The history of So Cal VA Homes is of course interconnected with my own biography. My son Nick has autism, and my wife Nancy has been running his home educational program since he was a toddler. Nancy was fortunate to hire an aide for Nick named Michelle. And at the time, Michelle was dating a young man who she claimed was a genius at real estate (and other things), and she kept insisting
that I meet him and interview him. I said, “Nah, I don’t need to hire anyone right now.”
But one thing led to another and three months later, I hired her boyfriend, Brandon Breshears. as my loan production assistant, and boy, was Michelle right! Brandon moved beyond his initial responsibilities quickly. “Young Skywalker,” as I used to refer to him, is a genius in so many ways, and he infected me with an extra dose of enthusiasm that only someone who is twenty years my junior could be capable of! Brandon and I shared the same dedication and motivation in helping Veterans achieve homeownership, which in turn, propelled forward the goals of So Cal VA Homes. I was very fortunate to work with Brandon. He was a valuable contributor for a myriad of reasons, including tech expertise, experience in construction, and property valuation.
I had that lightning bolt moment in the spring of 2011, and I was struck with “The Big Idea” of a unique business model that eventually became the Dreamweaver Home Purchase Process™ of So Cal VA Homes. At the time, I was monitoring the effects of recent interest rate declines on the housing market. The drop in rates created more affordable mortgage payments, resulting in an increase in home purchases, and VA buyers began to buy houses again in large numbers. As rates kept dropping, I refinanced hundreds of VA clients’ loans from 6% down to 4%. I literally spoke to hundreds of clients about what they did and didn’t get out of their home purchase, and I reviewed their finances in detail.