Marika Iler

Mortgage Advisor NMLS-275901
Marika Iler

About Me

With a lifelong knack for numbers and finance, I earned my MBA from the University of San Francisco in 2002, before beginning my career working in the mortgage banking industry. As I continued to gain experience in lending and real estate, it became apparent that I get the greatest satisfaction helping people with what is usually the biggest investment of their life – their home purchase.

Obtaining a home loan is a detailed process. I understand the need for a bit of hand-holding through this, and it’s rewarding to be able to connect with people in this personal way. As a reliable and consistent advocate for my clients, I pride myself on clear and timely communication, and on educating homebuyers about their financing options rather than trying to sell them on any one in particular.

My focus on building strong relationships also extends to my partners in the lending field, including real estate agents, my loan processing team and underwriters, so that together we can make the mortgage process as seamless as possible.

As a San Diego native, I have always appreciated the natural beauty of this area and the privilege it is to live here. I try to give back by actively participating in philanthropic organizations, including Soroptimist International of Poway, a non-profit organization that helps women and children who have been victims of abuse. I am also actively involved in a couple other local business networking organizations.

I love to travel internationally, or simply enjoy Southern California’s stellar weather with family and friends. Leisure time is spent at the beach, hiking, running, or taking walks with my very loved and spoiled Shih Tzu, Bella.



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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many properties should I look at?

The total number of properties you may look at will depend on several factors, such as your budget and the housing availability in your area. In general, real estate agents recommend that homebuyers look at several properties before making a decision, but there is not an exact number. Most people look at 10 homes, at a minimum, so they can compare them. However, you may find the dream house with more or fewer searches.

What is the best way to search for homes?

When it comes to the best home buying tips, there are different ways to search for properties. Statistics from the National Association of REALTORS® reveal that 51 percent of buyers searched and found their homes on the internet, while 30 percent used real estate agents. Other ways to search for homes include asking friends, relatives, neighbors and homebuilders for help. A small percentage of homebuyers used newspaper advertisements and yard or open house signs to search for homes.

Should I get pre-approval before making an offer?

Although a pre-approval is not one of the required steps to buying a house, it can certainly help you stand out in a competitive market with many buyers. A pre-approval can show sellers that you’re serious and capable of getting a mortgage, so they may be more likely to accept your offer.

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My Office

Escondido, CA
235 W. 5th Ave, Suite 200
Escondido, CA 92025