Meet the Founder
After starting his business in possibly the worst year for financial markets i.e. 2008, Shashank Shekhar has led the company to be one of the fastest-growing mortgage companies in America by helping thousands of families secure better financing for their homes. In 2017 and 2021, InstaMortgage formerly known as Arcus Lending Inc. was named to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America (aka "Most Exclusive Club in Business").
This dramatic growth has been built on the pillars of legendary customer service and unrelenting focus on education. Shashank lives and breathes the mantra "We are in the customer service and education business, we just happen to do mortgages."
Amazon.com #1 best-selling author Shashank is widely regarded as "America's Premier Mortgage Expert". He is the expert guest of TV and radio show - "Mortgage Matters" and author of widely acclaimed books - "First Time Home Buying 101", "Real Estate Unleashed" and latest #1 best-seller "My First Home".
Besides writing one of the top mortgage blogs in the country, Shashank also gets invited to blog on several of the top mortgage and real estate websites. He has been quoted/featured on Yahoo! News, FOX Radio, Washington Post, Bankrate.com, Financial Times (London), and several other media for his expertise. He was interviewed by Emmy Award-winning director Nick Nanton on his TV show.
In September 2020, Shashank led his team to create, Rachel, the world's first digital human in the mortgage industry.
Shashank is also a regular on the speaking circuit with frequent keynote talks at Mortgage, Real Estate, and Small Business events.
Shashank has been featured/quoted in:
I believe the notion that there are “born entrepreneurs” is a myth.
There are no rosy lanes in entrepreneurship. Indeed, the first strides are the toughest. The work-life balance gets thrown out the window. I’ve often heard CEOs, upon becoming household names,
"Most of the buyers I work with, they do everything in good faith to close on time," says Shashank Shekhar, CEO and president of Arcus Lending, a mortgage lender in San Jose, California. "It's not as if they're intentionally trying to delay the process."
Shashank Shekhar, CEO of Arcus Lending, says some borrowers may see the savings in their closing costs instead.
“If you were paying 1% in closing costs, now you will only pay 0.5%,” Shekhar says. “It’s significant for a lot of borrowers,
When shopping around for a mortgage, you’ll find that many mortgage lenders charge an origination fee, which is the cost to cover processing and underwriting the loan. You’ll also find that some lenders don’t have this fee at all, or can discount or waive it for certain customers.
His Awards include:
- "Top 40 Under 40" most influential mortgage professionals in the country by National Mortgage Professional Magazine
- "Hot 100" movers and shakers in the country by Mortgage Professional America (MPA) for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
- "Top 200 loan officers in the country" (ranked by production volume, currently ranked #13) by Origination News - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- "Top 25 most connected mortgage professionals in the country" by National Mortgage Professional Magazine
- #6 Mortgage Broker in the Country by Scotsman Guide Top Originators 2020 Ranking
He has an MBA in Marketing from one of the premier business schools. Before founding Arcus Lending, Shashank worked for GE Money in mid-level management. He also sits on the board of Give India, a non-profit that works for fundraising for Indian charities.
He lives in Saratoga, CA with his wife and two daughters - Anishka and Anya. When he is not busy growing his company, he can be seen Skydiving from 15000 feet or learning biohacking techniques.
To work directly with Shashank for your mortgage needs, email him at [email protected].
License Info - Arcus Lending Inc, NMLS 1035734
Shashank Shekhar BRE# 01734034, NMLS ID 8176