Jeanne Randazzo Szczech, Mortgage Broker/President, founded Arete Mortgage in Jan 2002 after having spent several years as a Loan Officer and Loan Processor in Southern California.She earned her B.A. in English from the State University of NY at Geneseo in 1990 and continued her studies at Lehigh University in PA where she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Education in 1992.

The education of her clients in the loan process is of utmost importance to Jeanne. Knowledge and understanding of the process is critical to an overall sense of client satisfaction.

Arete Mortgage is a proud member of the Durango Area Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau of the Southwest, Durango Growth Organization and Local First. They are also sponsors and supporters of KSUT public radio and various other local non-profit organizations.

Besides real estate, Jeanne spends her time with her husband, two daughters, and their two dogs and cat. When she’s not working on your loan, she can be found running, hiking, practicing yoga or seeking adventure with her family.

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Arete Mortgage is completely unique because…
Arete focuses its energy on customizing a loan plan for each client.
Arete strives for complete client satisfaction.
Arete is where character and quality count.


It is our mission to provide high quality mortgages at competitive rates along with superior customer service. Our loan programs include: purchase, refinance, debt consolidation, home equity loans, second mortgages, and home improvement loans tailored to your unique situation.