It has been a little over four weeks since Hurricane Florence made land fall on the Carolina coast leaving devastation behind.  Although the recovery process is underway there is still a long way to go for those in effected areas.  Rebuilding and addressing the housing needs of those in the devastated areas is top priority to restoring their lives back to normal. 

There 203h mortgage option is specifically designed to assist victims in Presidentially designated disaster areas.


Halloween is only a few weeks away! Do you have children who still need costumes? Or maybe you just got a last-minute invite to a Halloween party? Don’t worry, we’ve got some great costumes that you can put together in a flash.


Cereal Killer – If you like word play, this costume is for you. Buy several small boxes of cereal. Cut small holes in the boxes and glue a plastic knife in each hole. Then glue the boxes onto a t-shirt. You can add fake blood to make it even more over the top.

Bubble Bath – You can make a splash with some balloons, shower cap and loofah. Blow up white or clear balloons and safety pin them to a white t-shirt. Put on the shower cap and carry the loofah.

Costume Not Found – This one is great for the tech crowd. Write the words “Error 404: Costume Not Found” on an old t-shirt. Voila! An easy and clever costume.

Back to Basics – Traditional Halloween costumes are a great option! You can cut eye holes into an old sheet to be a ghost, get a witch hat, or use heavy-duty toilet paper to create a mummy costume.

Smartie Pants – An old pair of pants and a bag of Smarties candies are all you need for this costume. Glue packages of candy all over the pants and you’re good to go! Don’t you feel smarter already?

Formal Apology – Break out the fancy clothes for this one. Wear a suit or cocktail dress and make a sign that reads, “I’m sorry.” The more extravagant the clothes, the better.



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oct 5
Category | General

EASY Three Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 can of pure pumpkin (small, 15 oz)
  • 1 box of spice cake mix
  • Chocolate Chips 1-2 cups (depending on taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix cake mix and pumpkin together.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop cookies onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-9 minutes.  Let cool slightly before serving.

Yes, that's it. Easiest recipe EVER


New Hires

Welcome Emily McVay

Sep 19
Category | New Hires

Homestead Funding would like to welcome Emily McVay to our Lockport, NY sales team. Emily has been in the banking industry for over five years.

Over the course of her career, Emily has learned that people communicate in various ways whether by text, phone, email or in person.  She prides herself on doing business the way her client feels the most comfortable.  She treats every client as if they were her own family and walks them through every step of the transaction from application to closing.

Emily is very passionate about helping people not just in her profession but volunteering as well.  She founded and runs an organization called “Begin Again”; an organization that creates kitchen kits for women and children in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County escaping domestic violence.  Emily is also a member of the American Association of University Women, raising thousands of dollars in scholarships for local young women looking to pursue higher education through our annual What’s New Fair. 

Emily also enjoys hiking with her husband and two beagles and assisting her family on a local farm raising water buffalo, golden pheasants, angus and chickens.

Emily says she is happy to be a part of the Homestead team because of the wide variety of mortgage products they offer that allow her to meet her client’s needs.

Contact Emily with any mortgage questions. She can’t wait to meet you and share the joy of home ownership.

To Learn more about Emily visit her webpage.

Welcome, Emily!


New Hires

Welcome Tony Baker

Sep 19
Category | New Hires

Homestead Funding would like to welcome Anthony (Tony) Baker to our Sarasota, FL sales team. Tony has been in the sales industry for over ten years.

Tony understand that his clients are real people who have given him the privilege of helping them buy what will probably be the largest purchase decision they will ever make.  He prides himself on never ending a conversation without his client knowing what is happening, when it will happen and what will be coming next.  When you work with Tony, he will take an overall look at your financial situation and listen to your goals to determine the most beneficial loan program for your needs. 

Tony says working with managers and the sales and support staff at Homestead Funding fits right in with his philosophy.  “We have a family atmosphere that is always ready to serve in the best interest for our clients from your application right through to the closing process.”

Tony has been in the Sarasota region since 2003 and therefore knows the area well to help serve your needs.

To Learn more about Tony visit his webpage.

Welcome, Tony!



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