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Shirley Mueller Ranked As One Of The Nation’s Best Military Originators

Shirley Mueller

AUSTIN, TX (November 29, 2018) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that Loan Originator Shirley Mueller is listed as one of National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s Best Military Originator. The list appears in the November 2018 issue.

For this inaugural list, National Mortgage Professional Magazine sought to honor individual loan originators based on three factors: total VA loan units closed in 2017, votes on their profile, and a brief essay on why the loan originator is committed to helping active service members and veterans. In 2017, Mueller closed 180 VA loans with $45,913,939 in VA loan production. In total, she closed 200 loans totaling $50,534,049.

“The ability to help Veterans purchase a home is beyond rewarding. Getting to know so many amazing Veterans who each have a story to tell brings my team and I more of a purpose than just originating loans. We are helping real people that have been through and seen more than we could ever imagine.” said Mueller. “This type of work has been a driving force of my business for several years now, and I’m truly honored by acknowledgements such as appearing on the list of ‘Best Military Originators’ by National Mortgage Professional Magazine. I’m grateful for the strong backing from First Choice Loan Services that helps make this possible. Most of all, I’m very thankful for the trust our Veterans place in me when working with their dream of homeownership.”

Mueller’s most recent achievement has made Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley very proud.

“I am awed by the passion Shirley has for her VA loan homebuyers. Her dedication to this population truly defines what a ‘calling’ is all about. Her marvelous commitment to provide this population is inspiring,” said Iley. “Our teams at First Choice Loan Services love to provide Shirley the support she needs to create seamless mortgage experiences for her clients and business partners. Our Veterans have already given us so much; they deserve service beyond belief. We love helping Shirley provide them the best home loan journey they could imagine.”

For the past three years, Mueller also has been named on the Scotsman Guide’s Top VA Volume list. She is based with the First Choice Loan Services Loan Originator team in Austin, Texas.




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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