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Roland Weedon, Essex Mortgage
Owner & CEO

Jon Grafflin, Essex Mortgage
Correspondent Channel Executive


Roland Weedon – Owner  & CEO, Essex Mortgage
Hailing from Essex, England, Roland Weedon founded Essex Mortgage in 1986. With a background in education, Roland remained adamant that educating the client wouId be the company’s #1 priority. Today, Roland still holds to the fact that an educated client is best equipped to make decisions that are not only in their best interest, but also help in achieving both short and Iong-term goaIs.

While education is vital, so is adherence to the company’s mission and vision statements. We are lucky to be completely staffed with like-minded mortgage professionals whose priorities align with ours and who share in the philosophy expressed in our mission and vision. In fact, some of our employees have been with us 20+ years! We strive to provide every employee with an environment of support where success becomes simple. This approach guides us in all of our decisions. That is our culture.

Here at Essex, our dedication shows in our interactions with everyone. Simply put, our Essex Family is honored to take care of your family and has been since day one.

Jon Grafflin, CMB, AMP – Correspondent Channel Executive, Essex Mortgage

Mr. Grafflin has been a Mortgage Banker for over 20 years.  His experience spans across multiple disciplines in both Retail and Correspondent environments, including leading National sales organizations and running origination Channels on multiple occasions.  He has earned both his Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) and Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) designations from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, and has served as a Director of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association.  He resides with his family in Dallas, TX.

Mission Statement

At Essex Correspondent, we have 3 core values that drive our business and our decisions each and every day:

  1. Transparency – Our process and pricing is fully exposed to our Client partners; there are no hidden fees or other “gotchas” when doing business with us.
  2. Certainty – We contractually obligate ourselves to our profit margin and credit parameters, therefore the only variable in our process is the market.
  3. Efficiency – Outside of delivering directly to a GSE or GNMA, there is no more efficient process in all of Correspondent Lending.  Additionally, there are no roll fees, extension fees, pair off fees, or any other surprises.  Your pricing and guidelines are completely predictable.

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Our primary focus is always to provide exceptional service for all our clients, and this has allowed us to get very involved in our community. There are several worthwhile causes we get involved with throughout the year, both on a company level and as individuals. Everything from food drives and adopting families each Christmas to large gala events, we look for any way to help in our community.

Two of the primary foundations we support are the McKenna Claire Foundation and HomeAid Orange County.

The McKenna Claire Foundation works to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research. Founders and dear friends of the Essex Family, David and Christine Wetzel lost their daughter, McKenna, to a rare form of cancer at only 7 years old. Their vision is to see a world free from pediatric brain cancer where families can remain whole. Attending just one of their events or having a single conversation with McKenna’s parents and it’s easy to see their passion for helping other families. If you’re interested in learning more or getting involved with The McKenna Claire Foundation, simply click the link above. 

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with a mission of building new lives for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. With nearly 60 buildings developed and almost 1,500 beds added across Orange County, HomeAid Orange County has transformed the lives of more than 55,000 people affected by homelessness. 

Whether standing with The McKenna Claire Foundation and their passion for families or supporting the mission of HomeAid Orange County to eliminate homelessness, it’s easy to see how our own motto of Bringing Families Home coincides with the phenomenal efforts of these two powerhouse organizations. 

Data Mortgage, Inc. is an Equal Housing Lender doing business as Essex Mortgage. All loan programs, terms, and rates are subject to change without notice. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Essex Mortgage is not an agency of, nor is it affiliated with the federal government or any other entity referenced herein, except Essex Mortgage. Essex Mortgage's corporate office is located at 2200 W. Orangewood Ave. Suite 150 Orange, CA 92868 Tel: 714-935-2581; Loans made or arranged pursuant to a California Financing Law license. CA Department of Real Estate License #00936013; CA Department of Financial Protection and Innovation License #603G833, NMLS #70377 . Georgia Residential Mortgage Lender Licensee #23621. AZ #0943121, ME #70377, NV #3487, WA #CL-70377.  For licensing information, go to www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org.

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