About Me

My name is Susan Bonanno; I’m a residential loan advisor with Finance of America Mortgage. I’m passionate about service and strive to make the lending experience as easy and stress free as possible for all types of borrowers, whether purchasing or refinancing. I especially love helping first time buyers.

I begin by providing my clients with a thorough education of available loan programs and all the financial aspects of owning a home so they are well prepared for the process. I work within their budget and often in conjunction with their financial advisors. My job is to select the proper loan to maximize purchase power and to take advantage of any special programs, credits, or tax incentives.

With a strong preapproval in hand, my clients have the confidence to shop & the negotiating power they need to turn their dream of homeownership into a reality. Throughout the transaction, clients and realtors appreciate my regular communication, accessibility and guidance.

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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

Santa Barbara, CA
1525 State Street, Suite 205
Santa Barbara, CA 93101