Dan Eichhorn is a 32-year veteran of the mortgage industry and owner of West-Cal Mortgage, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (707) 879-8928 or by email.

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Documentation for a Mortgage Loan

By Dan Eichhorn of West-Cal Mortgage, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SEBASTOPOL − Today’s mortgage lenders are more rigorous than ever about vetting borrowers, which is why they require a considerable amount of documentation. To keep the loan process rolling along smoothly, be sure to provide everything that’s requested. Here are…Read More

Video: Home Loan Documentation Tip

With Dan Eichhorn of West-Cal Mortgage, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SEBASTOPOL – Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to applying for a home loan, don’t overlook the importance of complete documentation. Today we’re in Sebastopol with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dan Eichhorn of West-Cal Mortgage to learn more.

Video: Real Estate Inspection Tip

With Dan Eichhorn of West-Cal Mortgage, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SEBASTOPOL – Host, Sarah Rutan: When selling or refinancing your home, you should make sure two specific things are installed before the appraiser’s inspection. Today we’re in Sebastopol with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dan Eichhorn of West-Cal Mortgage to learn more.

A Common Mistake for Home Appraisal

By Dan Eichhorn of West-Cal Mortgage, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

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Dan Eichhorn: An Unlikely Connection

  • Dan Eichhorn is owner of West-Cal Mortgage.

Dan Eichhorn: An Unlikely Connection
“I really enjoy helping a first-time buyer get their first house."

SEBASTOPOL – Dan Eichhorn may have studied finance in college, but it was through a side job that he established a connection to his future profession. “While attending CSU Chico, I supported myself by working on a boat that belonged to one of the Lake Tahoe casinos,” he explains. “During that time, I became acquainted with a regular who happened to own a mortgage company. I told him I was going to work for him after I graduated, and that’s exactly what happened.” After getting his foot in the door, Dan spent the next several years gaining valuable industry experience before founding his own mortgage firm in 1990.

Today, as owner of West-Cal Mortgage, Dan says his favorite part of his job is facilitating life-changing transitions for his clients. “I really enjoy helping a first-time buyer get their first house. As a mortgage broker, I get many different kinds of clients, but there’s something about working with first-time buyers that’s especially satisfying. It’s probably because it’s a big deal for them—a real life-changer.”

A resident of Sonoma County (where he lives with his wife, Julie Leveque, and their children), Dan likes to spend his time outside of work getting his hands dirty. “We have a five-acre farm, where I enjoy working and growing my own food,” he says. “I also like working on my ’53 Dodge Power Wagon, which I’m in the process of restoring. Additionally, I’m an avid cyclist—I actually used to race bicycles when I was in college.”

In his life and career, Dan espouses the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle. “As a business owner, a husband and a father, it’s always a challenge to balance work and family,” he says. “In my line of work, it’s easy to become a workaholic, but when you’re raising kids, sometimes you have to know when to shut off the ‘dumb phone.’ At the end of the day, I think maintaining that balance makes you a better partner, parent and businessperson. Otherwise, you just get burnt out.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Dan says he’d get his auto restoration project ready for the road. “I’d finish restoring my Power Wagon and drive it to Alaska. It’ll basically be a new truck when I’m done with it, with a new engine and transmission, so it should have no trouble handling a big road trip like that.”

Ask me anything!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: Nepal—I’d love to do some trekking through the Himalayas.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?

A: My home.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

A: Read a book.

Q: What kinds of books do you like?

A: Usually historical books like presidential biographies and World War II accounts.

Q: What types of music do you like?

A: Mostly classics from the ’70s and ’80s.

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