Meet Our Team


It’s the people who make the difference

Branch Manager

Regional Director

Email: manny.sarnes@hteloans.us
Phone: (386) 490-4514

Manny believes that at its core real estate is now and will always be a relationship business which is why he focuses so much of his energy on strengthening his relationships with local real estate brokerages, title companies, and new home builders. Without knowing and having the respect of these local professionals it can be next to impossible to give a home buyer the pleasant experience they deserve during their home buying process. Making sure each and every client receives a great experience is what truly drives Manny.
With 16 years’ experience in the mortgage banking industry and as the top producer for the Maitland Branch of Home Team Equity Manny was given a promotion that allowed him to expand the Home Team brand to Volusia County where he opened a new office located in historic Downtown DeLand. Manny serves as the Affiliates co-chairman for the West Volusia Association of Realtors, Treasurer for the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors, and a strong advocate and participant of the Young Professionals Network of Volusia County.
Manny enjoys the subtleties of living in the small community of DeLand with his wonderful wife Amanda and his four children, Mia, Tyson, Tucker, & Daisy. When Manny isn’t working or coaching his sons soccer team he enjoys spending time boating, diving, and working out at the local gym.

NMLS# 353365

17 Years of Experience

Sales Team

Dir. of Marketing/Loan Officer

Email: amanda.sarnes@hteloans.us
Phone: (386) 490-4514

Amanda is the social media, content marketing and communications strategist for Home Team Equity, bringing expertise from her 13 years as a licensed Real Estate Broker to our team. With first-hand knowledge of what Buyers, Sellers, and Realtors want and need in their Lender, Amanda takes pride in matching those expectations through developing relationships and programs between HTE and our customers. As Director of Marketing, she leads Public Relations for all our special events, product launches, and sponsorships. Having opened our 2nd Volusia County location in Daytona Beach in 2017, she is very excited to now also be working with borrowers in the east side of Volusia county.
Amanda serves on the Board of the Childhood Cancer Foundation and is Chairman for the 2017 Annual Gala. Amanda enjoys being an active affiliate member with the West Volusia Association of Realtors, the Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors, and is a National Affiliate Member of the Women’s Council of Realtors. In addition to her philanthropic work, Amanda is honored to continue to grace the stage at the Athens Theatre in many of their amazing shows. Her best gig, though, is being mom to 4 amazing children: Mia, Tyson, Tucker, & Daisy.

NMLS# 1614280

Loan Officer

Email: stephanie.peel@hteloans.us
Phone: (386) 804-3596

Stephanie Peel has been in the finance industry for more than 20 years and has concentrated on helping people achieve the dream of homeownership for more than 15 of those years. She truly enjoys seeing first time homebuyers getting their keys and attaining this goal. She is knowledgeable in the programs allotted for first time homebuyers in the area. She has also worked with builders and knows the ever-changing construction industry.
Stephanie has served on the board for the Volusia Home Builders Association and has chaired several events for charities. She is also an active affiliate member with the West Volusia Association of Realtors.
Stephanie grew up in the West Volusia area and has raised her family here as well.

NMLS# 659674

Loan Officer

Email: matt.gurnow@hteloans.us
Phone: (386) 216-4602

With 13 years of helping families in West Volusia and the surrounding areas realize their dream of home ownership, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his clients and their realtors. It’s those relationships developed over the years with buyers, sellers and the many realtors in Volusia County that make home financing so rewarding for Matt.
Matt currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia and Flagler Counties as well as being an active affiliate member of the West Volusia Association of Realtors. Matt also raises money for many local charities through the annual Jeep Beach event held in Daytona Beach each spring by volunteering his time with planning, implementing and working the event.
Having grown up in Deland, Matt is thrilled to see the continued growth and changes to the downtown area and is proud to raise his daughter Chloe in Deland. If you are at any of the wonderful art or music festivals in town you will more than likely see Matt downtown supporting the many local businesses and artist in Deland.

NMLS #222531

Loan Officer

Email: heather.chavez@hteloans.us
Phone: (318) 680-1020

Heather has always worked in sales and service driven industries. She understands the importance of being available for her borrowers and real estate agents whenever they need her. She takes great pride in her customer service skills. Heather’s prior mortgage lending experience was working for a New York based direct lender where she was licensed and wrote loans for borrowers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida. She is very excited to be working for a company that concentrates its efforts in the Volusia County area where she lives.
Heather is married to her wonderful husband Manny Chavez, owner of Clarity Financial in Port Orange. She and her husband moved to Port Orange in 2005 and have been married since 2010. They have two beautiful daughters, Gabriela and Mia Jo. Heather and her family like to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. When Heather is not at a soccer game or the park with her daughters, she enjoys running and exercising at her local gym.

