Thomas Tomasian is by no means your run-of- the-mill real estate professional. But he is a runner.
The Boston native has six Boston Marathons under his belt. He began participating in the Patriots Day race on the first anniversary of the Marathon bombing, raising money to help the victims. He has run – and raised money for charity – every year since.
Ask his clients and they’ll tell you that dedication pretty much sums up Tomasian’s approach as a Realtor for the Commonwealth Living Group at Keller Williams Real Estate – he is someone who goes the extra mile.
Tomasian is somewhat unique in his profession, in the sense that he spent a significant amount of his career on the mortgage origination side of the table in New York before returning to New England and real estate in 2006.
“I think having spent a number of years in the mortgage business gives me a different perspective,” says Tomasian. “It allows me to help my clients better assess their financing options.”
Tomasian says that experience has also led him to recommend Needham Bank to help get his clients into the home or condo of their dreams.
“In my experience the bigger banks offer cookie-cutter mortgage financing,” he say. “Needham Bank offers a complete portfolio of options, which differentiates them from the competition.”
According to Tomasian, Needham Bank offers excellent customer service and very competitive rates, a rare combination in his experience.
“In many circumstances Needham Bank allows me to get a first-time buyer into a home by offering longer terms with lower monthly payments,” says Tomasian. “They are willing to work with all kinds of buyers, from individuals with moderate income, to those with significant means.”
Tomasian also appreciates the fact that the bank is quick to produce pre-approval letters and has personnel available virtually 24/7.
“I know I can call my guy at Needham Bank, Chris Gleason, at any time and he will be there to help,” says Tomasian. “This quick access is critical in the Greater Boston market, where housing supply is tight and you often have to move fast.”
Put another way, sometimes you have to sprint to win the race.
“In my business, I like to say it takes a village to close a home sale. You need lawyers, inspectors, appraisers, but most especially you need a good lender,” says Tomasian.
“…And Needham Bank is a great lender.”