William Darren Rickwood

First Home Mortgage
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Job Title
Branch Sales Manager
Career Started
230 Merrimac Court #86, Prince Frederick, Maryland
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About William Darren Rickwood

Darren Rickwood began his career in mortgage financing and consulting in 2005. Today, the Rickwood Mortgage Team has two offices convenient to customers in the Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties of southern Maryland. Our committed, local approach to mortgages means that loans are approved faster. Don’t wait weeks or months to get into your home. The Rickwood Mortgage Team’s unique process won’t leave you wondering for days as paperwork sits on some out-of-state desk. We are quick, responsive, and accessible. Our staff will work with you every step of the way to get you the best lending option for your needs and get you moved into your home faster. Whether you are new to the area or a lifelong resident, Rickwood Mortgage Team can help. First Home Mortgage Corporation NMLS ID #71603 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)

William's Reviews

4.9 Stars - 150 Reviews
Buying - Callaway, Maryland July 2018
Buying - Saint Leonard, Maryland December 2017
"Mr. Rickwood was up front, and straight to the point with what documents were needed. Within a matter of minutes he told us that we were qualified based on our credit score and history."
Buying - Saint Inigoes, Maryland March 2018
"Experience was excellent --the team was very professional and they did a wonderful job for us."
Buying - Easton, Maryland March 2018
"He did everything he said he would do. He made the process easy for us."
Refinance - Avenue, Maryland December 2017
"Very patient and understanding for first time home buyers"
Buying - Olney, Maryland April 2018
"Darren is very easy to work with. He does a great job calming you down and making one of the most stressful times of your life a piece of cake. We will definitely work with him again. "
Buying - Leonardtown, Maryland April 2018
"He was pretty personable and very responsive. "
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland April 2018
"He was wonderful very very very helpful and very easy to get along with. I would recommend him to all my friends if they needed a mortgage."
Buying - Solomons, Maryland May 2018
"Darren was a most helpful loan officer, in every phase of my purchase. Could have not done it with out him."
Buying - Solomons, Maryland June 2018
"Great Mortgage Company to work with..!! Julie & Darren are the Best in the Business Thanks For all your help!!____"
Buying - Charlotte Hall, Maryland August 2018
"Darren started working to get me pre-qualified late on a Friday night. He was available by phone, text and email and answered all of my questions. He sent me videos and emails to keep me updated on my loan status. I highly recommend him and the staff at First Home Mortgage."
Buying - Lusby, Maryland September 2018
"He was a great help with everything --explained everything very clearly."
Buying - Lusby, Maryland September 2018
"Darren was very pleasant to work with during this process. He was always available and was very prompt to answer any questions that we had along the way. I recommend Darren to anyone with how smooth and quick everything was handled on his end to get us moving forward with our first home together. Thanks, Darren!"
Buying - Mechanicsville, Maryland September 2018
"Darren Rickwood and his entire staff were extremely professional and great to work with. I'm very happy to have worked with Darren and his team of professionals, the lines of communication were always open through the whole process and responses were timely if not immediate. I have already recommended Darren Rickwood to coworkers and will continue to recommend First Home Mortgage to friends and coworkers. Thank you- "
Buying - California, Maryland August 2018
"Well my case had a few bumps along the way but Darren and his staff got me a mortgage and I owe them big time. Because of them I'm a homeowner! "
Buying - Lusby, Maryland December 2018
Buying - Hollywood, Maryland February 2019
"Darren spoke in circles and never fully answered our questions. Darren made it look like he was shopping around for our best deal, as if he were a broker, when backed into a corner he admitted he wasnt a broker and looking for his best deal. Darren continually sent us different document with no explanation and expected us to blindly sign them. Darren's team would ask for documents. Then say the documents werent good enough. Never providing a full explanation of what they want. I have told everyone, very loudly and clearly, to NEVER use First Home Mortgage. It was a horrendous experience and am glad that they sold our Mortgage. Even though Darren said they dont typically sell Convention loans. Just more lies. "
Buying - Mechanicsville, Maryland February 2019
Buying - Lusby, Maryland April 2019
"Working with Darren and his team at First Home Mortgage made our home buying experience very easy. Darren worked with us every step of the way to make sure that we understood the process, our options and always kept us informed of the next step. We were able to get final loan approval about a week prior to closing so there was no last minute scramble to submit additional documents, which I have experienced with other companies. I would definitely recommend Darren and First Home Mortgage to anyone looking to purchase a home! "
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland April 2019
"Whenever I was faced with different set of loan numbers, Darren would explain it to me."