NMLS# 338072

Loan Officer

Email: jared.carey@hteloans.us
Phone: (407) 314-5273

Jared was in hotel management for 13 years prior to making the very exciting move to the mortgage industry. Jared began his career in the hotel industry while living in New York where he lived until 2005. With many years of customer service Jared knows what it takes to get things done and to make sure his clients are happy and satisfied. Going above and beyond to leave a great impression is part of Jared’s character and work ethic. He is very driven and focused on becoming the very best at anything he puts his mind to and is very eager and excited to apply these characteristics to his new career in the mortgage industry.
Jared has been married to his beautiful wife for 9 years and they love living in Deland and it’s tight knit community, which has so much to offer. In his spare time Jared will watch anything sports related but Baseball and Football are his first loves, enjoys taking his two dogs to the dog park, and spending time with friends and family..

NMLS# 1570676

Loan Officer

Email: jorge.barrantes@hteloans.us
Phone: (386) 675-4263

Jorge brings many years of real estate and mortgage industry experience to the team working for some of Florida’s largest real estate developers such as MCZ-Centrum and The Cornerstone Group where he was Manager of sales for The Palms Club Condominium and Director of sales for Regents Park respectively. From there Jorge joined Digital Risk, one of the nation’s largest mortgage processing companies, where he processed loans and performed property valuation reviews for major lenders such as Bank of America, Chase, SunTrust and Wells Fargo. The experience Jorge gained by working the front and back end of the industry provide him with a thorough understanding of what every family experiences during the home buying process and he is ready to use his knowledge to provide our customers with a friendly and pleasant home buying experience.
In his personal time Jorge enjoys spending time with family, volunteering for local charitable organizations like Orlando Union Rescue Mission and he is especially committed to raising awareness for children with autism by volunteering for the Autism Society of Greater Orlando.

Processing Team

Senior Loan Processor

Email: pattie.helzer@hteloans.us
Phone: (386) 490-4514

Pattie brings many years of customer service and mortgage industry knowledge to the table and directly deals with almost every client Home Team Equity works with at one stage or another. Pattie is the glue that holds the process together between Loan Officer, Buyer, and Underwriter and without her not much gets done.
Pattie worked in Southern California for 15 years with mortgage companies such as Coast Security Mortgage and Allstate Home Loans where she was a closer, junior underwriter, and senior underwriter managing over 100 accounts at a time in the mortgage understory hay day. Today Pattie is the person who manages the superior communication that Home Team Equity offers contacting clients throughout the mortgage process making sure they are fully aware of where they are on the home buying process and what the next step is.
Pattie has been living in Volusia County since 2005 with her teenage daughter and husband who also works for a locally owned and operated motor sports business. When Pattie isn’t working she enjoys weekends on her boat in the Saint Johns River, motorsports, and of course football!

Senior Loan Processor

Email: robert.land@hteloans.us
Phone: (386) 490-4514

Robert comes to Home Team Equity with a degree from the University of South Florida in Business Administration with a focus in Management and Marketing. After graduation Robert spent time with Digital Risk receiving some of the best training in the country in mortgage forensics and executed that training for some of the largest Mortgage Banking institutions in the nation. We are excited to have Robert be part of the team with his national training, great attitude, and uncanny ability to process complex files in a manner that excites both our Loan Officers and Underwriters.
Robert now lives in Deland with his beautiful wife and they both enjoy the community and participating in the fun events that are always going on in Volusia County. Robert enjoys anything sports and spends much of his time outside of work with family, friends or enjoying sporting events.

Loan Officer Assistant

Email: heather.greiner@hteloans.us
Phone: (386) 202-2852

Heather Greiner comes to the Home Team family from a strong medical background. After over 15 years of being in the medical field, she decided it was time for a change and venture into working with family in the mortgage industry. Heather is enjoying learning the wonderful world of Real Estate where she can assist with making the dreams of owning a home a reality. Heather is happily married and mom to one adorable son, Lukas. In her spare time you will usually find Heather soaking up some Florida sun, cheering on Orlando City, watching football, or partaking in a local hometown event.

Junior Loan Processor

Email: Deann.parker@hteloans.us
Phone: (386) 490-4514

Deann brings over 19 years of Customer Service Experience to our Team. She began her career in the Medical Field before earning her Degree in Business & Management. In 2005, she switched her profession over to the Banking Industry, specializing in Financial Planning. She loves the excitement of helping people in her community achieve their goals.
Born and raised in Deland, Deann is proud to be a 3rd generation “Delandite” and is thrilled to be part of a team that is focused on helping residents in her hometown and surrounding cities.
Deann and her husband, Alan, have enjoyed raising their 3 boys in the very same town that they were both born and raised in. When they are not working, Deann and her family usually enjoy their weekends outdoors. Depending on the time of year, they will either be in the woods, on the water, or participating in one of our special hometown events.

Loan Coordinator

Email: asja.miller@hteloans.us
Phone: (386) 490-4514

As our Executive Assistant, Asja brings her passion for customer service and hospitality etiquette to Home Team Equity.She loves being the first face people see when they walk in the door and is driven to make the Mortgage Process a bright,confident, and enjoyable experience for everyone from the very start.
In her personal life she loves staying active and enjoying life. Being in the sun and surrounded by people and animalsmakes every day better for her. When she does stay in she enjoys cooking and playing video games with her partner.​