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About us
Not all mortgage lenders are the same
Our Vision
What sets Fairway apart
Everyone wants to be the best option available in the mortgage banking industry. Few agencies follow through by building experience, studying every option, and developing a proven strategy to ensure that every client gets into the home of their dreams without all the stress.

We are that lender. We've been in the industry for more than 16 years and we've tailored our expertise to provide the best options to everyone who walks through our door. Just like buying a home, we don't treat customers as a short-term goal. We want to make sure that you're happy with your purchase 30 years down the line, and friends for life.

A major reason why we're able to provide the best service and the best offers is by keeping everything in-house. So many lenders add unnecessary delays and costs by outsourcing tasks to third-party providers. We will never engage in these practices, keeping all your important information in our office.

Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, we aim to offer the best mortgage lending services in South Florida. We have a full-service support staff to help keep all activity in-house, and we enjoy being part of one of the largest lenders in the country.

Our business is built on performance, clear communication and the satisfaction of our clients. "Client for life" is not just a slogan...it's our whole business.
"We give you the best option for closing your house on time, and without needless hassles."
Meet Our Team
The staff that sets Fairway apart
Derek Fertig
Branch Partner
Derek is ranked no. 1 in Florida among mortgage originators, thanks to his ability to listen to and understand clients needs. This allows him to succeed with both borrowers and realtors, leading to more than $500 million in real estate closings.
Justin Miller
Branch Partner
Justin Miller is a professional Mortgage Banker/Branch Manager who sets the bar in his industry for knowledge and service. He has been featured in Florida Trend magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and has been used as a source of expert information in The Miami Herald.

From rates to closing costs, Mr. Miller always acts in the best interests of his clients, and delivers what he promises 100 percent of the time. He consults with each client to find the perfect loan to fit their family's current and future needs. He provides his clients with an first-class experience by educating them on every aspect of the loan, and keeping them updated on a daily basis for the next steps. He builds lifelong relationships with his clients, helping them achieve success with every loan he helps them with.

His background as an Account Executive, Mortgage Broker, Mortgage Broker Business Owner, and Mortgage Banker has given him the knowledge to help his clients with more efficiency and expertise than the majority of his competitors. Mr. Miller is active in the community and charities, and serves as a Board Member with the Ann Storck Center, helping children and adults with disabilities. He was also a Board Member with Lupus Foundation of America's Southeast Chapter.

Mr. Miller holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance and Accounting from Millersville University in Millersville, PA, where he received a full scholarship.
Jeff Ballard
Operations Manager / Loan Originator
Jeff has built up unprecedented knowledge in real estate and home lending after 15 years in the industry. Still, his best trait might be the dedication he attaches to creating seamless transactions for every one of his clients.
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Adam Berlin
Loan Originator
Adam ranked in the top 5 percent at Merrill Lynch for mortgage lending before founding his comprehensive wealth management firm, Sunwealth Management. He joined our team in 2014 to better service mortgage needs.
Adam Jaroszewski
Loan Originator
Adam began working as an entrepreneur at the age of 19, and in the process learned the importance of hard work in accomplishing one's goals. His real estate expertise will help you accomplish your homebuying goals.
Haaz Uuqdah
 
Haaz Uuqdah started his mortgage career in early 2000. He has helped hundreds of families achieve their dream of home ownership. His success is the result of my ability to stay up to date on the continuing changes in the mortgage industry, and by providing unparalleled service to his clients. His specialties include Fixed Rate Mortgages, Hybrid ARM, FHA Mortgages, Adjustable Rate Mortgages, Conventional Mortgages, USDA Home Loans, First Time Homebuyers, Refinance, Homeownership and Multiple Mortgage Products.

Outside of work, Haaz enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering with the Children's Service Council and The Boys and Girls Club of Broward.
Ivette Barner
 
As a professional Mortgage Consultant with 21 years of experience, Ivette Barner sets the bar for knowledge and service. From rates to closing costs, She always acts in the best interest of her clients, and delivers what she promises. Her background includes time as a Mortgage Broker/Business Owner, Loan Officer, Mortgage Banker, Credit Repair/Debt Collections Specialist, and Real Estate Radio Host, which has given her the knowledge to help clients with more efficiency and expertise than the competition. Ivette believes customer service should be delivered seven-days-a-week. Call her and get your Pre-Approval letter the same day. Ivette habla español.
Brian Coutu
 
Brian Coutu is a residential mortgage professional who takes a holistic approach with each and every client. He analyzes his clients' current and future needs, determining what mortgage package is best for them.

Passion, hard work, and efficiency are just a few words that describe what kinds of characteristics Brian brings to his client transactions. He meets deadlines and works well under pressure. From pre-qualification to the closing table, Brian's client's loan package will never leave his office.
Mike Owen
 
Mike Owen is a mortgage banker located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. His passion is to help families get into homes. He works with many first-time homebuyer programs to help each family get the best mortgage to fit their individual needs.

By getting to know his clients personally, Mike is able to tailor-fit mortgages for their future. He also treats every client like they are his only client, by providing them with undivided attention and updating them on the next steps of the mortgage process so there are no surprises.

Mike's background as an Accountant and Mortgage Banker has given him the knowledge and attention to detail to help clients through the mortgage process—or mortgage planning, if clients want to wait. Mike's goal is to be your mortgage professional for life.
Steven Blaha
 
Being born and raised in South Florida gives Steven Blaha a special connection with the people and the homes. He always strives to be pleasant, hardworking, and willing to go beyond his job duties to help clients throughout the transaction. He takes great care to cultivate a culture that is filled with happiness and teamwork. Steven's primary focus is you.
Tony Farias
 
Tony Farias is a Loan Specialist who sets the bar in his industry for knowledge and service, and he takes every loan as personally as he would his own.
Real estate agents have referred Tony for than 15 years and counting, thanks to his long-lasting relationships. From working with first time homebuyers, rates to closing costs, he always acts in the best interests of his clients. Tony consults with each client to find the perfect loan to fit their family's current and future needs. He provides his clients with a first class experience by educating them on every aspect of the loan and keeping them updated on a daily basis as to the next step in the loan process.

Tony builds lifelong relationships with his clients, helping them achieve success with every loan. His background as an Mortgage Banker and Mortgage Broker has given him the knowledge to help clients with more efficiency and expertise than the competition.

Tony is active in the community and charities, and serves as both a PTO member and Little League Coach. He holds a Mortgage Banker's License.
Our Community
Derek Fertig and his team are proud to be members of the Fort Lauderdale community, serving the city as both honest businesspeople and concerned citizens.

Derek is honored to be president of the local chapter of VAREP. The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals is a non-profit organization dedicated to boosting sustainable homeownership opportunities and financial education to both veterans and active duty members of the U.S. military.
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