LIBERTY — Founded by Pat McCaslin in 1995, Mulberry Street Mortgage has been tucked near Liberty High School on Victory Drive. However, the Liberty native knew that if the opportunity arose, she would move onto the historic Liberty Square.
Last fall, that chance became reality when McCaslin and her two sons, Michael Sneary and Marc McCaslin, met Patrick McDowell, a real estate agent with Better Homes and Gardens of Liberty.
Now at 19 N. Water St., McCaslin is happy to be in the mix on the Square.
“We enjoyed being part of the Halloween event around here,” she said. “Our first event that the community at large will see us is Wine About Winter in February.”
The family is getting settled into their new space, which was the former Liberty office of Burnett and Driskill.
“This is an opportunity that I’m glad we took,” Pat said. “It was a space that needed a lot of work. However, Michael believed he could do the demo and the renovation.”
Sneary gutted the building in three days, including exposing the old tin ceiling. He said he hasn’t even tried to estimate the number of hours he spent in the renovation process, but likes the end result.
Marc and Pat continued the mortgage business at the old location.
Both sons are licensed as loan officers working for their mother, who is the owner/broker.
“My grandfather built a house on Arthur Street and, as a matter of fact, we have been able to purchase it,” she said. “Liberty has my roots. I graduated from high school here with my twin sister. We both ended up at MU. I journeyed to California to teach, but I found myself drawn back here.”
Pat met her husband at a high school reunion.
“Our family has history,” Marc said. “My parents’ farm overlooks Fountain Bluff Sports Complex. The city uses part of our farm for the Fourth of July fireworks demonstration.”
In the business, the threesome work on mortgages, refinancing and purchases.
“We have a longevity in this business,” Pat said. “Lenders and financial institutions know us.”
“I still believe people want to meet someone in person,” Sneary explained. “They also seem to like that we are a family. We support each other and our clients. We can handle a closing here in the new space and make it a special event.”
No matter what, Sneary said, Mulberry Street Mortgage is about family.
“I have been walking around the Square, checking on neighbors and getting to know the community we are part of,” Pat said. “It’s all been very providential from being able to purchase the old family home which is a few blocks to work.”