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Kristine Thinger Joins First Choice Loan Services Inc.

Kristine Thinger | Loan Originator, Reverse Mortgage Specialist | NMLS # 1437680

CONCORD, CA (August 23, 2018) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company announces the addition of Kristine Thinger as a loan originator specializing in reverse mortgages based in the Concord, California branch.


Bringing with her over 28 years of experience, Thinger previously served as a loan originator at Banc of California, Countrywide, and Bank of America. Immediately before joining First Choice Loan Services, she was with the Reverse Mortgage Group in Pleasant Hill, CA.


Thinger made this professional move for several reasons.


“Throughout my career, I’ve always prided myself in approaching the mortgage business with a creative and passionate perspective. I decided to make the professional move to First Choice Loan Services when I saw the similar ‘out of the box’ style of thinking they use as they serve their clients,” said Thinger. “I’ve been in the mortgage industry long enough to know how important it is to provide all those I work with exceptional service. With the support of the outstanding operations teams at First Choice Loan Services, I am confident I’ll be able to provide my home buyers, homeowners and business partners the seamless mortgages experiences they deserve.”


First Choice Loan Services’ Senior Vice President of National Production James Iley is very excited to have someone with Thinger’s specialty as part of his team of loan originators in California.


“I really admire Kristine’s unique approach to the home loan process. She focuses on the individual needs of her clients so well that she’s able to offer customized mortgage options that help them reach long-term financial goals,” said Iley. “Even more remarkably, her knowledge of reverse mortgages which can help homeowners over the age of 65 is truly impressive. Kristine is a very welcome addition to First Choice Loan Services’ loan origination team in California. We’re very glad to have Kristine as part of our First Choice family and look forward to supporting her continued success.”


When not in the office, Thinger enjoys dirt biking, wakeboarding, camping and fishing with her husband of over 20 years and her teenage sons. For more information on Thinger, visit She can be reached 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 33 locations across 12 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. Products and services not offered in state of New York.  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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