Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oct 5
Category | General

EASY Three Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 can of pure pumpkin (small, 15 oz)
  • 1 box of spice cake mix
  • Chocolate Chips 1-2 cups (depending on taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix cake mix and pumpkin together.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop cookies onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-9 minutes.  Let cool slightly before serving.

Yes, that's it. Easiest recipe EVER


New Hires

Welcome Emily McVay

Sep 19
Category | New Hires

Homestead Funding would like to welcome Emily McVay to our Lockport, NY sales team. Emily has been in the banking industry for over five years.

Over the course of her career, Emily has learned that people communicate in various ways whether by text, phone, email or in person.  She prides herself on doing business the way her client feels the most comfortable.  She treats every client as if they were her own family and walks them through every step of the transaction from application to closing.

Emily is very passionate about helping people not just in her profession but volunteering as well.  She founded and runs an organization called “Begin Again”; an organization that creates kitchen kits for women and children in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County escaping domestic violence.  Emily is also a member of the American Association of University Women, raising thousands of dollars in scholarships for local young women looking to pursue higher education through our annual What’s New Fair. 

Emily also enjoys hiking with her husband and two beagles and assisting her family on a local farm raising water buffalo, golden pheasants, angus and chickens.

Emily says she is happy to be a part of the Homestead team because of the wide variety of mortgage products they offer that allow her to meet her client’s needs.

Contact Emily with any mortgage questions. She can’t wait to meet you and share the joy of home ownership.

To Learn more about Emily visit her webpage.

Welcome, Emily!


New Hires

Welcome Tony Baker

Sep 19
Category | New Hires

Homestead Funding would like to welcome Anthony (Tony) Baker to our Sarasota, FL sales team. Tony has been in the sales industry for over ten years.

Tony understand that his clients are real people who have given him the privilege of helping them buy what will probably be the largest purchase decision they will ever make.  He prides himself on never ending a conversation without his client knowing what is happening, when it will happen and what will be coming next.  When you work with Tony, he will take an overall look at your financial situation and listen to your goals to determine the most beneficial loan program for your needs. 

Tony says working with managers and the sales and support staff at Homestead Funding fits right in with his philosophy.  “We have a family atmosphere that is always ready to serve in the best interest for our clients from your application right through to the closing process.”

Tony has been in the Sarasota region since 2003 and therefore knows the area well to help serve your needs.

To Learn more about Tony visit his webpage.

Welcome, Tony!




Savory Shrimp Piccata

Aug 10
Category | Informational

2 tablespoons olive oil
12 ounces uncooked shrimp (peeled and deveined)
½ teaspoon salt, divided
1 medium shallot, diced
¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
¼ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
3 tablespoons drained capers
2 tablespoons butter, diced
Lemon slices (to serve)


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and season with half the salt. Cook the shrimp until it turns pink and is slightly undercooked (about 3-4 minutes). Remove the shrimp from the skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside for later. Add the shallot to the pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Then add the broth, wine, lemon juice, pepper, and the remaining salt. Simmer for 5 minutes. Put the shrimp back into the skillet to finish cooking. Cook for 1 minute, or until the shrimp is completely cooked. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parsley, capers, and butter. Serve immediately (once butter has melted) over the pasta of your choice, rice, or zoodles and top with lemon slices.

Serves 2


One common misconception about buying a home is that you need a 20% down payment. While there are some benefits to putting more money down, it may be possible to get a zero-down home loan.* This could help you purchase a home if you have a steady income but have not been able to save enough for a large down payment. Understanding what zero and low-down payment options are available is the first step in figuring out what program best suites your needs. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a repeat buyer, at Homestead we have many options to suit all borrowers. With every option there are qualification requirements, so it is best to ask your Loan Originator for more details about these programs. The chart below reviews few of our best flexible options.   

 *Down Payment will be based on program type. Each program has certain qualification restrictions. Contact you Loan Originator for program qualifications.

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