Mark Abernathy

MARK ABERNATHY

Contact Info

Address
6836 Austin Center Blvd. #110
Austin, TX 78731
Direct Line
Cell Phone
(512) 924-5699

Mark’s Background

Mark graduated from the University of Texas and began his mortgage banking career in 1990 with Lumbermen’s Investment Corporation(LIC), where his loan volume consistently ranked him among the top in the country. After 14 years in the business, Mark founded Capstar Lending with Todd Kurio and Deborah Ginac, both from Guaranty Residential Lending.

Personal Life

Mark and his wife Carolyn have twin sons, Matthew and Robert. He stays active with his family, loves to fish, runs marathons, follows sports, and coach his boys’ sports teams.

My real estate agent recommended a few lenders to me. I googled them and some more, ultimately choosing Mark Abernathy with Capstar Lending because of their consistently high Yelp ratings.

All his communication has been fast, responsive, thorough, and clear. He's also very accessible. I've called during the lunch hour and he picked up the phone.

The sellers wanted a quick close so my agent asked Capstar Lending for speedy mortgage processing. Mark Abernathy emailed me the loan estimate with no delay.

He also got me a great rate of 4.125% for a 30-year-fixed-rate mortgage and asked me to contact him off I found any rate lower. Nationwide average mortgage rates were around hovering above 3.81% at the time. The monthly payments were even much lower than I expected. Loan origination fees are comparable to other lenders.

Mortgages are a painful and solemn subject matter for many of us in the bottom 99% of the socioeconomic strata. In our phone conversations, Mark always had a very positive and cheerful tone that reassures borrowers that they weren't getting screwed over or committing to a life of discomfort...

I would use Capstar Lending again and recommend them to others.

Tracey S. Austin, TX

Mark Abernathy is the best.

He came recommended by a friend, and I am happy to highly recommend him in turn.

From our very first meeting, he was open, honest and approachable. He knocked out approval letters on weekends and basically made it his mission to get us in our house.

He even encouraged us to seek out quotes from other lenders, but no one was able to match the exceptional rate he got us.

Just a joy to work with and help us make sense of a convoluted process.

Bill N. Austin, TX

I worked with Mark Abernathy at Capstar to buy my first house and he was perfect. Of the many lenders I evaluated he was by far the easiest to talk to, the most available when I needed to reach him, and he got me the lowest rate. He was very straightforward with explaining the various mortgage loan plans and he helped me find the right loan for me, while some of the other lenders I talked to were clearly trying to push me to take the loan they were trying to sell. Highly, highly recommended. 🙂

Steve C. Austin, TX

Mark Abernathy is the best loan officer in the business. I just completed my home refinance with him, and I'm still amazed at how smooth the entire process was from start to finish. Everything was upfront and above board. There were no surprises at all. Not even one.

My particular loan scenario had a number of unique challenges, but Mark walked me through everything. He makes himself readily available and was quick to respond to every question I had throughout the process. Mark is as honest as they come, and he runs his business with the highest level of integrity. In fact, when other lenders were (too) quick to win over my business, Mark accurately pointed me to a special type of loan that might suit me best, even though it may have resulted in him losing my business. (In the end, I didn't meet the criteria for the special loan, but Mark's focus on doing the right thing for his customers is admirable.)

In addition to being a great business partner, Mark ended up finding me the best rate and also the lowest closing fees as well.

I've had the opportunity to work with a few lenders now, and I can say with certainty that Mark Abernathy is now my go-to guy whenever it comes to financing or refinancing home loans. Thanks, Mark!

Tung H. Austin, TX

Mark Abernathy is the best loan officer in the business. I just completed my home refinance with him, and I'm still amazed at how smooth the entire process was from start to finish. Everything was upfront and above board. There were no surprises at all. Not even one.

My particular loan scenario had a number of unique challenges, but Mark walked me through everything. He makes himself readily available and was quick to respond to every question I had throughout the process. Mark is as honest as they come, and he runs his business with the highest level of integrity. In fact, when other lenders were (too) quick to win over my business, Mark accurately pointed me to a special type of loan that might suit me best, even though it may have resulted in him losing my business. (In the end, I didn't meet the criteria for the special loan, but Mark's focus on doing the right thing for his customers is admirable.)

In addition to being a great business partner, Mark ended up finding me the best rate and also the lowest closing fees as well.

