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“This is the first time buying a home, and it was great. Mike was up front with me. He is a great man, and cares about others.”
– Vicki D.
“Organized, very efficient and thorough.”
– Jennifer G.
“Mike was great upfront. He was awesome and has a great personality.”
– Andrea Y.
“We could not have been able to purchase our dream home without Mike. He did everything in his power to make the process smooth, and seemed to genuinely care about us and making sure we were able to buy a home.”
– Jessica S.
“Mike provided us with quality service. He offered us pertinent advice, answered our questions promptly, and helped resolve issues efficiently. Our mortgage loan process was an amazing experience!”
– Jillane L.
“Was quick and easy process. He is nice guy and very honest.”
– Derrick M.
“Mike and his team at Benchmark are the most caring, knowledgeable, and worked diligently to get me in my dream home. I am a single mother of 2 young adults and never in my wildest dreams did I think I could afford a home, let alone one as nice as the one I purchased. God, through Angie Mullins, my realtor, led me to Mike and Benchmark, who were extremely more confident in the process than I was. I still get emails from Mike, which shows how much he cares about his clients. Anyway, I recommend him to all my family, friend, coworkers for I know he is the best in the business!”
– Wilma M.
“Mike is an awesome manager. He is extremely accessible. Agent was able to call him on Sunday afternoon to get questions answered — Great guy!”
– Maurice T.
“Mike was wonderful to work with. He explained everything to us. He was so patient with us throughout the process even when we emailed constantly.”
– Jada N.
“Mike was a pleasure to do business with. He is very honest and makes the whole process/experience very easy & relaxing. He will be my financial person in the future for sure! I cannot recommend him enough. Very smart & very responsive. Great Guy!!”
– Jared E.
“I loved the expertise and customer service in helping me purchase my home. Two thumbs up!! My dream is a reality.”
– Paul D.
“Mike is awesome, He & his team’s professionalism far exceeded my expectations! Would definitely use them again.”
– Oseanese B.
“From the first phone call I felt comfortable and assured that Mike would take care of my home mortgage needs. I did not worry and he was very quick in getting things done.. yesterday.
My experience has exceeded my expectations and I trust Mike and knew that everything would be great! Thanks Mike”
– Michelle C.
“Mike & The Benchmark Mortgage Team,
Honestly my wife & I have heard war stories from people working with mortgage companies trying to purchase a home, and after hearing all of those things I have to admit my wife & I were a little nervous with this being our first purchase. But, hands down you guys were awesome! You answered every questions, phone calls, and emails no matter what time of day it was. You guys made this a very pleasant process for us by keeping us well informed on everything we had to, how to do everything that was needed, easily broke down & explained all the things we did not understand, and did that all in a very short amount of time to get us into our dream home. Hats off to you guys, and we will be sure to send everyone we come across that is looking to purchase your way. Thanks for being there for us, and helping make our dream come true!!!
– Kevin & Brittney K.
“Mike was very personal and cared for us and our dream house, he made sure he did everything in his power to accomplished his job which was our dream house, no matter what time we had question he always answerd. With this he just need to sleep more lol :)”
– Gerald J.
“Mike was absolutely great. Clearly communicated the entire process to us. Was patient with us even when we were losing ours. He should work with all borrowers.”
– Terenthial W.
“Mike was the utmost professional, he made purchasing our home enjoyable. An amazingly difficult process was made easy & we were treated like we mattered.
Mike, you & your team are the best. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
– Vicki Z.
“Mike was funny & easy to reach & talk to. He made the process less stressful & more exciting”
– Maressica B.
“Mike and the entire staff were great. Mike and Jerry especially. Would recommend you to any one who needs these services.”
– Richard S.
“What can we say… Mike made our dreams a reality – He’s THE BEST!! So genuine and efficient”
– Julie M.
“Mike was great with our loan. He made everything easy to understand and was quick to answer any question. We would recommend him to everyone.”
– Philip B.
“Mike & his staff were very kind, helpful, & professional”
– Don C.
