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Blue Skye Lending

8130 Lakewood Main St
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Office: 941-256-8420
Cell: 941-350-7606

Blue Skye Lending, a licensed mortgage broker, is headquartered in beautiful Lakewood Ranch, Florida, nestled on the border of Manatee and Sarasota Counties. It was founded in 2006 by a team of experienced, top-producing mortgage consultants who recognized a void in the lending community. They were looking for a company that embraced the same vision as they did, so they created Blue Skye Lending.


Five Star Professional conducts market-specific research throughout the U.S. to identify service professionals who demonstrate professional excellence and provide quality services to their clients. The Five Star Mortgage Professional program is the largest and most widely published award program for mortgage professionals in North America, covering more than 40 major markets. Five Star award winners do not pay a fee to be included in the research or on the final list of award winners.

The Five Star Professional research team contacted thousands of recent homebuyers, consumers and industry leaders to identify Sarasota-area mortgage professionals who stand out in their industry and community.

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Leslie Swart


Phone: 941-256-8420
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Leslie’s experience in the financial industry extends over 25 years and includes bank management, private banking, and managing clients’ equity holdings as a licensed Financial Advisor. Leslie has received numerous awards for production achievement and excellence in customer service. When she began as a mortgage loan originator in 2003, Leslie was recognized nationally in Mortgage Originator Magazine as one of the Top Rookies of the Year. Since then, she has consistently been a recipient of the National Five Star Mortgage Professional Award for Best in Customer Satisfaction.

Leslie is the co-founder and co-owner of Blue Skye Lending. Blue Skye was founded in 2006 based on the idea that if clients’ needs came first, everything else would follow. This philosophy has been realized as Blue Skye Lending was voted the Herald Tribune’s Reader’s Choice for Best Mortgage Lender in Manatee County and  Sarasota County. As well as the Bradenton Herald's Peoples Choice for a Mortgage Lender.

Leslie’s financial expertise and knowledge have been invaluable in assisting clients with their financing needs. Leslie’s drive and determination, and philosophy of growing Blue Skye’s business one satisfied customer at a time, has enabled her to work successfully with all types of clients at different stages of their lives; whether they are buying a home for the first time, or they are experienced homebuyers.

Leslie is a member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Mortgage Bankers Association, the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee, and the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. She resides in River Club with her husband, Anthony, a Financial Advisor at Benjamin F. Edwards, and two incredible kids, Austin and Brittany.

Marci Walker


Phone: 941-256-8420
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Marci has been a mortgage loan originator since 2003. She has an extensive background in the mortgage industry and her work as a wholesale lender and underwriter has given her an in-depth, first-hand experience of the lending process. In 2006, she became one of the founders and co-owners of Blue Skye Lending. She has continually received multiple awards as a top producer and has been consistently recognized for her outstanding customer service. She is a recipient of the National Five Star Mortgage Professional Award for Best in Customer Satisfaction.

Marci resides in Lakewood Ranch with her husband Dave and her son Dylan.

Here are some of the comments Marci has received from her clients:

“Marci and her team at Blue Skye are AMAZING! They are knowledgeable of the entire mortgage process and go above and beyond to help in any way possible. I have used them for a refinance and a new home purchase, and both transactions couldn't have gone smoother. I will use them for any and all mortgage needs going forward, and highly recommend them to everyone.”

“I credit Marci Walker and her team for making my dream a reality. Marci walked me through each required step to secure the loan, provided a checklist of required documents, patiently responded to my questions with sufficient detail so I could make informed decisions, and advised me when to lock in the mortgage rate. All the while it was clear to me I was working with an expert team that had my best interest in mind.”

“Marci Walker is personable, knowledgeable, responsive, and professional and most of all she made me feel like I was her only client from start to finish. When it came time for the closing I was already well prepared with what to expect by Marci which made the closing process less stressful.”

Peter Lyddy

Loan Originator

Phone: 941-256-8420
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Peter traded the long winters of Connecticut for the Gulf breezes of Sarasota back in 2004. He has been providing home financing to satisfied families and individuals ever since. Peter brings a unique perspective and value to his clients as he has also been a licensed Realtor, a licensed residential appraiser and Real Estate office manager. This background and knowledge enables him to provide a comprehensive view of the entire home purchasing and financing process from start to finish. Peter's goal is to get you to the closing table as easily as possible.

Educated in Washington, DC at Georgetown University, Peter holds a Business degree and an MBA, and is a recipient of the National Five Star Mortgage Professional Award for Customer Satisfaction.

Susan Mazik

Loan Officer

Phone: 941-256-8420
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Sue is originally from Massachusetts and moved to Florida in 2003 with her husband Dan, son Ryan, and daughter Shannon. She can honestly say that she does not miss the weather in New England!

Sue has been a Mortgage Broker in Florida since 2004 and truly enjoys helping people achieve their dream of owning their own home. She has received the National Five Star Mortgage Professional Award for Best in Customer Satisfaction every year for the past nine years.

Sue knows that issues do not only arise between 9 and 5, so she makes herself available to her clients at night and on weekends.
Here are just a few of the comments Sue has received from her clients:

“Sue, there is no way I or my family could ever thank you enough for all you did for me. I have had to move from rental to rental and lived in 3 different houses since I’ve moved to Florida. Always wanted my son & I to have a home of our own. Thank you for making it all possible for us!”

“I just wanted to tell you how happy I was to work with Sue… She found a better program for my buyer, saved him a TON of money on closing costs and interest rate, answered ALL of our questions, was on top of all the deadlines, she gets right to the point...the list goes on and on.”

“Thanks a million to you and your team for making my home purchase experience a seamless one. My dealings with mortgage companies in the past have been somewhat intimidating, to the extent that I have always thought buying a home was an unattainable experience. With you, my dream was realized.”

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