James W. Argo

Senior Loan Officer - San Francisco - Montgomery St. Guarantee Mortgage NMLS #257031 / 1850 - CA DRE #00869591 / 01215943
I have been providing personalized mortgage advice since 1984 and I am passionate about my work. I love what I do. I am an advocate for clients, not for banks.

Early in my career, I observed and realized that my clients needed financial advice on more than just their mortgage - advice that included the best ways to save for retirement, save for college, pay off debt, build a rainy day fund and properly invest for future needs. Today I uniquely advise each client holistically on how to handle their money and their mortgage, so they can achieve financial security faster.

Other things I am passionate about are my family, making wine, cooking amazing food at home, canoeing the rivers & lakes of Northern California and blowing the room away on my tenor sax.

Equal Housing Opportunity
NMLS #257031 / 1850
CA DRE #00869591 / 01215943
Mar 30, 2020
Sr. Manager
Jim was incredibly responsive throughout the process & got us an amazing rate. We were working with Jim when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US, and throughout the chaos of that time, Jim kept us informed and I always felt like he kept us a high priority. We got a beautiful home in a timely manner thanks to Jim & his team.
Mar 30, 2020
We had a fantastic experience working with Jim and his team. It was our first time buying a home and we were surprised at how smooth and stress-free the process was. He is clearly very experienced, and still takes the time to patiently spell each part of the process out for you if you need it. He and his team worked so hard to get us to close on time during the covid-19 crisis, and we really felt his care and compassion the whole way through. He's also just a fun guy to talk to!
Mar 11, 2020
Consultant
Jim is a great professional. From the very beginning he was forthright about the reams of paperwork demanded by lenders today. This made the process, if not palatable, somewhat easier to swallow. Other than the paperwork, he was very clear in his explanations of various options and scenarios and prompt in his responses. Thanks to Jim, I was able to quickly pivot from a clearly undesirable lender to a much better one in a matter of a week. So that we lost at most a few days in closing on the new loan. Thanks, Jim!
Feb 26, 2020
I would definitely recommend James Argo as a mortgage banker. From the initial informational call, he displayed endless patience answering questions and was committed to educating us on the entire process. He was always affable and responsive (and got us an excellent rate). In addition, he worked seamlessly with our agent throughout the offer and escrow period.
Dec 8, 2019
Loan Recipient
Jim came highly recommended to us for our financing needs, and he did not disappoint. He is experienced and knowledgeable and is a pleasure to work with. Jim kept us informed every step of way on our loan process and strategically procured the best interest rate, with the lowest amount of associated fees. His combination of business savvy and availability made us feel extremely confident that our needs were top priority. We would definitely use him again for any future transaction.
Nov 12, 2019
Jim was awesome from the beginning. In the beginning, he spent time getting to know us and explained to us how he can help us succeed in purchasing our home. I worked closely with Jim on my goals. He was available to answer all my questions. When we were ready. Jim and his team was on top of getting everything pushed and finished as soon as possible. He made this an easy process and we will definitely work with Jim again. Thank you Jim for your expertise and knowledge in the Home lending business. You will hear from us again.
Sep 19, 2019
Sr. Mortgage Broker Retired
I was a successful mortgage broker for approximately 25 years. Mr. Argo is the most professional loan officer I have ever met. His knowledge and caring for his clients is beyond anyone I have met in our industry.
Aug 7, 2019
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Wow. Jim and his team really went the extra mile for me. My loan was a bit 'out of the ordinary' and had quite a few moving parts.
Their ability to get the deal done was amazing, their communication outstanding, and I was quite pleased to work with them.
I recommend James W. Argo for your mortgage needs.
Aug 7, 2019
Chief of Staff
A loan process can be unclear and painful but James expertly helped us navigate this. He was incredibly responsive, always on top of the meticulous steps. He also guided us with sound advice along the way. I would highly recommend him.
Jul 23, 2019
Attorney
Jim did a great job advising us and managing our situation which required some extra steps due to the July 4th holiday. Can't provide enough high praise about the level of professionalism and service one can expect from Jim.
Jul 11, 2019
James made the whole process
seamless and easy.
May 21, 2019
Enterprise Account Executive
We can't say enough about James Argo and the work he did to help us refinance our home. Our situation was a bit unconventional but Jim navigated the waters and got us a great final result. He is professional, knowledgeable and truly understands that this is not just about numbers and money - he gets the human side of the equation. Jim will be our go to guy from now on. We highly recommend him!
May 15, 2019
CEO of The Simplified Life
James helped me through a refinancing of my rental property in San Luis Obispo. I couldn't have been more pleased with his thoroughness and likability, as well as the way explained each step of the process so that I could understand it. While refis aren't exactly fun, this was as painless as possible. I couldn't recommend him more.
May 15, 2019
Jim came highly recommended and did not disappoint; what a pleasure to work with him! He was relentless at finding the best loan for us, while kindly appeasing our first-time home buyers' doubts and responding to our many questions. His knowledge, expertise, and patience, thoroughly prepared us for each steps of the loan process. I would seek his services again without a minute of hesitation.
May 7, 2019
VP Finance
Jim is not only thorough and timely in processing a loan application, but he offers insight and solutions on how to best go about solving difficult problems. Over the last ten years when considering a new loan or a refinance, I knew the best first step was to call Jim for his view and perspective on the availability of funds as well as the steps needed to improve my situation.

I therefore highly recommend Jim as a resource and a proven professional.
Apr 17, 2019
James made the process very smooth and explained every step of the way. I would definitely recommend him!
Apr 11, 2019
Inside sales of electric industry
James is super responsive and amazingly responsible for clients, always take care of his clients and put clients benefit first. I would highly recommend him as your next finance consultant. And I will always come back to him if I have any more investments or loan requests.
Mar 21, 2019
Jim Argo helped me with a refinance recently and as a result I’m saving money which I’m very happy about. Jim provides me with various different options and scenarios and did not pressure me into making a decision which I appreciate. I would recommend Jim to anyone looking for a mortgage or a refinance.
Mar 1, 2019
managing partner
Argo and team locked in a preferred interest rate, guided us through the the complex mortgage process, warned us of potholes ahead, and executed successfully in record time.
Feb 22, 2019
Great expirence!
Jan 5, 2019
Founder and Creative Director
Jim and his team made a challenging re-fi really smooth. A real pro who was able to help us navigate the process with ease.
Dec 17, 2018
President of engineering design and construction company
Easy review for me here: James and his team helped me about 1 year ago to obtain a loan for my own house; that went just quick and easy so, when I recently found myself in need of a loan for an office space for my company, I certainly had not to shop around. One more time James and his team handled my application professionally; I was educated and informed through all steps and everything went smooth and quick.
Thank you again!
Oct 24, 2018
City Manager
James and his team were there with us every step of the way. Great communication throughout the process and professional accurate advice. Easy to reach by phone or e-mail - even when he was traveling outside the country! Answered every question and got us great rates and a quick transaction. Had a firm grasp of our needs and took care of everything! Can't say enough good things about him!
Sep 10, 2018
Office Reception
Jim and the team were so helpful, efficient and made this scary process do-able. I am so incredibly glad we went with Jim. He really knows his stuff. They worked so hard tweaking everything just right so we got the best situation for us.
Aug 7, 2018
UX Researcher
Jim was very responsive and knowledgeable. He made the process of purchasing our first home very easy for us. You can always count on him to answer any questions you have immediately. I highly recommend his services.