Houston Young Professionals Events & Business Networking
Scene: Most Professional Networking Event/Happy Hour/Mixed Company
Gentleman: Hi, I’m Pete, what do YOU do?
Renee Morton: I own my own Mortgage Company!
Professional Gentleman: No, really…what do you do?
This isn’t the first time Renee Morton, founder and CEO of Morton Mortgage Corporation, has been doubted. Frankly, she’s used to it. She knows it’s uncommon for a woman to own her own mortgage company, even in 2017. Never shy to back down from a challenge, Renee has been proving for years that competitive rates, exemplary customer service, and great attention to detail are just a few of her super powers. So sorry boys, but this mortgage superwoman have already landed on the scene and are now at the forefront of it.
“For some reason when I meet someone in my industry and I'm asked who I work for and I tell them myself, they always ask ‘no WHO do you work for?’ For some reason men and women both don't believe that a single mother like myself can own a mortgage company. Most are backed by large financial institutions that have deep pockets to help pay for all of their expenses. My business is solely supported by myself.” –Renee Morton
The story of our mortgage superwoman, Renee Morton has very humble beginnings. Born in the small town of Gary, Indiana, Renee grew up idolizing her grandfather, Grandpa Morton. Despite being born in the depression and weighing two pounds at birth, Grandpa Morton was inducted into two Halls of Fame, invented the texture on the Fridge and even made it as a pitcher with the Chicago Cubs! Clearly, we can see where Renee’s superhuman traits came from. –“He taught me to be strong and go after everything and anything I want” says Renee.
The Lone Star State and the promise of new opportunities caught /Renee’s superwoman senses. She jumped into her superhero outfit consisting of red snake skin shoes and a self-designed dress, then promptly went on to beat out 19 other seniors in her high school class for a coveted position with Criminal & PI attorneys. She was soon a newlywed and young stay-at-home mother selling $120,000 worth of hand cream for Neiman Marcus. She continued to refine her skills, joining forces with upscale beauty brands Versace, Bobby Brown, Vincent Longo and Laura Mercier.
Never complacent, from 2001-2003 Renee launched and ran a successful sales and marketing company called, The Camille Picon Group (Picon after her great grandfather from Spain.) She was now working in partnership with beauty industry retail giants Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom. At the end of 2003 Renee continued her superwoman journey, caring for her 3 children while getting her mortgage license.
Renee worked in the mortgage industry until 2014 learning from all of the market’s ups and downs. She knew early on she wanted to start her own mortgage company, and after receiving an email from a friend that said, “Fear is the Devils way of holding you back from God’s blessings” she made her vision a reality, and Renee Morton Home Loans was born. In the past three years Renee has focused on maximizing her business model while living out her company’s mission. To reflect all of her progress and positive momentum, she has changed her company’s name to Morton Mortgage in 2016 and in 2017 moved to a brand new office in Spring, Texas and has hired 6 new Loan Officers.
Renee Morton’s success hasn’t gone unnoticed! In 2017 she has appeared twice on Great Day Houston and has plans to be a regular guest as their “Mortgage Expert.” Modern Luxury has named her one of the Dynamic Women of the Year! Follow her on Facebook to experience her Mortgage Monday’s live every week!
As you can tell by this point, a woman like Renee Morton is much more than just her business. She is very involved in the community with The National Association of Professional Mortgage Women (NAPMW.) The Greater Houston Association of Mortgage Professionals (GHAMP.) Houston Mortgage Banker Association (HMBA,) Kids Meals Houston, Child Advocates, Habitat for Humanity and The Brookwood Community. Renee’s closing gifts are crafted by the special needs citizens of Brookwood. She takes that relationship a step further and brings friends and co-workers to volunteer there several times a year.
Renee and Morton Mortgage host a local artist every 8 weeks. Each local artist is able to hang their art throughout the Morton Mortgage offices and an Artist reception is planned for each artist during their nesting period. Supporting local artists is just one of the many ways Renee connects with the community.
Renee’s positive customer reviews prove that others are noticing her superwomen traits as well. “Renee is incredibly professional and will go above and beyond for her clients in terms of communication and attention to detail…” says one of her many clients.
The story of our superwomen in the mortgage industry is far from over. Have not doubt; Renee Morton is here to stay, and here to give her clients the finest lending experience they can imagine!
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