestead Funding would like to thank everyone who participated in last week's blood drive! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, almost 70 lives could be saved. Here are the stats from the day:

Blood Drive Goal: 23
Presenting Donors: 26
Units Collected: 23
First Time donors: 7 (Thank you!) 
Potential Lives saved: 69
% of Goal Achieved: 100%

We would like to thank our neighbors NYS Ag & Markets and Auto/Mate who also participated.

For more information about the Red Cross, or to donated blood, please go to their website:

New Hires

Welcome Michael Profancik!

Nov 18
Category | New Hires

Homestead Funding would like to welcome Michael Profancik to our Wilmington, NC sales team! Michael had over 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry and is excited to join us. Michael says he is happy to be a part of Homestead because he doesn’t “feel like another number shuffled about in a big company.”

Originally from Cleveland, OH, Michael has called Bolivia, NC his home for the past 22 years. He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1978 and went on to receive his Bachelors degree in Logistics Management from Maryland University in 1985.

During his free time, Michael likes to volunteer, bike and weightlift. He says he is passionate about helping young people with their struggles and is also a Commander for his local AMVETS chapter.

Welcome, Michael!

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