Scott Simons NMLS #29872 | FL Lic# LO6498
Scott Simons, Principal Broker and cofounder of Simons & Leoni Home Loans, LLC offers his clients over 16 years of residential mortgage and consumer lending experience. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Southern College, in 1987, Scott began his lending career as an entry-level manager and loan officer with Great Western Bank. He followed a traditional banking career until 1996 when he narrowed his focus exclusively to residential mortgage lending. After being licensed by the State of Florida as a Mortgage Broker, in 1996, Scott spent eight years working for Sharpe Mortgage Lending Services, Inc., a large multi-state mortgage brokerage firm.
One of Scott’s unique talents is providing Condo Conversion Developers with hard to place end-loans, for their buyers, at regular conforming rates. In 2000 Sharpe Mortgage made Scott the company’s Project Supervisor and Sr. Loan Officer for the largest conversion of apartments to condominiums in the Tampa Bay area – Harbour Island’s luxury Island Place and Island Walk condominiums. Scott’s knowledge, creativity, competitive pricing and overall client satisfaction earned him Preferred Lender Status with the project’s premier national developer Crescent Heights of America. To date, Scott has closed over $30,000,000 in residential home loans on Harbour Island alone.
In addition to his lending career, Scott spent eleven years in the U.S. Army Reserve where he served as an Air Defense Artillery Officer from 1987 until his Honorable Discharge in 1996. Moved by the attacks of September 11th Scott returned to uniformed service in October, 2001 by joining the ranks of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit where he now volunteers an average of 20 hours a month as a Certified Law Enforcement Officer. To put it in Scott’s words, “This is my chance to give back to the local community by serving as part of their homeland security”. A native of Lakeland, Florida, Scott has made South Tampa his home since 1996 and has resided in the Tampa Bay area most of his life.