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Darren Kidder Ranks in the Nation’s Top 1% of Loan Originators for the Third Consecutive Year

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (March 26, 2018) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that Darren Kidder has been ranked among the top 1% of mortgage originators in the nation. This list appears in the Winter 2018 issue of Mortgage Executive Magazine.

The Top 100 Mortgage Originator list debuted in 1995 in Mortgage Originator Magazine. Mortgage Executive Magazine expanded the rankings to include the top 1% of the hundreds of thousands of mortgage originators in the U.S in 2011. The minimum eligibility criteria are a total individual production of at least $30 million in 2017, and entries cannot include loan volume of associate originators or junior originators that earn a commission on the same loan files.

This is the third consecutive year for Kidder to make this distinguished list. He is based with the First Choice Loan Services Loan Originator team in Costa Mesa, California.

“I’m truly honored to appear on Mortgage Executive Magazine’s list of the top 1% of loan originators in the nation for a third time. Recognitions such as this are amazing, but I honestly define my success based on the happiness of my clients,” said Kidder. “Knowing that I’m working with one of the largest financial investments they will make in their lives, it’s important that my home buyers and homeowners have full confidence that they’ve trusted the right lender. I offer my knowledge, years of experience, and personalized service to let them know they are in the right hands.”

To once again be listed among the nation’s top mortgage originators by Mortgage Executive Magazine is just as exciting as the first time, if not more so. It lets me know I have continued to give the exceptional service I aim to provide every homeowner and homebuyer that places their trust in me,” said Kidder. “I daily work with one of the largest financial investments people will ever make in their lives, and I value what that means to me.  A satisfied client is my greatest reward.”

Senior Vice President of Consumer Direct Bill Schneider is glad to see Kidder featured on this prestigious list.

“From the customer feedback we receive, it’s clear that Darren creates raving fans of those he serves. He does a remarkable job of helping his clients feel at ease during a process that often can be overwhelming. That’s because he brings great insight in to each individual home buying situation,” said Schneider. “Darren is a great embodiment of our core value of providing service beyond belief, and we’re so glad he chooses to call First Choice Loan Services his professional home.”

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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 22 locations across 11 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. 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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