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Sam May

VP of Mortgage Lending
173 Technology Drive, Suite 201, Irvine, CA 92618
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NMLS: 345871
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Sam May was great! He was very accessible to answer questions I had.

Michael B. -Monterey, CA | AUG 2016

The loan officer was very friendly and our loan was done in short period of time.

Thomas V. - El Cajon, CA | AUG 2016

About Sam

Sam's been in the mortgage business since 2002. He's owned and operated multiple mortgage companies, a real estate brokerage, and even an escrow company. He joined Guaranteed Rate in 2016 and says "the company's commitment to service, advanced technology, and extremely competitive rates and fees will provide the next level of home loan service that my clients deserve."

Sam is a self-proclaimed family man, with one "child" attending Cal State Fullerton in Orange County, CA and two others in high school. His wife also works in the industry, so you could say real estate services runs in the family. They live in Costa Mesa and when not working hard, the family enjoys hiking in Laguna Canyon and playing in the waters of Newport and Huntington Beach.

Sam's focus when managing client and partner relationships is simple; "whether it's a refinance, or purchase loan, be relentless in my pursuit to achieve for the client, be honest and direct in all my dealings, and treat each and every one like family."

Sam interview Q&A

How long have you been in the mortgage business and what inspired you to get into it?
I've been in the mortgage business for over a decade. Every loan is different, and I absolutely love the opportunity to share my experience and lending knowledge for the benefit of my clients. The sense of achievement I get each time I fund a loan, knowing it's the best solution available, is invigorating to say the least.
What advice would you give new or first time home buyers?
Make sure you work with a loan officer and a realtor who truly care. Having a well prepared, professional team that is eager to share their knowledge and experience can make all the difference in finding a great property and favorable terms. Sloppy, or disinterested service providers will not only sap all the fun and excitement out of home buying, but they can cost you valuable time and cost you real money. If you're not satisfied with your provider, move on to someone who makes you more comfortable.
What part of the home loan process do customers find most difficult and how do you help them through it?
There are periods of time during the loan process where most loan officers stop communicating with their clients. Waiting is tough, especially during a time sensitive transaction. While we are very efficient and speedy, I still keep my clients informed each and every step of the process, so they know what to expect, and when to expect it. It takes a lot of the guessing and anxiety out of the process which they really appreciate.
Are you active in any fundraising organizations? What goals and/or success have you helped them achieve?
My wife and I are advocates for the Susan G Komen foundation. We attend the local events and have sponsored booths in the past. It's a great cause and a really great group of people. Check them out here;
Tell us something that makes you unique or something wacky, yet interesting about you?
I'm proud of my American ancestry. I was born in Mississippi and raised in Southern California. I like to say I was raised in CA with southern values. My family originally came to this country on the Mayflower itself! They ultimately traveled south and settled a town in Mississippi. During the civil war, they were members of "Newt's Knights" and seceded from the confederacy. It's a small, but great piece of US history many are unaware of.

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