Jim is a Vice President and Partner at Tradition Mortgage.  He is a great asset to our mortgage team with a background in the mortgage banking industry since 1996 and a degree from the University of St. Thomas.  Jim believes that honesty and integrity are the cornerstones of any successful relationship and he loves being able to help people fulfill the American Dream of homeownership.  We took the liberty of asking Jim a few more questions to get to know him better:

JimKrantz - Tradition MortgageHow would you describe yourself in ONE WORD? Why?

MOTIVATED.  While growing up my father always stressed that we get out of life what we put into it.  I want to be sure that my family, friends, and clients get the best that I have to offer.

I’d die without…

MY SMARTPHONE.  I am amazed at how technology has enabled us to be so productive and mobile at the same time.  We can accomplish so much from a handheld device which makes the work/life balance more manageable.

If I could meet anybody dead or alive it would be…

George Washington.  He was the first President of the United States (1789-1797), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Favorite quote or memorable saying?

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.  Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.  It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – Christopher McDougall

This is one of my favorites because every day there is a new and exciting challenge.  We need to work hard and pay attention if we want to take advantage of our opportunities.

Best advice I’ve ever received?

Treat others the way you want to be treated yourself.  I’m willing to bet that if everyone lived by this Golden Rule it would solve a lot of problems!

When not at work, Jim can be found hunting or fishing with his son and enjoying the great outdoors. As a Minnesota native, he truly enjoys all four seasons and the diversity that the great state of Minnesota offers.  For information about Jim, check out his Bio page or call (952) 252-4488.