Testimonials

Purchases
“Eric just helped my husband and I buy our first home! We were so pleased with his service and feel that we couldn't have done it without him. He took the time to walk us through the process and gave us different options to fit our needs. We felt confident in his skills and knew that we were in good hands. The process can be daunting for first-time buyers, but Eric made us feel at ease and answered all of our questions and concerns. We would definitely recommend him as a broker to all family and friends!”
- Jen R. (Physicians Asst, Castro Valley)
 
 
“My wife and I worked with Eric to purchase our first home and we were really happy with his services. Considering it was a first time working through this process my wife and I constantly hit Eric with questions and concerns over several months before jumping into the process in earnest. During those initial conversations I never got the sense that Eric couldn't be bothered or that he had bigger opportunities to chase. We worked together to formulate a plan for a down payment and then he worked with us to make sure our paperwork was aligned for pre-approval. Once we had pre-approval Eric worked seamlessly with our agent to help complete the deal. Once the ball started rolling it was amazing how quickly it went, and I attribute much of that to the professionalism and experience of both Eric and our agent. Thanks Eric, now let me know when we can refi!”
 - Thomas H. (Project Manager, Novato)
 
 
“I was a first time home buyer in need of someone to take me through the process and not make me feel like an idiot at the same time. Also, being a first time home buyer, I'm pretty sure I was what you would consider a high-maintenance client. Eric was patient, a great communicator, and extremely hard working throughout the entire home buying process. He was available from my drive into work in the AM to a wrap up call well after most people's work day ends. In addition to being great to work with, he delivered on a great rate, timely execution, and an easy close that I've heard is not always the case. I would and have recommended Eric to friends and family for their next re-finance or home purchase.”
 -  Reed J. (Research, Pleasant Hill)
 
 
“Have you tried to get a loan recently? If not, let me tell you, it's a sheer nightmare. Banks are extremely difficult to work with, demanding ridiculous amount of paperwork, proof of everything, and credit history going back for decades. Among this chaos, Eric was able to guide us through to closing...even EARLIER than anticipated.
He helped us dodge every curb ball the bank threw at us.

Eric has his finger on the pulse of the credit market. He advised us to lock the rates at the exact day before it went through the roof.

Given our financial situation, he recommended us a very unique mortgage option that would give us flexibility and keep the cost down. We were working with another broker before and this didn't even cross his mind.

Eric is super responsive and very thorough at every step of the way.  When we closed the escrow, the listing agent told us, "You have a great broker, I am keeping his name."
 -  Kumiko T. (Tech Manager, Palo Alto)
 
“I found Eric on Yelp and, after using his services, I'm not at all surprised at his 5-star rating. I first contacted him when my home search in Marin was in the early stages and he was immediately attentive and helpful. That never changed during the months and occasional false starts that followed, and I recently closed on a house with a very good loan thanks in large part to all his hard work. He was patient with my endless questions, handled a couple quirky elements in my application smoothly, and kept a couple late mistakes on the lender's part from derailing my closing. To top it all off, he's a very nice guy, both on the phone and in person, which is no small thing when navigating a demanding experience like a loan application. I will be heartily recommending Eric's services to friend and family.”
- Mark C. (Sales, San Rafael)
 
“I recently closed on a home in Marin.  It took me over a year to find the right home for my family and Eric was there every step of the way.  Eric went above and beyond my expectations.  He kept me apprised of the current regulations in the economy, the changes of interest rates and how all of this affected my personal loan situation.  I felt like he was always looking after my best interest and this was refreshing with all the horror stories I have heard.  Great job. “
- Tim C. (Sales, San Rafael)
 
 
“I have worked with Eric several times now, and he is terrific.  A real hard-working and responsive pro who knows his stuff, gets the best deal for you and explains everything thoroughly and understandably.  He even calls you when he is on a ski trip to make sure everything is being taken care of.  If I could give him more that 5 stars, I would.”
 - Ami G. (Lawyer, Lafayette)
 
 
“Eric and his team did a terrific job on our mortgage, we are from out of the country and getting credit is not easy to say the least. He didn't give up when initially it did not look good. We now have our mortgage and it’s safe to say we could not have done it without him. Very professional with a genuine quality. 5 stars!!”
 - David L. (Controller, San Francisco)
 
 
“You were awesome!  Thank you so much for everything that you did for us.  Not only did you make things run smoothly, but you also were so friendly and helpful throughout the whole process.  We are in awe of how professional “on the ball” you were!  We appreciate your above and beyond service and working with you!”
 - Kristen & David R. (Teacher, Santa Rosa)

