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Shirley Mueller Ranks in the Nation’s Top 1% of Loan Originators for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Shirley Mueller

AUSTIN, TX (March 26, 2018) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that Loan Originator Shirley Mueller has been ranked among the top 1% of mortgage originators in the nation. This list appears in the Winter 2018 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 2017, and entries cannot include loan volume of associate originators or junior originators that earn a commission on the same loan files.

This is the fourth consecutive year for Mueller to make this distinguished list. She is based in Austin, Texas.

“I strive every day to provide my home buyers and homeowners with exceptional service. It’s a commitment I make to them because it’s important they enter the home loan process with confidence, knowing that they’ve trusted the right lender. I sincerely have their best interests at heart,” said Mueller. “It’s an honor to appear among the list of the top 1% of loan originators by Mortgage Executive Magazine for the fourth time. I’m especially grateful for the support of my customers and business partners who make it possible.”

Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley is extremely proud to see Mueller recognized in this way once again.

“Shirley’s dedication to serve Veteran home buyers and homeowners is truly inspiring. The expertise and commitment she brings to their unique needs is remarkable. She offers them incredible knowledge and vast experience, and we’re proud to see this passion rewarded,” said Iley. “Our Veterans courageously served our country, so I’m glad to see someone as extraordinary as Shirley helping them with their home loan needs.”

For more information on these rankings, visit For more on Shirley Mueller, visit


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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