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Sam Batayneh

SVP of Mortgage Lending
12121 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 350, Los Angeles, CA 90025
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NMLS: 332474
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Very professional and great communication. I loved the fact he was confident enough to pay for the appraisal upfront, and followed through on the loan quote and fees. He made it painless. Signing was easy as well. Great job.

Rebecca K.-Toluca Lake, CA | MAY 2016

Tyler Von der Lieth was the most thoughtful, attentive, and responsive person on our team. If I called with a question, he would answer it within minutes if able, and if not, in a timely manner. We have obtained loans or refinanced at lead 15 times during our life, we own 5 properties. This was the best, most reliable and pleasant refinance that we have ever experienced. Tyler is a very positive, hard working individual, and should do very well for your company.

Jodeane F.-Capistrano Beach, CA | MAY 2016

Sam made the process quick and easy to understand. He helped me meet all of my goals. I could not be any happier. I'd definitely use Sam Batayneh again!!! A+++++

Ronald D.-Seal Beach, CA | MAY 2016

The whole process of refinancing my home mortgage was efficient, especially the help of my loan officer Sam. This is the third time I have used guarantee great to refinance the home mortgage.

John W.- Carmel, CA | MAR 2016

One of the easiest and most positive loan experiences we've had. Very satisfied with our interest rate and the responsiveness of Sam B. and his team!

Noreen H.-Newbury La Honda, CA | MAR 2016

Sam Batayneh and his team at Guaranteed Rate performed above and beyond expectations! That is a lot to say, but it's only part of the story. Sam and his team are efficient and friendly, and they help in so many ways. Many others will make promises that can't be met... With Sam, he knew my needs, we set realistic goals, and then he helped to meet those goals. I recommend him and Guaranteed Rate without reservation.

Michael N.-Newbury Park, CA | MAR 2016

Sam is great - makes me feel as though I am an important customer, and keeps my interests foremost in his mind.

Craig A.-Los Altos, CA | MAR 2016

Sam Batayneh was a pleasure to work with and extremely knowledgeable.

Rita S.-San Francisco, CA | MAR 2016

Sam and Dawn were outstanding to work with, very happy with the service.

Marinita C.-Redondo Beach, CA | FEB 2016

Very few companies would have been as persistent in getting the job done. My kudos to Sam Batayneh and his team.

Michael M.-Sherman Oakes, CA | JAN 2016

Our loan required over 15 months and a great deal of expertise to consummate. Outstanding terms were ultimately achieved. I'll be back when the time comes!

James P.- Temecula, CA | JAN 2016

Sam's Knowledge of the mortgage process and ability to get things done quickly to hit deadlines. Sam is Amazing :)

Micah W. – Los Altos, CA | AUG 2015

Sam and team were extremely helpful.

Raylin C. – Los Altos, CA | Apr. 2015

Sam was up front and honest about all aspects of my somewhat complicated financial situation right from day one and delivered what he promised from day one. Everything went smoothly, I was kept aware of progress, and all my questions were answered promptly and accurately.

Peter H -- Soquel, CA 1/27/2014

“Sam Batayneh and Linsley Sweet made the refinance easy for us by being helpful all the way. I cannot think of any better people to work with. Thank you.”

Julien H. -- Tiburon, CA. -- 12/2013

About Sam

I have been a mortgage broker since 2004 after graduating from the University of Arizona with my Bachelor of Science in Regional Development. I am a part of the Guaranteed Rate President’s Club and am #180 of out the "Top 200 Mortgage Originators in America 2015" as well as a "Top 1% Mortgage Originator in America in 2013, 2014, & 2015". I find mortgage finance intriguing because of my interest for economics and geography, so working in the mortgage industry is perfect for me. Working in this industry provides me with the opportunity to help my clients achieve their goals and needs. I specialize In Jumbo loans and pride myself on having one of the highest average loan amounts in the country. I am currently based in Los Angeles / Beverly Hills.

Sam interview Q&A

What specific steps do you use to help your customers find the best home loan for them?
I talk to them and discuss what they're looking to do, and sometimes if the best option is to do nothing at all, then I will tell them to stay put. Otherwise, I only find and present options that I would find acceptable myself. We weigh the positives and negatives of what I've presented and make the best move according to what my client's gut tells them.
What are the pros and cons of a fixed rate mortgage versus an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)?
There are no pros and cons for fixed rate mortgages versus an adjustable rate mortgage. Mortgages are like fingerprints. No two are alike. During the process of figuring out what options to present my client, if they tell me they are planning on keeping the home forever, I will only recommend 15, 20, or 30 year fixed rate loans. However, if they assure me they will not be keeping the home for a specific amount of time, that does not exceed the fixed rate period on an ARM loan, then I will recommend taking a look at a 5, 7, or 10 year ARM because paying the premium for an extended amount of time on a fixed rate 30 year loan is not needed.
What part of the home loan process do customers find most difficult and how do you help them through it?
Translating "mortgage life" to "real life" is the service that we provide to our clients. On most transactions we do, there is zero risk associated with the transaction. Yet banks treat loans like they are 100% risk. These are regulations in place because of the Great Recession. We make sure the client understands that this is not personal and is the process that every mortgage applicant has to go through, regardless of credit history or existing financial relationships.
What provides you with the most satisfaction in your job as a Loan Officer?
As much as I love saving some of my clients a few hundred dollars a month because I have progressively put them in the perfect situation, it feels really good to take a look at someone's complete financial picture and figure out a way, if I put myself in their shoes, how I would like to see things.
Tell us something that makes you unique or something wacky, yet interesting about you?
I enjoy working on the weekends

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