“nothing but the best and wouldn’t use anyone else a very well rounded person as well as very educated in his field of work”
– Sha S.
“It was great working with Mike! As a first time home buyer I was expecting to have a lot more work to do, but Mike helped at every step. And when a pricing issue with our builder happened at the 11th hour Mike & his team ensured our closing date was not delayed.”
– Miles & Rebekah K.
“Mike and his team were real professional at handling all of my financial need. I would highly recommend him & his team at Benchmark.”
– Cedric H.
“Mike and his associates kept my husband and I updated through out the progression of our loan. They also kept us from getting discouraged with the home buying process.”
“I was absolutely impressed with Mike and his entire team. He is very personable, available, through, and efficient! Awesome experience from initial contact through the closing on our new home!”
– Gregory G.
“Mike and his team are amazing and so professional! I felt like I had known Mike for years on our initial call! His team is so supportive and responsive. I couldn’t have made a better decision regarding my mortgage!”
– Kate M.
“Mike and his team are very professional and well versed with the steps of the process. He kept me well-informed through the process and made everything look easy. I felt like I was in good hands throughout the process, and closing was a worry-free breeze. Thanks Mike!”
– Scott W.
“I was really happy working with Mr. Mike Watson. Thank you so much for everything.”
– Pavel V.
“Mike went above and beyond the call of duty! Not only did we have the holidays during our loan processing, but we closed in less than 30 days. Mike is the Best!”
– Trissoula & Quay F.
“Dedicated . . . Involved . . . Knowledgeable . . . Integrity. These are just a few words that I would use to describe Mike Watson and the superior level of services that he has provided myself as a home owner and for my clients as a Realtor. Mike goes above and beyond anything that I could ever expect from a mortgage broker. I will recommend Mike Watson to all of my friends, family and clients because of the level of commitment and service that he brings to the table is second to none”
– Ray Crotts, Realtor Prudential C Dan Joyner & Young Realtors
“I met Mike Watson when he first got into the mortgage business. I remember jokingly telling him he was too young and too cute to be taken seriously. Boy was I wrong! After working with him for many years now, I have found him to be very knowledgeable, extremely efficient and wonderful at keeping me and my clients informed about what is going on with their loans. I am happy to refer my clients to him knowing that he will do everything possible to assist them with their financing.”
– Gwen C. Gray, CRS, GRI, e-Pro, Owner and Broker-in-charge of Southers Real Estate
“Mike is beyond dedicated! Even with the arrival of a new baby, Mike took the time to return our many phone calls! Treated us better than family!”
– Randall W. – Client [survey]
“Mike was very knowledgeable and made us feel very comfortable. Was always taking the time to answer questions and helping! Mike is great!!!”
– Thomas S. – Client [survey]
“A move from State to State is very difficult. Mike’s efforts made the mortgage process less stressful, through his knowledge and concern for me & family. Thanks Mike and team.”
– Steven M. – Client [survey]
“My experience with Mike was great! He went above and beyond to answer questions, and keep me updated every step of the way. My deepest appreciation to him!!”
– Jeanne L., Client
“Mike was incredibly helpful, answered all our questions very thoroughly, and not once made us feel like we were being
– . Our experience was great, and we felt very taken care of.”
– Marshall K., Client
“Mike is an amazing help! He worked hard to get our information in quickly so the process could start. He checked in often, and sent us reminders of what needed to be turned in next. I have never met a more caring person! The process was easy with Mike. I have recommended him to others!”
– Joseph & Ashley B., Clients
“I never knew purchasing a home and getting a mortgage could be as easy as it was, thanks to Mike and his staff.”
– Norman M., Client
“Mike was wonderful to work with. He handled the loan and closing in a timely manner, and answered ALL questions promptly. Thanks again Mike for all your help.”
– Monica J., Client
“I appreciate Benchmark Mortgage helping me to make a dream come true. Thank you Mike for the help and hard work you did for me.”
