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Aaron Johnston, Portland, OR Loan Officer

Aaron Johnston

Portland, OR Loan Officer

Our Promise

At Cherry Creek Mortgage Co., Inc., there are no gimmicks. We value people above all else. We believe the best mortgage outcomes start with the best people.

For every customer and partner who walks through the door, we make this promise and we stick to it.

Our Vision

We play a significant role in serving America’s home ownership needs. In this process, we aspire to meet and exceed your expectations by delivering specialized services to help you find the right loan that meets your specific needs. We strongly believe, that this kind of service should be the standard for excellence in the mortgage industry.

Good words from clients

  • Aaron has provided financing and refinancing for me 4 or 5 times at least. He is responsive, inventive, and efficient at his job, as well as extremely knowledgeable about the mortgage business. I always get a full explanation for any questions I have about different aspects of the process, closing costs, etc., and I always feel like the process is completely transparent from start to finish, and that I'm getting a good deal as well as good service.
    Brian M. Home buyer
  • Aaron was fantastic to work with. He went above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of in buying my first home. I would highly recommend him for home buyers at any stage.
    Victoria Home Buyer
  • My wife and I have used Aaron on 3 separate occasions. As first time buyers in 2011 for a 30 year fixed. We then refinanced to a 15 year fixed and got a fantastic rate in 2014. Then in 2017 we purchased another house and used Aaron again. You don't go back over and over if the service and end results are not great. Communication is constant, he works hard to get the best rate available and is a genuinely nice guy. If you are like me, you scour reviews when looking for who to hire. I can say that if you go with Aaron you won't be disappointed.
    David G. Home Buyer
  • Aaron was extremely helpful in securing a loan for my first home-buying process. He was very communicative and provided a great service. Very grateful for all his help!
    Chelsea Home Buyer
  • Working with Aaron was a dream. My husband and I are self-employed. He didn't give us a hard time about that like some other lenders/brokers we talked to which was a huge win for us. The ease and organization Aaron brought to our home buying process was pivotal in us moving fast on our final offer. He worked great with our agent and was always so available and fun to talk with. Can't recommend enough.
    Katie S. Home Buyer

Get to Know Aaron Johnston

How long have you been doing what you are doing?

14 years

How did you arrive at this business? What path brought you here?

I have been interested in personal finance for as long as I can remember. After studying finance in college, I started working in the banking industry.  I quickly realized that I enjoyed building professional relationships with clients and helping them work through the process of planning their mortgage as part of their overall financial goals.

Describe the mortgage that you’re most proud of closing.

The most recent one that has funded.

Where can we find you when you're not working? What's your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

Spending time with my wife Jessica and kids Isla (3) and Parks (6mo), training at Beaverton CrossFit, socializing with friends, or punishing myself on a mountain bike at one of the great mountain bike trails we have in the area.

Any nonprofits you love? Why?

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Seeing what a granted wish can do for the many children and their families who are affected by life-threatening medical conditions is amazing. I love hearing stories on how Make-A-Wish Foundation is brightening the lives of those it serves. I have been fortunate enough, along with the generous help of my clients, to have been able to grant four wishes over the four three years during the "Season of Wishes."

Oregon Humane Society: My wife and I have adopted three kittens over the years from the Oregon Humane Society, and they need resources that they can get to help care for and protect animals who will, hopefully, one day find a loving family to be a part of.

Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run: A program that inspires a community to support the youth of Hawaii. My wife and I visit Kauai as frequent as possible, and although it is paradise that we see, there are many challenges that youth in the area face, such as drug and alcohol abuse. This program raises money which provides year-round support to help empower kids to maintain a healthy life. 

Where did you grow up and why aren’t you there now?

I grew up in Florence, Oregon but I wanted to live in a larger city. I still enjoy visiting Florence as often as possible to see family and spend time on the great dunes, ocean and lakes.

Why have you chosen to live in Portland? What do you love about Portland?

Portland has the perfect mix of large-city amenities with a smaller-city feel, and it’s in a perfect location to do many of my free-time hobbies. There is always something to do here, whether it is trying a new restaurant or enjoying one of my favorite outdoor pursuits. In under two hours, I can be at the beach, in the mountains or on a great biking trail.

My greatest life achievement is…

I married my wife Jessica in 2008

My greatest brush with fame was….

Tom Cherones (director of 81 episodes of Seinfeld, my all-time favorite show) came to a birthday party of mine in Florence when I was 24 or 25 and told everyone about crewmembers and deleted scenes.

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