 
“I recently purchased my first home in Sacramento. After being told I wouldn't qualify for a loan by a local loan agent, I was referred to Eric due to some unique employment circumstances. Not only was Eric helpful in getting me the right loan, but he was enthusiastic and confidant that we would be able to do so. Eric stuck with us through a long buying process and explained every single one of my questions thoroughly and patiently. He also kept a keen eye out for rates going lower and made sure we got the best deal going for us. I have already recommended him to friends and family, and look forward to using his services again in the future.”
- Amber H. (Firefighter, Sacramento)
 

“Eric would be good at whatever he does, but as a mortgage broker he is truly extraordinary!  He cares about his clients and his profession.  He is conscientious, thorough, knowledgeable and reliable.  You can always count on him to do what he says, and to do what is best for you as a client.  It is a very tough time to be a borrower right now. You need someone that can explain your options and find the best loan for you.  Eric is outstanding at doing just this!  No, I'm not his mother or a family member, but rather a very satisfied client that Eric worked diligently for so that my daughter and I could live in our dream home!”
 - Georgia A. (Realtor, San Rafael)
 
 
“I bought my first home last month and Eric L. was a gift in helping me understand everything. He is always on top of it, helping you decide which way best serves you for your situation. He sent me tables that were easy to understand and then follow up with an explanation, and is always available to further explain something, break it down, or say the rate will be going down on Friday. Now that I've made the purchase, he is still helping me get organized. If service like this was in a restaurant, the place would be sold out every night - that's how good he is!!”
 - Andrew C. (Sales, San Francisco)
 
 
“I've been working with Eric for more than 2 years on loans for multiple properties.  Half of my business is to buy properties quickly and at a good value.  Part of that value is the ability to find loans with the best rates, Eric was able to do that better than anyone else I've worked with.

When I work with Eric I know I will be able to get the loan I need, when I need it, and for the lowest market rate.  His hard work ethic and professionalism make him one of the best (if not THE) best loan officers in the Bay Area.”
 - Peter S (Green Technologies, San Francisco)
 
 
“Eric Leithliter, a mortgage broker with The Barron Group in San Rafael, recently helped my wife and me secure financing for a condo purchased with our daughter in San Francisco. As everyone knows, obtaining an 80% fixed rate mortgage is no longer an easy process. Eric could not have been more informative, helpful and responsive throughout the process, explaining our options and the advantages/disadvantages of each. He conscientiously worked tirelessly with all the many parties involved in order to make this deal happen. I highly recommend Eric if you're looking for a loan or refinancing on a real estate purchase!”
 - Ken Howard (Entrepreneur, San Anselmo)

 
“I am always apprehensive when a buyer client wants to work with a lender that neither of us has completed a transaction with before. Good service and communication from the loan agent is critical to closing the transaction. Neither my clients nor I know Eric before, but he did a great job of keeping me informed of the loan situation, shifting gears for clients who changed course several times, and coming up with new ideas to get financing for a distressed property. He even took on the extra task of working with the county assessor, Title Company, and appraiser to sort out a puzzling matter in the public records. In the end, we had to switch to seller financing to make the deal work. Eric was gracious and understanding in knowing that it was the best choice for the buyer and seller at this point. That is not the end of the story, however, because we are looking forward to having Eric handle the refinancing when the property has been improved and the short term note from the seller matures. I would be very happy to work with Eric again because I would be confident that I would get honest and timely information about the loan situation when I needed it. I would also feel like I had a creative professional collaborator who holds the best interests of his clients above all else.”
- Art W. (Realtor, Berkeley)

 
“My wife and I were encouraged to get our mortgage through a local broker when we were moving to Mill Valley.   “Everybody goes through xxxx – you just know they’ll get it done.”
The level of service we got from Eric was among the best I have ever gotten.  Initially I was concerned about his week long vacation as we were deciding upon the broker.  That turned out to be no problem at all.  Also, it is hard for me to imagine that others would know the loan process and contracts any better.  Just recently we got a voicemail reminding us of the imminent first payment.  That also reminded me of the level of diligence and detail coverage he had throughout the whole process – complete.  All of this was done with a very personable and very professional demeanor.  At the end of it all he gained our complete trust.”
- Mark S. (Sales, Mill Valley)
 
 
“I found Eric to be highly professional, determined & very knowledgeable about his business of loaning for homes in these crazy times.”
 - Dan M. (Realtor, Marin)
 
