Kari Story, First Home Mortgage


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Kari Story is nearing another milestone in the mortgage industry. Next year, the Ocean City branch sales manager of First Home Mortgage will celebrate 20 years of playing an instrumental role in helping first-time homebuyers, second homeowners and real estate investors acquire lending for their properties at the resort. 

During her successful career, Kari has facilitated thousands of loans in Maryland and Delaware and setting records along the way. In 2020, Kari financed more than $72M in mortgages for her clients. For Kari and her team, positive outcomes are predicated on genuine customer service and the knowledge and understanding of each of their objectives.

“We are committed to improving the quality of life for all of our customers and employees,” Kari said. “We do this by providing superior customer service and by seeking to understand the needs of our customers.”

This year, Kari was voted Best Mortgage Specialist of Worcester County by the readers of Coastal Style for the eighth consecutive year — an accomplishment that very few professionals across the Shore can claim. Yet, for as gratifying the individual honor is for Kari, she’s most proud of her team winning the Best Mortgage Team award each of the four years it’s been a part of the readers’ poll.

“These awards mean so much to us, especially because the votes are coming from people in our community. We are so grateful for all those who trust us with their business,” shared Kari.

Kari and her team’s continued recognition is also an extension of their ability to underwrite and secure the most competitive loans, as well as their attention to detail, infinite industry knowledge and dedication to first-class customer service. Further adding to the impressiveness of the team’s accomplishments is the fact that they are currently an all-female team, which is relatively unheard of within the largely male-dominated home-lending industry. 

When asked to what she attributes her group’s success, Kari responded, “We’re in a stressful business, but we find a way to make it fun, and our small team really feels like a family. I think our clients really see that.”

Sarah Dougherty, Kari Story & Ashley Harrison

6200 Coastal Highway, Suite 301,
Ocean City, MD 21842