Hello, I’m Austin Shumaker Founder & Loan Officer. I am a native of South Louisiana – having been raised in both Lafayette and New Orleans – I founded Neighborly Home Lending to bring a different approach to mortgage lending. I grew tired of seeing so many people struggle through getting a home loan because that process was needlessly complex. I built my company with a client-first approach and a mission to make buying a home as simple, clear, and stress-free as possible. Prior to starting my career in the residential mortgage business, I spent a number of years in the oil & gas industry – becoming intimately familiar with the unique regional demands of lending in the south. I understand the Louisiana economy and know how to get financing for the men and women who work in our unique industrial landscape. I was raised in an entrepreneurial family that fostered the notion that reinvestment by businesses in the community is foundational to the growth into and beyond the 21st century. That’s why, in addition to providing exceptional customer service, I structured Neighborly Home Lending to return 5% of our profits to community programs that spark the entrepreneurial spirit in Louisiana youth.