Knowledge is Power: Come and learn how to use YOUR VA Benefit!

Join us for the VA Home Buyer Success workshop and learn the fundamental steps to maximizing your VA benefits! This informative session brings real estate and mortgage experts to the front lines for you. A panel of the best in the industry will answer your questions and help with your personal plan to reach home ownership. It is our goal to ensure you are mission ready to buy your home.


Our Industry Experts Will Guide You Through:

  • Achieving homeownership utilizing your BAH
  • What costly pitfalls to avoid when purchasing
  • Credit questions and solutions
  • Determining how much you can REALLY afford with the VA loan
  • Benefits of buying vs. renting

Sam Hansen
NMLS #632837

About Sam

Sam Hansen
Mortgage Expert
NMLS #632837

Sam Hansen has been instrumental in serving the local California communities, bringing years of invaluable experience in the industry. Due to his vast knowledge, and continual commitment to quality, Sam has become a loyal and trusted resource among clients and associates. Sam has excelled in everything he has ever tackled in his professional and personal life. He has always been a top producer and held numerous leadership positions over the past 15 years. At one point, he ran the #1 retail branch in California in addition to managing retail mortgage branches that closed in excess of $1.5B annually for a large mortgage bank.

Sam has a background as a college football player with a degree in mechanical systems engineering. This experience has been invaluable to setting up the appropriate systems and processes to an ever complex and changing mortgage industry. Sam’s attention to detail on the process keeps files moving and ensures a successful and timely closing.

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced one, you can rely on Sam for your home and consumer needs. Sam truly is one of the most driven, competitive and passionate individuals you’ll ever meet. Combined with his ingrained integrity, enhanced and developed at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, there is no one you can trust more than Sam to get the job done and ALWAYS do what is in the best interest of the customer.

Sam and his wife Mary are blessed with four wonderful children, Jack, Jane, Grace and Belle. In his free time, he enjoys competitive softball and football, and golf. He is a sought after exert speaker in the mortgage industry as well as an avid real estate investor.

CA LIC # CA-DOC632837

Contact Sam:
(858) 442-1232

Danny Horanyi
NMLS #680596

About Danny

Danny Horanyi
Mortgage Expert
NMLS #680596

Danny is a fanatical and relentless worker who is a true student of the mortgage industry that cannot rest until everything is completed on his desk! We affectionately call him “Gigabyte” as he is a sponge with information. Whenever there is a question about a guideline or program, he is our “go to” as he can incredibly recall the guideline or pull it up almost immediately on his computer. We may need to upgrade his name to “Terabyte”!

Danny’s dedication and discipline has elevated him to the top of his profession. He recently spoke to over 2,000 industry professionals at Sales Mastery in October 2015, the premier mortgage and REALTOR® gathering of the year. He is also a regular guest on the Mortgage Coach national podcasts and a local mortgage expert appearing regularly on radio and TV.

AZ LIC # 0934689 / CA LIC # CA-DOC680596 / OR

Contact Danny:
(760) 822-9076

Derek Barksdale
BRE #01804284

About Derek

Derek Barksdale
Military Mutual
LT, LDO-6490, USN (Ret.)
BRE #01804284

As a licensed real estate broker and/or agent through two decades, Derek Barksdale has experienced every type of market with extraordinary success in facilitating client goals. Commonly known as not only "the expert," but "the expert who trains the experts," Derek is an active member of seven real estate associations and is frequently sought after for his sage advise throughout the nation. Derek has a broad background in workforce education and development. He embodies three decades of experience in facilitating the success of others while in the military as a naval officer, civil service as a Director of Operations, and private sector as an entrepreneur and founder of Military Mutual®. The passion he brings into any forum is evident by his strong desire to advance the personal and professional achievement of others.

A native of Oakland, CA., Barksdale enlisted as an E-1 in 1989, and nine pay-grades later, retired in 2011, as a naval officer designated as Force Protection Officer (FPO) in the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) community. Over his career Barksdale has served as the FPO and/or Training Officer onboard aircraft carriers, major installations, expeditionary squadrons and staff commands overseeing the law enforcement, physical security, weapons and public safety programs for up to 10,000 personnel at a time, ensuring force protection for well over 100,000 personnel; to include dignitaries, VIPs and High Value Assets critical to maintaining national defense.

Transitioning from his military career, Barksdale served over four years as a senior government service employee, directing the operations for over 350 civilian and military personnel, ensuring their personal and professional success was incorporated into the planning, managing and evaluation of daily routines. Barksdale attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and served in multiple educational and developmental roles throughout his career. Commonly known as not only "the expert," but "the expert who trains the experts," he is an active member of nine different local and national non-profit organizations intended to empower others to make informed personal and professional decisions. He is frequently sought after for his sage advice throughout the nation.

As the Founder of Military Mutual® and the Military Mutual Initiative, Barksdale directs a nationwide company and non-profit organization with offices that span from California to Florida, and a network that reaches into nearly every city with a military installation. He founded these organizations based on the sole principle of giving back to our nation’s military, veterans and their families through transitioning resources, programs, services and financial assistance intended to empower its members to make informed decisions alongside associate professionals with similar military affiliation. Today, Military Mutual® is the only known relocation organization for military, veterans and their families…exclusively employing military, veterans and their families!

Contact Derek:
(619) 254-1496

Tiffiney Welles
BRE #01271674

About Tiffiney

Tiffiney Welles
Tenax Real Estate
BRE #01271674

Tiffiney Welles was a high-level overachiever right out of the gate. Combining legal studies with a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University, she excelled in the position of Legal Coordinator, and later VP of Legal Affairs with the San Diego Association of Realtors, where she transformed the legal department from a dysfunctional fiscal liability into a thriving and profitable business. She’s an innovative leader, well known in the real estate world, and boasts a solid track record for improving processes. She led the charge of some sweeping changes in contract negotiations and mediation practices that became an education model for agents, and was recognized state-wide and copied by various associations.

Beyond her immaculate professional background, real estate is in her blood. She’s the granddaughter of a self-enlisted WWII private who worked his way to officer, then used his benefits to buy and sell properties, retiring comfortably at age forty. Most fascinating, she’s also the great-granddaughter of one of the first women to engage in buying and renovating properties for resale and profit in the early 20th century.

Tiffany has experience in all things related to residential real-estate holdings. She’s an investor herself, having acquired, renovated, rented, and transferred multiple properties and currently continues to manage a fleet personal real-estate assets. Proud of her legacy, she honors her family crest with unwavering ethics, a poised determination, and strong sense of devotion.

Contact Tiffiney:
(619) 977-8433

Ben Biggs
BRE #02016327

About Ben

Ben Biggs
Discher Real Estate Group at Canter Brokerage
BRE #01804284

Ben Biggs is a licensed Real Estate Agent with The Discher Group at Canter Brokerage in beautiful San Diego. He is a six-year Navy Veteran and an active drilling Naval Reservist specializing in ballistic missile defense systems. Hailing by way of Colorado, Ben has a background in IT, tech startups, sales, business development, and entrepreneurship. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and daughter, who support him in all his endeavors. His hobbies include weight training, mountain biking, Broncos games, learning languages, and enjoying the incredible craft beer and food scene that San Diegans have masterfully cultivated. His passions revolve around self-improvement, service, honor, and effort in all things in life.

Ben's true mission in life is to serve others in the highest way possible. That is why he decided to join the real estate industry. He wanted a career that would allow him to connect with people in a direct and authentic way.

Contact Ben:
(619) 987-8294

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