Thursday, October 24, 2013

Chamber Welcomes Evergreen Home Loans

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Evergreen Home Loans to our community. Founded in 1987, Evergreen Home Loans is proud to have more than 26 years serving customers in the business. Cathy Pizzini (MLO #205704) and Kimberly Terry (MLO #205713), jointly known as Team Evergreen, have been with Evergreen Home Loans for 11 and 25 years respectively. Cathy and her husband moved to Sandpoint about 2 ½ years ago to escape city life and open up a new branch office for Evergreen.

“We learned a long time ago if you take care of your customers, communicate throughout the process, and deliver on all your promises, your business will take care of itself,” explained Cathy Pizzini. “This certainly has been true for our team. Our core team has been together for 11 years and we recently added a 5th member, Carol Sommerfeld when we opened our office in Sandpoint.” 

Evergreen Home Loans is a local, direct lender and provides a complete solution for home financing. They are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and are agency approved with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. Evergreen offers a full range of affordable home loan products for purchase or refinancing: FHA and VA, USDA, Conventional, Jumbo, Cash-out refinance, or First-time homebuyer programs. Whether you’re in the buying or refinancing stages of the mortgage process or you’re a real estate professional or builder, they want to be a resource for you.

“We originate, fund, and service home loans,” said Cathy. “Our service mantra is all about delivering On Time and As Promised®.”

For more than two decades, they’ve helped buyers meet their home financing goals and sometimes they do what other lenders can’t. Evergreen has an entire team pulling for the customer. From the beginning of the process to loan funding and closing, the company offers a smooth process for customers.  If problems arise, in most cases, they have the resources to quickly resolve or restructure the customer’s loan if necessary and still close on time.

Evergreen Home Loans is in your neighborhood and ready to get you home before the holidays with their Ready.Set.Home.™ program. This program offers consumers a suite of benefits that help prepare them for purchase while helping them negotiate their purchase offer. Qualified buyers receive a smartphone loan calculator application to determine their home buying affordability, a Security Plus Seller Guarantee™* which provides a fully-approved loan amount with a written guarantee, and a low down loan program to make home buying more affordable (a range of low down programs are available).

*Evergreen guarantees the loan approval or the seller receives $1,000. Applies to purchase loans only. To qualify, buyer’s Security Plus Approval/Seller Guarantee Addendum must have been issued by Evergreen and the Seller shall have executed the addendum with their signature at the time they execute the Purchase And Sale Agreement on subject property. Certain loan types do not qualify for this offer. Restrictions apply. Visit for details.

Please help the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce welcome Evergreen Home Loans to the Chamber and wish them success. For more information, visit them at their office located in Sandpoint at 105 Pine Street, Suite #109 (branch NMLS #1049576), send them an email at, call them at 263-5300, or check out their company website at  

Photo: Carol Warren, Paralee Gates, Kimberly Terry, Christine Tolmich, Cathy Pizzini, Don Burton (owner of Evergreen), Angie Elliott, Carol Sommerfeld, David Floan and Clif Warren. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Chamber Honors Chris Bessler as Volunteer of the Month

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce honored Chris Bessler as September’s Volunteer of the Month. Chris’ volunteering in our community is vast and his impact has been tremendous.

Watch Chris accept his award here >>

From 2008-2012, Chris served on the DSBA Board of Directors 2008-2012. He even was the president and vice-president during his time with the DSBA. He is a long time Tourism Sandpoint Council member, formerly Visit Sandpoint. Other Boards that are happy to have him include the Panhandle Alliance for Education and the Advisory Council for Friends of Ponderay Bay Trail. In his past, he has served on the Panida Theater Board of Directors, Sandpoint Planning Commission, Selkirk-Priest Basin Association and Chaired Sandpoint Forward committee.

“I’ve known Chris for a while, the big thing about volunteers is making a difference in the community, this young man [Chris] makes a difference,” explained Jim Lovell.

Please join the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Chris Bessler for being honored as the Volunteer of the Month and thanking him for all of his contributions to our community and Chamber. From the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, as well as the whole community, Thank You! 

Photo: Chis Bessler accepts the award from Chamber Board Chairman, Jim Lovell.

Chamber Honors Ponderay Garden Center

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce recognizes Ponderay Garden Center at September’s Business of the Month. They pride themselves as being an example of what can happen when agricultural space meets city expansion and when vision is combined with a sense of community. Their community centric focus allows them to prosper and help others do the same.

Watch Ponderay Garden Center accept their award here >>

Last summer they held another successful Concert for a Cause series, in conjunction with Horizon Credit Union, and was able to give out checks totaling $10,000 this year to non-profits including Friends of Ponderay Bay Trail, Panida Theater, Kinderhaven, Forest Bird Charter School and more. These free concerts are open to everyone and raise money by donations. Other annual events the Ponderay Garden Center hold are the Garden of Artistry and Easter Egg Hunt.

When general manager Kevin Mansoor was asked why and how is their staff is so good, he answered, “I give my staff free reign to go above and beyond.”

Their venue is 9.5 acres and open to events of all kinds. They’re open through the month of October from 8am-4pm before closing down and preparing for next year.

Information: Please join the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Ponderay Garden Center in being honored as September’s Business of the Month. For more information or to reach out to them, call 208-255-4200 or visit

In Photo: left to right Clem Hackworthy, Angeline Ramsay, Kevin Mansoor and Ken Wood.