HI, MY NAME IS… Cory Talbert

I’VE LIVED IN SCOTTSDALE FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE… We’re in the “magic” zip code. Scottsdale address, Phoenix taxes and the Paradise Valley School District. Plus, there are so many restaurants and things to do close by.

A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES… I’m a mortgage loan officer at Desert Financial Credit Union, so my typical day includes many conversations with people about buying or refinancing their home. I especially look forward to talking with first-time home buyers who may be hesitant to purchase and have never owned a home before. It’s rewarding helping people feel more comfortable taking this big step in their lives.

MY FAMILY IS… everything. I married my high school sweetheart. My wife is a teacher, and together we have two sons, a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old. We also have two dogs and a tortoise.

ONE THING I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IS… sunshine. I couldn’t live in a place that was gloomy. I enjoy hiking and being out in the sun too much.

MY FAVORITE MOVIE I COULD NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING AND WHY IS… “Man on Fire.” The acting and cinematography are fantastic.
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE… a veterinarian. As an older child and teen, I was always interested in real estate, even though I didn’t really understand what it was at the time. Once I figured out that I could be involved in real estate through assisting with mortgages, I never looked back.


THE ONE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS… my wife. She does so much at home and at work. Our family wouldn’t be a unit without her keeping all of us together.

THE PERFECT DAY IS… bright and sunny with morning coffee on the patio, a hike followed by brunch, and an evening poolside with a good football game to watch.

MY FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFIT IS… 1 Darn Cool School at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Desert Financial donates to the school and fundraises for the organization. I am inspired by how they help hospitalized children stay on track at school.

MY LIFE IS… constantly changing. Working with mortgages and real estate means never knowing what you’re going to wake up to marketwise. That’s what makes it exciting for me. I enjoy working through the challenges that can come daily.

THE BEST GIFT I’VE EVER RECEIVED WAS… a handwritten note from my clients. I’ve received many thank you notes for helping someone get into a home. It’s gratifying knowing I made a difference in their lives and that I was able to help them with homeownership.

MY DREAM VACATION WOULD BE… a safari in Africa.