Leon Baker

Home Loan Specialist
NMLS # 103195
State Lic ID #MLO-7650
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Welcome!

It’s all about service at Academy Mortgage, and our company has been meeting the needs of homebuyers across the United States since 1988. I joined Academy because of its strong reputation for integrity-based mortgage lending, its unwavering commitment to responsible lending practices, and for its broad portfolio of mortgage solutions and tools.

Since joining Academy, I have helped many individuals and families attain the dream of homeownership. Whether you want to buy a new home or refinance an existing mortgage, I will provide a customized solution for you at competitive rates. No brokering, no middleman, no hassle, no surprises.

Academy is a direct lender, which means that my Branch and Regional Offices are equipped to complete the entire loan process in-house—all loan processing, underwriting, closings, and funding are handled locally. As a result, we have a proven track record of closing loans as quickly and efficiently as possible.

I will be in control of your loan file from start to finish, and I will be up-to-date on the status of your loan at all times. I understand the importance of maintaining continuous communication throughout the loan process and commit to providing you accurate, timely, and honest mortgage advice.

I invite you to put us to the test. Let me show you how simple and easy securing a mortgage can be.

Home Mortgage Tools

How much will my fixed rate mortgage payment be?

This calculator computes the payments (principal and interest), based on home price, down payment, and other factors.

How much mortgage might I qualify for?

This calculator computes the finance amount, based on income, expenses, credit rating, and other factors.

How much home can I afford?

This calculator computes the most expensive house you can buy, based on the highest payment you can afford.

How much will I save by increasing my mortgage payment?

Increasing your payment will reduce the principal on your mortgage, the total amount of interest you’ll pay, and the number of payments.

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Leon Baker and his team were professional, informative, and a pleasure to work with. I will continue to recommend him to anyone in need of loan services.

—Jacob Mouser

Leon and his team are exceptional teachers and always strive to do what is best for their clients.

—Elliot Trunnell

Excellent customer service provided at every step in the process.

—Ron Herr

Leon and his team were able to provide us the best loan option to fit our needs. I felt like they had our backs.

—Edward Krause

I have worked with Leon and his team for several years and must say, it has always been a pleasure!

—Connie Downs

Leon is the best. He is professional, well organized, honest, caring and tenacious.

—James Reed

It was excellent! Everyone involved was informed and could get me any information I requested.

—Kristopher Ramos

Leon was awesome. We were always in good communication with him when we needed to be and I felt very little stress during a process that I have repeatedly been told is an absolute nightmare. I didn’t have that type of experience at all.

—Brittany Harrison

I've known Leon longer than he has been alive and appreciated him since day one. He is and will be my lead go to guy. You, as Academy, have done well to secure him for your team.

—Arvid Salisbury

It was a very fast, and fun process! This being my first time purchasing a home, I felt very included in everything and Leon and his team went above and beyond to make me feel completely comfortable with the entire process!

—Armando Melchor

I have worked with Academy, Leon and his team in years past. I hesitated only because I wasn't sure if my refinance was something they could help me with. I contacted a bank first and I couldn't be more pleased that it didn't work out. I finally contacted Leon hoping I could work with him and his team. He replied so quickly I was almost in shock. I am beyond grateful for Leon and all the ladies at Academy! I often joke that I wish I could make all my major purchases through them. From being constantly available to making sure I understood every aspect of my loan, Leon has a way of explaining things that anyone could understand and he does it with such kindness and patience. I am so thankful for all of you at Academy!

—Misty Weeks

I've worked with lenders in the past, but I've always been disappointed in a significant lack of basic things that would be expected considering what the loan is for; to purchase a house. It seems at some point into the process I felt like I'd been delegated to a number being processed by a nameless person in a back room. Not so with Academy! Excellent customer service, and the quality of interaction with the lender's office was professional, courteous and personal. I feel like I've been able to establish a new friendship with the people at Academy and hope to continue to enjoy that.

—Matthew McNeil

Our experience was great! Leon and everyone on his team were so helpful and really cared about us.

—Christopher Lloyd

Working with the team at Academy Mortgage was a great and almost stress free experience... lol ...there were no stupid questions and they were very easy to get a hold of. I want to personally thank Leon and his team who worked so hard to get us approved for our perfect home. Words cannot express how happy we are.

—Jeffrey Schwartz

Leon and his team were very professional, paid attention to detail, doing an outstanding job from day one to the closing table. I will recommend all my clients to Leon and his amazing team of experts.

—Sheri Arkoosh

It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience working with Leon. He is very professional, caring, and easy to work with.

—John Montgomery

The whole office was so professional and made my process so easy.

—Shawn Garcia

Leon and his staff made this transaction very simple and easy. They were right on top of everything and explained exactly what we needed to do. This was our fourth home loan with Leon.

—Brett Gardner

We are extremely grateful and blessed to have worked with such a wonderful group of people. They were so friendly and always willing to help with whatever we needed. No matter the question, they would get us an answer or get us in touch with the person who could give us the answer! I would most definitely recommend them 100 times over.

—Isabel Barbosa

This was our third time using a Mortgage broker, and best experience to date. Leon and his team went above and beyond what we expected, and made the process very easy and straightforward!

—Justin Collingham

Leon and his team ROCK!!

—Thomas Dickman

I did not use a realtor and so I am sure that added a challenge to Leon and the staff, but they helped us tremendously along the way. When a water test was required at the last minute, Leon drove out late in the evening to personally collect a sample and when a filter system was needed, he personally researched what system was needed and passed along the info to me.

