James Shytle

NMLS#169298 - Branch Manager Open Mortgage #2975
I was born in Ft. Knox, KY. Moved to Columbus, GA in 1967 and have lived here pretty much ever since. I served in the United States Army for 4 years and earned the Army Achievement Medal (2) and the Army Commendation Medal. I have a BBA in Finance from Columbus State University. I am a Federally and State licensed Mortgage Loan Originator in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.. My product offerings include; Conventional, VA, FHA, USDA and Reverse Mortgage loans.

With over 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry one of my most important duties is to educate you on the various mortgage loan programs you qualify for. This will allow you to make an “informed” decision as to the best loan for you. To give you full disclosure on the loan of your choice. No games, gimmicks or hidden fees!


Dec 18, 2017
Goverment Employee
James is a great Branch Manager. My loan process was quick and easy. I will be recommending him to my friends. Thanks James and Staff. Happy holidays.
Dec 5, 2017
Oh My! I do not even know where to start. James and Dagmar are both heaven sent. When I tell you James went above and beyond the call of duty.... trust me he did. Everything that you could imagine going left during the process for me happened to include a change in employment/income. Several things that others told me I would not be able to do or get approved with James guidance and assistance happened. I have already referred him to others and will continue to do so. If you do not have James Shytle on your team.... condolences to you.
Delayed but NOT Denied!
Oct 30, 2017
Director of Sales
I was pleased all the way through the home buying process. James was helpful and informative at every step. I will definitely recommend James to all me friends and family.
Aug 21, 2017
Safety Officier
James was always on top of everything and promptly returned my calls and answered any questions that I might have had and brought up stuff that I didn't think about during my loan process he went above and beyond the call of duty and helped my family purchase our first home. I would recommend if your in this area to call James he will help you glide through your loan process.
Jul 31, 2017
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Mr. James Shytle and Open Mortgage for their help with the refinance of my current mortgage.

I have called upon James several times to help me take advantage of the best possible mortgage program and each time he has proven to have considerable expertise in pairing me with the best terms available to meet my goals.

Based on the positive results I have received working with James, it is my recommendation that anyone looking for excellent service in the mortgage industry consider teaming up with James and Open Mortgage.
Jul 14, 2017
Optometric Physician
James did an outstanding job throughout my loan process. He was available for questions and alway willing to communicate with me and my realtor. We were able to close on a tight schedule without any problems.
Jun 23, 2017
James did a wonderful job! He take his time to explain how closing work and everything. He's very patience with us. Big helper! There is no word to describe how much he had help us! Highly recommendation!
May 24, 2017
Administrative Assistant
Thank you so very much for all of your help in securing my loan for my new home. You were organized, knowledgeable, reliable, honest, thorough & very professional, as well as kind which made all of the difference in the world to me. I put my trust in you and you most definitely came through. Thank you for your patience as well as treating me like a close friend rather than just a home loan customer. You stand above and beyond the rest, James Shytle!! I will not hesitate to recommend you to family and friends.
Apr 30, 2017
James and Dagmar:
Did an absolutely outstanding job. They are to be completed for their extreme professionalism throughout the process even though we have to change properties several times they were unwavering in their desire to ensure we could complete the process in the most expedient and detailed manner as possible. I have and will continue to strongly recommend them to others-none better!


Will & Silky Thigpen
Apr 21, 2017
James was beyond amazing. From start to finish and even after. Any question or concern I had, he was always readily available. I never knew lenders were so vital in the home buying process until buying my first home. Making the biggest purchase of your life, you definitely need the best by your side, James is the best!
Apr 5, 2017
James did an outstanding job on helping me close my loan. He went the extra mile to ensure that I understood all aspects of the loan. He kept me updated on all information that was available to me to help with closing . I sure that he will do the same for all his customers.
Mar 24, 2017
Community Education Coordinator
Being a first time homebuyer, I was unaware of how vital a lender is to the process. I unfortunately had a bad experience with the first lender and was on the verge of giving up house hunting all together. When one of my best friends advised me to contact James before I completely gave up. After many years of friendship, that was one of the best pieces of advice, she’s ever given me. James immediately took all my worries away after our first conversation. He was transparent, informative, and thorough every step of the way. Although some my questions may have been redundant or obvious, he patiently answered every single one of them. He also has great relationships with the underwriters, so if there is an answer he is unsure of he will find out before misleading you. James literally took so much unwarranted stress out of this process for me; I had to publicly acknowledge him. Thank you again James, for the crucial role you played in the most momentous purchase of my life.

