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How to Grow Your Career as a Loan Officer with Stratton Equities

Updated: Feb 13

Stratton Equities is the leading Nationwide Direct Hard Money & NON-QM Mortgage Lender that specializes in fast and flexible lending processes. We are passionate about helping small business owners, contractors, and Real Estate Investors, swiftly and efficiently finance their investment goals.

Our team is owned and operated by experienced Real Estate Investors and entrepreneurs providing a reliable and knowledgeable team to help all investors succeed.

How to Grow Your Career as a Loan Officer

What makes our company unique, is that we have the largest library of private money and NON-QM nationwide mortgage loan programs under one roof. The secret to our success is providing our team with the tools, support, training, and resources they need to succeed.

We customize our hard money, private money, and NON-QM mortgage loan programs for each unique project investment need.

Stratton Equities’ core structure was designed to give our team access to unlimited solutions to ensure a strong relationship with the borrower and directly achieve their goals.

The “Say, YES, More!” Sales Structure

Stratton Equities has more nationwide private money and NON-QM mortgage loan programs under one roof available than other traditional lending institutions.

This structure was developed to allow mortgage loan officers to say “yes!” to more interested borrowers. While other big companies in the mortgage lending space have the same limiting mortgage loan programs for investors, which stifles the loan officers’ earning potential, that is not the case at Stratton Equities.

As a mortgage lender, Stratton only makes money when you make money, so we make sure you are fully supported to make money. Unlike a standard bank loan officer who makes $60k annually, you can expect to make $150-250k+ as a mortgage loan officer with Stratton Equities.

The Stratton Equities management team is there every step of the way to support you and provide a path for direct success. Not only that, but it’s rewarding when you get to the closing table and the borrower gets what they need. No one else would have made it happen but you can get the borrower the best mortgage program for their unique investment scenario.

No More Wasting Time - Direct Organic Daily Leads

Stratton Equities funds the following loan programs; Hard Money, fix and flip for real estate investors, Bridge Loans, Commercial, Stated Income, Commercial Bridge Loans, Foreclosure Bailouts, and Cash-Out Refinance Projects for non-owner occupied properties.

Our diverse array of Loan programs and experienced Mortgage Loan Officers will tailor the perfect loan options for most Real Estate scenarios.

It’s not just about being successful; we want you to stay successful and constantly be learning.

Unlike any other company in the industry, we work with 100% direct organic daily leads.

The result? You will be closing your first loan estimated 6-8 weeks after initial training, which is unheard of in the industry.

Benefits of Working with Stratton Equities:

- Each direct organic lead is received daily from prospective investors looking to work solely with Stratton Equities on their loan scenario

- Organic leads are not bought from shared lead aggregators, haven’t been picked through by other companies, and are not old or dead leads - that are both extremely expensive with low conversion

-“Say, YES, More!” - Stratton Equities has the largest library of nationwide private money and NON-QM mortgage loan programs under one roof, providing multiple solutions for borrowers

- No more wasting time knocking on doors, taking realtors to lunch, traveling, and spending thousands of dollars in upfront work for a possible ROI - which doesn’t work

- No more chasing leads! You’re not paying thousands of dollars each month chasing leads, the leads come to you

While other places may expect you to search for your own leads (spending money and time), Stratton gives you direct organic leads each day.

Stratton Equities does not solicit business because borrowers come to us. That means a constant flow that allows you to close more deals.

The result is that you close more deals, not waste time, and make more money.

Leadership from the Top

Michael Mikhail is the Founder and CEO of Stratton Equities, the nation’s leading hard money and NON-QM lender to national real estate investors, with the largest variety of mortgage loans and programs nationwide.

After years of being a loan officer for other companies, having to create his own success and opportunities without support from upper management - he was determined and passionate about developing a company that had unlimited possibilities for borrowers and unlimited earning potential for loan officers by providing them with the support and resources he knew they needed.

Having launched Stratton Equities in early 2017, Michael has always been an entrepreneur and innovator in the real estate market, purchasing his first home at 19 utilizing hard money.

A serial entrepreneur with a foresight for business opportunities, Michael had a slew of small businesses prior to launching Stratton Equities. One of his most prolific ventures was a car wash connected to a gym he was affiliated with in Florida between 2001-2002.

Michael officially joined the mortgage industry in 2003 and decided to travel to explore his options globally.

After traveling to 19 countries in 5 years, Michael knew two things; he wanted to start his own business and launch it in the United States. He knew that moving back to the states was the best place he could start something small and grow it into something infinite.