– Joseph P., Client
“We did the closing, one day ahead of schedule! We are very thankful for all your kind assistance and hard work throughout the process. Your Benchmark team deserves an A++ for professionalism, expertise, and competence. You have always been reassuring throughout the process from day one. Indeed, we are truly grateful for all your effort that led to the success of our housing loan.”
– Terry & Cecilia C., Clients
“Mike was so great with helping us to get our first dream house! He was so helpful and encouraging! He was awesome! Thanks!”
– Jesse & Chelsea M., Clients
“Mike was awesome. He always kept in touch. He always responded efficiently with all modes of communication, whether email, phone, text, etc. He was so kind, and so forward as far as being straight up. He had a great, optimistic attitude. He was super kind, funny, and very professional. I was honestly saddened when the process was over, and I was no longer to be in contact. I received great support from Mike, as well as Mike’s team from Benchmark.”
– Brittany G., Client
“We were very pleased with the service. We were first-time home buyers, so we weren’t familiar with how everything worked. Mike did a great job of explaining everything and getting us the best rate possible.”
– Cory & Haley P., Clients
“Mike was awesome to work with. He was very detail oriented, letting me know exactly what I needed to know; and there were no surprise fees. My closing to secure my home also went very smoothly.”
– Karen J., Client
“Mike Watson made my first-time home buyer experience an absolute cakewalk! I moved from Miami, FL to Moore, SC with my husband, two kids, and two dogs. There was so much going on, it was a true blessing to have Mike taking care of the details! I will always use Mike for any future Mortgage services, and recommend him to everyone I know!”
– Ruth D., Client
“Mike was a breeze to work with! He was very thorough, fast, and friendly. He walks you step by step, easily, through the home buying process. I really appreciate the personal attention given both during and after buying my home.”
– Nicholas R., Client
“When I came to see Mike I was really discouraged. I had just been told that another institution couldn’t help me. Mike assured me that if I would just do what he advised I would be in a home in six months. So I trusted him, followed his advice, and a little over six months later I’m in my home. Thanks Mike, you’re the best.”
– Anita S., Client
“Mike was great; he explained everything so I could understand it. I could not have asked for a better experience. Thank you, Mike.”
– Adolph G., Client
“Mike was an absolute pleasure to work with! He was beyond helpful, and extremely nice. He worked with me around my work schedule which was awesome, because I work 12 hours a day!”
– Andrew V., Client
“Mike Watson worked hard to find a loan plan that worked for me. He is very dedicated to his job, and very persistent. Thanks Mike!”
– Michael P., Client
“Mike was a very professional person, and at the same time very personable. I would recommend him to anyone.”
– Jessica P., Client
“Mike did an awesome job answering all our questions, responding back to my phone calls, and is a great person. Great job, Mike! Keep it up!”
– Jeffrey C., Client
“Mike was very fast, efficient, and courteous. I will definitely do business with Benchmark in the future.”
– Michael H., Client
“Mike was a pleasure to deal with during our home purchase. Anytime we needed him day or night he was there for us.”
– Jeffrey H., Client
“Being a first time home buyer, I was full of questions. Mike and Dee were GREAT! They were patient with me and made me feel very comfortable. They were able to answer all my questions, and their expertise was quite evident. I walked out of their office with no doubts in my mind. We covered everything; no T’s were left uncrossed, and all I’s dotted. Thank you!!”
– Theresa K., Client
“Mike was wonderful! He explained everything in a way we could understand. He was professional, but very friendly and personable. He was available when we needed him, and we appreciated him so much in our home buying process!!”
– Jonathan and Tanya S., Clients
“Mike is amazing. He is so nice, personable, fast, timely and always checked in to make sure we were doing great. I refer anyone I can to him!”
– Devan and Erin M., Clients
“I just met Mike once, but he was very easy to talk to, friendly, relaxed and obviously knew his field very well. I would recommend him to anyone! I received very quick service. That’s what I wanted!”
– Kelly C., Client
“Mike was very helpful with all the thousands of questions I asked him. He was extremely patient. I will tell everybody that needs a home loan to call Mike.”
