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Rick Bossom Biography

It's Nice to Know
Something About Who You Work With......

When I look at Mortgage websites I wonder who the people are and how they conduct themselves as professionals; I think it's a good question to ask.

For me, it's simple, I am Rick Bossom, born and raised in the Comox Valley, I love my family, playing music and being a mortgage broker. It's great to say that but.... anybody can say that.... the proof is in the doing not the saying and for starters reading the past clients testimonials begin to explain the type of person and service you get when you contact me....

It's hard to write about yourself... but I think it's harder to work with (and trust) someone you know nothing about. For me when we're talking about financing one of the biggest investments in life, I would really like to know who I am dealing with, at least some background so I can trust my gut feelings. I'm pretty sure there are many people out there who feel the same way and if you're one of the ones reading this; you’ll totally understand what I am talking about.

How you really know me is either on the phone, sitting behind my desk or working out your mortgage a detail in your living room. You don’t know that I really enjoy a beer on Friday night or that my most favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption along with The Stand being my favorite book; by the way I’ve read it about ten times over the last 15 years or so. You just know me as the guy who is getting your mortgage, or the guy that’s trying to sell you on a mortgage. The point is you don’t really know me but as we work together on your mortgage that knowledge and trust will build and it’s the little things that count. I have clients that call me years after their mortgage has funded asking to send them copies of information they can’t find or questions on any number of different things. Sometimes clients just stop by for a coffee to say hi; those are the little things that count.

I was born and raised in the Comox Valley and lived on Comox Ave. I remember the most incredible views of the mountains and the iconic Comox Glacier from the long sundeck of that house. Summer or winter, there was always something interesting to look at. That was the late 60's and there wasn't much here. I mean we had a Dairy Queen and A&W but almost every small towns had them, The McDonald's opening up in the early 80's was a huge thing; at least for me and my friends. The hours of misspent youth hanging out at the McDonalds on the weekend, I just have to shake my head.

One thing I have always been and probably always will be is a musician. I started playing guitar when I was about 6 years old and moved to keyboards and bass guitar when I was about 14. One of the first bands I played in was the CAMPA Big Band. They were a bunch of guys playing the music from the 30's and 40's. The Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller stuff, and it seemed to go over really well. My mom used to drive me to those gigs and I loved playing bass in that band. But... I started to hang out with my friends more and wanted to play rock and roll (the usual thing that happens to teenagers). As soon as I turned 19 years old and could get into bars I was playing all over Western Canada in seemingly countless and pretty well nameless bands and I still love playing. One of my best times and memories was with a band called "All in All" Tribute to the music of Pink Floyd. We played just about all the soft seat theaters in Western Canada and received rave reviews for the show, it was a great time and I am sad it didn't carry on but everything has its day. I am not sure where the picture below was taken but I am the guy on the right playing the keyboards.

All in All Tribute to the Music of Pink Floyd Band

The band I'm with now performs classic rock with a huge lean to the 80's sound. We don’t travel very far or perform very much but it's still that rush when the music’s pumping and it's a great show we put on. Back in the day though, the life of a working musician, no security, living out of a suitcase and party, party , party. Who wouldn’t want that? It was fun but I needed something more so I decided to try something new.

I got my license as a Realtor in 1993 and worked at that until 1998. It was really enjoyable but the hard sell was a not something I enjoy or maybe I was just too young to really understand what I needed to do. In 1998 the market was in a bit of a slow down and I was getting into my thirties and had a bit of an early midlife decision (crisis). I moved back into playing music but thought I would make it more of a business and started a little studio called “Total Music Solutions”. I wrote jingles for radio, recorded local artists and even got a publishing deal from a (slightly) jazzy CD I wrote and produced. Apparently the deal never took off but was pitched around the world and at the least... it was pretty cool signing that contract.

While that situation was ending a good friend of mine asked me to work with him as a mortgage broker. I already had the experience in Real Estate and just had to re-license so I decided to move back to a Real Estate career but on the financing side of things. That was 12 years ago and as I start on my 13th year of my mortgage broker career I am happy and thankful for the freedom I have to be everything I would like to be. But still, I am just a local guy who plays keyboards that loves music and I wouldn't change it for the world except.... if I could have a redo in life it would be to buy lots of property when I got out of school in the mid/late 80's and write more songs but that's 20/20 hind sight.

The future holds more songs, more mortgages, more property and great times.