John Higdon has been building relationships for the last 15 years in multiple industries. He has gained experience in industries such as Martial Arts and Fitness Management to Commodities and Marketing. For the last several years, he has been originating mortgage loans. Prior to joining Gershman Mortgage, he originated mortgages for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Des Moines market before moving back to the Cedar Valley to get closer to family in the summer of 2014 where he then continued to work in the mortgage industry.
John believes his greatest strengths are his traditional Iowa values and his work ethic. He is deeply passionate about building lasting relationships by listening to his clients’ individual needs and helping them achieve their financial goals. With a dedication to providing unparalleled customer service, he helps his clients make well-informed financial decisions to achieve their dreams of home ownership.
An Iowa native, John received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He moved to the Des Moines area after graduating college in 2004 and lived there for about 10 years, but in 2014 he decided it was time to move back to the Cedar Valley to get closer to family. John enjoys spending time with his wife Amber, and their 3 children, Luke (9), Drake (3) and Sloan (toddler). He is an avid outdoors-man and enjoys fishing, hunting, boating, camping, and an occasional game of golf when possible.
My name is Liany Solano. I am originally from Cuba. I speak fluent English and Spanish. I have been in this beautiful country for over 46 years and been living in Lee County for over 16 years with my husband and two sons.
I have been in the mortgage industry for over 9 years. What I enjoy the most about being a Mortgage Loan Originator, is the gratification that comes from assisting my clients achieve the American dream of owning their own home. Also, being available to answer any questions they might have for all of their future mortgage needs.
I am a proud Military mom and a member of Homes For Heroes. I assist Military Members (Active, Reserves and Veterans), Firefighters/EMS, Law Enforcement, Healthcare Workers and Teachers with closing cost assistance at the time of closing. This is our way to say “Thank You” for their services. I consider it a privilege to assist you with your mortgage financing needs.
Josephine Pappas is a real estate agent who is truly looking out for her clients. She is as passionate and excited as they are to see their dreams and goals get realized. Aware that at times it can be both emotional and sometimes stressful, Josephine utilizes her talents without pressure but with patience and understanding to ensure a calm and happier experience. Her personal approach to helping her clients purchase or sell real estate leads to successful transactions.
In this busy world Josephine knows how precious her client’s time is. She not only listens but actually hears what her clients want, to maximize the time used for looking or selling their home.
I joined Homes for heroes to honor those that honor us.
Growing up, my parents were super heroes: A State Trooper and a nurse. They saved people at work and off duty almost every day of my childhood. I can think of no better way to honor them then giving back to local heroes in my own community.
Two significant events make being an affiliate even more meaningful for me:
- My son was born with adrenal disease. We had no idea of his condition until he crashed one day. EMTs, doctors and nurses worked tirelessly for hours resuscitating him. Without their hard work and dedication, I would not have my son with me today. I can never thank them enough.
- After 9/11, my father, who was working with the FBI, was dispatched to the crash site in Shanksville, PA. This was an extremely difficult time for Americans, especially those directly affected. The people who stepped in as first responders witnessed the unthinkable and were examples of heroes everywhere who step up every day.