– Michael S., Client
“Mike was one of the best loan officers we have worked with. A real estate agent recommended Mike, and he was efficient, organized, friendly and prompt. I will recommend him.”
– Gao and Chou Thoa H., Clients
“Mike was wonderful to work with. He was always there for me, and helpful. This experience would not have been successful without Mike. He is a pleasure to work with. Anyone that I know wanting to buy a house will be referred to Mike.”
– Harry and Tracey C., Clients
“It was a real pleasure doing business with Mike. He is a very nice guy. He does his job very well and kept us informed on everything that was taking place. I would recommend him to anyone.”
– Billy and Carole B., Clients
“From the inception of our lending process straight through to closing, Mike was so full of positive energy and detailed information. He never left us to guess or second guess about anything during our purchasing journey. We always walked away with a clear and precise understanding of what to expect and what was expected of us. Mike Watson holds a high degree of integrity; he is extremely professional, and super detailed along with timely. Who could ask for a Sr. Loan Officer better than that? Mike made himself available to us for any and all questions we may have whether in the office or on call. He always made us feel as if we were his only clients-we knew better. Thanks to Mike for being the CREAM OF THE CROP!! You made our journey lots of fun and super easy!! If we ever purchase again we WILL seek Mike Watson!”
– David & May M., Clients
“I have enjoyed working with Mike Watson and Benchmark. They made the process of a cash-out refinance quick and easy. Thanks again!”
– Jennifer & Joselito M., Clients
“Mike was very professional and easy to work with. He was very proactive with our refinance and was able to provide the answers we needed to move forward.”
– Adam and Mackenzie B., Clients
“The use of the word ‘Benchmark’ as part of the company name is very appropriate. Any business, mortgage or otherwise, that does not live up to Mike’s standards is a business that settles for being less than the best! Trustworthiness is the character trait that tops my experience with Mike and company.”
– Gary R., Client
“The people at Benchmark worked so hard on our behalf. They were very quick and efficient but also caring and compassionate. I would highly recommend this company!”
– Donna C., Client
“I have worked in the Real Estate market for years and haven’t ever dealt with a more professional loan officer. Mike stayed in contact with us throughout the process and closed our loan in less than two weeks! I would highly recommend Mike to anyone looking for a fast closing and competitive rates.”
– James and Amanda J., Clients
“Mike went above and beyond to answer my questions and to make sure I closed on time. I will definitely recommend anyone I know who needs a home loan to go to him.”
– Kathryn B., Client
“Mike is truly amazing! He helped us every step of the way. He made all of our dreams come true. Thank you Mike and your team!”
– Travis F., Client
“Mike and his team were an answer to our prayers. Without them, my family would not be in our home at this time. We were 100% pleased with Mike’s hard work, promptness and dedication to help us with our mortgage.”
– Blake & Shannon L., Clients
“Mike was very, very helpful on getting my home refinanced. In the near future I will be contacting Mike when it comes time to buy a new home. Thank you Mike Watson.”
– Kizzie P., Client
“Mike Watson and his staff made our experience obtaining a loan easy, with excellent instructions. The staff was kind and courteous. We value his service and would recommend his help to anyone needing a loan. Mike makes friends not only customers.”
– Mark J., Client
“Mike was the best to work with. He always responded to phone calls and emails in a timely manner. Mike worked hard to get my loan and interest rate like nobody I know. Well done Mike!”
– Joshua P., Client
“Mike was extremely knowledgeable and kept us informed about changes in the market. He gave us clear direction on improving our credit scores and it helped greatly. He made what can be a stressful and emotionally draining process simple and fun at times.”
– Carl L., Client
“Mike has been wonderful to work with. Every question we asked he answered immediately, even late in the evening. He worked with us and the bank to close our loan in three weeks so our kids could attend Riverside schools on time! Thanks again Mike.”
– Chamber’s H., Clients
“We contacted Mike late in the afternoon and he had our preapproval in a matter of hours the same night. He is very on top of everything. It was a smooth transaction.”
