Sofia Travayiakis possessed strong business acumen at a young age. At only 18 years old, she started her career as a mortgage loan officer while simultaneously earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Utah, and she was able to pay for her college tuition with the money she earned. Sofia says, "I loved the flexible hours while in college. I was able to go to school and make a lucrative income." At 20 years old, Sofia used her finance background to help purchase her first home. She went on to develop a successful career in the mortgage industry in Salt Lake City, and then later relocated to Boston. Sofia shares, "I moved to Boston in 2003 after meeting my husband, and i had to start my career from the ground up in a highly competitive market. I was only 25 years old at the time. I received a lot of slammed doors but kept going. Thankfully, my career took off. I started working at a company with good products, and it came naturally." Sofia is currently the branch manager at Mortgage Network Inc. in West Roxbury, Mass., and with her work ethic, determination and impressive accomplishments at such a young age, it is no surprise that she has been ranked in the top one percent of mortgage originators in the United States. Sofia notes, "The past two years have been the peak of my business, and I have a great team to grow the business even more."
Sofia specializes in working with first-time homebuyers. She says enthusiastically, "I love helping first-time homebuyers. It is the most rewarding part of my job. About 97 percent of my business comes from first-time buyers." She adds, "I believe being a younger agent helped me develop that niche. The average age of loan officers is 54 years old, and I am 37. I am able to relate to the younger generation."
Sofia says she aims to be her clients' "lifelong financial coach." She explains, "I want to complete more than one transaction for my clients. If they need a financial advisor or a real estate agent, I am here to help introduce them to the right professionals. I want to be their mortgage lender for life and be part of an ethical team that helps clients achieve the old-fashioned American dream."
Not only is Sofia well-versed in the mortgage industry, she also speaks fluent Greek, teaches dance classes and volunteers in the community. To maintain her heritage she says, "I am Greek, both my husband's and my family come from the island of Crete, and so I am a member of the Pancretan Association of America (PAA). Because it is important to me to teach my children our language, heritage and traditions, we actively volunteer with the PAA, Greek youth events as well as in our church."
Sofia is also part of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and enjoys attending sporting events and skiing. She says, "One of my biggest accomplishments as a young career woman is being successful in a male-dominated industry." She adds, "My husband, children and I love soccer. We are New England Revolution season ticket holders."