As a Certified Divorce Lending Professional, (CDLP™), I focus my practice on helping divorcing homeowners make a more informed decision regarding their home equity solutions and the divorce team identify any potential conflicts between the divorce settlement, the mortgage, and the real property.

Craig Strent is the CEO and Co-Founder of Apex Home Loans, a firm he helped start in 1998. He graduated from the American University s Kogod School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife, Amy, his sons, Sammy & Ollie, and his dogs, Pavarotti and Butters. In his free time, Craig is an avid roller hockey player, loves to hike the local trails, travel the world, and study history.

For more than 15 years, Craig has been consistently ranked among the top 1% of mortgage bankers nationwide and has been named among the Most Influential Mortgage Executives in America. Craig holds a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS) designation, which speaks to his mortgage planning expertise in working with financial advisers to tailor a mortgage that complements long-term financial goals. This is a unique skill among mortgage bankers that requires extensive training in the areas of taxation, estate, and financial planning. Craig is sought out for his mortgage planning expertise, and he regularly teaches classes and offers Continuing Education (CE) credits to financial advisers in the area.

Craig is also a Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP) and has a particular niche for working with clients going through separation and divorce, solidifying his knowledge in the connection between divorce, family law, IRS tax rules, and mortgage financing strategies as they relate to real estate. Craig has also undergone both Mediation and Collaborative training.

Over the years, Craig has been recognized as a subject matter expect and has garnered both national and local media attention for his adept understanding of the mortgage and housing market. He has provided commentary on NBC Nightly News, CNBC, News Channel 8, and Fox Morning News and his writing has appeared in several notable publications, including the  Washington Business Journal.

Craig is a longtime member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, where he served on the Board of Directors for four years and co-chaired the membership committee. Craig is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington, where he served on the Board for 6 years and chaired the membership, selection, and nomination committees.   Craig is also a member of the Economic Club of Washington, where he joins the likes of other CEOs, Presidents, and major national corporation heads in the attendance of exclusive events that signal the future of the U.S. economy and the local business landscape.

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