Debra Patterson, VP—mortgage loan officer, comes to work every day eager to continually strengthen her relationships with customers. In fact, this is one of the many reasons she enjoys working at Bankers Trust.

“I tend to develop relationships with clients quickly,” Debra said. “I like meeting new people and making homeownership dreams come true, which is the main reason I went into real estate lending. When I start off with a friendly relationship with the client, it makes the loan process easier.”

While she is an expert in real estate lending, Debra’s background in journalism and mass communication contribute greatly to the work she does on a daily basis.

“I believe writing and communication skills are beneficial in any industry, and they have served me well at the bank,” she said. “About 15 years ago, I had the opportunity to learn about the mortgage industry. I jumped on this opportunity and have enjoyed working in the industry at Bankers Trust ever since.”

Debra uses her knowledge and diverse background as an expert contributor to the Bankers Trust Education Center’s Homeownership category.

“The mortgage industry has many requirements and regulations and I hope to navigate those waters with each of my clients to achieve their final goals,” she said. “Explaining the process and what is needed to my clients becomes a priority up front, and we typically have a positive experience. Tools such as the Education Center also help customers to understand the mortgage industry with concise, helpful information.”

Because Debra is focused on successful loan processes for her clients, she believes Bankers Trust is a stand-out organization when it comes to closing loans.

“There are many financing options in Des Moines, but at Bankers Trust, we are committed to closing the loan on time—we don’t drag it out,” she said. “If unexpected problems arise, we find solutions. I do everything I can to make it happen.”

For more information on credit scores, mortgages and homeownership, read Debra’s articles on the Education Center.


Debra Patterson is vice president and mortgage loan officer at Bankers Trust. Debra joined the bank in 2008, after working as a loan originator at Great Western Bank in Clive and City State Bank in Norwalk. She attended Iowa State University and Grand View College, where she studied journalism and mass communication.

Outside of the office, Debra volunteers her time with a number of community organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Children and Families of Iowa. She is a past board member of the Iowa Mortgage Association and has received the organization’s President’s Club status several times for outstanding loan volumes. Debra spends her free time with her four grandsons – often cheering them on at sporting events – in Des Moines and Denver, CO. She also enjoys golfing at Des Moines Golf and Country Club where she has been a member for many years.

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