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Söderberg Becomes Certified Divorce Lending Professional

Certified Divorce Lending Professional

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (July 22, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company announces Suzanne Söderberg, senior loan originator based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has completed the training to become a Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP).


Founded in 2014, the Divorce Lending Institute provides education and training to mortgage professionals working in the divorce market through very comprehensive certification programs, educational webinars and a business building platform.


Divorce Lending Professionals are residential mortgage professionals specializing in working with divorcing clients and other divorcing professionals such as family law attorneys and financial planners. They are trained in the legal and tax aspects of the divorce process as it relates to real estate and mortgage financing. This specific training allows them to help their divorcing clients and their professional divorce teams recognize potential obstacles and opportunities related to real estate and mortgage financing helping to set clients up for success post decree.


Söderberg recognized the value she could bring to those experiencing a divorce.


“It’s a sad fact that 2.4 million divorces are filed in America every year. Of these, 70 percent involve issues relating to real estate. Through earning this certification, I want to be able to help ease the stress and challenges that divorce process can bring,” said Söderberg. “Divorcing couples have special needs and circumstances that need a well-trained and knowledgeable approach. I’m excited to bring this added value to help both parties meet their long-term financial goals.”

Executive Vice President of National Production James Iley is very proud Söderberg earned this designation.


“For almost three years now, Suzanne has been a remarkable member of the First Choice family. Her clients and business partners consistently sing her praises and give glowing reviews to their experiences working with her. Suzanne going the extra mile to develop this particular focus is both admirable and consistent with her strong professional dedication,” said Iley. “It is this kind of specialized service that helps First Choice Loan Services deliver the exceptional boutique-style home financing experience we are known for. We’re proud Suzanne has become a Certified Divorce Lending Professional, and we’re excited to see how this further enhances the tremendous work she already does.”

Söderberg can be reached at suzanne.sö or by calling 602-206-3439.




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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