A community can simply define a group of people living in the same place, but the Keys embraces the deeper meaning of the word. In the Keys, a community means fellowship. It means sharing common attitudes and goals. It means supporting your neighbors so they can succeed.
Claire Montang learned this deeper meaning as a young child. Raised by a single mother, her childhood could have looked very different in any other community. But in the Keys, neighbors and community members lifted up her small family, including supporting her mother’s painting business, Fresh Look Painting.
Growing up surrounded by so many wonderful people, Claire couldn’t bring herself to leave after graduating from Coral Shores High School. She decided to stay close to her mother and continue in the restaurant industry, which she had entered at 15 years old.
Raised by a strong, independent woman, Claire believed she would one day follow in her mother’s footsteps and become her own boss, but wasn’t sure yet what that would look like.In the meantime, she was happy to connect with her community even more through serving and bartending.
It was one such connection that led to Claire’s personal Eureka! A friend of a friend in the community encouraged her to look into becoming a mortgage loan officer, and what she discovered excited her. She loved the idea of a self-driven career that helped people achieve their dreams of home ownership. It was her chance to give back to the community that she loves.
A Rotarian then encouraged Claire to apply to a scholarship program the Upper Keys Rotary Club offers for continuing education. Claire was granted a scholarship and worked hard to pass her exams on the first try. She achieved her independence and dream thanks, once again, to her community.
For the past 3 years, Claire has been growing a name for herself as “Miss Mortgage Loans.” Her mission is not to sell as many loans as possible, but to help as many people as possible, whether that’s through a loan or simply educating them about their options.
Claire uses her Miss Mortgage Loans’ social media to teach people about the loan process and how to make it work to their advantage. She understands buying property in the Keys is harder than ever but reassures her followers that it is possible!
“There is a lot of fear that locals can’t buy in the Keys anymore, but I’m here to help them overcome that fear and discover the financing options available to them,” Claire says. “I happily work with investors and second-home owners, but I’m also passionate about helping locals get the funding they need to stay local.”
Claire’s passion for giving back extends to the Upper Keys Rotary Club that granted her the scholarship that put her career on the fast track. She’s a very active member of the rotary club, as well as a member of Business & Profession Women Network, Your Professional Network, and both Islamorada & Key Largo Chamber of Commerce. Claire loves giving back through these organizations that embody the spirit of the Keys community.
“I am so thankful for my community that has lifted me up through the years. They believed in me, encouraged me, and supported my dreams. Every day, I bring that same sense of community to my clients.”
Claire Montang, a.k.a. Miss Mortgage Loans, prides herself on being a valuable resource to real estate agents and buyers. She specializes in a full range of loans, including Conventional, FHA, VA, Manufactured Homes, Down Payment Assistance, Construction Loans, & Non-QM products like Condo/Condo-tel, Bank Statement Loans, No Income Doc Loans, and many more. You name it, she can do it!
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– Jerrica Mah is a writer, Army wife, and freelance book editor, who loves to travel with her family.