Leah McBride is a Senior Loan Officer at Finance of America Mortgage (formerly Skyline Home Loans) in Rancho Bernardo. Finance of America Mortgage is a direct mortgage lender, offering a wide variety of products for both purchases and refinances, including Jumbo options, 30/15 Year Fixed, FHA, VA, USDA, Hybrid ARMs, and Reverse Mortgages. Leah’s knowledge, experience, and attention to detail have enabled her business to grow significantly over the years. Leah and her team have the reputation for offering creative solutions for complex loan structures. She works in the Rancho Bernardo office full-time to ensure great delivery of service, open availability, and assurance of closing loans on time. She believes transparency and communication are instrumental to a successful mortgage transaction.
Leah was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from Poway High. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in Business Administration with a double concentration in Finance and International Business. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, where she lived with her husband for three years.
Leah now lives in Poway with her husband, Ben, their daughter, Bailey, and their two dogs. She is an active member of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Poway Unit, involved in the Rancho Bernardo Business Association, and also Poway Real Estate Professionals. She enjoys hiking, water and snow sports, and spending time with her family.
Trust your real estate financing to a professional. Call Leah at 858-527-7851.
Why Finance of America Mortgage?
We’re not about pushing loan papers. We’re about moving your dream forward. And we do that through knowledgeable local advisors, a personal approach, and a variety of smart loan options.
Frequently Asked Questions
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