Before the confetti falls and the glasses are toasted on New Year’s Eve, I want to take a few moments to look back in to 2017 and celebrate the year we leave behind as well as share an exciting peek ahead into 2018.
In 2017, we have seen great success for our company and our team members. A few examples of our exciting accomplishments are:
- Named a Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional Magazine (January 2017 issue) for the 2nd time.
- Thirty of our Loan Originators were ranked among the Nation’s Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in the Nation in Mortgage Executive Magazine (Winter 2017 issue).
- Four of our Loan Originators earned rankings on the Top Originator lists in the Scotsman Guide (April 2017 issue).
- Named to Top Overall Volume of Mortgage Companies by Scotsman Guide (June 2017 issue) for the 4th year in a row
In the personal lives of our team members, we saw births, engagements and marriages that add to the joy and quality of life. We’ve been privileged to celebrate with these exciting and life-changing moments of happiness.
Above all these successes and milestones, we are most proud of the blending of the Berkshire Bank Home Lending and First Choice Loan Services Inc. teams. With our combined forces, we have enhanced our strong home financing platform and broadened our services. Serving together, we are a better company for our clients, for our business partners and as a larger family.
In this past year, the First Choice Family also has proven that in tough times, we are here for each other. In the lives of the individuals who make up our family, we have seen the full gamut of what life can bring. We have sadly witnessed the passing of three dear team members and shared in the sorrow with their families. We have seen others bravely battle illnesses of their own or their immediate family, and we’ve marveled at their strength and testimonies. This year also brought Hurricane Harvey which profoundly affected several of our First Choice Family members and many of their clients. Through all of this, we’ve bonded together to provide support and strength to those in need and reassurance that the challenges are not faced alone.
It’s with the momentum of unity and success that we enter into 2018. In the coming year, we anticipate additional acknowledgements and recognitions for our company as a whole as well as our top producing Loan Originators. Also, we look forward to the events through the year which help us plug into and connect with our communities. We are eager for planned days like Xtraordinary Day and other yet to be seen opportunities which allow us to help those in need.
Above this, we are excited that 2018 will be the year we make many people’s dreams come true. Our homebuyers have been saving and planning for years to buy their first home, and this is the year they could see that dream become a reality. Our current homeowners can build on their dreams through buying an investment property or refinancing their current home to help them achieve new long-term financial goals.
Through it all, we are dedicated to improving the lives of all those we encounter. Life is an exciting journey, and we are honored to be help with the major (and even minor) steps along the way.