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Success Stories


Refinance Loan

Closed November 2018

Smooth process with the McLellan Team

The second loan I've done with Darren and his team and once again they shined. Getting loans done these days regardless of your credit score is an arduous task but Darren and Back Bay made this as smooth and painless as possible. 



- Jay Hughitt from Ladera Ranch, CA


Purchase Loan

Closed September 2018

Incredibly professional

Darren McLellan at Back Bay Funding is incredibly professional, efficient and caring.  I recommend him and his team without hesitation. If you need residential property funding, Darren is the man!



- Greg Bishopp from Laguna Beach, CA

+ 30 year fixed  + FHA Loan  

Purchase Loan

Closed July 2018

Completed our loan in 17 days!

My husband and I just processed two home loans with the McLellan Team at Back Bay Funding in Newport Beach. The first was a refinance of our primary home and the second was a new loan for a smaller house in our neighborhood for my mother.  I was amazed at how efficient they were and actually completed the second loan in seventeen days! We have never dealt with a mortgage broker in the past that did what they said they would do and they did just that. We are very grateful to the McLellan Team and highly recommend them! Thanks, Darren!



- Rickabus Family Indio, CA

+ 30 year fixed  + Conventional Loan  + Second home + Two week close

Purchase Loan

Closed June 2018

Highly recommend... even my realtor noticed

Darren and his team were fantastic to work with and had my back through the whole loan process. You know you are dealing with the best when the realtor compliments you on your finance team! Darren is on top of his game. he knows the industry and found me the best lender with low-interest rates. As a CPA, I work with many professionals and Darren is A+. It was a pleasure to use him personally for my home purchase and I will definitely be referring clients and friends to him. I can't say enough great things about Darren and his team!



- Chris Thornburgh Bakersfield, CA


Purchase Loan

Closed April 2018

Advocated for me every step of the way

Darren has helped my wife and me with 4 purchases, and they have all been an incredibly smooth experience.  He has beaten the pricing I get through other private banking relationships, and advocates for me every step of the way to avoid complications.  I tell everyone I know to use him.  Can't recommend him high enough!



- George LeBeau Studio City, CA

Purchase Loan

Closed March 2018

Over 2,000 miles away!

Darren was the critical factor in the purchase of my dream home. The purchase was complicated by the fact that I was thousands of miles away and that I was up against a time crunch. Neither distance nor time stopped Darren from making things happen. He was efficient and effective in securing a loan for me, explaining both process and details and made me feel that I really had someone who was working on my behalf.
I will always be grateful to Darren for everything he and his staff have done for me. They are a pleasure to work with and you can't find anyone better in this industry. Darren will always be the person I refer family and friends to.



- Suzanne Greenberg Los Angeles, CA

+ 30 year fixed  + Conventional Loan  + Relocating

Purchase Loan

Closed December 2017

Above and beyond

Darren was extremely helpful right from the beginning. When we decided to start looking for a house Darren clearly explained the process and assisted us in getting our pre-appoval. He was quick to communicate and was clear and concise with requests. When our escrow dragged on because of problems on the seller’s end he remained in touch and consistently checked in to make sure everything was progressing. Toward the end of our escrow Darren and his colleagues worked diligently to process our paperwork to expedite the funding of the loan. I know our situation was not easy but he handled our loan with care and professionalism at every opportunity. I would work with him again and recommend his services to anyone.

- Alex Wishart from Los Angeles, CA

+ 30 year fixed  + FHA Loan  + First-time homebuyer

Purchase Loan

Closed December 2017

Always been on time or ahead of schedule

Darren and his team are top notch. I have done 2 personal loans and over 10 loans for my clients and his service is unparalleled. He always has the answers and has always been on time or ahead of schedule.


- Brent Kredel from Los Angeles, CA

+ 30 year fixed  + Conventional Loan  + First-time homebuyer  + Self employed

Purchase Loan

Closed October 2017

Super patient and very responsive

Darren was great. We were first time home buyers, unfamiliar with the process, and Darren was super patient and very responsive to all of our questions. Absolutely recommend his services.

- Zillow User [owen871] from Carlsbad, CA

+ 30 year fixed  + Conventional Loan  + First-time homebuyer  + Self employed

Purchase Loan

Closed August 2016

Would absolutely recommend

Darren was extremely professional and provided exceptional customer service during our first home purchase. We absolutely would recommend him to any potential buyer as he had our complete confidence during the entire process. We feel lucky that he was such a big part of our homeowner process.