I've had the opportunity to work with a few lenders now, and I can say with certainty that Mark Abernathy is now my go-to guy whenever it comes to financing or refinancing home loans. Thanks, Mark!

Tung H. Austin, TX

This review is for Mark Abernathy.

We just closed on a loan with Mark and he was fabulous. We had an absolutely drama-free and painless experience with him. When talking to our friends and others who have bought a house and also after reading a lot of reviews of people's experiences with lenders online, we were a little worried about the process and all the things that can go wrong in the process. Now that we are done I can tell you that our loan process with Mark was a breeze. We never once had to worry that something isn't going right. He really knows what he is doing and got us the best loan we could have gotten with the best experience in the process.

Some specific things we like about Mark:

He was very proactive in reaching out to us and letting us know where we are in the process. This ensured that we never had a chance to get worried because we were left in the dark. We got answers from Mark before we even thought about asking them. It was very reassuring for a first time home buyer. He is also very responsive when you reach out to him with questions via email or phone. He always called us back within a few hours if he wasn't available when I called.

He was also firm in making sure we know we are getting the best loan terms from him before we proceed with the process. The rates went up a couple weeks before we started the loan process and I wanted to know that I'm getting the best rate from him since I had seen lower rates earlier. He counselled me to call other lenders and ask for their rates and fees to make sure we are happy with what he is offering us. We found out that he was indeed giving us the best deal and it was nice to know that he does not want to push you into agreeing to terms that you are not comfortable with. In fact it is quite the opposite with Mark.

I highly recommend him.

One thing I want to mention about Capstar in general. I really like how they have invested in technology to get everything done electronically. This makes it much easier and quicker when you don't need to print papers and sign with ink.

Sam L. Austin, TX

Mark is absolutely incredible! I worked with him on two purchases in Austin over the past two years. I have a very complicated income and he talked with my employer and made it work. I can't stress enough his friendliness and professionalism. He also worked overtime to get my condo building FHA approved for my loan which he did not have to do. He goes above and beyond.

Jason M. Austin, TX

Mark Abernathy is a rockstar. Truly, I was shocked by his friendliness, his demeanor, and his overall positive attitude. He worked with me for MONTHS on a new construction home, only to be beaten by another lender at the finish line, and not only did he honestly tell me the other deal was better, but he was genuinely happy to see us save money and get a great offer. Mark is just wonderful, and he will spend the time to explain everything to you, even if he knows he's not going to get your business. You wonder.. ``Do those good guys still exist?`` MARK IS THE GOOD GUY. I wish I could have done business with him, but if YOU can, you should!

A S. Austin, TX

My husband and I recently refinanced our home loan with Mark Abernathy at Capstar Lending. As someone who audits mortgages for a living, it was refreshing to work with an ethical and experienced professional. At our closing, Mark told us he wants to see his customers in the grocery store, or around town, and for them to be happy to see him, and to be happy with their loan. We were able to refinance to a ten year note, with a rate below 4%, and save ourselves *thousands.* I've recommended Mark to my friends and coworkers. We're very happy customers, and will use Mark and Capstar Lending in the future.

Sarah G. Austin, TX

I have used Mark Abernathy at Capstar twice to do a home purchase and then a refinance. He is a helpful, dedicated professional and goes the extra mile for his clients. He is also very knowledgeable about the market (especially during last year's market turmoil). The best experience I've ever had with a mortgage broker. Highly recommended.

Mari A. San Rafael, CA

We closed on a home purchase a couple of weeks ago. Mark Abernathy at Capstar Lending was absolutely wonderful! He's knowledgeable, patient, and returned all our phone calls and emails very quickly. The home buying process can be stressful and confusing, but Mark's straightforward, concise communication skills made this seem relatively easy. We got a great interest rate and great service; I'd highly recommend Capstar Lending to anyone needing a mortgage broker.

Kimberly G. Austin, TX

Very easy and fun to work with!

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Absolute pro and great guy! I never would have thought I would feel that I was in such good hands and taken care of from a lender, but Mark truly went above and beyond. There is not anyone who I have spoken to that knows more about VA loans as he does, and would NEVER recommend anyone else. He is the BEST.

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Mark is a Rock Star! Having purchased other homes in the past we've dealt with both good and bad lenders. After reading Mark's reviews, we decided to give him a try and we are glad we did. Originally slotted to have a 45 day closing, we requested to change to a 30 day so we could get into the home before the 1st of the month. Mark made it happen! Mark was incredibly great at communicating and always answered the phone personally and responded to emails quickly. We can't say enough good things about Mark and Capstar Lending.

