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Shirley Mueller Ranked as One of the Top Loan Originators

Shirley Mueller

AUSTIN, TX (April 10, 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 a Scotsman Guide 2017 Top Originator. Mueller ranks #15 in Top VA Volume with closings of 199 loans and producing over $50 million in volume.

Scotsman Guide, the leading resource for mortgage originators, released its ninth annual Top Originators rankings on April 1. The list, which ranks the nation’s top mortgage producers, appears in Scotsman Guide‘s April 2018 residential edition, and the rankings are available online at

Mueller earned her spot from more than 2,500 mortgage professionals across the country. To be eligible for initial consideration in Scotsman Guide’s Top Originators rankings, originators must have had at least $40 million in loan volume or 100 closed home loans for the 2017 calendar year. 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.

“I really have a strong passion to serve our community of Veterans. They have sacrificed so much to protect our nation that I love using the knowledge I have in the field of home financing to help them achieve their long-term financial goals. For all they’ve done, they deserve the best, and I aim to provide that for them,” said Mueller. “Earning a spot among for Top VA Volume by the Scotsman Guide for the third time is a huge milestone in my career and one that could only be achieved by the support of my homebuyers, homeowners and business partners. My true success is measured only by their happiness.”

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

“It’s awesome to have Shirley earn this designation once again. Loan after loan, she creates amazing and seamless mortgage experiences for her clients. Their reviews of working with her are glowing. She creates fans of all those she serves,” said Iley. “In particular, her motivation and dedication to our Veterans is inspiring, and we love having a part in supporting her to serve these important individuals and families.”

This is the third year for Mueller to make this distinguished list. She is based in Austin, Texas. You can learn more about Mueller 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 22 locations across 11 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. 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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