8 Tips to have a Good Mortgage in 2018

    8 Tips to have a Good Mortgage in 2018   1)  Make a Small or No Down Payment  Most home buyers believe that the minimum down payment needed is 20 percent. However, there are some loan programs that don’t require a down payment at all or as small as a 3-3.5 percent down … Continued

2018 Introduces New Loan Limits

New Changes to the Loan Limits!       The Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) bumps up the conforming limit in 2018 by $29,000 to be $453,100, from which it was previously $424,100.  As for high-cost areas,high balance conforming will increasing it by $43,500 to be $679,650, from which it was previously $636,150.  These changes … Continued

Have you thought about your 2018 resolutions?

2018 is right around the corner!  Have you thought of any resolutions? Here are a few ideas that can help make your home buying easier for the New Year!  Get your Financial House in Order      Research on what you can afford.  Think about the amount of money you have available for a down … Continued

What to Expect During the Loan Process

Whether you are going through a refinance or purchasing a brand new home there are certain steps that the loan process follows. Electronic Loan Application and Document Package You will receive a secure link to eSign your documents, saving you valuable time. A Loan Estimate (LE) is included in this package. This is an itemized … Continued

Do You Know What Your Credit Score Means?

  Your credit score is a number that represents your ability to pay off your debts. Here are the things about your credit score to keep in mind while you are looking for a mortgage: Your credit score can range from 300 to 850 points. The higher your credit score, the better. The average credit … Continued

The Documents to Keep After Closing on Your California Home

What documents to keep after closing? When you close on your new home there are certain items that you should be sure to hang onto. Purchase Agreement. It is important to keep a copy of the purchase agreement for your home as it details all of the terms and conditions of the purchase. Throughout the … Continued

Housing Expenses that You May Have Forgotten About

When you are budgeting to buy a new Bay Area home there are some costs that you might not think of until it’s too late. Moving. You may have a new home but how are you going to get your stuff there? Unless you are planning to bribe your family into helping you move one … Continued

9 Reasons Why Danville is the Place for you

Written By: Nicole Stansfield & Patrick O’Brien 1) Education Schools throughout the Danville area are known to be highly ranked giving students the opportunity and materials necessary to continue to succeed with their education throughout college.   2)  Easy Transportation Transportation is very simple within the Danville community.  Walking, biking, driving, and using Bart are … Continued

5 Simple Ways to Make Your House More Green

5 Simple Ways to Make Your House More Green By Courtney Fahey, Avery Peterson, & Sean Thomas Energy efficiency is of most importance today with growing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and higher costs of energy. Here are some tips on how to make your house more eco-friendly:   Pay Your Bills Online. By opting … Continued

What is a Natural Hazard Disclosure?

A Natural Hazard Disclosure (NHD),  is a disclosure that is required when purchasing a California home. The report shows the new buyer whether the home is located in a hazard zone. Hazard zones are defined as earthquake faults, fire, dam inundation, seismic hazard and flood zones. As well as defining the hazard zones it will … Continued

Complete Secure 1003 Application

With Stonecastle, the loan approval process has never been easier. We offer a secure and convenient application for you to fill out as well as a secure link to upload your required documentation at your leisure.

Client Testimonials

Hey Chris, Thanks for all your hard work on this transaction! Most loan officers can do the easy ones. I know you were thrown some serious curve balls that were out of your control and...

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Jill Norris

“I have known Janine Lewis on a professional basis for over 17 years.  She a is very professional, proficient and dedicated mortgage broker.  Janine helped my family acquire a mortgage on our home in Pebble...

Leilani Randall  

“In the past 37 years I have owned 6 homes and refinanced many times. The care and professionalism I experienced with Stonecastle Land & Home Financial surpassed any other experience. I am so grateful for...

Margaret DeTomaso

“Janine was extremely helpful and patient with us through our entire loan approval process. Her communications with us were consistent and thorough-we’d highly recommend Janine and Stone Castle Land & Home Financial in the future!”

Richard Mohr

“Rick is the best. My wife is a real estate agent and refers people to Rick all the time. We say id Rick can’t get it done no one can!”

Dale Taylor

“Rick Del Pozzo was excellent at understanding my personal situation and financing needs. First class Professionalism !”

John Resch

“Everything went very smooth! Rick Del Pozzo came to me about the refit option an me a lot of money!”

Kevin Clark

“We LOVED Olivia!! She is amazing and we will definitely refer friends to her!”

Ron & Karina Bird

“Olivia’s professional knowledge and guidance made a challenging and tedious process easy!!”

Jenny Gago

“Olivia Filion is a true professional! Not only did she make our loan a smooth process but she was a joy to work with!”

Paul Barnett & Amy Fabry

“From first contact Ann Miller communicated with confidence, knowledge, and experience. I have told everyone I know in CA to consider Ann for their next refi or purchase. Cannot recommend her more highly-Excellent!!”

Carolyn Lewis

“I have been working with Ann Miller for several months trying to refinance my existing mortgage. I have never met anybody as service oriented and customer focused as Ann. Ann has the ability to ‘think...

Alicia F

“Ann is a master at communication and making all clients feel comfortable. I have recommended her to many real estate clients. She raises the bar for good mortgage banking service. If you need a lender,...

Richard Kuhr

” We made the mistake of working with Bank of America for our last refinance. After 2 months, they turned us down for reasons we still do not understand. Chris Brent was referred to us...

Kelly McCoy and Mike McCoy

“We highly recommend Chris Brent and his team at Stone Castle. They treated us like family from start to finish and worked very hard to find us the very best loan for our situation. Thank...

Ryan and Jessica Madigan

“Chris has been our lender of choice for many years. He took great care in walking us through our first home loan almost 14 years ago and did an amazing job recently with helping us...

Chris and Aimee Knese

“Rainey handled the challenges of the transaction and my “intensity” with confidence, grace and a “can do” attitude…but more importantly she showed me that she truly cared.”

Chris R.

“Rainey Gray-Gross did a fabulous job as she’s always does finding me the best deal possible and was able to take away a lot of the stress.”

Anne H.

“I appreciate the way you went above and beyond to make the stressful and confusing mortgage process easier on me, by patiently explaining what needed to happen and answering all my questions.”

Eric N.

“Roy has helped us on several refinances of two of our properties and he has done an outstanding job for us. He is proactive in working with us and following through and has been a...

Kamal R.

“I have known Roy for Several years after having been recommended by my Real Estate Broker. My first contact with him was very congenial and helpful although I did not completed the transaction because of...

Paul B.

“Roy has helped me on several refi’s over the years I’ve known him (since 1995). He has always demonstrated a professional attitude in this crazy mortgage business. I should know I’ve been a headhunter in...

Bob Richards

“With the TRID regulation adding days to transactions, Rich and his team successfully navigated the loan from beginning to end with no surprises and we closed ahead of schedule.  I would recommend their services to...

Sari McClure and Traci Miller (Pacific Union)

“It was our pleasure working with you.  We love working with lenders such as yourself who work diligently on their buyer’s behalf. Mike and I look forward to working with you in the future.”

Wendy Flores, Tripointe Homes

“You guys did a bang up job making the process simple and straight forward. Your attention to detail and follow up was most appreciated! Bottom line, you guys rock!”

Aaron Smith & Paige Dunn

“Karen does an amazing job at explaining everything, communicating timely, and getting the job done! She has done 2 loans for us mow and we won’t go anywhere else!”

Garrett & Laurel Baker

“This was our first home purchase and Karen made us feel safe and taken care of all the way through the process! Thank You Karen!”

Jacob & Stacy Giannassi

“Karen Douglas is top notch! She works hard to find the right fit and communicates all options. Her ability to make you feel comfortable during a stressful time is second to none!”

Jeffrey Scalisi

“Jason is the best broker I have had the pleasure of working with. He treats clients courteously and he is very responsive.  Jason works fast and has the knowledge and resources necessary to get deals...

Frank Pandolfi  

“My wife and I recently just finalized our loan with Jason Brown. He found us a great rate, worked well through adversity and had an extreme sense of urgency which was greatly appreciated. Jason is...

Rob Calvin

“I wanted to take a minute to thank you for pulling together all of the required steps to get our mortgage in place and get us into our home. I was busy with my daughter...

Suzy & Rick S.

“Ken has provided us with first-class customer service over the past 5 years as our Loan Agent. He is very proactive in reaching out to us during this time and makes us aware of the...

Scott & Denisce Whitacre

“Ken Harmon was very professional. He was creative and resourceful during our refi process to help us meet our unique finance needs and requests. We have been working with Ken for 8 years. He is...

David & Abigail Ehrhorn

“Ken is the best! Every time he is on top of every possibility and every bump in the road. We will go no where else!”

Michael & Cindy Ennis

“Kyle was very helpful with all aspects of my transaction.  He is very professional and the transaction went smoothly. Thanks, Kyle!”


“Kyle is very positive, knowledgeable and patient. And his support staff was very professional. We highly recommend them!”

Jim Gurule

“We recommend Kyle Davis.  He kept us informed from the beginning of the loan to the end.  He was always quick to respond to any questions we had and made us feel secure in our...

John Kunz

“Thank you so much for supporting our baseball team! We had a great season and enjoyed having your son Thomas pitch for the cubs. We look forward to sending loans your way and again thank...

The Cubs

“Thank you so much for all your hard work on our refinance Lynda. With the savings, we can put away extra funds to assure Kayla gets to college one day! We appreciate all the efforts on our...

Tim and Leslie Keller

“Lynda Plummer made buying our first home together a great experience. She was always on top of everything and went above and beyond the call of duty. Lynda drove our packet 3 hours away the...

Mr. & Mrs. Kelsey

“Nick has been a great support through this process. he helped us quite a few years ago. Knowing his skills and professionalism we came back again-and will again!”

Richard & Mary Johnson

“Nick Rosen was fantastic! He answered all of my questions in a timely and courteous and clear manner. I really appreciate all of his help. ”

Anne Gordon

“Nick is extremely professional and thorough! I never worried that anything would fall through the cracks and I knew he had my best interests in mind!”

Stephanie Bruzzese

“Susan Woodhams is the best loan agent we have ever used! She is thorough, knowledgeable and very proactive. We would use her for anything in the future!”

Michael & Stephanie Olson

“Several years ago a real estate agent gave me Susan’s business card and when I decided to refinance my home I gave her a call and I am so glad that I did! She is...

Sylvia Mcdougall

“Very happy to work with Susan Woodhams. Always very professional and understanding!”

Jason & Shalika Noriega

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