Laura Brandao

President, AFR

As an industry source of knowledge, positivity and passion, Laura Brandao radiates energy for bringing families home.Launching the wholesale channel of business for AFR in 2007 as Director of Operations, Laura has gone on to become an AFR partner (2009), followed by Executive Vice President, and Chief Operations Officer. She now serves as company President.

For over 12 years, Laura has been the driving force catapulting AFR Wholesale to the top of Manufactured Home, One-Time Close and Renovation lending. Growing AFR into a national leader in specialized programs, she stays connected to the clients and families she serves. This allows her to develop new products based on market demand, including VA renovation, USDA repair escrow, and a full suite of One-Time Close Construction-to-Permanent programs. Under her leadership, AFR remains on the cutting edge of technology with mobile-friendly applications that cohesively integrate AFR with the borrower, realtor and broker.

Among her many recent accolades, Laura was named a “50 Best Women in Business” by NJBIZ in 2018 and 2019, a HousingWire “Women of Influence” in 2018 and 2019, and one of “Mortgage Banking’s Most Powerful Women” by National Mortgage Professional in both 2018 and 2019. Laura was also one of Mortgage Professional America’s “Hot 100 Mortgage Professionals” in 2017, and an “Elite Women of Mortgage” in 2014, 2016 and again in 2017.

She is also actively engaged with many industry organizations and is a sought-after speaker, moderator and panelist.

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