Refinance - Saint Inigoes, Maryland April 2019
"Thorough and professional. Darren always had time to speak to us. Stephanie was always very helpful. "
Buying - Solomons, Maryland April 2019
"First rate all the way! Darren worked with us throughout the buying process. Made us feel comfortable throughout."
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland June 2019
"Thorough and easy to work with! "
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland June 2019
"Darren answered all of our questions. His dedication and professionalism was outstanding. We are beyond greatfull with the services he provided to John and I."
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland June 2019
"Darren and Laurie gave incredible support. I thank them for being patient with me during the process. "
Refinance - Lusby, Maryland June 2019
"I am so thankful to have had Darren work with me on getting our home! He was knowledgeable and on the ball, really can't say enough. Definitely recommend Darren!"
Buying - Lusby, Maryland June 2019
Buying - Leonardtown, Maryland June 2019
Buying - Mechanicsville, Maryland June 2019
"Excelent service. Customer oriented. He take care of all the details and make the process a nice experience. Will recomend other his service."
Buying - Indian Head, Maryland July 2019
"I would 100% recommend Darren Rickwood to anyone looking for a loan. Darren was very responsive and made the entire process incredibly easy. When I purchased my first home, I used a different lender and had a horrible and super stressful experience. When I went with Darren and First Home Mortgage for this recent home purchase, I was worried that the experience would be similar to that first time, but I was blown away by how easy and stress free it was. Darren was on top of things. He was easy to communicate with, answered all my questions so that I understood, asked for all the necessary documentation up front. There were no last minute requests. In the event we purchase another home and/or refinance, we will always go with Darren. "
Buying - Lusby, Maryland July 2019
"Darren and his team were incredible to work with. They full explained everybstep of the process and their communication was top notch. I highly recommend them."
Buying - California, Maryland July 2019
"Darren was very helpful through the whole process. He was available even on weekends to answer any questions I had and explained everything thoroughly and clearly."
Buying - California, Maryland July 2019
"Darren was very helpful in my obtaining a great rate and moving the processing thru the system"
Refinance - Solomons, Maryland September 2019
"Very knowledgeable of the Maryland Loan processes. Readily available to answer any and all questions. (Even while on vacation.Thanks!) Not without our hurdles, but Darren and company were quick to respond and put my concerns at ease. THANKS"
Buying - California, Maryland September 2019
"Excellent, service."
Buying - Saint Leonard, Maryland October 2019
"Always answering phone calls and willing to help even when he was on vacation.. gave me plenty of options and helped me choose the right one for me."
Buying - Frederick, Maryland October 2019
"Professional in every way"
Buying - California, Maryland November 2019
Buying - Hollywood, Maryland November 2019
"Always answered my questions immediately without any hesitation. He is very attentive and always available."
Buying - Indian Head, Maryland November 2019
"Truly committed to sort things out, facilitate, and motivate."
Buying - Lusby, Maryland December 2019
"Darren was great to work with, both when I bought my house and then when I refinanced it. He made the process smooth and fast and was always available to answer any questions I had. Would definitely recommend him and First Home to anyone."
Refinance - Lusby, Maryland December 2019
"Darren and his team were so helpful throughout the process and kept us informed and prepared. We wouldn't go anywhere else!"
Buying - Prince Frederick, Maryland December 2019
"Darren and his team are amazing!!"
Buying - Saint Inigoes, Maryland January 2020
"He is very professional and humble. He made time to answer every question I had. He stayed patient with me even when I asked the same question again due to not understanding the first answer. I have never felt more confident in a loan process before and this was my first home loan. Darren Rickwood is top notch in the business!!!"
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland January 2020
Buying - California, Maryland March 2020
"Darren and his team stayed on top of the process and answered all of my questions promptly."
Buying - California, Maryland March 2020
Buying - California, Maryland April 2020
"Everything went smoothly"
Buying - Leonardtown, Maryland April 2020
"Darren and First Home were excellent and always helpful when contacted."
Buying - California, Maryland April 2020
"Wonderful to work with. Thanks Darren!"
Refinance - Leonardtown, Maryland May 2020
"Excellent job, very professional and painless!"
Buying - Mechanicsville, Maryland May 2020
"Very simple and easy, always answered all my questions. Helped me save a lot of money!!"
Refinance - Huntingtown, Maryland June 2020
"This is my second time working with Darren and his team -- great people to work with!!"
