In recent mortgage branch activity, one recruiter said it was actively hiring on behalf of a lender, and another released a time-saving tool for opportunity seekers. Meanwhile, several lenders built new shops, with some offices serving as the inaugural company foothold in a previously unexplored target market.
Los Angeles-based Mortgage Branch Connection, a mortgage consulting firm, recently launched its new online recruiting platform. The tool matches the specific needs of its net branch-seeking customers with lenders that can fill those needs.
According to the March 10 press release, this free service for the firm's clients is designed to save them time that they spend looking for opportunities and completing information request steps.
Late last year, a media statement revealed a large lender signed on with net branch recruiter Anakim Credit Corp. As a result, Anakim is actively seeking mortgage brokers and originators.
According to the company's website, opportunities for mortgage branches and loan officer jobs exist in the Southern states of Texas and Florida, the East Coast states of New York and New Jersey and the West Coast states of Washington and California.
A couple months earlier, GSF Mortgage headlined its foothold into the Wisconsin market. Further GSF announcement details listed Teresa Nelson as the branch manager in Iola.
In a phone interview, Nelsen said she signed on with GSF in late September. That same month, she also chose to close Badger State Mortgage Services Inc., a company she owned since 2007. Nelsen entered the mortgage business in the last month of 1999 as a telemarketer for Badger State. Eventually, she accepted a loan processing opportunity and took on other roles and management responsibilities until she decided to purchase the company.
"Her industry knowledge and entrepreneur[ial] skills will guarantee her branch's success," said Mike Maida, national sales director for GSF, in the company's Oct. 15 announcement.
Over several months, Guild Mortgage Co. has opened three new branches. A Feb. 3 press brief said the independent mortgage banker opened an office in Carlsbad, Calif., and appointed, Tim Phillips, as branch manager.
Also in California, Jan. 5 company news statement noted Suzanne Martindale, a Guild employee at a different branch, was named branch manager of the Healdsburg location.
Last year on Dec. 1, Guild gave notice of its first Tennessee branch in Memphis, where Tim Smith filled the branch manager role.
In other Guild news, the firm named its shop in Boise, Idaho, as its 2014 Branch of the Year. Guild Branch Manager Terry Heffner heads up the 40-person team, according to the March 10 media announcement.
Recently celebrating its seventh anniversary, McLean Mortgage Corp. provided a Feb. 18 news alert on several branch openings and their managers.
Darren Chamblee took on the lead role at the Frederick, Md., location while Scott Davis accepted branch management duties in the District of Columbia. McLean's Fredericksburg, Va., storefront, captained by Todd Call, serves as the mortgage company's newest branch in the state, and the Gabe Libutti-led, Huntersville-area office extended McLean's Charlotte, N.C. presence.
Throughout fourth quarter 2014, a handful of other residential home lenders also promoted news of their latest storefronts.
A media notification said Kirkland, Wash., was home to Mortgage Solutions Financial's newest lending outpost. A division of Mortgage Solutions of Colorado LLC, this Mortgage Financial office, under Keith Pitsch's supervision, will serve King, Snohomish and King Counties.
Mortgage Network Inc. developed its premiere physical presence in Braintree, Mass. A press statement said Brian Maloney, who has served in mortgage banking for 39 years, would head up Mortgage Network's newest shop.
FBC Mortgage LLC correspondent and wholesale division lender Sterne Agee Mortgage reported opening an office in Phoenix. Tim and Grace Frohock will lead the branch's ten-person team, according to the news brief.
On Q Financial Inc. said it debuted its fourth new physical location that year. Office number four was placed in Gig Harbor, Wash. Peter and Dawn James, a local husband-and-wife team were put in charge of On Q's Gig Harbor home.
Dallas-based Supreme Lending said, on Oct. 7, that its latest branch openings occurred in Overland Park, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo. The company named David Curry to oversee both branches.
Also that day, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. said Jon Tobias would spearhead the mortgage banker's most recent shop in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Citing better accessibility to loan products, Landmark Bank opened its first loan production center in Columbia, Mo, according to an article published by the Columbia Daily Tribune. As well, Matt Williams, former president of Hawthorn Bank, accepted Landmark's job offer to serve as its president over the Columbia market.