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Shirley Mueller Ranked as One of the Nation’s Top Loan Originators

Shirley Mueller

AUSTIN, TX (April 9, 2019) – 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 a Scotsman Guide 2018 Top Originator. Mueller ranks seventh in Top VA Volume with closings of 204 loans and producing over $55 million in volume.

Based on her loan production volume in 2018, Mueller earned her 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

“It’s a huge honor to be to once again earn a place on this prestigious list. Achievements like this would not be possible without the trust my clients place in me, and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity they give me to provide the seamless and worry-free mortgage experience they deserve,” said Mueller. “Specifically, it means so much to be recognized for the work I do for our Veterans and their families. I am constantly amazed by their stories and their sacrifices. It is truly one of the joys of my life to serve them by helping them with their home financing needs.”


Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley is extremely happy to see Mueller earn this most recent accomplishment.


“In addition to ranking on the list for Top VA Volume for 2018 by the Scotsman Guide, Shirley recently was recognized among the Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in 2018 by Mortgage Executive Magazine. It’s easy to see that Shirley has tremendous professional momentum right now. It’s even more important to note how that momentum has been consistently growing over several years now,” said Iley. “These repeated accolades are symbols of Shirley’s consistent excellence at what she does. We’re proud to have her as part of our First Choice Family.”


This is the fourth year for Mueller to make this distinguished list. She is based 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 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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