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IAFF Member Finds Home Oasis with Union Plus Mortgage

Eric Wolkensdorfer, a Fire Fighter in Washington, found the perfect home for his family during their last move and purchased it through the Union Plus Mortgage Program. The house is nestled among the pines of the Pacific Northwest and provides a respite for Wolkensdorfer after a long day of work.

IAFF Member Finds Home Oasis with Union Plus Mortgage

Eric Wolkensdorfer is a federal fire fighter at Joint Base Lewis McCord in Washington.

"I love everything about my job," Wolkensdorfer said. “I love the people I work with and that I can usually walk away happy with the fruits of my labor.”

Wolkensdorfer joined the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) when he and his family moved to Olympia, Washington in 2016. During his union onboarding process, he was introduced to Union Plus and took note of the Union Plus Mortgage Program. He ended up working with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage through the Union Plus Mortgage Program to buy his family’s new house.

"The whole process was absolutely seamless. I couldn’t believe it," Wolkensdorfer said. "Our loan officers made the home purchase very smooth."

Set against the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest, the home is an oasis for Wolkensdorfer, his wife and their two children. When the COVID-19 pandemic derailed a planned vacation, Wolkensdorfer took advantage of a staycation to repaint the entire house.

Verified union members who purchase or refinance a home through Wells Fargo Home Mortgage will be eligible to receive a $500 value when buying a home, or a $300 value when refinancing your home1. All Union Plus mortgages include additional benefits for veterans and access to the Union Plus Mortgage Assistance Program, which provides interest-free loans and grants from Union Plus when members out are out of work due to a union-approved strike, lockout, involuntary unemployment, or disability2.

Wolkensdorfer is an avid advocate of Union Plus.

"I have only had good experiences with Union Plus, and it's such a benefit for all union members," he said. “Plus, on the mortgage side, you know you’ll get a good broker looking out for your best interests."

To learn more about the benefits of a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage through Union Plus, please visit unionplus.org/mortgage.


1. Eligible individuals can receive the Wells Fargo My Mortgage GiftSM award approximately 6 weeks after closing on a new purchase or refinance loan secured by an eligible first mortgage or deed of trust with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (“New Loan”), subject to qualification, approval and closing, when identifying themselves as eligible. The My Mortgage Gift award is not available with The Relocation Mortgage Program® or to any Wells Fargo team member. Only one My Mortgage Gift award is permitted per eligible New Loan. This award cannot be combined with any other award, discount or rebate, except as described in the Terms and Conditions. This award is void where prohibited, transferable, and subject to change or cancellation with no prior notice. Awards may constitute taxable income. Federal, state, and local taxes, and any use of the award not otherwise specified in the Terms and Conditions (available at wellsfargo.com/mmgterms and provided at receipt of award) are the sole responsibility of the My Mortgage Gift recipient.

2. The Union Plus® Mortgage Assistance Program and Veteran’s Grant are provided and administered through the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Plan (“The Plan”), which is not affiliated with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Additional information about this program and eligibility criteria can be obtained at unionplus.org/assistance.

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