Vanessa Dimond
Vanessa DimondLoan Officer / Owner
NMLS# 195537

Born in Rockford, Illinois in 1967, I lived primarily in the Chicago area, save brief times in New York and North Carolina. In 1984 I began school at the University of Wisconsin and spent my second year at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. I graduated with a major in international relations and a minor in economics.

On a whim, I moved to Taos in 1989 while visiting during spring break. I met Ted at the Taos Inn and it didn’t take long to become his wife and stepmother to Risa and Corey. Together, Ted and I had Erica and Claudia, adding to the family we have raised together for over 20 years.

Taos took me very much by surprise. I spent the first couple of years with difficulty imagining how I could acclimate and live in a small community after coming from Chicago. Now, I am unable to imagine living elsewhere. The community Taos has provided for me and my family is invaluable and irreplaceable. My interests, not in order of preference, are skiing, tennis, travel, gardening, cooking, and reading.

My career in the mortgage industry began 20 years ago in the support position of loan processor, working my way up to include management, loan officer, and eventual business owner. I enjoy the ever-changing aspect of the industry – whatever happens on Monday could be negated by Friday. Solving problematic and challenging situations is my favorite part of this work. I look forward to having the opportunity to help you with your mortgage needs.

Ted Dimond
Ted DimondLoan Officer / Owner
NMLS# 195540

I was born in New York City on Dec. 30, 1953. I grew up in Westchester County and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1971. I was anxious to go out west, to strike out on my own and to ski the Rocky Mountains. After I graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder I moved to my favorite ski town: Taos, New Mexico. I had intended to leave within a year and return to school, but 37 years and four children later I remain here, convinced I always will.

I’ve worked many professions in Taos, as is often required for survival in this small town. Before entering the mortgage industry, I worked at the Taos Inn and the Appletree Restaurant, was a disc jockey at KTAO-FM, sold records at Que Pasa Music, and taught a history of Jazz course at UNM-Taos.

I love owning a business in the town I’ve lived in for so long and where I plan on remaining the rest of my life. By helping folks finance their homes, both new and old, I am often able to make possible things that seemed to my clients impossible. The mortgage industry offers a great variety of programs and strategies for financing, and many times we can help a client qualify for a program that they were initially unaware of and that makes the home purchase affordable rather than out of reach.

I value my friendships and being part of this community. Because Dimond Mortgage will be in business for many years I am particularly careful to treat our clients in an honest and efficient manner. I know that I will cross paths with each of them over the years, in many different roles. I want to always feel satisfied that I’ve provided the best possible financing and counsel for my neighbors.

Thanks for finding the Dimond Mortgage Web site. I can assure you that our entire staff is here to serve your best interests.

Donna Nelson
Donna NelsonLoan Officer
NMLS# 283944

For the past 30 years the sight of the Rio Grande Gorge driving into Taos has never failed to induce a feeling of awe and excitement in my gut. For some reason, the first view of this amazing natural creation makes one feel that anything is possible and inspires a feeling of hope. This must be the reason why I have lived here for 30 years and raised two children and numerous dogs and cats right here in Taos.

My husband and I were nestled in a small village southeast of Taos called Llano San Juan, outside the village of Penasco. We raised 4 children between us (two of whom were born in the house) and most recently became empty nesters. We recently sold our old adobe in Penasco and moved to condo living in the town of Taos. Being in town, I have access to the Farmers Market on Saturday, enjoy movies at the TCA with real buttered popcorn and wine, and frequently visit the many fantastic art museums.

I entered the world of mortgage financing in January of 1998 and it has remained my career of choice these past 16 years. This job has allowed me to help finance homes for many of the wonderful people that live in this community as well as create long lasting relationships. After all, this is home. Home is where you surround yourself with the people you love and care about. It is this aspect of my job that is important to me; helping to create a rich life for others.

Larissa Schaetz
Larissa SchaetzLoan Officer/ Senior Loan Processor
NMLS# 1415159

As a born and raised Texan, I spent many vacations visiting Taos for the incredible skiing. Every time I visited, I wanted to stay and truly felt at home. In December 2012, Taos and its people welcomed me with open arms. Currently, I strive to do at least one exciting activity every day whether it be rock climbing, hiking, skiing, yoga, or knitting a hat.

Back in Texas, I attended Texas State University where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in business administration. After college, I worked for GMAC Mortgage where I gained knowledge on the servicing side of the mortgage industry.

I serve a dual role at Dimond Mortgage as the Senior Loan Processor and most recently, licensed Loan Officer. As a Loan Officer, I have the knowledge to answer any questions regarding your purchase or refinance.  With over 5 years of experience, I will make sure the process is as smooth as possible from initial meeting to the closing table. Northern New Mexico is an extraordinary environment and I am excited to be a local advocate when it comes to meeting your mortgage needs.