I wanted to share with you a heartwarming story that happened this week, right here in San Diego!
As a mortgage lender, my primary focus is to get people home, and this week that was taken to a whole new level!
It was over a year ago that I got a call from one of my agents, OB Juncal, who told me of a client he had who was looking for a home for their little boy named Izaiah. His family needed my help to finance their new home.
I later found out that Baby Izaiah had been hit by a teen drunk driver back in October 2010 while being wheeled in his little stroller on the sidewalk, by his grandfather, on the way to the park. Luckily, he survived the accident. However, he remains paralyzed from the chest down, partially blind, with severe brain damage.
At the same time, it was discovered that the family’s home they had been renting was not equipped for a disabled child. Also, it was discovered that it had a terrible mold problem so they were forced to move.
All the while, Linda and Charles Van Kessler, founders of the charity Passion 4 Kids were diligently working to provide this young family and their special needs child a safe environment to come home to once baby Izaiah could be released from the hospital. Through diligence, perseverance, and an overwhelming response from the community, the family finally got to see their new home on Wednesday of this week. Let me tell you there wasn’t a dry eye to be found!
This experience showed me that my job isn’t just a transaction. My job is about touching the hearts and the lives of everyone that comes “across my desk”. Helping people realize their dreams of homeownership, no matter what that looks like, is my true passion and this experience has helped me realize what that all really means.
I look forward to helping you and your friends and family realize your dreams as well!
P.S. By the way, if you are drawn to this cause, then your donations are greatly appreciated should you feel inclined to help. Go here for more inforation. Passion 4 Kids
I’m a first time home owner and put down money on a home on 5/25, and got my keys on 6/10. According to the seller’s agent, this is the fastest that she’s ever seen a home purchase complete in recent years . You want to know my secret? Getting synced up with my mortgage broker, Maureen Martin, ahead of time :)This lady is. the. bomb. She manages all client-facing communications on her own, and is always super duper responsive. From previous experiences, this is one of the most important aspects of having a mortgage lender early - to get educated, to get your questions answered, to lay down all the ground work so when it comes time to rumble… you’re ready to rumble.And thanks to Maureen, we were!Our working process was - I had 1 consultation session with her, completed the application with some help, and voila - we were pre-approved! Once we are pre-approved, I was able to procure loan pre-approval letters with ease (either through Maureen herself or through a template that she issues), and placed offers broadly. Once we offered on a home and were selected, she and her underwriting team were able to Quickly guide me through the required documentations (she'll send me a document, and we'll have a quick call going through it) and lock down a competitive rate. It was wonderful always having Maureen in my back pocket on speed dial during this time because buying houses = so much paperwork.I am super grateful to have met such a resourceful, dynamic, professional. I love that she is always “on top of it” and got us through the home buying purchase with ease. Highly recommend for anyone looking to maneuver this difficult real estate market and want to bring the big guns.Cheers!TL: DR - All these 5 star reviews don’t lie, get her!
Maureen was recommended by Melissa Tucci (realtor/broker). I found Maureen to be very competent as well as very kind and easy to do business with. I would recommend Maureen (and Melissa) to anyone looking for residential properties and loans. They both earn 5 stars on a 5-star scale in my book.Tod SnodgrassSan Diego, CA
I worked with the Maureen Martin team on the purchase of my first home and also an investment property. The level of care, attention to detail, and professionalism demonstrated by Maureen Martin and her team far surpassed my expectations. I really appreciated Maureen Martin’s honesty and transparency throughout the mortgage process. Her team stays on top of every detail and is there for you every step of the way to answer any questions and address any concerns. I highly recommend Maureen Matin.
Look no further for your financing needs. I reached out to Maureen after my husband grew frustrated with a broker he was working with. Maureen was incredibly responsive, professional and skilled. We refinanced three properties in no time, thanks to her. Maureen is very highly recommended!! Thank you Maureen!
DO YOURSELF RIGHT! GO SEE MAUREEN.Let me start off with saying Thank you.I started with a seperate company and who was unresponsive and veered off of the original quote,BY ALOT.If it wasnt for the reviews on this page i would'nt have saved tens of thousands of dollars so thank maureen ur the best.