– Daniel & Martha H., Clients
“Mike has been great from start to finish. In fact, he went beyond his call of duty. I was having major surgery on my back and needed him to make a few personal calls for me AFTER closing, and he did. He is very punctual, informative and pleasant! In fact, I am hiring him for other property assistance!”
– Deborah H., Client
“To me Mike was a miracle worker. I am still amazed I even qualified for the loan. It was a pleasure working with Mike and his girls. I appreciate all their efforts and time they put into making a dream come true for me. I sing their praises.”
– Melissa E., Client
“Mike Watson…Best! He really brought to the table the experience and dedication needed for a Mortgage Broker! Being first time buyers, he really put the white gloves on! Bravo!”
– Kimberly S., Client
“Mike Watson and the team at Benchmark were personable, quick to respond to any questions, and made my home buying experience pleasurable. Thanks guys!”
– Susan B., Client
“Working with Mike was like working with a friend. He is very honest, informative, and to the point. I will do business with this company again.”
– Davinder J., Client
“It has been over a year, July 2012, since I closed on my first house. I had a very busy year last year with buying the home and having twins shortly after in August. I was passing by your office and thought I should email you.
Thank you for all your help in assisting me with my first home purchase. I can’t think of a nicer or more professional businessman than you. I truly felt as if you had my best interest in mind. You provided excellent service to me and it seems like every time I saw you working with other clients you were just as kind. I don’t hesitate to refer you to anyone who asks me about the home ownership process. I wish you continued success.”
– Erica S., Client
“Mike did a fantastic job in helping us with our mortgage. He answered all our questions thoroughly and quickly. He made the experience easy and we went to our closing quickly. Thanks Mike for all your help.”
– Kevin & Helena O., Clients
“Mike provided the most convenient situation for the mortgage process. The stress and anxiety of buying a home was instantly gone once I spoke to Mike.”
– Jonathan D., Client
“It was great working with Mike and staff. He tells it like it is, not just what you want to hear. The process was very easy. Thanks for all your hard work!”
– Jerry & Linda S., Clients
“Mike was recommended to me by my Realtor and I could not have been more pleased. Mike is truly a professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for someone to finance their home.”
– Sherron L., Client
“It was great to work with Mike. He was quick to respond to all communication and he patiently answered all of my questions. Ultimately his diligence led to my being able to finance my home.”
– Karen G., Client
“No matter how Trivial I thought the question was, Mike always took the time to call or text me back with the answer I needed. Some of the questions occurred late in the evening. I don’t know of too many people who would call back at that hour or even still be working. Thanks, Mike, for everything.”
– Russell K., Client
“Mike was great. He worked at all hours to fit in my busy schedule. He went above and beyond in order to make my dream come true.”
– Clancy S., Client
“I am very pleased. Mike is a very nice and helpful person. I was very thankful to have him to help me with my business. Super guy!!”
-Wanda H., Client
“Mike was very helpful, because of him we found a house and were able to buy it much sooner than we expected. We are very happy in our new house.”
– Michael & Crystal S., Clients
“Mike was great. He was on top of our loan, making sure we gave correct paperwork in order to close on time. He was efficient, friendly and communicated well throughout the entire process. Overall we had a great experience.”
– Robert & Laurie J., Clients
“Mike did a fantastic job. All our financial needs were handled by phone from our New York home. Mike even attended our closing in South Carolina, which my wife and I greatly appreciated!”
– William & Susan M., Clients
“We contacted Mike late in the afternoon and had pre-approval in a matter of hours the same night. He is very on top of everything. We had a smooth transaction.”
– Daniel & Martha H., Clients
“Mike Watson and his team did an outstanding job of making our first home purchase great! He was always available for questions, and on top of every step of the process. We could not have asked for a smoother, nor more enjoyable experience.”
– Keri Sarratt & Tyler B., Clients
“Mike is a true pro! From the time I first called him, until we closed, he made the process very simple. He walked us through step by step. I highly recommend Mike!”
