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Kim Muscatello Ranks in the Nation’s Top 1% of Loan Originators

Kim Muscatello | Senior Mortgage Loan Originator | NMLS #30418

NEEDHAM, MA (March 25, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that Kim Muscatello has been ranked among the top 1% of mortgage originators in the nation. This list appears in the Winter 2019 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 2018, and entries cannot include loan volume of associate originators or junior originators that earn a commission on the same loan files.

Muscatello is based with the First Choice Loan Services Loan Originator team in Needham, Massachusetts.

“I am extremely humbled to be listed among the top 1% of the nation’s mortgage originators by Mortgage Executive Magazine.  Recognitions such as this can only accomplished by associating with a strong team of mortgage professionals whose dedication to customer service is second to none,” said Muscatello. “Over the last 18 years, it has become apparent that working with my clients to establish a financing strategy and educating them about their mortgage options is what has contributed to my success.   The ability to finance in 49 states and close quickly has been also been very appealing to many clients.”

Having Muscatello featured in this way has Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley feeling very proud.

“Kim brings a tremendous amount of strength and determination to her work. Her commitment to her clients is clear. It’s these professional traits that she embodies that we deeply respect and earn her this well-deserved accolade,” said Iley. “Kim has ranked as one of our top producers since joining the First Choice Family, and we look forward to supporting her continued success.”

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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 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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