Barry offers an extensive background in finance and mortgages, and was the one who initially trained Mike and Brian in finance work, long before Fellowship Loans existed. Beginning in 1996, Barry started his finance career in the credit card division for HSBC in Virginia. Diligently working his way up, he eventually transitioned over to a large National Mortgage Company in New York where he slowly worked every role, from loan officer to branch manager, area manager and finally to a regional manager, where he was in charge of 43 branches in 9 states.
This experience has allowed him to see the industry from nearly every perspective possible: loan officer, underwriter, executive positions, and also as a mortgage trainer.
“I am very passionate about what I do. I genuinely care about the customers and I always put myself in their shoes and every loan that I do, I ask ‘Is this a loan that I would do for a family member?’ If the answer is ‘Yes’ then I wholeheartedly present the solution. I am not a pushy “in your face” salesperson. I give the borrowers options and let them pick and choose what is best for them. I give my expert advice but at the end of the day it needs to be the loan that fits their needs.”
A little known fact is that every loan officer currently working at Fellowship was trained by Barry. The back and forth relationship between Barry and Fellowship owners Mike and Brian shows the kind of community that Fellowship is: one that is interested in long term relationships and treating everyone as you would like to be treated.
“Everyone who works here is a team player; most companies don’t have this kind of loyalty. One of the major rules in management is you always look to hire people who are better than you, and I’m fortunate to say that I have done that in my career. What Mike and Brian have created is special. Their drive to do philanthropy work and relationship with the Christian community is amazing.”
When not at work, Barry is usually with his family. He is a proud father and loves to spend time with his 3 children along with their three dogs. He believes in giving back to the community and volunteers for a local homeless shelter every Friday.
With 18 years of experience in the industry, Barry Sharif is truly a mortgage expert who has become a valuable and trusted adviser for his clients. Barry relies on his vast experience when advising his clients on their best loan options and helping them successfully accomplish their mortgage goals no matter what they are seeking.
He has also worked with clients from all walks of life and helped thousands of people find the perfect mortgage option. Throughout the years, Barry has established a reputation for being an honest mortgage professional, and many of his clients have followed him from his prior work experience in the retail mortgage world to Fellowship Home Loans.
Through Fellowship Home Loans, Barry offers a wide range of mortgage services including home purchase loans and mortgage refinance loans. Refinance options include the HARP program, Adjustable Rate Loans, Conventional and FHA Financing and Fixed Rate Loans. Purchase loans include Fixed Rate Loans, Adjustable Rate Loans, FHA Financing, and VA Home Loans.
Barry analyzes each client’s situation and fully explains the drawbacks and advantages of each loan type. Barry spends the necessary time to learn about each client’s unique goals and financial situation. He looks at every possible loan option that they are eligible for before advising his clients on what he believes is their absolute best choice.
Barry takes a customer focused approach to each and every mortgage he finds for his clients. He fully explains the terms of each loan so that clients have a full education and understanding of their obligation to repay and their expected monthly costs during the life of the loan. He encourages his customers to ask questions throughout the process, and he goes the extra mile to make himself available for support.
The mortgage services that Barry offers through Fellowship Home Loans are based on the Christian principles of honesty, compassion and love for God. Every client receives the full attention and support that they need as they accomplish their dream of owning a home or their goal of finding a great refinance loan. Barry always strives to ensure that every client ends up with their ideal home loan with the lowest cost possible, along with manageable payments.
“My experience with Fellowship Home Loans has confirmed my belief that there are still companies who care about their customers. Because of their professionalism, patience, and outstanding customer service, I have referred them to family and friends, and I would definitely use them again.” – Theresa - Washington, DC
“Barry was so helpful. Our loan was "difficult" to complete due to several factors. He was encouraging and supportive through the whole process. While I hope I never need another mortgage, if I do I will definitely use Barry Sharif. After closing our loan, we received a gift box from Fellowship. Who does that? That meant so much to us and we really appreciate everyone who worked on processing our mortgage.” – Carol P - Sweet Water, TN
“Barry Shariff made me feel so comfortable. He was very helpful with me using the computer to send documents to him. ( I am not computer savvy) He explained all of the documents needed for the loan I would recommend him to anyone.” – Rowena G - Fairburn, GA