 
“Great to work with, diligent in his follow up and great rates to boot.  Strongly recommend working with him. “
 - Daniel A. (Tech Executive, San Francisco)

 
“Eric and I have worked together over the last year and half while finding my first home. Eric was knowledgeable with all first time home buyers and even completed hours of research for local programs to ensure that I received all potential tax credits and benefits that I was eligible for. I made offers on three different homes and Eric was patient with me and guided me through the entire process. He always returned emails and phone calls in a timely matter. A true professional and gentlemen. I highly recommend Eric's services to anyone in need!”
- Cameron G. (Real Estate Management, Chico)

 
“I read about Eric in SF Gate and decided to interview Eric for my son who was looking to buy his first home. I was impressed with Eric's business attitude. He didn't let us down! Eric provided us with personal, professional service. He did his best to find and secure the best services for our needs. He was available, attentive and informative. Eric is a pleasure to work with and we Highly Recommend him for all of your broker needs! We will definitely be calling Eric again!”
 - Kathy D. (Burlingame)
 
 
“Eric could not have been more helpfull when getting the loan for my home. When the first two brokers told me that I could not get a loan, somehow Eric came through and got me a great deal on my mortgage! He is able to work some magic!!”
 - Joey G (Sports Professional, Cotati)
 

Refinances
“We had two other brokers tell us, after about 15 minutes on the phone each, that we just couldn't qualify to refinance our home, for any loan at any rate. A friend recommended Eric after he did their complicated refi (a TIC in SF) after a direct arrangement with a bank went south at the last minute, and our situation (multi-unit, non-standard incomes) is also a bit unusual. Eric thought ours would be tricky, but said he'd investigate, and came back a day or two later saying he thought he could make it work. This involved him working with us on our tax returns, and many dozens of back and forth calls and emails on documents and details. He never failed to respond within a day or two, and nearly always answered his phone on the first ring. In the end, he not only got us qualified, but got us a rate with a smaller lender that another broker (a very experienced one, who did our original purchase loan) thought was impossible. Can't recommend him enough.”
 - Tom B. (Business Owner, San Rafael
 
 
“I highly recommend Eric. I have dealt with many mortgage brokers through two home purchases and a recent refi and he has been my best experience. He is an excellent and thorough communicator, and took the time to answer every one of my questions completely and honestly. He sent me daily charts showing changing loan products, rates, fees, points, point credits, etc. He was the most transparent, honest, and thorough broker I've ever worked with.”
 - Jonathan H. (Consultant, San Rafael)
 
 
“Eric handled my financing on my first condo purchase in SF two years ago. The process was completely seamless and he stayed on top of all the details throughout . I really appreciated his discretion, honesty, straight forward nature and attention to detail. He made himself available while on vacation during the time I was writing offers, which was above and beyond what is to be expected. I most recently did a refi with Eric and he proactively locked an extremely attractive rate after following up with me. The refinance also went smoothly and without a hitch. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a knowledgeable and trustworthy person to help arrange home financing.”
 - Trevor M. (Trader, San Francisco)
 
 
“Highly recommend Eric and will use him again! He found us a great mortgage AND made the process simple and convenient...in this challenging market, that is remarkable. Thanks, Eric!”
 - Peggy S. (Business Owner, Danville)

 
“Eric helped me refinance my house this spring - I can't say enough about how helpful he was through the sometimes difficult experience.  He seems to have a good selection of prospective lenders to fit various situations and found just the one to optimize my situation.  

In this difficult credit market lenders can be really picky.  Eric seemed to be able to anticipate how to best present my application so that by the time it was in the hands of the lender there were no questions.

He was always available and took the time to understand what I was looking for and thoroughly answer any questions I had.  I would heartily recommend Eric for any mortgage needs.”
- Kristin W. (Healthcare, Oakland)
 
 
“After a nightmare year of being declined 4 times for a refinance (twice with CHASE...our current lender!!) solely because we are self employed which allows lenders a lot of latitude in figuring income and provided a mountain of paperwork (but I digress...).  Frustrated, I took a random look at Yelp and saw all the positive comments, so I took a chance with Eric, and I am happy to say we closed our refinance yesterday in less than 45 days (WITH subordination!) and have reduced our monthly payment by over $1000/mo!  Eric was always patient, responsive, knowledgeable, detail oriented, courteous, with excellent follow through and communication skills.   I knew exactly where everything was at all times.  Eric is quite a find...thanks to all of you who took the time to write a review.... this is something I don't usually do, but he made an ugly process a painless pleasure.  Try him..you won't regret it.”
 -  Ellen D. (Business Owner, San Rafael)
 