- David Lefstein from Costa Mesa, CA

Refinance Loan

Closed September 2015

Couldn't ask for anything else

Darren helped us refinance our existing home loan. Outstanding service all around. Darren is diligent and extremely responsive and most importantly follows through. I couldn't ask for anything else. Highly recommended!

- Annette Cunanan from Lake Forest, CA

Purchase Loan

Closed May 2015

ALWAYS available, very knowledgeable

Darren was such a gem to work with and made our escrow process as seamless as possible. He made us feel like he had our back, and did everything in his power to make a smooth transaction. He was quick, ALWAYS available, very knowledgeable, had great communication, very helpful, and very thorough. I would highly recommend Darren and his team, and I will definitely use him for future property purchases!

- Zillow User [user05271934] from Los Angeles, CA

Refinance Loan

Closed March 2015

Highly recommended

This is the 3rd loan Darren and his team have completed for me. They are always very prompt with their responses with great follow up. Highly recommended for those looking for an experienced real estate professional. My most recent loan was an FHA refinance and Darren again provided great service with a great interest rate too!

- Zillow User [user1825336555] from Mission Viejo, CA

Purchase Loan

Closed March 2015

So patient with me as I learned the process

As a first time home buyer I can't express how wonderful it was to work with Darren. He not only was so patient with me as I learned about the process, but I had complete confidence that he was looking out for my best interest. He helped make the experience so much easier!

- Kate Csiki from Los Angeles, CA

Refinance Loan

Closed March 2015

Each experience has been very smooth

My wife and I have had the pleasure of working with Darren and his team several times over the years. Each experience has been very smooth, very professional and most importantly successful in the end. I would highly recommend Darren @ Back Bay Funding.

- Adam Vaughan from Newport Beach, CA

Purchase Loan

Closed September 2014

Would definitely recommend Darren

Due to a past short sale, we had been told by multiple lenders that we wouldn't be able to get a conventional loan. Darren was recommended to us by a friend and he said he could get it done. We had a really compressed timeframe (since we had started with an FHA loan) and were waiting for gift funds to become available but Darren and his team worked hard to make sure that everything kept moving quickly. We had a few small hiccups with communication (HR at my work, an underwriter, etc.) but they were quickly resolved and we funded on time. I would definitely recommend Darren.

- Evan Beek from Artesia, CA​

Purchase Loan

Closed August 2014

Always been the best pricing on best terms

I have used Darren for several purchases and refinances. He has always been the best pricing on best terms. Highly recommend! Have sent many friends his way and they always thank me for the referral.

- George Lebeau from Los Angeles, CA​

Purchase Loan

Closed July 2014

Efficient, attentive, and straightforward

I used Mr. McLellan's services in obtaining a loan for a home I purchased in April 2014. I had some questions about my ability to secure a loan, as I was already carrying one for a house that I had not yet sold. At our initial meeting, Mr. McLellan reviewed my finances and gave me an honest assessment of what he thought my prospects were. He quickly followed up the next day with a solid plan of how we would proceed to secure the loan that would meet my needs. Throughout the entire process, Mr. McLellan and his staff were always responsive to any question and concern I had, and carried the process efficiently from submitting my application to final approval and funding. My seller insisted on a short 30 day escrow, but I had every reassurance from Mr. McLellan that my loan will be secure in time, which it was, with a few days to spare. I could not have been any happier with Mr. McLellan's ability to secure a favorable loan for me, along with the efficient, attentive, and straightforward manner in which he treated me as a client. I highly recommend Mr. McLellan's services and will use him again without hesitation.

- Zillow User [user20140228084637481] from Aliso Viejo, CA

Purchase Loan

Closed July 2014

Unique ability to listen, understand

Darren McLellan is a true professional. I highly recommend Darren, as he displayed the unique ability to listen, understand, and provide services that aligned with our goals. We will definitely use Darren again.

- Griffin Fontanella from Costa Mesa, CA

Purchase Loan

Closed July 2014

Secured the best rate/loan for my family

Darren was very knowledgeable, helpful and patient. He carefully walked us through this process and secured the best rate/loan for my family. Darren was great at communicating everything to us one step at a time. We would highly recommend Darren and were grateful for his help.

- Reiter Morrissey from Glendale, CA

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