Steve Trautwein

McLean Mortgage

Let’s custom tailor your home loan to suit your financial objectives.

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We are the #1 ranked independent lender and the #4 ranked overall lender in the greater D.C. area.

According to the 4.15.19 Washington Business Journal

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The mortgage process can seem daunting, and surveys show that few home buyers find it adequately educational. Often, without professional advice, home buyers end up in loans that come up far short of the ideal loan for their specific financial objectives, and they are forced to pay a higher interest rate than is necessary. Our clients make smarter, and more confident mortgage decisions because of our interactive “Total Cost Analysis” (TCA) process.



Most loan officers work in a “silo”, doing nothing more than pursuing a loan approval.  We will work closely with your realtor (and we will help you find an exceptional one if you haven’t already committed to a realtor), your investment advisor(s) and tax advisor to craft the ideal loan for your long term financial plan.  With your approval, we will seek to include your full team of real estate and financial professionals in our  “Total Cost Analysis” (TCA) process.  

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Just like how you shouldn’t only see a doctor when you’re gravely ill, it would be ill-advised to only consult a mortgage strategist when you’re ready to purchase a new home.  We will meet with you by phone/computer for a “Total Cost Analysis” (TCA) update no less than annually, and we will send you regular updates on real estate and interest rate markets.


I want you to be my long-term client, not just a one time transaction.


I don’t want to “sell” you a loan, I want to create the one to serve your family’s financial goals. That means, as my long-term client, we will reevaluate your loan every year to ensure the fit is still perfect, collaboratively with any of your financial professionals, such as financial and tax advisers.

Many of our referrals come to us because they had been frustrated by the mortgage process in the past. Many times we find that this occurred because they did not understand the process and their mortgage institution did not communicate effectively with their clients. Our mission is to start educating and preparing our clients from the very start of the transaction.


Competitive Offers

I know how much my home means to me — that’s why I want you to also own your dream home. But in our greater DC area market, the real estate market is incredibly competitive. We regularly see homes with dozens of offers on them.

We know how to position you with the right offer, in the right loan to win these bidding wars, oftentimes not even as the highest bidder. That is the kind of service we want to provide you.


We want to work according to your timeline. If you are planning to move within a month, we are able to make that happen for you. That is why we are so proud of our speed.

This speed is possible because of my team’s efficiency, and the reputation McLean Mortgage has built. McLean Mortgage is known as the best lender to work with — by clients and other financial professionals. Because of this, many realtors would prefer to work with a buyer financed by McLean Mortgage — even though it may not be the highest offer on the table.


We coordinate with your financial professionals to craft the perfect loan, just for you.


A home loan is one of the most important financial decisions in your life. That’s why we believe it is critical to design your loan alongside the people that understand your finances best. Coordinated loans have saved our clients millions of dollars.

I, personally, have over 28 years of experience as a financial adviser and have also trained my team to work closely with financial professionals. Together, we work on a daily basis with financial professionals, providing our clients with tailored loans and helping them save money.

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