Testimonials

  •   We had the pleasure of working with Mike for a couple of years now and he has been given us great advice. When the house market crashed he was able to short sale our home before it became foreclosed. Now we have been lucky to buy a new home with Mikes professional knowledge, especially in this competitive market we are in. Mike has answered all our questions, addressed all our concerns and has always been quick to respond. He has provided us with useful tools to find our dream home.

    We can't thank Mike enough for having been so patient with us and guiding us every step of the way in our short sale and buying our home.

    We would highly recommend him to anyone that is buying or selling their home!

    thumb roxanna D.
    8/21/2013

      If you are looking for a mortgage loan or to refinance an existing loan then Michael is your guy! Michael is highly experienced and very professional. He kept us well informed throughout the process and secured an excellent rate for us. Michael is very accessible and was very responsive to our emails or phone calls. The whole process was truly effortless.

    thumb Rachele O.
    2/12/2014

      The whole process of refinancing can be so daunting but Mike and ascend Mortgage made it look very easy. We were not sure if we would even be approved since I am a sole proprietor for the past year and a half but Mike made it happen. We are happy we locked in our rates for 30 years and no more interest games the only time we go back to Mike is when rates go down again! Here is the best part, the loan officer messed up on a document at the last minute and I had to pay out of pocket for a small fee and Mike reimbursed the fee promptly. I strongly recommend to anyone looking for a refinance, look no further just call Mike now.

    thumb Naga A.
    5/15/2014
  •   Mike Youssef is honestly a rock-star realtor. He is attentive and knowledgeable, and just all around a great guy to work with. He helped my wife and I with our first real estate purchase while working around our very backward schedules. He is one guy that takes care of both the Real Estate side, as well as, the Mortgage side. Which makes the process a lot easier. I was referred to him from both of my brothers that used him to buy their houses, and would definitely refer others to him in the future!

    thumb Brandon T.
    10/12/2017

      Mike Helped us to get great deal with the refinance of our house.
    he was very helpful and trying to find the best option for us and he was very helpful educating us about the different options.
    I recommend him with 5 stars for all his effort and communications

    thumb Ebeid S.
    8/05/2020

      Mike saved my house and my secured me with financial comfort with the refinance he set up for my property. I was stuck with a high interest rate, and as a single mom, I was strapped in every way. Mike never let me feel hopeless and guided me through every step and made sure I got the best rate out there. He was incredibly patient and the biggest cheerleader.

    On a professional level, Mike has a network of people who helped get me great rates on other aspects of the house such as my insurance. I was paying two times the rate he found me!!

    Simply put, I trust him. Trust in the business world goes a long way. He is honest, patient and works round the clock and is unbelievably credible.

    thumb Myrtle N.
    6/16/2017
  •   i went through a refi a few years ago and now that home values were up and rates were relatively low, it was that time again!

    i contacted Mike based on the yelp reviews and thought this is too good to be true. FALSE - he is just that good!!! everything he said he would do was done and we closed in record speed. his knowledge, experience and professionalism immediately saved me time, stress and $$$.

    during our time of working together, i called/emailed often (sometimes waaayy too often) but Mike never made me feel as if i was a bother, clearly explained questions i had and delivered on every promise.

    i've already recommended him to family + colleagues and certainly plan to utilize his service again without hesitation.

    thumb Bay Area Y.
    3/11/2014

      I was frustrated working with mortgage brokers such as Loan Depot/Rocket Mortgage. I felt I had fallen into a numbers game. I found a local broker Mike Youssef who is personable and found time to listen to my concerns He took the time to explain how the process would work and made calls to move things along with the lender. We have just closed on a second home and working to refinance an investment property. I just sent my sister his contact information.

    thumb Deanna F.
    5/15/2020

      Mike is the best Im a first time home buyer and the process was so overwhelming but Mike made everything super easy for me i would definitely refer his services to anyone looking to buy a home mike also helped my grandmother sell her home and she said she was very happy with what he did for her this is not going to be my last time utilizing Ascend mortgage and Arise Realty to purchase real estate or modify my loan Thanks Mike

    thumb Dre E.
    12/23/2018
  •   Thrilled with my decision to work with Mike. I stopped his office in San Mateo and he was amazing. Answered all my questions day or night and worked with me until the time was right!

    thumb Jessica A.
    4/21/2018

      We've refinanced with Michael, a couple times in the last several years. Every time we don't think rates can get any better, then they do. Every time has been smooth and easy. Michael takes care of everything.

    thumb Ben T.
    4/10/2015

      I worked with Michael after finding him via yelp.

    He is consistently organized, knowledgeable and responsive. Getting all the paperwork gathered is a definite hassle and Michael was way better than I was keeping it all straight.

    He has been calm and reassuring despite some last minutes hoops with the lender. I am grateful for his service.

    thumb Edith P.
    7/30/2019
  •   Mike was exceptional to work with! I was in the process of finding a lender and was referred to him by my real estate agent. I had been in communication with separate lenders through big banks, but due to the pandemic, their guidelines made it almost impossible to find a reasonable loan. I was almost ready to give up on the home mortgage loan application process, but Mike made this process go by with ease!

    Mike was efficient and extremely quick to respond to all of my questions via email. He was very organized with his checklist of documents needed to start the application process. As soon as my documents were submitted, he was able to find a lender who offered me exactly what I was looking for. The entire process went by quickly, as he was able to close in record time: three weeks! As an added bonus, Mike even covered the lender fee!

    I was very lucky to have had such a great experience with Mike as my broker! If you're in the market for buying a home and need a broker, please do not hesitate to contact Mike at Ascend Mortgage!

    thumb Coriemae B.
    8/17/2021

      I always believed in "Right People, Right Place, Right Time". We were so fortunate to have found Mike at the right time. We are now a proud house owner, in the bay area, because of Mike. He was a phenomenal agent! His dedication to finding us our first home was more than we ever expected. He was always on our side working to make our house purchase as simple and successful as possible. The best part about working with Mike was that he was always more focused on answering our questions, giving us good advice, and finding homes that met our needs than he was on closing a deal. I would like to thank Mike for his incredible patience with me. Throughout the past several months, Mike has been there every step of the way. He has always answered every call or email no matter what time of day or night it was. His professionalism, mentorship, knowledge, honesty, and hard work ethic are much respected and appreciated. I never felt that he was just trying to sell me a house, but that he was a mentor to answer my questions and help me to make the best decision for my family. The best part is that we now have a new friend, I now consider Mike a friend, - a friendship that will continue to grow!. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is searching for a new home, and will continue to share his name with our friends and family!. I will be glad, at any time, to refer Mike to anyone who is seeking a home in the bay area.Thanks again to Mike for being such a pleasure to work with. Keep up the excellent work Mike and THANK YOU.

    thumb Devan K.
    3/11/2016

      Mike Youssef helped my wife & I purchase a home recently. More importantly, he'd worked with us diligently and patiently, for 2 years, until we found the right home. I'd recommend him & Ascend Mortgage without question. He has also helped a few of my close friends purchase their homes. In fact, they'd recommended Mike to me.

    thumb K W.
    7/12/2019