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Own Up is a privately held, Boston-based fintech startup that is on a mission to make sure every home buyer receives a fair deal on their mortgage by unconditionally empowering individuals with customized data, personalized advice, and unprecedented access to mortgage lenders to create better financial outcomes and simplify the home financing experience.

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Meet the team in your corner

Who’s behind the screen helping you better understand your mortgage options? Our team of expert, unbiased Home Advisors!

Our technology powers the best mortgage shopping experience out there, but our Home Advisors make it magic. Every customer gets a dedicated, licensed expert that serves as a co-pilot through the entire home financing journey, from start to finish.

Our Home Advisors work for your interest, not the lenders in our marketplace, so your Home Advisor’s only job is to answer your questions and help you make the best choice for your mortgage, even if it doesn’t come from our marketplace. If you find a better deal elsewhere, our advisors will tell you to take it.

At the end of the day, we want you to feel confident you’re making the best home financing decision. Our Home Advisors work to make that happen.

Meet some of our Home Advisors 👇


Tyler Stinson Sales Manager

Tyler joined Own Up as the first full-time Home Advisor in March of 2018. He has five years in the mortgage industry and over 15 years in customer service. With deep expertise and borrower empathy, he consistently provides top-notch service. Tyler moved from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts in 2016 and currently lives in Quincy, MA, but remains an avid Philly sports fan.


Jennifer Valenzuela Senior Home Advisor

Jennifer came on board as a Senior Home Advisor with us in 2020 after seven years at Bank of America. Whether you're brand new to the process or an experienced home buyer, Jennifer is here to support and empower you every step of the way. When she isn't helping homeowners achieve their goals, you will likely find her listening to 70's and 80's music with her daughter Soleia, her dog Tyson, and bunny Bartleby.


Charles Pierce Home Advisor

Mortgage guru and customer advocate, Charles' goal is to make the process as transparent, efficient, and painless as possible. Having worked in the industry for eight years, he's had experience at banks and brokers, but definitely prefers Own Up! A licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor to go along with an MBA, he'll talk for hours about anything finance or aviation related.


Tehri Gasparrini Home Advisor

Tehri joined our team in 2020 as a Home Advisor, but came to us first as an Own Up customer. Inspired by our mission, Tehri wanted to join the team to help others on their home buying journey. In addition to her extensive mortgage knowledge, she takes an empathetic approach to her clients as she has been through the mortgage process several times herself.


Olivia Lockbaum Home Advisor

Olivia began her career as a Home Advisor at Own Up shortly after graduating from McGill University in 2020. An extrovert at heart, she maintains a strong focus on establishing a friendly connection while gaining a firm understanding of every borrowers’ financing goals. With a passion for problem solving, she’s eager to tackle a challenge, whether it be a tricky mortgage file or a tough hand of cribbage.

Interested in meeting one of our expert team members for yourself? Complete our questionnaire to get matched today with your own unbiased, personal Home Advisor to help you through your mortgage journey.

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