Refinance - Great Mills, Maryland June 2020
"Darren was extremely helpful in answering all of our questions and giving us recommendations on mortgage options. He was very timely in getting back to us, always within a couple hours of leaving a message or sending an email."
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland June 2020
"Very smooth home-buying process. Great communication from everyone; I was kept informed at each stage of the process and was provided clear information to help me understand everything as well."
Buying - California, Maryland June 2020
"Hard working and great communication with quick response."
Refinance - Piney Point, Maryland June 2020
"Super responsive and very helpful."
Buying - Great Mills, Maryland June 2020
"Darren made buying house seamless and stress free!"
Buying - Leonardtown, Maryland June 2020
"Darren was extremely helpful during the entire process. Not only were we first time home buyers but we tackled this process without a real estate agent."
Buying - Solomons, Maryland July 2020
"He was super patient & extremely helpful. Even through 4 offers, 2/3 of a contract, & all the way to closing on our final house. Thank you!"
Buying - Arnold, Maryland July 2020
"He was responsive, thorough, and is knowledgeable about his products."
Buying - Leonardtown, Maryland July 2020
"Very knowledgeable, answered all my questions, easy to work with. "
Buying - Hollywood, Maryland July 2020
Refinance - Mechanicsville, Maryland July 2020
"Darren provided great service. Great communicator. Had all the answers to our questions. "
Refinance - California, Maryland July 2020
"Darren and his team at First Home Mortgage are awesome! We purchased our current home and refinanced our loan with them. Both times the process was easy and stress free. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy a home or refinance. "
Refinance - Lexington Park, Maryland July 2020
"He was always very responsive and helpful. My house hunt went on for 6 months with just as many offers put in on houses and he was always very quick in giving me numbers, answering my questions and walking me through what to expect."
Buying - Lusby, Maryland August 2020
"Efficient, knowledgeable, and helpful! Darren and his team were so easy to work with. Truly a delight. "
Refinance - Park Hall, Maryland August 2020
"Darren was very informative and broke everything down very clearly for me. "
Buying - Great Mills, Maryland August 2020
Refinance - Lusby, Maryland July 2020
"It was a positive experience and I learned a great deal from the YouTube videos that Darren shared with me. I look forward to purchasing more homes using First Home Mortgage."
Buying - Lusby, Maryland September 2020
"Darren and his team and partners make the process easy and steer free - 5 stars!"
Refinance - California, Maryland September 2020
"Typical painful process made completely painless by Darren and his team! I look no further than Darren and First Home Mortgage."
Refinance - California, Maryland September 2020
"Helpful, and knowledgeable, went above and beyond in searching for alternatives, when my situation created unexpected complications to the borrowing. I also like the videos and updates to keep the customers prepared for what's coming up next. It gives the confidence that Darren is on top of the process and my case. "
Buying - Leonardtown, Maryland September 2020
"Our experience with Darren Rickwood and First Home Mortgage was excellent. It took just 7 weeks from the time we contacted Darren to close on our refinance. Everything was very efficient, communication was excellent, and there were no surprises. This was by far the best mortgage experience we ever have had."
Refinance - Callaway, Maryland September 2020
Refinance - Bryantown, Maryland October 2020
Buying - Mechanicsville, Maryland October 2020
Buying - North Beach, Maryland October 2020
"Darren is excellent. Great customer service, attention to detail. I have recommended him multiple times through my brokerage business, and this is not my first personal loan with Darren/FHMC. "
Buying - Lusby, Maryland November 2020
"Responsive, makes things work. Personable "
Buying - Solomons, Maryland November 2020
"From the initial call to closing, Mr. Rickwood and his team were phenomenal. They answered all of our questions quickly and thoroughly and walked us through each step of the process. We will reach out to this team for our future needs."
Refinance - Mechanicsville, Maryland November 2020
"Working with Darren is always a pleasure, He never shows any frustration when we reach out all hours of the day. Always answers with a helping hand. "
Refinance - Mechanicsville, Maryland November 2020
Buying - Prince Frederick, Maryland December 2020
"Darren has extensive knowledge on mortgages and it's clear expert knowledge and research was done for me. Decisions we're extremely easy to make based on the information he provided. And his processing team was extremely responsive and moved along in a good pace, even during this extremely busy time in the house market. We moved in a week early from our original closing date!"
