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Brad Benson
Branch Manager/ VP of Mortgage Lending
Most of my friends knew exactly what they wanted to be from as early as they can remember. Not me! Based on my love of math and science, “engineer,” “attorney,” and “banker” were the career paths that I thought I would follow. “Mortg...
Most of my friends knew exactly what they wanted to be from as early as they can remember. Not me! Based on my love of math and science, “engineer,” “attorney,” and “banker” were the career paths that I thought I would follow. “Mortgage lending” was not on my radar until the end of my sophomore year at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. As many of my classmates headed to Wall Street for internships, I took a different path: in the spring of 2003 I got my real first taste of the mortgage world through an internship with a busy mortgage lender in Syracuse, NY, which opened up the possibility of a career in the lending industry while I helped my family, friends, and clients achieve their goal of homeownership. After graduating from Colgate in 2005, I packed everything I owned in my car and made the trek to Sarasota, Florida, where I live today with my wife, Christen, who works with the Humane Society of Sarasota County, and our happy four-year-old son, Connor. We love to travel as a family, so Connor has already seen the glittering lights of Paris, Nice, London, Monaco, Iceland, and York Beach, Maine. Christen and I enjoy getting together with friends and family over the great food—especially small-plate Spanish tapas—that our town has to offer. Sarasota is home to beautiful Siesta Key Beach—the #1 Beach in the United States—and many excellent golf courses; in fact, I regularly play golf with my father at the Founder’s Club. I am very involved with the real estate community, and recently served as the treasurer of the Sarasota Women’s Council of Realtors. Sarasota has been my home now for more than a decade; this beautiful city has become the place where I have lived the longest and have grown to love as my own. I am proud to provide straightforward, timely mortgage solutions and an effective process that is unique to Guaranteed Rate. Our process relieves the stress of home buying, whether our clients are buying a $50,000 condo or a multi-million-dollar waterfront estate. Because I’ve been involved in more than a thousand closings with a value of nearly a billion (yes, that’s a “B”) dollars, I have the depth and breadth of experience necessary to successfully navigate the oftentimes challenging waters of modern mortgage lending. Even though I’ve worked for the largest mortgage companies (including banks) as well as independent lenders, I have never seen the strength, capabilities, and synergies created anywhere that compare to what Guaranteed Rate has to offer. I am truly lucky to be a part of a company so invested in its employees and fully committed to a smooth home-buying transaction for our clients.

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