Maureen was the absolute best when we bought our first home in 2019. We were starting a family and had shopped with other lenders, but Maureen was the most responsive and gave us the best rate! Being that it was our first home, we had a lot of basic questions and she was able to answer them all and provide guidance with the budget we had. She was unbelievable throughout the whole process and I cannot thank her and her team enough. She even gave us a beautiful welcome mat once we were all settled in. Don't hesitate, call Maureen for if you need a home or to re-fi. She's the best!!
Maureen was absolutely fantastic through my refinance process, top notch customer service with her communication and follow through. She made the process easy and calmed my nerves when needed with her outgoing positive personality. She got me better interest rate than anticipated it was such a JOY to work with her.
Maureen is the best! When my pre-approval seemed hopeless, Maureen found a way to get me exactly what I needed, with a better interest rate than anyone else! Like, much better than anyone else. She was also clearly communicative, promptly responsive, and always enthusiastic through the arduous escrow process. If Maureen can't do it, then no one can...Thanks Maureen!
Maureen was AMAZING. If you are coming from out of state like I was let me tell you the real estate industry here is a shark tank. I did VA funding on a flipped duplex in Oceanside and just about every curveball possible was thrown at us. Maureen stayed strong though out and was honestly the glue that kept all party’s focused and got us through the escrow process. She was not only great at her job but made sure I was comfortable and had all questions answered during the loan process. I also talked with 3 other brokers before finding her, she is by far the best. Thanks Maureen!
Maureen Martin and her team are the best lenders out there by far! She is the most organized, communicative, professional, and friendly lender we have ever worked with. We felt like our financial and personal information were well protected and secure. We asked at least three times to move our closing date up and she obliged with seamless effort. You will never find a better lender and team to work with than Maureen!!
Maureen is the BEST!! She was so fun and easy to work with. Very knowledgeable and explained everything to me so that I could understand. If I ever had any questions, she was very quick to respond. The best part… she was able to get me a great rate!! If you need a mortgage loan, I highly recommend working with Maureen. I will be recommending her to all of my friends and family. Thank you Maureen!!
Maureen is amazing! We received an excellent loan rate and she was most efficient .(Our realtor said that we could not get an appraisal for nine weeks and Maureen secured one in two weeks! ) She responded quickly to any text or call. We would HIGHLY recommend her!
I cannot say enough about how incredible Maureen was through the whole process of buying my first home. She is super smart and knowledgeable, and she was always available to answer my million questions and soothe my anxiety about the process. I got excellent loan terms and she was able to get the process completed in record time -- I was able to do a 21-day escrow, which I think really helped my offer to stand out in this intense market. This whole thing would have been so much harder without Maureen holding my hand every step of the way! She's amazing!
Maureen was such a pleasure to work with! She is fast, efficient and helped us close our home loan in record time. I would use her over and over again, and I recommend her to anyone looking for a stellar broker.
She has been a rock star while refinancing! My original bank that I bought my condo with was dragging their feet, so I asked one of my friends from the area if she knew someone. We got my loan funded and all of our papers signed and notarized at lightning speed. Her professionalism, attitude and drive have been a breath of fresh air after my experience with the bank. And best of all, she got me a better rate!
Maureen is exceptional! As a professional in the industry I work with a lot of lenders and bankers and Maureen takes 5-star customer service to the next level! Her knowledge surpasses all of her competition and her ability lies in not only get the best pricing and terms for her clients but in a record speed time. She can have a clear to close in under 8 days which is absolutely unheard of in this marketplace. She also listens to clients needs and presents all viable options and solutions! If you are looking for a true professional, a true master of their craft, you do not need to look any further than Maureen. She goes above and beyond for her clients and exceeds all expectations! Thank you again Maureen for being the absolute stellar professional you are!
Maureen is the absolute BEST!!! In this crazy housing market you definitely need the support of experts that go the extra mile to get results! Maureen is incredibly experienced to get you results while truly having your best interests at heart! My husband and I are so grateful for her support, guidance and attention to detail that allowed us to purchase our dream home!!
