Laura Brandao

President, AFR

Laura Brandao’s vision of bringing families home has become the foundation of the culture at AFR. For the past 11 years she has developed a mindset within the company to make it the personal responsibility of each employee to bring the families of AFR’s lending partners home. This is an unconventional, yet effective way to do business within the wholesale lending market – one that sets Brandao apart from the rest.

With more than 2 decades of experience in the mortgage industry, Laura Brandao brought the Wholesale division to AFR in 2007 and became an AFR partner in 2009; she began as Director of Operations in 2007, moved to Executive Vice President, followed by Chief Operations Officer, and is now President.

She is the driving force that has catapulted AFR Wholesale to the top of Manufactured Home, One-Time Close and Renovation lending in the USA. She has seamlessly rolled out new products based on market demand, including VA renovation, USDA repair escrow, and One-Time Close construction to permanent loans for FHA, VA, and USDA. Laura’s hands-on approach also propels AFR to remain on the cutting edge of technology with mobile-friendly applications that cohesively integrate the borrower, realtor, broker & AFR.

Laura Brandao is the executive sponsor for the AIME women’s affinity group. She has been recognized in HousingWire’s 2018 Women of Influence; she was also one of 2017 MPA’s Hot 100 Mortgage Professionals and Elite Women of Mortgage 2014, 2016 and again in 2017. Most recently, Laura is listed in NMP’s October 2018 issue “Most Powerful Women”.