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LOS ANGELES – Buying and selling real estate and investment properties in the hot Southern California market is no simple feat, and coupled with the challenging schedules of firefighters makes the situation more difficult. Fortunately for members of Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union the job has gotten easier since the credit union partnered with Pacific Shore Mortgage & Properties and formed a CUSO called FIREHOUSE Real Estate Services. The credit union said the CUSO is unique because it is the only real estate CUSO that has combined two companies from two different industries to serve the same unique niche market of firefighters and their immediate family members. Los Angeles Firemen’s CU was founded in 1935 – it’s currently celebrating its 70th anniversary – to serve Los Angeles City Fire Department employees and their immediate families. It has since expanded its charter to include all full-time, paid, professional firefighters and their immediate family members in the State of California. LAFCU has over $720 million in assets and more than 22,000 members. Pacific Short Mortgage & Properties is an exclusive firefighter-owned and operated real estate brokerage firm. LAFCU said FIREHOUSE Real Estate Services was formed to provide the CU’s members a source for all their home and real estate investment buying and selling needs with rebates of up to 50% of the sales commission. In addition, the CUSO will offer an easy loan application process, affordable mortgage options and is accessible to members at times that are convenient for them. Pacific Shore Mortgage & Properties VP Wayne Woman, a firefighter and paramedic for the San Bernardino Fire Department said since the CUSO has firefighter origins, “we can custom fit our services. We know their financial needs, their unique firefighter schedules, and can provide a stress free environment with one point of contact for the entire real estate process. And because our services are bundled, we are able to extend the savings back to the member.” -

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