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Columbia, SC

Merrell Johnson

Loan Officer | NMLS #: 2188462

Merrell Johnson (The Cheer Lender) is a Loan Officer for Assurance Financial at the Columbia, South Carolina branch.

Merrell Johnson is a Loan Officer for Assurance Financial at the Columbia, South Carolina branch. Born a military brat, he has traveled the world and chosen the Heart of South Carolina as his home, where he has been selected by Experience Columbia as an Ambassador for the City. An Alum of the University of South Carolina and LSU-Shreveport, he looks forward to helping you secure your home loan.

When Merrell isn’t securing loans for his clients, you can find him in the community advocating for mental health awareness, homelessness, and education. He has an extensive volunteer background that includes serving organizations such as Beginnings SC, Turning Pages, and Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc. (MIRCI). He currently serves on the board for the Columbia Museum of Art’s – Columbia Design League, American Advertising Association Midlands, and Columbia Urban League Young Professionals.

Merrell has been recognized as the National Association of Social Workers – South Carolina Public Citizen of the Year, The State’s Top 20 under 40, Columbia Business Monthly Best and Brightest 35 and under, and the SC Black Pages Top 20 under 40. Sally R. Brasley Foundation’s Trailblazer Award, and the South Carolina Counselors Association’s Humanitarian of the Year

He is licensed through the National Mortgage Licensing System and Registry in South Carolina.

Whether a new home purchase, refinance of an existing loan, renovating, or construction of a new home, Merrell can help homebuyers in any stage of life achieve their dreams of homeownership.


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Merrell is very great at communicating and staying on top of things. Excellent to work with!
Deonna Elgin, SC
Merrell always made himself available via phone or email whenever we had questions or concerns. He was on the ba...
Nicholas Elgin, SC
Merrill was courteous and professional he went above and beyond to resolve any issues to help us complete this c...
Michael Anthony Lexington, SC
Fabulous & quick service. Seamless with no known issues. Would be thrilled to see his preapproval letter attache...
Taley Elgin, SC
Merrell was proactive and persistent. When we noticed issues Merrell did not hesitate to take action. Working wi...
Ashley Columbia, SC
Communication, friendliness, and knowledge.
William Columbia, SC
Merrell listened to what I needed, encouraged me throughout the home-buying process and gave me everything I nee...
Andrea Emilion Cayce, SC
Merrell was my lender through Assurance Financial and he was incredible. He went above and beyond. He listened t...
Andrea ,
Merrell is a very personable person. His diligent and determined to get the loan closed. I was kept informed ab...
Wayne Columbia, SC
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    Assurance Financial Columbia

    2222 Devine Street
    Columbia, SC 29205

    My Services:

    • New Home Purchase Loans
    • Refinance Loans
    • FHA and Rural Development Loans
    • Veteran (VA) Loans
    • Construction and Renovation Loans