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Wayne Ostrander Ranks in the Nation’s Top 1% of Loan Originators for the Second Consecutive Year

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (March 26, 2018) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company today announced that Loan Originator Wayne Ostrander 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 second consecutive year for Ostrander to make this distinguished list. He is based with the First Choice Loan Services Loan Originator team in Costa Mesa, California.

Mortgage Executive Magazine’s list of the top 1% of mortgage originators in the nation features the best of the best in the home financing industry. To appear among these names for a second year in a row is truly an honor,” said Ostrander. “Being recognized once again in this manner just shows that the focus of my business is exactly where it should be and that is on ensuring my home buyers and homeowners have a pleasant and seamless mortgage experience.”

Senior Vice President of Consumer Direct Bill Schneider is excited to have Ostrander earn this achievement for the second time.

“For every client he serves, Wayne brings a strong determination to make sure a customized mortgage solution is provided to help his clients reach their long term financial goals. It’s this amazing commitment to his customers that not only makes Wayne a success but also lets his clients relax knowing they are working with a mortgage professional with their best interest in mind,” said Schneider.

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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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