– Thomas & Sarah H., Clients
“Mike was incredibly helpful! He made the whole process of obtaining a loan and buying our first home so easy and stress free!”
– Alexander G. & Anna W., Clients
“Mike made himself available to answer any questions we had. He helped us in any way possible during the exciting process.”
– Michael & Alice A., Clients
“Mike was a very helpful person. If he couldn’t answer my question immediately, he would have an answer in a timely manner. He was very patient and took his time to explain things I didn’t understand. I liked that very much. Thanks so much Mike. Keep up the good work.”
– Teleatha G., Client
“Working with Mike was awesome! He made the loan process easy and effortless. He was always positive and personable.”
– Jennifer R., Client
“Mike was able to take care of all my needs. He did a great job coordinating my closings to my convenience and needs.”
– Pedro S., Client
“Mike got back to us in a timely manner, and provided us with the loan to purchase our first home. We will forever be grateful.”
– Gary W., Client
“Mike was amazing to work with. He kept us updated on everything, and he answered all my questions (which I had a lot of them) If it wasn’t for Mike and his team we probably would not be homeowners. He never gave up on us, even when it felt impossible. Thank you sincerely!”
– Matthew C. & family, Clients
“Mike Watson is one of a kind. He is a true professional and a competent business man. He walked me through the process and explained every document. He answered my questions and gave me advice. What impressed me most was he provided me with a peace of mind that he would do everything possible to make my home buying experience as pleasurable as possible. He provided me with his cell number and he answered and returned ALL my calls promptly. Even when I asked the same questions over and over, he answered with a smile. I look forward to doing business with Mike Watson and Benchmark.”
– Felicia M., Client
“Mike is so friendly and makes everything so easy. I like the way he explains everything and is very thorough. I will use him again if I need to.”
– Joanne F., Client
“Mike was very professional, knowledgeable, respectful and friendly. A pleasure to do business with.”
– James & Joyce F., Clients
“We had many questions and Mike always came back in a timely manner, with all our answers. He never gave up; he was always there with us. He really went out of his way to help us upgrade and improve our credit rating.”
– Joseph H., Client
“Mike was phenomenal with my application for the FHA 203K loan. He stuck by me and never gave up or grew tired of my almost daily emails and somewhat venting due to unusual circumstances beyond my control. It was a learning experience, and I am happy and fortunate Mike was there rooting for me. He was always advocating for my cause to the best of his ability with empathy. To top it all off, he is patient, knowledgeable, caring, funny and professional. I recommend him to any and everyone who mentions purchasing a home. I will definitely call him again in the future. Thanks so much Mike for everything, words can’t express my gratitude!”
– Melissa W., Client
“Mike Watson gets a 5+ star rating. Being a first time buyer, and not sure what to expect, Mike made me feel very comfortable. He explained everything clearly so I never left feeling unsure. Mike was thorough, professional and a pleasure to work with.”
– Kenneth & Cathy J., Clients
“Benchmark was super professional and the most efficient mortgage company ever! Always accessible any time of the day! I will refer everyone I know to Mike and his company. It was an easy and pleasant experience!”
– Steve & Kim S., Clients
“Mike is very helpful, sweet, understanding and easy to work with. He is an all around great guy!”
– Nicole W., Client
“Mike Watson is an exceptional professional. He promised that if we worked with him through the process, the closing would be seamless. He kept his promise. We closed without a single issue. Well done Mike!”
– Michael C., Client
“This mortgage and closing experience has been the best of the five homes purchased! Thank you so much Mike!”
– Sita W., Client
“Mike was a very respectful, friendly, and professional young man. He is dedicated to doing an efficient and effective job.”
– Alfred & Martha S., Clients
“Mike was pleasant and quick to respond to my questions. He is a great asset to Benchmark.”
– John S., Client
“I consistently received a quick reply to my questions. Mike, Dee and staff were always pleasant and courteous.”
– Jay W., Client
“It was great getting to work with Mike. He was able to get the loan approved quickly and made closing a breeze.”
– Joel C. & Rebecca N.
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