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We already have suggested him to two other homebuyers. He and his team were fantastic.

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I was very satisfied and happy to work with Mark. He was very professional. He would respond to phones, messages, and emails very fast. I highly recommend him to everyone.

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Mark was an absolute joy to work with. He was always available and willing to help us work through the lending process, and managed to get everything done in an incredibly timely manner. I am absolutely pleased with Mark's services, and will be using him for any future projects.

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Mark provided excellent service throughout the entire process, and I could not recommend him more highly. As first-time homebuyers, we had a lot of questions, but Mark helped everything go very smoothly and was available to help every step of the way!

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Mark was so incredible! From day one when we were just shopping lenders, he was a wealth of patience and information. He sat down with us to explain the entire process including types of mortgages, the option to escrow, and how the process would go once we had an accepted offer on a home. He was available what felt like 24/7 to get us forms, advice, and answer questions. His whole team was incredible as we worked to get all our paperwork through the process for our quick close date. We would highly recommend Mark to anyone!

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Mark was enthusiastic to work with us. They offered competitive rates and we ended up choosing them over our current lender who we've used twice previously.

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I love working with those who are the best in their job! Hard to find but possible. Mark is one of those people. Very professional, and does his best to get you go through all the frustrating steps of a home loan. He did a best job for me! Thanks Mark.

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Mark was fantastic. For example, I put in an offer and very shortly afterwards the Fed was due to meet. He called me first thing in the morning to complete the paperwork to lock in my rate...and then it went up when the Fed announced another proposed interest rate hike in the next year.

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Mark was incredibly helpful, direct, and honest throughout the process. When he knew there was a better option for me with another lender, he referred me to them without hesitation. Would love to work with Mark in the future.

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Very responsive to questions and always accessible.

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Many thanks to Mark on locking a nice rate quickly.

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Very caring with lots of follow ups. You go with him, you don't need to worry about anything.

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Mark was very helpful. Offered good advice and clear explanations. Kept in contact and responded quickly to calls and emails, even on the weekend.

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Attentive and thorough.

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Mark is awesome! He was so patient, I have a very involved dad, and he was happy and willing to speak with both of us. He and his team make everything very easy, and communicative, which is definitely what you need!

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Mark and Capstar Lending were excellent. We were able to close on-time and without issue with a great rate.

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Mark was terrific to work with! As a first-time homeowner, I had MANY questions, and Mark patiently responded to all of them. He even came to my closing! I cannot recommend him highly enough.

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It was a pleasure securing my home loan with Mark Abernathy and his Capstar Lending team (Tami Hopkins). Communications via phone/email/secure portal was quick and efficient - plus, we locked-in a great rate. I highly recommend Capstar Lending and would love to work with Mark & team again!!!

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Mark was great to work with. He was very responsive and seemed to really be looking out for our best interest as first time buyers.

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Mark was great and super easy to work with. Any time I had a question I received a quick response. He made this seamless.

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Mark was so attentive and thorough! He played a crucial role and really passed on so much knowledge. Mark is someone you can definitely trust and that is crucial when it comes to lending!

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Mark was very knowledgeable with the Austin market, especially house/condos in East Austin. I would recommend working with Mark if you're looking for a local agent that can help answer questions about Austin.

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Mark was AMAZING to work with! Not only did he walk me through the process to ensure that I understood all the complex aspects of the lending process but he even took proactive measures to identify ways I could improve my credit score to get better rates!

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Mark Abernathy is like a Boy Scout...Trustworthy, helpful, friendly, courteous, etc. With his help, we obtained the financing we needed with minimal pain. In fact, it was rather easy when compared to previous home loans I've had. Mark is knowledgeable and supportive and that's exactly what you need when making the largest purchase of your life. I would be happy to recommend Mark for his services. He's a star player! Thank you.

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Mark delivered exactly what he promised which is somewhat rare these days.

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Mark was fantastic! He is/was always available with in-depth knowledge of everything along the mortgage process. I highly recommend him for your mortgage needs.

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Fantastic to work with. Closed in 3 weeks. Very customer service focused.

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Mark was direct, easy to work with and candid about the home buying process. I would recommend him to everyone!

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We actually worked with Mark Abernathy at Capstar Lending. He got us the best rate and was great to work with. I would highly recommend going with Mark.

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