In 2017, Michael noticed how the mortgage industry had transformed after the regulations presented from 2008-2012, and knew it was time to set out something on his own, thus creating Stratton Equities.

Under Michael’s leadership, Stratton Equities has grown into one of the biggest leaders in the Mortgage and Real Estate industry across genres and platforms.

Forbes Magazine selected Michael for the class of 2021 for “The Next 1000,” which showcases those who are redefining what it means to build and run a business today. Stratton Equities was also honored by the NJ Biz, New Jersey’s leading business journal, as one of their Top 250 Privately Held Companies for 2021.

At Stratton, you get direct access to the best minds in the business and training in the industry. You’ll have seasoned professionals in the field to offer high-level training and education to everyone on the team. Industry leaders and professionals are not limited to; real estate attorneys, title companies, commercial realtors, real estate investors, etc.

Stratton Equities’ open door policy is the cornerstone of the company culture, ensuring everyone who works there knows they have the support and training they need to succeed.

As Michael said to us, “I talk to everyone to help them make money.”

Training - Always Be Learning

Training at Stratton Equities isn't for the faint of heart, but those who have what it takes to succeed will find they thrive.

Most of the mortgage world is like the real estate world -- they give you a phone and say you’re on your own, good luck.

But that’s not how it works at Stratton Equities.

​Stratton Equities is dedicated about building the careers of their loan officers and making sure each member of the team has the support, knowledge, and leadership they need to be successful. As Michael Mikhail said, based on his over 20 years of experience in the industry, “Commercial and private lending was a new world for me compared to residential lending and it would not have been possible to get to where I am today without the training I sought out.”

Stratton focuses all of what they do so that you are on the fast track to produce. They do routine reviews of calls and help you go step by step through how to improve. It’s not just about being successful; they want you to stay successful and constantly be learning.

They put a lot of effort and training into people. In addition, to call review, they do a full file weekly review to help you understand how to make a specific deal close. If there is an issue to resolve to make you more money, the company will help solve the problem. They want you to be aware of all the ways to present their mortgage loan program options to potential clients and what solutions are available to them.

The result? You will be closing your first loan estimated 6-8 weeks after initial training, which is unheard of in the industry.

Team First - Growing Together & Building Success

Stratton Equities starts giving from day one at the job and doesn’t stop. When you start, on your first day of training, they will have a full catered lunch in the conference room and establish a team culture. When you complete your training and are officially part of the team, you can company paid outings and team rewards

You’ve gotta be a team player. People get pushed out if they are not focused on the team’s results.

No cliques. No animosity. No BS in the office.

The private lending industry is fast-paced and demanding, people work hard, play hard and have a good time. Everybody goes above and beyond for the people on their team.

At Stratton, they appreciate hard work and repay it in kind. If you want to do the minimum, this is not the place to be. Jordan Gelber, who has been the Marketing Manager since the company launched in 2018, summed it up well when she said, “It’s a family-type environment. I give my all and I expect everyone else to give their all.”

As a member of the Stratton Equities loan officer team, you will be doing meaningful work in a modern, open, and collaborative office environment. You will be surrounded by people who care – not just about their work, but about those around them.

When one of us succeeds, all of us succeed, and we help each other as a winning team.

Stratton maintains the team-first mindset by only promoting from within. You need to come on board and learn how the team operates in order to be a team leader. If you succeed, you can pass on that team mindset in as little as eight months to a year.

Work Hard, Play Hard - Company Culture

When you join the Stratton Equities' team, you're in an environment to flourish, grow, and develop your future.

If you’re comparing a Stratton loan officer position to a standard bank loan officer position, there’s no comparison. At Stratton, you’re expected to put in the time and effort to close deals. It’s not a 9-5 where mediocrity is acceptable -- you need a passion for what you do to succeed at Stratton.

Everyone at the company believes in this mindset and those that don’t find themselves out. Jordan told us, “The company acknowledges the hard work that you put in, and you get out what you put in. They take care of the little things that help you get done what you need to get done.”

As a reward, the team has frequent dinner parties, a yearly Christmas party, small perks as needed, and movie nights at the office.

And of course, you’ll be well-paid for your effort.

Stratton Equities is currently in the process of expansion, and we are looking for performance-driven professionals to add to our team and to become a part of our long-term success strategy.

When it comes to working performance, we’re all business, however, we take pride in our team environment, strong community, and relaxed company culture with excellent incentives for team members.

Join Us

Are you a Loan Officer looking to expand your opportunities? We are always looking to grow our team and have positions for Loan Officer Jobs available - apply now at or email us at

How to Grow Your Career as a Loan Officer with Stratton Equities


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