Jim Porter Branch

We have a unique business model utilizing individual loan officers and teams to serve our clients in the best possible way.

Jim Porter, Branch Manager
Email: JPorter@solanomortgage.com
Cell phone: (707) 290-9531
Office: (707) 449-4777
Address: 785 Alamo Drive Ste 120, Vacaville, CA 95688
Licensed in CA
NMLS# 276412

Jim Porter is a thirty-five year veteran of the mortgage business and has been responsible for over 10,000 loans. Jim Porter has been serving Solano County and giving back to the community since 1988. Solano Mortgage is a 20-person team of local loan officers and support staff. The key to his success over the years has been Jim’s commitment to teaching and promoting financial literacy, supporting local children’s charities and always doing what is right for his clients.

Do you need help finding a great Realtor? Do you have questions about your existing Mortgage?  Interested in a Reverse mortgage for you or someone you know? Contact Jim Porter today!

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Sara Blanton, Sr. Loan Advisor / Operations Manager
Email: SBlanton@solanomortgage.com
Direct: (707) 359-2893
Cell: (530) 219-1169
Address: 785 Alamo Drive Ste 120, Vacaville, CA 95688
Licensed in CA
NMLS# 1468099

Sara Blanton grew up in Solano County, a graduate from Fairfield High School in 1994. She moved to Winters right after graduation where she has been a 25 year resident and raises her 9 beautiful children. Sara started the mortgage industry as a Loan Processor in 2000 and joined the wonderful Solano Mortgage team in 2005 where she holds the role of the Processing Supervisor, Operations Manager and Senior Loan Officer. Her husband is retired Air Force and one of Sara’s specialties is VA mortgage loans along with many other loan programs including First Time Homebuyers, Government, Conventional and Down Payment Assistance Programs. Sara has made Presidents Club for our parent company American Pacific Mortgage and Top 1% Loan Originator in the Nation the last two years and is one of the top Loan Originators in Solano County. With her in-depth knowledge in the processing department, Sara has vast experience with all phases of the loan process from Pre-approval to close. This enables her to help her clients close their loan with efficiency and precision.

Stephen Otus, Loan Officer
Email: SOtus@solanomortgage.com
Office: (707) 359-2849
Cell: (925) 360-7722|
Address: 785 Alamo Drive Ste 120, Vacaville, CA 95688
Licensed in CA
NMLS# 285515

Steve Otus has been in the mortgage business since 2003. Raised in the East Bay town of Alamo, Steve specializes in securing home loans for clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining Solano Mortgage in 2009, Steve ranked among the top producers at Diablo Funding Group in their Lafayette office. Steve attended De La Salle high school and graduated from San Francisco State University in 2003. Steve takes great pride in always protecting his clients’ best interests and helping them achieve their financial goals.

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Taryn Jones, Loan Officer & Reverse Mortgage Operations Manager
Email: Tjones@solanomortgage.com
Cell: (707) 359-2884
Address: 785 Alamo Drive Ste 120, Vacaville, CA 95688
Licensed in CA
NMLS# 1506854

Taryn Jones is a life-long resident of Solano County and a Vacaville HS graduate. She completed her undergraduate work at Saint Mary’s College of Moraga and earned her teaching and administrative credential from University of San Francisco and Chapman University, respectively. Taryn was a licensed lending assistant for Jim Porter for several years and an original team member when Solano Mortgage opened its doors in 2003. In 2004, she left her job at Solano Mortgage to accept an administrative position in the local school district. In 2010, Taryn transitioned from the school site and served as a Director for a non-profit charter school statewide organization before moving to Incirlik AFB in Turkey. Upon returning to the states, Taryn co-founded a K-8 charter school in Vacaville and rejoined the terrific Solano Mortgage team in 2015. Taryn has spent the last seven years helping countless families, including many fellow military families and seniors, purchase, refinance, and invest.

Tom Garant, Loan Officer
Email: TGarant@solanomortgage.com
(707) 359-2842
Cell: (707) 803-0327
Address: 785 Alamo Drive Ste 120, Vacaville, CA 95688
Licensed in CA
NMLS# 1628530

Tom is a loan officer with over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. He spent over 20 years in the competitive office equipment industry working with small and large companies & government organizations managing their copier fleets, and complex lease programs. Toms experience in that industry, makes him well versed in dealing with solar lease issues that concern the UCC1 filings. He has experience in the home builder market when he worked for DuPont representing Stainmaster Carpet in 7 states. When he has free time, he enjoys umpiring high school baseball games in the local community. Tom Garant is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service for his clients. Tom is well known in Solano County with a great reputation in the community.

Cheryl Bovee, Public Relations Director, Loan Officer
Email: cbovee@solanomortgage.com
Office: (707) 449-4777
Direct: (707) 359-2897

NMLS# 244122

Cheryl joined Solano Mortgage in 2005, and she brings over 25 years of lending & marketing experience to the team. She is actively involved with the Northern Solano County Association of Realtors® and was selected as the 2015 Affiliate of the Year. She also serves on the finance, education and other special events committees for NSCAR. Cheryl coordinates Solano Mortgage’ community outreach and charitable events while also providing support to the other loan officers and their clients. She was selected as the Affiliate of the Year 2017, 2013 & 2010 by the Solano County Network of the Women’s Council of Realtors and is currently serving as their Hospitality Chair. Cheryl is also active in the local Chamber of Commerce being selected as Ambassador of the Year in 2015 and continues to serve as an ambassador.

Cheryl is a graduate of Purdue University and has resided in Solano County for the past 28 years with her husband where they have raised their two beautiful daughters. Cheryl continues to be committed to the community by volunteering for several non-profit organizations including the Optimist Club of Solano County, Soroptimist International Vacaville Twilight,100 Women Who Care about Solano County and is the secretary of LeTip of Vacaville. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, entertaining at home, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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Catty Oliver, Terri Alameda, Melinda Lillis, Jennifer Villanueva, and Jeannette Collins, Processors / Support Staff

The stellar processing team made up of at Solano Mortgage has a combination of 35 years in the mortgage business. We are known for our high-quality standards, strong loan performance, efficiency, and our fast transactions.

Merlin Porter, Lending Assistant
Cell: (707) 290-2859

Merlin is a loving husband to his wife Danielle and father of two. Merlin and his sister Lisa work together in and out of the office to support Branch Manager Jim Porter and coaching youth baseball, basketball and soccer throughout the year.

Lisa Porter, Lending Assistant
Email: LPorter@SolanoMortgage.com
Cell: (707) 592-3384

Lisa Porter loves helping people and prides herself on being resourceful and available 7 days a week to support the team.

Our top priority is to help you make an informed decision by presenting all available options. We offer exceptional customer service, superior loan processing times, competitive mortgage rates, extensive mortgage product offerings, and an unwavering commitment to get you to the finish line.