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Professional Profile: Karen Rizzo 2016


  • Title: Senior Loan Consultant
  • Company: Mortgage Advantage Group
  • Location: Melville NY
  • Birthplace: Hempstead, NY
Karen Rizzo, Mortgage Advantage Group

Education: Bachelor’s Degree International Marketing & Business

First job outside of real estate: Through college I managed night clubs, and first job out of my Assoc. Degree was Garment Center Sales – Better Dress Market  – NYC/Dallas.

First job in real estate or allied field: RE agent license at 19, however the real job in R.E. was owner of my mortgage brokerage (27 years)

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I am currently a mortgage financing expert on both commercial and residential properties. I am planning on purchasing investment R.E. and retiring to write full-time.

How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? Kickboxing (22 years- I love it), gym, movies, writing.

Favorite book or author: No favorites – I read screenplays mostly or books on business and life enhancement.

Favorite movie: Many favorites…”Swept Away” (1974 version) however “Midnight Run,” “Moonstruck”, “Pirates of the Caribbean – The Black Pearl.” : ) I love movies, so I have many favorites in each genre (no Horror films.. not a fan)

Last song you purchased/downloaded? I don’t purchase or download – Sirius Radio

One word to describe your work environment: Energizing

Rules to live by in business: Treat others as you would want to be treated, with respect, fairness, honesty, and integrity.

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead, but not related to you) who would it be and where would you go? I would invite Lina Wertmüller, (born 14 August 1928), an Italian screenwriter and film director. She was the first woman nominated for an Academy Award for directing for Seven Beauties. We would go for espresso at an outdoor cafe in Italy!

What is your DREAM job? (something other than your current job) Writing wherever I want to…near the water somewhere in the world.