Buying - California, Maryland December 2020
"The communication was always on point with Darren and the whole FHM team. At closing Brooke was just fantastic and explained detail by detail so we could understand. I will recommend Darren and FHM to everyone that is looking for anything mortgage related. Thank you so much to everyone."
Refinance - Lexington Park, Maryland December 2020
"He was very professional and answered all of my questions. He kept me up to date on the entire status of my refinance. "
Refinance - California, Maryland December 2020
"Darren was extremely professional and great to work with. He made the seemingly daunting task a breeze. "
Buying - North Beach, Maryland December 2020
"I have purchased & refinanced with Mr. Rickwood over the years. I trust his recommendations & guidance"
Refinance - Lusby, Maryland December 2020
"Facilitated the refinance, very helpful, and always gave timely response."
Refinance - Solomons, Maryland December 2020
"Overall, our experience with Darren was very positive. While we don't have any major issues at all, we rarely provide perfect ratings for anyone. Darren was willing to help answer questions throughout the process. He was willing to explain things that might not have made sense at first. There was a potential loan option that didn't end up being the best option for us, but Darren was still willing to explain things in detail to help us understand the different options without any confusion. There was minor confusion regarding the actual closing date, although most of that was more created by the seller and delays with USDA, not Darren or First Home Mortgage directly. Since closing, Darren has followed up with us a few different times. He has added us to a VIP list where he will follow up every six months. He just sent a friendly reminder regarding the upcoming first payment. Overall, it was a positive experience working with both Darren and First Home Mortgage and we would recommend them to others looking to buy a house! "
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland January 2021
"Straight to the point. Answers question quickly. Returnes missed calls within five minutes or less. Outstanding customer experiance and service."
Refinance - Great Mills, Maryland January 2021
"Very good experience, long battle on my end! And he stuck with it the whole and helped me get through this whole process! "
Buying - Aquasco, Maryland January 2021
"Darren and his staff have always been efficient, prompt to respond, and friendly. We've used them multiple times - new loans and refi's. Darren is "our guy" for mortgage advice. "
Refinance - Saint Leonard, Maryland January 2021
Buying - Keedysville, Maryland January 2021
"Darren is top notch and his staff is too. No matter the day of the week or time of the day, my emails, calls and texts were responded too. I was back and forth on 15 or 30yr options and Darren didn't hesitate to run numbers every which way (sometimes twice). I couldn't be happier with my decision to use this fantastic team!"
Refinance - Hughesville, Maryland February 2021
"Overall they worked their butts off for our refinance, but Jenn really went above and beyond to help us with some difficulties that couldve made or broke our refi"
Refinance - Lusby, Maryland February 2021
"Great experience from start to finish. Darren was always available for any questions we had along the way and very knowledgeable in answering those questions."
Buying - Mechanicsville, Maryland February 2021
Refinance - Lusby, Maryland March 2021
"Darin goes above and beyond. He takes care of the little things to make sure we had a successful refinance. It is our second transaction with him and his crew. "
Refinance - Lusby, Maryland March 2021
"The process for refinancing was made very easy and the communication was ongoing and thorough. Extremely happy with the service!!"
Refinance - Dameron, Maryland March 2021
"Darren has also been our go to guy. He is knowledgeable, responsive and will go out of his way to help any way he can. "
Refinance - Waldorf, Maryland March 2021
"Very prompt, professional and courteous. Thank you!"
Refinance - Great Mills, Maryland March 2021
"Great process with an easy to use document portal, concise communication, and thorough explanations. Darren's team was extremely professional and personable - Darren's recorded videos were a nice touch during the pandemic!"
Buying - Leonardtown, Maryland April 2021
"This is the second time I have worked with Darren and his crew to refinance my mortgage. Darren has always offered great rates, and he and his team are in constant contact with you during the entire process. If you have any questions, you can rest assured someone(often Darren), will respond to you in a very timely manner and make sure all your questions are answered."
Refinance - Lusby, Maryland April 2021
"Very attentive and knowledgeable "
Refinance - Dameron, Maryland April 2021
"Darren was very professional and extremely helpful, keeping me update throughout the entire process. His staff was excellent! I highly recommend First Home Mortgage. "
Buying - Lusby, Maryland April 2021
Refinance - Lusby, Maryland April 2021
"Darren responded quickly and was very thorough in regards to in his presentation and knowledge. He present us with multiple options, thoroughly explained the merits and cons of each, and work with us to select the best option for us and not try to force any one option on us."
