Agent Snapshot: Allyson Kreycik, Senior Loan Officer, Guaranteed Rate, Reading


Allyson Kreycik is a senior loans officer with Guaranteed Rate working in Reading.

What was your first job in the realty industry? Mortgage assistant.

Where did you grow up? Pierre, S.D.

Growing up, what did you want to be? I wanted to practice law. I always thought I would go to law school and become an attorney.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I love to golf, cook, read and just spend time with my family.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Jesus Christ – because he is the ultimate role model for my life.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? At home. I’m a homebody.

What do you love most about the industry? The ability to help people. At the end of the day, regardless of how stressful it was – I get a lot of reward in knowing that I helped people with their biggest purchase of their lives.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I am transparent and I treat people how I would want to be treated. I try to get back to people immediately, and only use my cell phone. It is a stressful and overwhelming experience for borrowers and its my job to help them get the best rate, at the lowest cost and do it efficiently and seamlessly. I also surround myself with an awesome team of people. They are the best in the business and make me look good!

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? It is a stressful job, especially when so many elements of lending are now out of my control. Appraisal values coming in/the market with over-asking bids, buyer waiving financing contingencies and losing jobs…things that we can’t control, but you feel so attached and personally invested in it. You have to do all you can to make the deal happen and keep it on track.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I really don’t. I should do more of it. I am so very thankful and humbled by the real estate agents, developers, attorneys, financial planners and past customers who refer everyone they know to me. As a mom of two young daughters, it is difficult to spend time at this point in my life networking – so I am just very thankful for the referrals I receive. I do all I can to do my best for those partners who entrust me with their business.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Marrying my husband Jon and having my two daughters, Kate and Molly. Being a wife and mom, without a doubt.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? I have two. I loved Unbroken and American Sniper. Both were excellent. The most recent book that I really enjoyed was “Killing Kennedy” by Bill O’Reilly. I didn’t realize how little I knew about such a great President from Massachusetts.

What is your favorite restaurant? This is a tough one. I was sailing through these questions…Being from the Midwest I have to say that I love a good steakhouse. I’m just a meat and potatoes type of girl! Strega Prime (Woburn, Mass.) and Del Friscos in Boston top my list.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Boston? Faneuil Hall. The history of it and knowing how the revolutionary speeches happened there to get our country started is pretty cool.

What kind of car do you drive? A Honda minivan. Never say never!

Smartphone or paper? Both. Definitely a combination of both. I still use a weekly planner!

What is your favorite city after Boston? Denver, Col.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Always do the right thing for people.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Realtor.com.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? I have never followed anyone…to be honest, it just isn’t how I spend my time.

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