Aug 16, 2016
Rainwater Division Manager, Columbus Consolidated Government
James Shytle was outstanding to work with. He made what is often a stressful experience an easy one. I appreciate how responsive he was to my questions and I had no doubt throughout the process that he had his customer's best interest in mind. It was very refreshing to have someone who was professional, caring and knowledgeable of the mortgage business to handle my home mortgage refinancing. I highly recommend James to anyone who is looking to buy or refinance a home.
Jun 23, 2016
I Strongly recommend Open Mortage Company to any and everyone! Mr.Shytle strive to meet the individual or couple needs as to the desired needs of individuals! He is very confident as to what he can and can not do. He is very up front , and straight forward!
Mr.Shytle work in a quickly time frame to try to get the individuals approve for the price asked if possible. His assistant is just as sweet, and also stay on top of things to make sure everything is in order and all information is accurate so no delays will be possible. We enjoyed working with Open Mortage and we also closed on our new home early than anticipated!
Jun 22, 2016
Waste water treatment
He was the best. This was not the east of loans to go through. I purchased a home with a pool with no fence and could not get insurance. James and myself got insurance and my fence is up and great. I also switched from Phenix City Utilities to Columbus Water Works to make more money doing the same profession and it was not a hassle to James. He is the best guy when sometimes things aren't going right he will help every step of the way
Jun 21, 2016
Logistics Specuslust
James was a true hero for me. First time home owner, he made it super easy. All I needed to do was sign the dotted line. He also surprised me my final #s being better than expected. Thanks for the great experience.
Jun 21, 2016
Army Captain
James was great through every step of the loan approval process. He was prompt, professional, patient, and helpful with all of my questions and concerns. He made the process as easy as possible, and went out of his way to make sure the loan got processed in time. I would highly recommend James to anybody buying a house in the Columbus area. Best loan officer I've worked with!
Mar 2, 2016
Office Manager
The whole closing experience with James was a total seem less process. Very easy to deal with and he kept me updated at every turn. If you are looking for a mortgage use James at Open Mortgage you won't regret it
Nov 2, 2015
Regional Manager
James and his staff were wonderful to work with - very prompt and professional. After starting my loan with Wells Fargo and one delay after another with them, my realtor put me in touch with James. We were through and closed in 24 days and at 60 days with Wells Fargo we were still several weeks away. These folks are awesome!! Not only were they great to work with, but they actually cared - a nice change to be dealing with someone like that. Would recommend them to anyone.
Sep 8, 2015
Self Employed professional
My wife and I are thankful that we met James. He was always very professional and found the best loan to suit our needs. I was shopping mortgages when we met James, but I am glad we used his services. I do not think that the large banks in town understood what I needed, but after one consultation with James, he knew what we needed. He worked hard throughout the process and kept me informed on what was needed to keep the process moving. I am glad I do not buy a home often, but the next time I do I will seek James FIRST!
Sep 1, 2015
James Shytle made the process easier by his top notch customer service and his patients in helping us understand the process. Every time I called if he did not answer he would always call me back. But what I love most about James Shytle was the honesty in the process with no hidden surprises. I would definitely use his services again and highly recommend him to anyone else looking to secure a loan to purchase a house.
Jul 24, 2015
Home Buyer
James is a total professional presenting upfront concern on the client behalf. He demonstrated a positive attitude throughout my process in keeping the tenacity in working with the tons of paperwork keeping me abreast of every step involve that made my experience pleasant. He is a true professional I will recommend his service to other colleagues in the market in buying their home.


Jul 22, 2015
James was very organized and efficient. He always communicated with us throughout the process and had things done when promised. We were most impressed that he came to closing with us! Would definitely use him again and recommend him to others!
Jul 21, 2015
Home buyer
This was my first home purchase and I did not know what to expect. James made it very easy for me. He walked me through step-by-step what he was doing along the way. He always answered my questions and kept me up-to-date on the process. As a first time buyer, I really appreciated this. I highly recommend using James for any home purchase as he was professional and a pleasure to work with.
May 21, 2015
Where do I begin with regards to my experience with James? Let me start off by saying if you are looking for a professional who is willing to fight for his customers, this is the guy. My situation was quite unique. Full disclosure, I had floated the deal by a few other lenders who simply didn't want to deal with the complexities of my file. James, on the other hand, welcomed the challenge. He shepherded the process and walked with me side-by-side each step of the way. He was able to encourage me when I needed it, break down barriers on my behalf, and truly fight for me. He has the unique ability to protect the interest of his organization while fighting for his customers. And he was always open and honest with me...never overcommitting to something he couldn't deliver. Unfortunately my file required him to jump through hoops he normally didn't have to and do more work than a standard file. However, he never complained one bit and always kept me up to date with status. Honestly, my experience would have been deemed a pleasant one (even had I not gotten the loan) based on my interactions with him. BUT EVEN BETTER WHEN HE IS ABLE TO CLOSE THE DEAL! And close we did! I've been in the business of real estate for quite some time both as a mortgage lender and as a recipient of mortgages on rental properties. So, I've dealt with many lenders/brokers in my day. James by far exceeds them all in his professionalism, patience, competence and tenacity. He is definitely someone you want on your team!

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