—Jeremy Howard

Having so much to accomplish and multiple issues that needed rectified prior to closing, within a short time frame, Leon and his staff performed remarkably! They were incredibly pro-active in helping me with all issues and even performed duties on my behalf wherever possible. There was never a moment when I did not know and understand what needed to be done, every step of the way. Not only were we able to make the deadline, we made it with four days to spare. Leon and his team made this happen for me, something I will not forget!

—Clayne Harmon

We are extremely grateful and blessed to have worked with such a wonderful group of people. They were so friendly and always willing to help with whatever we needed. No matter the question, they would get us an answer or get us in touch with the person who could give us the answer! I would most definitely recommend them 100 times over.

—Isabel Barbosa

We were nervous and stressed at beginning of loan meeting first time. By the time we left, we actually felt relieved. We wished we had done it 6 months earlier! Leon and his whole team made us feel like they cared and enjoyed what they did. Very reassuring.

—Duane Sutton

Honestly, I don’t think I would change anything they did because the amount of work and professionalism they had surpassed my expectations for what I thought was going to be a home buyer's experience. They where always there when I needed them for whatever, and do consider them as friends and always will.... thank you Leon and your team.

—Steven Turner

Leon Baker was suggested to us as we had moved to a new area and were looking for homes. The experience was simple and easy, as far as mortgages go. Living in a hotel, we were looking to close ASAP. Had the winning bid on a great home partially because Leon was able to agree to a 3 week close, and we were ahead of schedule even still. Great service at the office.

—John Maddaus

Leon and his crew were fast, friendly, and professional in every way.

—Marvin Lindley

You made this a great experience for me and my family.

—Richard Pratt

Friendly, communication was great!!! Felt like we did none of the work... Will be the first recommendation I give to anybody.

—Sarah Hobbs

The entire crew at Academy Mortgage did a fantastic job!

—Jacob Nancolas

The entire staff at Academy Mortgage were incredibly helpful and a delight to work with. They went above and beyond the expectations of these first-time home buyers and made us feel that they were personally invested in helping us purchase our first and forever home!

—Sheryll Hampton

Leon and his team provided first class service to us through the entire home buying process. It was great as fist time home buyers to feel informed and up to date during the process. Leon and his team went above and beyond to get us the best loan plan for us. Many thanks for helping us achieve this dream of ours!

—Brandon Heatwole

Incredible experience. Leon is the utmost professional. Could not be happier.

—Suzanne Anstine

You made this a great experience for me and my family.

—Richard Pratt

The whole transaction from start to finish was seamless! Enjoyed everything being done on a timely basis.....closed early which is a plus/plus in today's industry! Highly recommend.

—Lisa Funkhouser Decker

Leon made this the best experience. Best mortgage individual in the world.

—Shawn Pelton

The entire process was so easy and quick. We were able to do everything online either with the app, or through email. Leon and his staff were so easy to work with and helped answer any questions quickly and efficiently. I highly recommend them!

—Nicole Davis

The team at Academy worked hard to provide a loan for our new home even with a less than typical work situation. They were very accommodating for us, as we are not in the area. We're very pleased with the care and service provided by the Academy team. They were always friendly, and a true pleasure to work with.

—Anna Williams

Leon Baker and his team were quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had even after hours. They worked around the clock to make sure all things went smoothly. Exceptional kindness & efficiency.

—Jasmine Behm

Leon Baker and all of his staff were very helpful and explained the process every step of the way. Leon took the time to explain payback options to us that we had never been taught before.

—Julie Hamilton

Having so much to accomplish and multiple issues that needed rectified prior to closing, within a short time frame, Leon and his staff performed remarkably! They were incredibly pro-active in helping me with all issues and even performed duties on my behalf wherever possible. There was never a moment when I did not know and understand what needed to be done, every step of the way. Not only were we able to make the deadline, we made it with four days to spare. Leon and his team made this happen for me, something I will not forget!

—Clayne Harmon

Leon Baker was amazing at finding the right loan options for our situation.

—Kenneth Eichelberger

Love working with your team! Everyone is awesome!

—Renee Davis

All the staff were personal, professional and prompt with the process. We got the best information and rates that we could. We lived out of state throughout the entire process and were kept informed and everything was done promptly.

—Robert Jones

Leon and his team were excellent to work with. Very thorough and knowledgeable. They let me know exactly what they needed and walked me through every step of the loan process. Would definitely go through them again.

—Jakoub Fudge

Leon Baker and his entire team were fantastic! They were quick in their response to any of my questions, and went ABOVE AND BEYOND to tweak the loan details to make it work :)

—Joseph Johnson

Leon was thorough in his detailed communication. I appreciated his honest integrity & he had a great sense of humor too! Thanks to everyone for all your hard work. Sean & I greatly appreciate it.

—Ashley Wright

It went so smoothly and everyone was friendly and professional and made this process a pleasant experience. Would definitely recommend to others!!!!!

—Kathleen Fritzemeier

Our home buying process was very expedited and it couldn’t have been possible without Leon. He went above and beyond and we are forever grateful for his hard work and commitment to us.

—Jennifer Torres

This is my 2nd time working with Leon and his team, and once again I am extremely happy with the experience. Leon does a great job of communicating on a personal level, which is what I appreciate most. He doesn't just delegate that responsibility to someone else, which he could probably do. I hope that he keeps up with the personal touch, because it makes a big difference.

—Jeffrey Kern

Professional staff, great customer service, and an overall great experience.

—Andrew Evans

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