SOURCE: Bainbridge Lending Group LLC

Bainbridge Lending Group LLC

October 26, 2015 11:00 ET

Becky Benz Joins Bainbridge Lending Group

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA--(Marketwired - Oct 26, 2015) - Bainbridge Islander and home loan expert Becky Benz is back on Bainbridge Island joining Bainbridge Lending Group LLC as a loan officer for the Island's only locally owned mortgage broker.

According to Matt Culp, owner of Bainbridge Lending Group, the addition of Benz gives his firm perhaps the deepest "braintrust of mortgage knowledge and experience available on Bainbridge Island." Together with Culp, Tom Rees and Benz they collectively have more than 50 years in the home loan business on Bainbridge.

"Islanders like to buy local, and we are truly local," Culp says. "We all grew up on the Island and all are Bainbridge High School graduates. We also live and work here and know the real estate landscape personally and professionally; that gives us a huge competitive edge, especially when someone is moving to Bainbridge from out of the area."

Benz says, "I'm really blessed to be back doing what I love best." She moved from Bainbridge in 2008 to Arizona and became a licensed real estate agent. "Sometimes, they say, you have to leave home to find home... well, I am back home, and I'm especially pleased to be with Matt Culp and Tom Rees at Bainbridge Lending Group. They are true professionals in the business."

Benz found her passion in real estate and mortgage lending in the early 1990s working for a local bank on Bainbridge Island. She later worked with Culp at Puget Sound Mortgage and Escrow, formerly owned by Culp's mom, Diane, now retired.

She grew up on Bainbridge in Port Madison. After graduating from BHS, she earned her degree in Business Administration from Washington State University. Benz then joined North Sound Bank, becoming one of area's most proficient mortgage professionals.

"I've known Matt and Tom for a long time," Benz says. "We are cut from the same cloth: Integrity and reputation is everything. Your clients rely on your expertise. What you have done in the past defines who you are today. There is no more trustworthy team than the one we have at BLG," she adds.

Culp explains that since Bainbridge Lending Group is a federally licensed mortgage broker, his team has the ability to "shop" for their clients among many different lenders to find the right loan for them, giving customers access to wholesale broker rates. That's a huge advantage which Bainbridge Lending Group's major competitors do not enjoy, he adds.

Culp adds that Bainbridge Lending Group is the only mortgage firm based on Bainbridge Island yet all of his competitors are headquartered in other states.

Culp points out that Becky is known locally for her hard work and her honesty. "She has a tenacious work ethic, which explains why her clients come back to her, sometimes many years after their last transaction," Culp says. "Local Realtors trust her and that's why she has helped many of them finance their own homes. There's no better endorsement of your professionalism than that," he adds.

Bainbridge Lending Group, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, is headquartered at 345 Knechtel Way, Ste 200, between Madison and Ericksen. Becky can be reached directly at (206) 842-7174 or by email at BLG also can be reached at (206) 842-1444 or toll-free at (877) 755-6636, by email at or online at Bainbridge Lending Group NMLS# 42059.

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