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James Kochakian Ranked as One of the Nation’s Top Loan Originators

Jim Kochakian | Sr Mortgage Loan Originator, NMLS #: 5085

METHUEN, MA (April 9, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that Loan Originator James Kochakian is listed as a Scotsman Guide 2018 Top Originator. Kochakian ranks for Top Dollar Volume with closings of 129 loans and producing over $60 million in volume.

Based on his loan production volume in 2018, Kochakian earned his spot from over 5,200 submissions from mortgage professionals across the country. After receiving submissions, Scotsman Guide required written verification of top entrants’ volume data from a certified public accountant, the chief financial officer at the originator’s company or a similar source. Scotsman Guide, the leading resource for mortgage originators, released its tenth annual Top Originators rankings in the April 2019 residential edition, and the rankings are available online at

“The Top Dollar Volume list in the Scotsman Guide features the best of the best in the mortgage industry, so I’m tremendously honored to appear among them. The only thing that makes this accomplishment possible is the support from my homeowners, home buyers and business partners,” said Kochakian. “I’m extremely thankful for the trust they place in me, and I work diligently to provide them a mortgage journey that is smooth every step of the way.”


Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley is excited Kochakian earned this prestigious recognition.


“Jim’s hard work is certainly paying off. On top ranking in the Scotsman Guide for Top Dollar Volume, he also appeared among the Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in 2018 by Mortgage Executive Magazine and the Top Producers 2019 list in National Mortgage News. All of his accolades are very well-deserved,” said Iley. “We also see Jim’s professional excellence through the incredible customer reviews he receives from client after client. He is a remarkable example of the high caliber loan originators we have at First Choice, and we are so proud that he is a part of our team!”


Kochakian is based in the First Choice Loan Services office in Methuen, Massachusetts. Learn more about him at





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 34 locations across 12 states and close to 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 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.



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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