 
“Eric was amazing! He helped us with our refinance and kept things rolling, even when I dropped the ball. At the last minute, it looked like it might not happen because I was having trouble getting some documentation. Eric calmed me down and assured me it WOULD happen--and it did! I'm in southern California, and we were able to handle everything via email and fax. Always easy to get a hold of by email or phone, he made the process as painless as possible. He was referred to me by a friend--and was well worth the referral! “
 - LeAnne G. (Teacher, San Diego)
 
 
“Eric was a great help to us in our recent refinance. He was recommended by friends and we can see why. He is extremely diligent and really stayed on top of things, especially at a time when the rates were fluctuating. We are in Palo Alto and it never mattered that we never met in person. Eric works well over email and the phone. We have worked with others and Eric really provides added value. We can strongly recommend Eric Leithliter.”
 -  Margaret M. (Marketing, Palo Alto)
 
 
“I recently refinanced my home in Santa Rosa using Eric. I have completed at least a dozen home purchases or refinances in the past 25 years and can't remember a mortgage loan process that went as smooth and as hassle free as this one. Eric followed through on all the necessary paperwork, ensuring that any potential glitches were addressed before they became a problem. The rates were very competitive as well. I strongly recommend Eric.”
 -  John Z. (Manufacturing, Santa Rosa)
 
 
“I recently had to refinance a house and get a line of credit because of divorce, and Eric has been absolutely great. He was very knowledgeable about all the steps involved, found several possible solutions for the tricky sequence of events/loans, and all with a keen awareness of the urgency involved. He was highly competent, helped me get the loans I needed with time to spare, despite several set-backs caused by the banks. I can't recommend him enough! “
 - Bart D. (Engineer, San Francisco)
 
 
“I recently attempted to refinance my house in one of the worst loan climates ever. I called numerous mortgage brokers and banks, mostly of them had rates that were too high. I found good rates at Wells Fargo and Schwab, and suffered through the long and arduous loan application process which at both places ultimately resulted in failure. Annoyingly, each application involved several months of waiting and hearing optimistic feedback from the brokers who were sure that I would get the loan. On a whim I consulted Yelp. I left phone messages for several of the brokers recommended here, and they either didn't return my calls, or told me they would see what they could do and then never got back to me again.

Then, I found Eric, and I wish I would have found him first. He had access to loans with great interest rates that were competitive with those of Wells Fargo and Schwab.  He returned all my phone calls and emails, was extremely patient, knowledgeable and forthright. Eric does the research up front, letting you know how each different scenario will play out, and informs you of every contingency for each potential course of action. After struggling through refinance hell for almost four months, I came to realize the most mortgage brokers are just salespeople who know the business at only a surface level.  Eric is in a completely different class, intelligent, thoughtful and a true professional in every way, and I highly recommend him.”
 - Steve H.  (Scientific Researcher, San Francisco)
 
 
“I have worked with Eric on two different occasions- first in 2007 and again over the past few weeks. The first time, I thought he was good, but that was in the boom times and I didn't have much experience. More recently, he has been a godsend and has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me refinance my house after a divorce.

He was knowledgeable about the process (even stuff about what the bank would need on a divorce), dug around to find me a fabulous JUMBO loan in a terrible lending environment. I have talked to a lot of mortgage people over the last year and none did and/or would do what Eric did.

I can't recommend him enough.”
 - Erica A. (Financial Services, Mill Valley)
 
 
“Eric worked with me and me co-owners very attentively, managing to get us a tricky loan under complicated circumstances, and he even caught a mistake the title company had made, which saved us future trouble and money.”
 - Elisabeth X. (Teacher, San Francisco)
 
 
“About a year ago, we purchased a fixer that was in such bad shape that it wouldn't qualify for a bank loan, so we took a 1-year note from the person who sold us the home.  As we fixed it up, the subprime lending crisis was playing out, and the banks kept getting progressively stricter about how much they needed the house fixed up before it would qualify.  Our mortgage broker, Eric Leithliter of Barron Mortgage, was very helpful and knowledgeable in guiding us through the maze of requirements and the many varieties of loans to choose from, and he helped us secure a loan with a great rate before our 1-year note came due.  I'd recommend his services highly.”
- Nels O. (Software Development, Berkeley)
 