Refinance - Mechanicsville, Maryland May 2021
Buying - Mechanicsville, Maryland May 2021
Buying - Leonardtown, Maryland May 2021
"Working with Darren and his team was such a breeze! "
Refinance - Lusby, Maryland May 2021
Buying - California, Maryland May 2021
"He was professional and answered all of our questions in a timely manner and if he didn't know the answer he would either look it up and get back to us or direct me to someone who might know. I would recommend him and his team."
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland May 2021
"Was a pleasant experience"
Buying - California, Maryland June 2021
"We were so appreciative of the quick responses to emails, and to the individual help navigating us through the process from beginning to end. Great team to work with! "
Refinance - Leonardtown, Maryland June 2021
"Organized and prompt "
Refinance - Lusby, Maryland July 2021
"He made it somewhat easy especially the paperwork."
Refinance - Avenue, Maryland July 2021
"Very quick pre-approval. He and staff attentive through entire process. Personal understanding of the local market and property values."
Buying - Lusby, Maryland September 2021
"Very helpful in my time of need. Very knowledgeable "
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland November 2021
"Darren was professional, responsive and extremely knowledgeable!"
Buying - Leonardtown, Maryland December 2021
Buying - Waldorf, Maryland December 2021
"Everyone was great during the whole process! "
Buying - California, Maryland January 2022
"Darren and his team are top shelf. Super responsive and very knowledgable. We are First Home people!!"
Refinance - Crownsville, Maryland January 2022
"everything was done so smoothly "
Buying - Waldorf, Maryland January 2022
"Always a quick response. Provided valuable info."
Buying - Lusby, Maryland February 2022
"Darren is knowledgeable and helpful. Very timely in responses."
Buying - Port Tobacco, Maryland April 2022
Refinance - Hagerstown, Maryland April 2022
"It was awesome. He worked hard for us the whole time"
Refinance - Saint Leonard, Maryland May 2022
"Darren and his team were amazing to work with! Everyone was responsive and friendly when I had questions. Their online system is very user friendly and made the documentation process quick and easy. This is the 3rd time I've used Darren and First Home mortgage and wouldn't hesitate to do so in the future. "
Buying - Leonardtown, Maryland May 2022
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland July 2022
"Darren made buying a home as easy as it gets. He was there every step of the way."
Buying - Lusby, Maryland August 2022
"Always helpful and were able to answer any questions I had. Were always available to give advise on how I should handle my mortgage."
Buying - Mechanicsville, Maryland September 2022
"Darren went above and beyond while helping us through my first home buying experience. Truly 10 out of 10!"
Buying - Lexington Park, Maryland September 2022
Buying - Huntingtown, Maryland October 2022
Buying - Locust Grove, Virginia October 2022
"Thank you for all of your help! Great communication and honesty."
Buying - Owings, Maryland March 2023
"From start to finish Darren was always ready and willing to answer any questions or find out information I would need. He also took time out of his schedule to answer calls or to call when he had some big information. I really appreciate his help, as I am a first time buyer he made the process simple for me."
Buying - Hollywood, Maryland March 2023
"Good communications, informative and the process went really smooth. "
Buying - California, Maryland March 2023
"Very pleased with everything about our experience with Darren and First Home"
Buying - Abell, Maryland April 2023
"Very very satisfied with the process of purchasing our home! Darren maid everything very easy to deal with"
Buying - Huntingtown, Maryland May 2023
Buying - Mechanicsville, Maryland May 2023
"Great work by the whole team. Very seamless and timely."
Buying - Morgantown, West Virginia June 2023
"Darren was always quick to respond and we had a great experience."
Buying - Clear Spring, Maryland June 2023
"Darren was great and kept me informed during the process."
Buying - Hollywood, Maryland June 2023
"Darren was extremely helpful throughout the entire process. He didn’t make me feel self conscious about asking him for clarification or basic questions. He was always friendly and available. "
Buying - Bunker Hill, West Virginia July 2023
"Great communication and availability. "
Buying - Fort Washington, Maryland July 2023
Buying - Mechanicsville, Maryland July 2023
"Very patient and helpful through the whole process."
Buying - Lusby, Maryland August 2023
"Darren was very knowledgeable, professional, and thorough. It was a great experience working with Darren."
Buying - Lusby, Maryland October 2023
"Darren walked us through the entire process, and was available when we had questions. He and his team did everything needed, and made it quite simple for us. I would highly recommend him!"
Buying - Chesapeake Beach, Maryland April 2024

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