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FL - Lakewood Ranch/Sarasota

Branch Manager: Brad Benson
  • o: 941-313-8145
6371 Business Blvd, Suite 102, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
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NMLS: 1155572
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Elizabeth and her team were fantastic! We did a 30 day closing. Elizabeth was ALWAYS available!! From Friday night phone calls to Sunday morning texts! She treats her clients like family. We honestly worked together for over a year until I finally found the right property I wanted to call my own. And then Elizabeth and her team made it happen!


Elizabeth Smith was so patient. She helped me understand all the ins and outs of obtaining a mortgage. I'm so thankful that I had her in my corner when it got down to the nitty gritty. Thank you for helping me get into my home! We are so grateful!

Holly N. | 11/01/2016

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

I can't say enough about my great experience with Guaranteed Rate. I can tell you I called my realtor who was handling our purchase of the new home we wanted to buy, and told him the BAD news that we were turned down with the mortgage company we were applying for our loan on the new house and also told him it looks like the deal is dead. He immediately suggested I call Brad Benson at Guaranteed Rate for help. I actually went and met with Mr. Benson and could not believe that within the next...

Stephen F. - 3/6/2017

We were very happy with the exceptional service and attention to detail. Our file was cleared to close several days before closing and everything about the transaction was smooth as silk. Thanks to Ian, Geneva and team!

Duane F.

Ian went far above and beyond to ensure that we were able to purchase our dream home. He worked through some of the most complex and painstaking issues and was able to get them resolved...We will be sure to refer business to him in the future...Thank you so very much for all of your help!!

Amy H.

Brad did a great job all the way thru. AAA SERVICE

Eric M. - Funded 1/31/2017

Brad Benson did an outstanding job with a 18 days closing. Very satisfied and happy customer.

Jill W. - Funded 10/19/2016

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

Bill W.

Our loan officer Brad Benson was supportive & helpful. He answered all of our questions in a timely manor & went out of his way to make this a smooth transition for our first home. I highly recommend Guaranteed rate.

Michael S. - Funded 10/25/2016

Brad Benson did a great professional job with my loan. He is a true asset to the company.

David A. - Funded 12/15/2016

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


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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