 
“I am not surprised to see so many 5 star ratings. Eric is a great mortgage broker. He is patient, well informed, thorough and a nice person to boot. I have dealt with mortgage brokers and loan officers many times in the past and with Eric all I can say is I felt like he was really there to help ME. He was always reachable when I needed to ask him something and checked in with me frequently to keep me abreast of what was going on in the mortgage world and what I would need to be able to close quickly. I can't really think of anything he could have done better.”
-Rachel M. (Doctor, San Francisco)

 
“We recently refinanced our home located in a rural community.  Our biggest challenge was finding (recent) comparable home sales in our area.  Our appraiser had to use properties from outside the normal distance requirements.  Eric went to bat for us and convinced the lender to accept the appraisal. We would not have been approved for the loan without these direct efforts of Eric.  Otherwise the loan process went smoothly. Eric answered all of our questions, emailed weekly progress reports and always returned our calls within the same day. We would surely recommend Eric.”
- Phil J. (Entrepreneur, Eureka)

 
“At this point, Eric has worked with my entire family! My two brothers and I just refinanced our respective homes, and Eric worked with all three of us plus our father who has quite the eye for details and a keen eye on the bottom line.

I found Eric responsive, knowledgeable, attentive, open, and eager to answer all questions and to address all concerns. I appreciated the analysis he provided and the great loan with low rate he found for us. I have already recommended him to colleagues and friends.”
 - Jennifer C. (Teacher, Petaluma)
 
 
“As a real estate appraiser, I work very closely with dozens of loan officers and I can attest to Eric's knowledge, experience and strength as a top notch loan officer.

He is savvy with regard to the multitude of loan programs available.  His experience from having been a loan processor is invaluable because of the insight that processors gain from working so closely with underwriters.   Eric knows how to package a loan application to insure lender approval and he advocates for his clients throughout the whole process.

As lender guidelines become more strict and so many loan programs become harder to qualify for, Eric's commitment to his clients and his willingness and ability to overcome lender challenges is why I so highly recommend him.”
 - Chantal G. (Appraiser, Mill Valley)


“Eric helped me get a great deal on my refinance. He was patient with me over the course of several months, in which he and I waited for the right opportunity that fit my needs. I would recommend and use his services again. Stuart Fishman” May 25, 2009”
- Stuart F. (Software, Berkeley)


“Eric was simply great on my recent refinance.   It took quite a long time to get the rate I wanted however, Eric stuck with me and was very attentive throughout the entire process.  I will certainly go with Eric on future loan ventures.”
 - Bryce S. (Software Development, Boulder)

 
“I found Eric to be very responsive, honest and knowledgeable in providing mortgage financing advice.  I had an odd situation where I ended up using a different lender for reasons entirely outside of Eric's control.  After spending a lot of upfront time on my file, Eric was honest enough to advise me in my specific case to go a different route even though it meant he would not earn anything on the financing transaction.  Truly classy, trustworthy and memorable.  I would not hesitate to use his services in the future or to recommend him to my friends.”
- Tom L. (Real Estate, San Francisco)

 
“Eric is a true professional and a pleasure to work with.  I worked with him on a couple of refi's on my house and he did an excellent job.  He does a great job of anticipating what might happen and works with you on it.  I bought a property out of state and had to use a local mortgage broker there and I really missed having Eric to work with me.  You can't go wrong with him.”
-  Bob J. (Community Affairs, San Francisco)

 
“Eric was awesome! I've refinanced our home before, but never had a personal broker like him. I know a little about the refi business, but not a lot. He walked us through it step by step, and explained everything thoroughly. He knew we were looking for the best possible rate, and watched the market for us diligently for well over a month, updating me daily as needed for current trends. For our convenience, he drove from his Marin County location, to our home in the East Bay to finalize the documents, and to answer any questions we had. And to sign, we didn't have to go to his office either - a notary came to our house, at a time that was right for us. Great job Eric! Thank you for your hard work, and assuring us the best possible loan.”
 - Jarrett A. (Tech, San Ramon)
 
 
“I just wrapped up my 3rd loan with eric in as many years. From day one he was honest and sraightforward, taking the time to explain every step. All three loans were difficult and san francisco specific - multi unit TICs and condo conversions. It is difficult enough to close a vanilla loan in this environment but to close an exotic (aka standard san francisco) loan right now is borderline impossible. Eric was able to convince several lenders that do not typically lend on multi unit buildings to consider my loan and I was able to lock at a lower rate.”
 - Dan S (Trader, San Francisco)


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