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“My passion for finance and unwavering commitment to

helping others achieve their financial goals continue to

drive me forward”

Searching for the right mortgage to suit your specific needs can be a daunting task.

That’s where mortgage brokers enter the picture.

Having access to a variety of lending institutions, including banks and credit unions along with private lenders, enables them to select from a wider selection of options best suited to the client.

Sara Khorram’s career started in 2004 as a teller at RBC in West Vancouver and North Vancouver, where she quickly realized that finance was more than just numbers and transactions.

“It was about building relationships with clients and understanding their unique needs,” she says.

“As I moved up the corporate ladder and became the manager of client care, my responsibilities expanded and I had the opportunity to assist clients with a wide range of financial services.”

It was during this period that her passion for finance blossomed and she constantly sought ways to enhance her skill set and knowledge, thus expanding her business acumen.

“After 13 successful years at RBC I had established a solid foundation in banking and garnered expertise in areas such as business banking, personal loans and home financing.

“It was at this point that other prominent banks, including TD, BMO, Scotia Bank, and CIBC, took notice of my extensive resume and approached me with enticing offers.”

Among the numerous offers, TD caught her attention and in 2017 she made the move

The brand has since expanded with numerous locations across Canada, and the flagship store in downtown Vancouver has been a fixture for more than 40 years.

Occupying 15,000 square feet in the Scotia Tower at the corner of Granville and Georgia, this “store within a store” offers everything for aspiring musicians, ranging from the world’s finest pianos and guitars to the latest advancements in music technology, instrument repairs and virtually everything in between.

Graham Blank is vice president and director of Tom Lee Music Canada. Having a professional musician and teaching background himself,

Graham joined the company in a sales capacity in 1989 and worked his way up through the ranks

The growth of Tom Lee Music Canada is something to be admired. “We have grown to be one of the most well-known specialty music retailers in Canada, with five Tom Lee Music locations in Vancouver, Richmond, Coquitlam, Langley and Victoria,” says Blank.

“Additionally, we have a large online music store,, and four Steinway Piano Gallery locations in Calgary, Ottawa and two in Toronto.

“I made the decision to join TD as a mobile  mortgage specialist (MMS) for the Lower  Mainland,” says Khorram. “This position allowed me to focus exclusively  on mortgages and work closely with clients to  secure their dream homes.

“In just a short period I realized the  immense satisfaction I derived from helping individuals and families navigate the  complex world of mortgages.

“It was during this time that my career took an  exciting turn.

”In 2020, Sara Khorram made the pivotal decision to become an independent mortgage  broker under the corporate identity of Mort gage Architects: A Better Way.

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“This was driven by my desire to provide my clients with more options and flexibility.

“By becoming an independent broker I could tap into a vast network of lenders, including alternative lenders and private institutions.

“This expanded network allowed me to access a broader range of policies and find competitive rates tailored to each client’s unique needs.

”Joining Dominion Lending Centre’s Valko Financial in 2022 proved to be a significant milestone in her career.

“As an independent mortgage broker I’ve been able to establish myself as a trusted advisor, leveraging my expertise to guide clients through the intricate world of mortgages.

“I am committed to helping them make informed decisions by providing them with a diverse range of mortgage options that suit their specific requirements.”

Sara Khorram remains grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact on behalf of her clients.

“My passion for finance and unwavering commitment to helping others achieve their financial goals continue to drive me forward,” she says.

“With each successful mortgage arrangement I find immense satisfaction in knowing that I have played a part in turning dreams into reality.”

Thus far it’s been a fulfilling career within the finance industry; one replete with growth, expertise and meaningful connections.

“From bank teller to becoming an independent mortgage broker, I have honed my skills, embraced challenges and leveraged my network to provide exceptional service to my clients.

“My unwavering dedication to helping others achieve their financial goals will remain at the forefront of my career as I continue to navigate the dynamic world of mortgages and finance.”

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