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Shimmy Braun

Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending
3940 North Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60613
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NMLS: 112849
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Everything went very smoothly. This was the fastest refinance we've ever done - all done in 40 minutes.

Nancy – Skokie, IL

I felt the service Shimmy gave me was excellent! He was very helpful and attentive. We had no problems what so ever and we got a great rate!

Gideon – Chicago, IL

Smooth. Shimmy Braun (especially) together with his colleague Tom were most helpful from beginning through the end, helping me navigate through a process that was unfamiliar to me.

Lara – Chicago, IL

Great. Shimmy Braun is more than a pleasure to deal with. He is helpful and he took the time to make sure I was comfortable every step of the way. I knew I was / am in good hands.

Elyse – Chicago, IL

It was very smooth. The GR team worked to make things easy for us even though we were many miles from their home base.

Arnold G. – Silver Spring, MD

Very smoothly. Great and timely customer service. Everyone was happy to answer questions and made me feel at ease.

Holly – Chicago, IL

Everything went well - the process was very easy. Shimmy, Tom and Courtney were wonderful...they really took care of me. I never had a problem reaching anyone with my questions and they always returned my phone calls promptly.

Renatta – Oak Lawn, IL

Great! A few issues due to stricter lending policies on condos, but Shimmy, Tom and Courtney helped me work with the developer to get them rectified.

Adam – Chicago, IL

The whole process was extremely smooth - excellent service. I was really impressed with Shimmy Braun. He was wonderful. He did everything quickly and answered all of my questions in a very timely manner. He handled the whole process perfectly.

Cheryl – Chicago, IL

Fantastic. Easy, smooth, professional. Absolutely, if rates go lower, my broker Shimmy Braun will be my first call.

Brett P. – Teaneck, NJ

Very smooth. Shimmy took my call on a Friday afternoon and did a preliminary application and locked a very good rate. Then he expedited all of my paperwork and talked me through the merits of different rates and loans. I always felt that he had our best interest in mind and was working on my side. Love that guy!

Jason C. – Chicago, IL

This was one of our best experiences, very low stress and an amazing supportive staff.

Gil S. – Evanston, IL

Shimmy Braun and his team were amazing from the start to the end. It was a real pleasure working with them! I already did recommend Shimmy to friends and they are in the process of using him!

David D. – Baltimore, MD

Great, I was very well taken care of by Shimmy, Tom and Courtney. They promptly replied to my emails and calls and answered all of my questions. I trusted they were always looking out for my best interests.

Renatta L. – Oak Lawn, IL

My family just purchased our first Chicago home and used Shimmy as our broker, per our realtor's suggestion. He was great. Everything was timely and efficient and he worked extra when I had any questions. Even after our close, I still followed up on him and received outstanding responses from him and the rest of the team. Definitely would recommend.

Amy G. – Chicago, IL

I have both purchased and refi-ed 2 homes over the last 8 yrs. As the rates have gone down, Shimmy and his team have been there for us to make sure that we had the most advantageous terms for our loan. Not only do they stand behind the work that they do with the utmost integrity, but they give of their time generously without pressuring for the sale. I can't imagine going anywhere else for a mortgage! I will continue to refer Shimmy to anyone interested in a mortgage so that they can benefit...

Chesky M. – Chicago, IL

Everything went well. The rate that Shimmy found was incredible and his team is always easy to work with. There was a late issue... but the team was able to resolve it.

Scott G. – Chicago, IL

Wonderfully, everyone I spoke with was so courteous and helpful. I don't know too much about mortgage or how all the loans and refi programs work and everyone I spoke with was willing to take the time to explain it to me, even with the surge in business from all the refi applications, I never felt rushed or like I was a burden. I got replies to my emails within a day or so of sending them and felt that everyone was patient and pleasant.

Valerie R. – Grayslake, IL

Shimmy and his team were terrific! They were very knowledgeable and communicative throughout the process!

Eric N. – Hollywood, FL

Great. Both Shimmy Braun and Tom Fishwick were very helpful through not only the successful mortgage that we recently closed, but also in the beginning of our search process a year ago and through a contract that did not go to completion before this one. One of them was always very responsive to any and all questions, and I really appreciated their clear guidance and willingness to share their expertise.

Laura S. – Brookfield, IL

"Shimmy and his team were very professional and very responsive. The straightforward and personal service made my loan process as trouble free as possible!"

Justin G. – Chicago, IL

Shimmy Braun and his staff made refinancing easier than I could ever imagine. And saved me hundreds every month in the process. An absolute no brainier!

