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FL - Sarasota

Branch Manager: Brad Benson
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1900 Main St, Ste 201, Sarasota, FL 34236
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NMLS: 1155572
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Elizabeth Smith and her team did a nice job throughout our home buying process! Thank you Guaranteed Rate!

Michael R. | 10/03/2016

Elizabeth Smith was at all times during the loan process; professional, courteous, informative, always available, and most important, honest!! My wife and I would never consider anyone else except Elizabeth and would and will recommend her to everyone who may need her services !! I also want to compliment Ann Marie DiPonzio who was extremely helpful in all my contacts with her!!

Richard Y. | February 2016

It was a great experience, my loan officer was exceptional very knowledgeable and made it easy and clean as it was my first time buying a home. Honestly, thank you.

Eduardo R. | September 2016

We had a great experience with Guaranteed Rate. Elizabeth was so knowledgeable and helpful throughout the whole process, I think it took us longer to type an email than for her to respond. Elizabeth and Geneva make a fantastic power team. I would highly recommend Guaranteed Rate for anyone looking to purchase a home. They will guide you step by step.

Daniel M. | September 2016

Elizabeth and everyone else we dealt with were amazing! She got us a great rate and a quick closing, extremely professional and very thorough. I would use them again and recommend them without hesitation!

Jay B. | September 2016

Elizabeth Smith and Geneva Miner were just wonderful! They made the process quick and easy and even were able to close us early. They went above and beyond and really did whatever possible to help us and update us on status. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends!

Peter B. | September 2016

Thank you for helping to make it a smooth and easy process!! :)

Jody S. | 08/17/2016

Outstanding performance is always appreciated and as Jill said, we know that when we see Guaranteed Rate on that pre-approval we know we can go to sleep that night and not worry about getting to the closing table. Thanks again for all your hard work!

Gail Bass | 08/12/2016

Thanks so much for all your prompt responses. I will absolutely let Gail know about the exceptional service you have given all on this transaction. I know when someone uses Guaranteed Rate, that we will be kept informed along the way and I don’t have to worry about not closing on time.

The Bass Group of Keller Williams | 08/12/2016

Tom Pessemier is the best in the business and I'm very thankful to have him on my side. Tom is very professional and helpful and ensures a smooth and quick closing. Love that he can facilitate my refinance even though I live in Washington. His team was very helpful and I loved using docusign and transfersafe. The entire process was seamless and easy!!

Angela A.- North Port,FL | JUN 2016

Elizabeth Smith went above and beyond anything we expected. She was truly amazing and will highly recommend her to others.

David W. May, 2016

I am very glad that I used a local establishment to guide me through the process. Florida has different elements than does Indiana. Also, a condo purchase has some unique challenges and requirements, as well. Elizabeth guided me thru the maze patiently and expertly. I would definitely contact Elizabeth and Guaranteed Rate again!

Joseph G.

Tom Pessemier made my loan process so enjoyable! He went above and beyond helping me out, being a first time homeowner, there were quite a few things I needed explained to me and Tom was a great help!

Kayleen D.- Manassas,VA | JUN 2016

My wife and I are both seventy eight years old, we have bought and sold many houses in our life time, Guaranteed Rate by far was the most efficient company with which we ever did business. Our loan officer, Ms. Smith, guided us step by step and kept us informed of the status of our loan at all times. We cannot tell you how impressed we were with her and how much she helped us. Guaranteed Rate is a top-notch company in our opinion.

Robert and Judy T.

Ian and his team were fantastic to work with from the beginning of the process until the end.

Bill W.

Ian was fabulous and such a pleasure to work with. He was patient and explained everything in a simple manner with constant follow up throughout the whole process!!!

Jaime C. June 2016

Everybody I dealt with was excellent!! Each made me feel very comfortable throughout the process. Thanks you all so much for being available and working with me! Very grateful to have chosen Guaranteed Rate! Thanks again.

James W. - SARASOTA, FL | AUG 2016

Ian was great. He was very helpful and always available to answer any questions or address concerns that came up. He made the process as easy and as painless as could be.

Ann P.

Ian MacKinnon was the absolute best to work with. He made everything easy to understand and made me feel like he was working for me by looking out for my interests and not against me. He always made himself readily available and provided quick and accurate responses to my many questions. Because of Ian, I would absolutely use Guaranteed Rate for my next mortgage as well as recommend him to my friends and family.

Paul Z.

Fast, easy and very nice to deal with. Highly recommend!

Lisa B.


Here at Guaranteed Rate, we have a philosophy to “lend where we live” and our office has been originating loans in the beautiful Sarasota area since 2013. We’re happy to be home to the #1 beach in the US, Siesta Key, as well as have a connection to the Ringling family – the same family as the Ringling Brothers Circus and . In our market, we know that Conventional, Government (FHA, VA and USDA) and Jumbo loans are important to you and we are not only dedicated to meeting those needs, but also are armed with a full array of loan products, so that we can meet all of your lending needs. Our office has a wealth of experience in Florida lending, which we understand is different than other markets. Having a wide variety of backgrounds and hometowns allows our team to help clients better understand the requirements needed to ensure a smooth closing.

We are excited to have Guaranteed Rate’s World’s First Digital Mortgage at our disposal. This is invaluable to both clients and realtors because of the convenience, speed and security. It allows clients to choose their own loan type, receive free credit scores from all three bureaus, securely upload and digitally sign your loan documents then receive a real online approval!

We work by a set of Core Values at Guaranteed Rate because we strive for the industry leading value proposition for our loan officers, referral sources and customers. While each of these are important to our success, our office embodies the “Work with the Best of the Best” core value. We have some of the best originators in the local market place and by nature, we work with some of the best realtors in town. This translates into working with great borrowers.

With the always sunny weather of Sarasota, the white sandy beaches just minutes away and some of the best golf in the US, we love to get outside. We also love to cheer on our Florida teams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays!

We love Sarasota and are also dedicated to giving back. As an office, we partnered with a local real estate brokerage on a golf tournament for Children’s Miracle Network that raised over $15,000 and are also avid supporters of several non-profits and community organizations including the Humane Society of Sarasota County.

Our branch is looking to grow its production through enhancing our relationships within the community and it is our goal to become the #1 lender in the Sarasota market. So, if you’re looking for new career opportunities, start with us! We hire the best of the best and are looking for team members that are hardworking, honest, with high integrity and a never quit attitude. Come grow with us!

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