Updating my review yet again as we’ve now been fortunate enough to work with Maureen several times, and she is consistently AMAZING! We consider ourselves very lucky to have found Maureen (simply via Yelp originally) to help us purchase our first home, and she has been ‘go-to’ to help us with refinancing our loan - and at times, we've simply reached out for her advice. You will want an expert like Maureen in your life. She is patient with answering any questions, and she is someone you can fully trust. I can’t imagine working with anyone else to support and guide us through the complex details and steps involved with mortgage loans. Maureen’s customer service is exceptional. She is extremely responsive and available to you every step of the way, with the utmost patience, warmth, integrity, efficiency, knowledge, professionalism, and overall just a truly good human! She is definitely the person you will want in your corner as your mortgage expert. For our first refinance, she had reached out to us (gently) to let us know we could secure a lower rate through refinancing, and we are so grateful she did. We were hesitant at first, but she was able to provide us with the estimates on our savings without any commitment from us. So, if you are considering a refinance, I would encourage you to reach out to Maureen to at least get some ballpark figures. We were so happy we explored and then pursued it - as it not only reduced our monthly payment and will save us a lot over the life of our loan, but it also resulted in some extra up front “savings” in our pocket (due to the escrow refund and skipped payments) so that we could finally do our kitchen remodel that we have been dreaming about. A huge thank you to Maureen for once again being a true gem to work with!Original review: All of these glowing 5 star reviews for Maureen are fully deserved!! We are deeply grateful that we found her (on Yelp!) and chose her as our lender for our home purchase! She is truly wonderful to work with, from start to finish! She is very knowledgeable, immensely responsive, reliable, efficient, trustworthy, and a wonderful source of support and encouragement, which is especially valuable during the stressful home buying process. To give you an idea of her efficiency and ease to work with, we first connected with Maureen at the start of August, and she had us pre-approved for a loan (through a very simple online application) and connected us with an awesome realtor before we could blink. We had an offer accepted on a home soon after and got our keys to our new home yesterday! I've only known her for slightly over a month, and yet, she feels like a close friend! She was our biggest resource and advocate during the escrow process. I highly recommend Maureen to anyone starting a home search, and especially first-time buyers because you will greatly benefit from having her as a support, trusted resource, friend, and 'cheerleader' through the process!
Maureen really changed our experience with Mortgages, it was so simple! We will use her services again and we've already told about her to our friends.It took us 20 days to close, Maureen answered all of our questions in a timely manner, easy to reach out, she took care of all the complex stuff for us.She's amazing, you should contact her, she won't deceive!
Maureen made the home buying process seem stress free and it was a pleasure working with her!!! I appreciated her timely response to questions/emails and she also helped us save $500+ regarding an appraisal transfer, which was not an easy task but well worth it. I look forward to working with her again and will be referring friends her way in the future .
This is my third home loan through Maureen. In each loan She has been very responsive with answering any questions and letting me know each step that the loan process was going through. I will without a doubt, I'll be using her outstanding services in the future. Thanks Maureen
If you are serious about closing on a property, I absolutely recommend working with Maureen. In a hyper competitive market like San Diego it's critical to have a really solid lender and realtor on your side to make sure you can close on a property. I can say without a doubt that I wouldn't have been able to find my house and close on it without her. Part of our offer was a lightning fast close time that she was able to pull off!It was a pleasure to work with Maureen, as she guided me through the entire process. I was moving from out of state so I had a lot of questions and she always responded super quickly with helpful answers! She even recommended a realtor for me and it made everything from finding a place to closing a really smooth transaction.Closing on a property can be a scary endeavor and having Maureen there to answer questions and alleviate my concerns made the process really easy. There was even a weird banking snafu at the last minute on my end that she helped problem solve to ensure we didn't delay closing. She went above and beyond, answering texts quickly at all hours of the day, even on the weekends! Thank you, Maureen!
Maureen was one of the best lenders I've ever worked with! She handled the loan portion of our transaction with efficiency and made the entire process seamless from start to finish. She's always available and responsive and will make a great addition to your team!