Israel P. – Owings Mills, MD

I use Shimmy Braun at Guaranteed Rate for 3 reasons: 1. They have never made empty promises, when they say they can close in 2 weeks, we close in 2 weeks and the process is streamlined & even enjoyable. 2. Their rates, their closing costs, their service, and their knowledge is second to none. 3. My clients rave about their experience with Shimmy and that is very important to me. I do a high volume of business based on client referrals. I never wonder if things are getting done once Shimmy...

Alley Ballard – Real Estate Agent – @Properties

“I will definitely recommend Guaranteed Rate! I was a nervous first-time homebuyer who read a lot about other people's experiences with mortgage companies. I was afraid that I would have to "bargain" to get the best rate and "watch out for hidden fees". Nothing like that happened with Guaranteed Rate. They were very helpful, knowledgeable and professional. Thank you to Shimmy Braun and his team for a very smooth experience. We closed on our house without any problems. Great teamwork!”

Petra S. – Naperville, IL

My experience was great. Everyone was very responsive, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. The whole process was smooth and worked exactly as described.

Mohammed B. – Chicago, IL

Shimmy Braun team was excellent. With such an arduous process, his team made it as smooth as possible and was very informative and thorough. Everyone was excellent with communication and provided quick service. Thanks Shimmy and thank you to the entire team!

Chaun V. – Chicago, IL

Shimmy made everything go very smoothly! He was knowledgeable and prompt with everything!

Moriel H. – Skokie, IL

Shimmy is the best....refer him to any and all. very professional team. everything was completed on time with no glitches.

Timothy H. – Baltimore, MD

I could always call and someone would always take the time to answer my questions. I also felt like I got a very good rate on my mortgage. Everyone provided information in a timely manner.

Francis H. – Chicago, IL

Shimmy and his team were very professional and helpful throughout the process. I was very impressed with everyone I worked with at Guaranteed Rate!

Bryan B. – Northbrook, IL

I remember “all of the way back” in 2006 when Shimmy and Tom helped Rachael and I purchase our first house (actually a condo) and I was struck with how personal and professional everyone I met at Guaranteed Rate was. Ten years have passed, and I remain just as impressed today as I was then. I can’t say enough regarding how seamless and easy you have made the increasingly confusing and difficult process of procuring a modern day mortgage. All of my emails and phone calls were answered quickly...

Peter & Rachael H. - Chicago | MAY 2016

Shimmy was wonderful to deal with. He was honest, accessible, and put our needs first.

Mayer S. – Baltimore, MD

It was very easy to do all of this via email. We are extremely busy people and this fit our lifestyle. Thanks to Shimmy and his crew!

Keith H. - Chicago | MAY 2016

Your team was amazing. Our personal situation was very complex and last minute. We are sure that without your experienced team we would not have gotten over all the hurdles, and the closing costs - they seem to disappear when you use Shimmy and Guaranteed Rate. Thanks for the great job!

Stuart F. - Chicago, IL | JUN 2016

Shimmy Braun is very knowledgeable and has a great team. Straight forward no BS. I would recommend him to my friends.

Edegar E. – Chicago, IL

Shimmy and his team were nice, efficient, user friendly and all around a pleasure, thank you!

Avi L. - Pikesville, MD | JUN 2016

Shimmy Braun is fantastic. His professionalism, assistance, and attitude are top notch. He is an all-star.

Keith D. – Chicago, IL

Have worked with Shimmy Braun and his team for years. Very easy to work with and always willing to take the time to answer questions. Everyone on Shimmy's team is top notch. I have worked with other loan officers at Guaranteed Rate but Shimmy is the best by a long shot.

Christopher C. – Chicago, IL

Shimmy was highly recommended to us from a friend and we would similarly highly recommend Guaranteed Rate after our experience.

Michael D. – Chicago, IL

Shimmy and his team were everything and more. They were patient, considerate, timely and ultimately able to execute by navigating the process beyond any and all issues that had arisen. They are bar none and I fully intend on letting those around me know that!

Daniel L. – Baltimore, MD

About Shimmy

Shimmy was Guaranteed Rate’s Top Producer for four consecutive years: 2008 – 2011 and has ranked in the top 5 through 2015. He ranked as a top 10 loan officer in the country by Scotsman Guide Magazine for most of his career. Shimmy originated over 1.5 billion dollars in mortgages over his 18 year career. Shimmy and his team are respected by the real estate community for a high level of honesty, integrity and customer service.

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