Randy Bongard

NMLS# 832622

Branch Manager

Randy Bongard
Branch Manager

NMLS# 832622
State Lic: CA # CA-DOC832622; AZ # 0919525; CO # 100501824;
605 South Chandler Village Drive
Chandler, AZ 85226
Direct: (480) 265-2952
Fax: (480) 619-6244
Mobile: (480) 580-5626

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I'm a Loan Officer at Academy's Chandler office. I'm committed to delivering the highest level of professionalism and customer service to each and every client for mortgage consultations. I've proven this commitment by becoming one of the top producing loan officers in the Chandler Branch.

Put Experience on Your Side

I previously spent 17 years in commercial real estate having worked for some of the largest publicly-traded real estate investment trusts in the country. I primarily functioned as a portfolio manager, with combined responsibility for approximately $1.6B in property assets, and completed more than $750M in transactions. I use my skills now to help more Arizona families achieve the American Dream of home ownership. I know what it takes to make a transaction run smoothly and I have experience working with Realtors and builder partners to keep lines of communication open.

Helping Arizona Families

A Los Angeles native, I'm a graduate of the University of Arizona with an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I played baseball for UofA and I live in Chandler with my wife of 20 years, Courtney, and our two children – Bauer and Canon. A longstanding member of the community, I understand how to work with families in the Valley to make the mortgage process simple to understand and convenient for a busy lifestyle.

Mortgage Education

View these helpful tips for becoming a homeowner.
Chelsea Connolly took great care of us during the entire process. She was efficient with answering any and all questions I had. The whole process was smooth and was done in 30 days or less! No complaints. Corinne Mutter

NMLS# 832622

State Lic: CA: CA-DOC832622; AZ: 0919525; CO: 100501824;

Corp Lic: CA: 4170013; AZ: BK-0904081; CO: 3113;

Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight Under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act;

Tips for a Simple Loan Approval

If you encounter a special situation, it is best to mention it to us right away so we can help you determine the best way to achieve your goals.


  • DO call us if you have any questions.
  • DO provide requested documentation promptly and in its entirety.
  • DO continue living at your current residence.
  • DO continue making your mortgage or rent payments.
  • DO continue to use your credit as normal.
  • DO keep working at your current employer.
  • DO keep your same insurance company.
  • DO stay current on all existing accounts.


  • DON’T change your employment or marital status.
  • DON’T make any major purchases (car, furniture, jewelry, etc.).
  • DON’T change bank accounts.
  • DON’T make any large cash deposits into your bank accounts.
  • DON’T transfer any balances from one account to another.
  • DON’T close any credit card accounts.
  • DON’T consolidate your debt onto one or two credit cards.
  • DON’T apply for new credit or open a new credit card.
  • DON’T max out or overcharge on your credit card accounts.
  • DON’T take out a new loan or co-sign on a loan.
  • DON’T pay off any loans or credit cards, charge offs, or collections without discussing it with us first.
  • DON’T finance any elective medical procedure.
  • DON’T join a new fitness club.
  • DON’T open a new cellular phone account.
  • DON’T start any home improvement projects.
  • DON’T have your credit pulled or dispute any information on your credit report.

10 Steps to Homeownership

From pre-approval to closing, Academy will help you along the road to homeownership. You can count on us for responsible, honest, and ethical service in every step of the process.

  1. Loan pre-approval. Pre-approval allows you to search for a home that you can afford based on your credit, income, and assets. An application and supporting financial documents must be submitted to your Loan Officer, including pay stubs, tax returns, and account statements.
  2. Home search Once pre-approved, start shopping with your real estate agent! When you decide on the right home for you, the terms of sale are negotiated and your agent presents your offer to the seller.
  3. Formal loan application and product selection. After the seller accepts your offer, formally apply for home financing and select the ideal loan product to meet your needs.
  4. Appraisal and home inspection. As your application is being processed, an appraisal is ordered to identify any discrepancies between the sale price and appraised value. Properties are also inspected for water and termite damage and other safety hazards.
  5. Processor’s and underwriter’s review. A loan processor reviews the entire loan file and sends all pertinent information to an underwriter who makes the final decision to approve the loan.
  6. Final loan approval. If you have a good credit score and debt-to-income ratio, your loan will likely be approved. Keep in mind that there may be financial conditions or property conditions that need to be met before final loan approval.
  7. Closing. Final loan and escrow documents are prepared and signed by you (the buyer) and the seller.
  8. Funding. A wire or check for the amount of the loan is sent to the title company.
  9. Close of escrow. Documents that transfer titles are recorded with the county.
  10. Confirmation of recording. The title company authorizes the escrow company (or closing agent) to draft a check to the seller.

Ultimately the final step . . . MOVE INTO YOUR NEW HOME!



For many, the benefits of buying a home outweigh the advantages of renting. With mortgage interest rates at historic lows and rents on the rise, now is an affordable time to finance a mortgage with a fixed monthly payment lower than rent.

If you plan to stay in your home for more than six years, buying a home could save you thousands of dollars over renting. And don’t forget about the noisy neighbors upstairs.

The Benefits of BUYING

Mortgage loan interest is deducted from your state and federal income taxes and a portion of your property taxes may also be deducted.

Fixed mortgage payments (principal and interest) will not change during the loan term whereas rent payments may increase annually.

Owning a home long term allows equity to build and thus your home investment to grow.

The Benefits of RENTING

Renting may be the preferred option for those planning or needing to make a move in less than six years.

Renters are often able to rely on landlords and property managers to pay for and make necessary home repairs.

Some utility expenses may be included in monthly rent payments.

Contact me today to start realizing the benefits of homeownership.

Please consult a tax professional about your specific situation and the tax savings benefits of homeownership.