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Alyson Griffin Named Top Mortgage Lender

HOUSTON, TX (October 25, 2018) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company announces Sales Manager and Senior Mortgage Loan Originator Alyson Griffin has been named a Top Mortgage Lender by the Harris County Housing Finance Corporation.


Griffin earned the honor for closing the most loans with Mortgage Credit Certificates over the previous four months. According to the Harris County Housing Finance Corporation, first‐time homebuyers, defined as someone who has not owned a home in three years, can access tax credits available through the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program. The MCC buyer receives a tax credit of 50% of the mortgage interest, up to $2,000 per year, each year that they pay interest. The tax credit can be taken monthly as an increase in pay or annually as a tax refund, in addition to any normal refund due to the buyer.


Harris Housing Advisors, LLC Program Manager Steven Harris speaks highly of Griffin’s professional work ethic and history with the Harris County Housing Finance Corporation.


“Alyson Griffin and her team have regularly been recognized at meetings of the Harris County Housing Finance Corporation and has even been referred business by the Board through this publicity,” said Harris. “I have personally worked with Ms. Griffin nearly 25 years. She is not only a top producer, she is innovative and shares our passion for helping those who need extra help to achieve homeownership.”


First Choice Loan Services’ Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg is extremely proud to see Griffin earn this distinction.


“Alyson has been a part of the First Choice Family since 2013, and we wouldn’t be the same without her. In addition to her incredible industry knowledge, she brings a remarkably personal approach to the home loan process. She understands that a mortgage is often the largest financial investment people will make in their lives, so she provides a customized and unique mortgage experience for each of her clients,” said Koenigsberg. “It’s this kind of tremendous focus and commitment that has made her one of our company’s top loan originators year after year. We are excited to see her honored by the Harris County Housing Finance Corporation and look forward to continuing to support her success for many more years to come.”


Griffin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Having been in the mortgage industry since 1993, she worked with former Houston Mayor Bill White on the Houston Hope Project to help revitalize areas of Houston with new homes with solar power and no electric bills to help the affordable market in Houston. Griffin can be reached at or by calling 713.202.7005.




About First Choice Loan Services Inc.

First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company is headquartered in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Founded in 2009, the company is licensed to originate and close residential mortgage loans nationwide, excluding Arkansas and New York. With 33 locations across 13 states and over 500 employees, First Choice Loan Services Inc. offers FHA and VA programs, Jumbo loans, fixed and adjustable rate loans, and refinancing and renovation programs. First Choice Loan Services Inc. is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #210764. Licensed by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. AZ BK# 0918586. Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act. Products and services not offered in state of New York.  To learn more about First Choice, visit


About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®. The Company, recognized for its entrepreneurial approach and distinctive culture, has $11.6 billion in assets and 113 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services.  Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts Most Charitable Companies in 2017 by the Boston Business Journal.   To learn more, visit, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


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