Learn how to buy a home with your VA benefit.
Knowledge is Power: Come and learn how to use YOUR VA Benefit!
Join us for the VA Home Buyer Success workshop and learn the fundamental steps to maximize your VA benefit! This informative session brings real estate and mortgage experts to the front lines for you. A panel of the best in the industry will answer your questions and help with your personal plan to reach home ownership. It is our goal to ensure you are mission ready to buy your home.
Gaylord-Hansen Mortgage Team at loanDepot
Sam Hansen has been instrumental in serving the local California communities, bringing years of invaluable experience in the industry. Due to his vast knowledge, and continual commitment to quality, Sam has become a loyal and trusted resource among clients and associates. Sam has excelled in everything he has ever tackled in his professional and personal life. He has always been a top producer and held numerous leadership positions over the past 15 years. At one point, he ran the #1 retail branch in California in addition to managing retail mortgage branches that closed in excess of $1.5B annually for a large mortgage bank.
Sam has a background as a college football player with a degree in mechanical systems engineering. This experience has been invaluable to setting up the appropriate systems and processes to an ever complex and changing mortgage industry. Sam’s attention to detail on the process keeps files moving and ensures a successful and timely closing.
Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced one, you can rely on Sam for your home and consumer needs. Sam truly is one of the most driven, competitive and passionate individuals you’ll ever meet. Combined with his ingrained integrity, enhanced and developed at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, there is no one you can trust more than Sam to get the job done and ALWAYS do what is in the best interest of the customer.
Sam and his wife Mary are blessed with four wonderful children, Jack, Jane, Grace and Belle. In his free time, he enjoys competitive softball and football, and golf. He is a sought-after expert speaker in the mortgage industry as well as an avid real estate investor.
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Gaylord-Hansen Mortgage Team at loanDepot
Steve Lewis grew up in San Jose, California. He moved to Santa Barbara as a teenager where he graduated from high school. Steve served four years in the United States Marine Corps assigned to a Light Armored Infantry Battalion with tours in Twentynine Palms, California, and Okinawa, Japan.
Upon his discharge from the military, Steve attended San Diego State University for a year and then moved to Austin, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
In his spare time, Steve enjoys playing golf and attending Padres games with his wife Leigh.
After graduation, Steve was hired as a commodities trader with an investment firm in Tampa, Florida. In 1997, Steve moved back to California and went to work for Great Western Bank, where he began his career as a mortgage consultant.
Steve uses the knowledge he has gained from decades in the mortgage industry and his personal experiences with real estate investing to ensure his clients choose the right mortgage to meet their personal financial goals.
He has the innate ability to listen intently and provide the best options for the borrower. Steve genuinely cares about his clients and works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure a smooth and timely closing.
Gaylord-Hansen Mortgage Team at loanDepot
John is our charismatic and dedicated family man born and raised in Indiana. He is one of six siblings and grew up spending his summers and winters near Lake Michigan in a town called Long Beach. After 22 years of raising his family in the New York City area, John and his wife Karin packed up, headed straight to San Diego and never looked back– so starts the new adventure!
While John has deep roots on the East Coast, we are thrilled that he chose California and even more so that fate brought him to our door. Just don’t ask him who his favorite baseball team is…that’s, unfortunately, one loyalty that we might never win!
Since John is on the front line with the homebuyer, he always remains committed to making the process as simple and transparent as possible. Having experience as a buyer and a seller in over five states, John understands how impactful each home loan can be, and without fail, he approaches every step down the line with true composure and care.
Throw John whatever curveball, slider, or cutter you’ve got and we can guarantee he’ll hit it out of the park each time.
Real Estate Broker
LT, LDO-6490, USN (Ret.)
As a licensed real estate broker and/or agent through two decades, Derek Barksdale has experienced every type of market with extraordinary success in facilitating client goals. Commonly known as not only "the expert," but "the expert who trains the experts," Derek is an active member of seven real estate associations and is frequently sought after for his sage advise throughout the nation. Derek has a broad background in workforce education and development. He embodies three decades of experience in facilitating the success of others while in the military as a naval officer, civil service as a Director of Operations, and private sector as an entrepreneur and founder of Military Mutual®. The passion he brings into any forum is evident by his strong desire to advance the personal and professional achievement of others.
A native of Oakland, CA., Barksdale enlisted as an E-1 in 1989, and nine pay-grades later, retired in 2011, as a naval officer designated as Force Protection Officer (FPO) in the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) community. Over his career Barksdale has served as the FPO and/or Training Officer onboard aircraft carriers, major installations, expeditionary squadrons and staff commands overseeing the law enforcement, physical security, weapons and public safety programs for up to 10,000 personnel at a time, ensuring force protection for well over 100,000 personnel; to include dignitaries, VIPs and High Value Assets critical to maintaining national defense.
Transitioning from his military career, Barksdale served over four years as a senior government service employee, directing the operations for over 350 civilian and military personnel, ensuring their personal and professional success was incorporated into the planning, managing and evaluation of daily routines. Barksdale attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and served in multiple educational and developmental roles throughout his career. Commonly known as not only "the expert," but "the expert who trains the experts," he is an active member of nine different local and national non-profit organizations intended to empower others to make informed personal and professional decisions. He is frequently sought after for his sage advice throughout the nation.
As the Founder of Military Mutual® and the Military Mutual Initiative, Barksdale directs a nationwide company and non-profit organization with offices that span from California to Florida, and a network that reaches into nearly every city with a military installation. He founded these organizations based on the sole principle of giving back to our nation’s military, veterans and their families through transitioning resources, programs, services and financial assistance intended to empower its members to make informed decisions alongside associate professionals with similar military affiliation. Today, Military Mutual® is the only known relocation organization for military, veterans and their families…exclusively employing military, veterans and their families!
J.R. St. Julien
The Campbell Team at Keller Williams Realty
MBA, LCDR USN (Ret.)
J.R. proudly serves his clients, offering strategic, efficient, and highly-effective personal and investment real estate solutions in the Greater San Diego Area. His mission is to help you successfully invest in your future through the power of real estate.
As a 20-year veteran, former Naval Officer and Naval Aviator, J.R. has been afforded the opportunity to serve in ways that many can only imagine. Through the culmination of all of his experiences, he has developed a unique set of refined skills that he has brought to the real estate industry. J.R. understands that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it is a life-changing experience. That is why he is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for every client. He takes great pride in the relationships he builds and always works relentlessly on the client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals.