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Hans Stone Ranks in the Nation’s Top 1% of Loan Originators for Second Consecutive Year

Hans Stone

LONG BEACH, CA (March 13, 2018) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that Branch Manager and Loan Originator Hans Stone 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 second consecutive year for Stone to make this distinguished list. He is based in Long Beach, California.

“One of the best parts of my job is knowing that I’m helping others make Southern California their home. I love it here, so to help more homebuyers build their lives in this area is truly fulfilling,” said Stone. “I provide exceptional service to all my clients whether they be first time home buyers, homeowners refinancing or those investing in a second home. No one should miss out on all the wonderful things Southern California living has to offer.”

Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley is extremely proud to see Stone honored in this way once again.

“Hans’ excellence is undeniable. In addition to this accolade from Mortgage Executive Magazine, this year, First Choice recognized Hans as our Retail Loan Originator of the Year in Units. He is not only a top producer with a high amount of loan volume; Hans is also a loan originator who provides the highest level of customer service who creates a seamless home loan experience for his clients and business partners,” said Iley. “We are excited to see the way he serves the Southern California market, and we’re very happy 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 $9.3 billion in assets and 97 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services. The Company has a pending agreement to acquire Commerce Bancshares Corp., the parent company of Commerce Bank and Trust Company, a $2.2 billion bank with 16 branches in the Worcester, MA and Boston, MA markets. To learn more, visit, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


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