Mortgage Master has announced that it plans to expand its West Coast geographic footprint by opening new branch offices and recruiting high quality production professionals. Mortgage Master, which led the state of Massachusetts in residential loan production in 2012 (bank or mortgage banker), is now focused on leveraging its successful model in the California market. Ito Rodi, who recently was named branch manager of Mortgage Master’s La Jolla, Calif. branch, will lead the drive to recruit additional high quality loan officers and increase originations throughout San Diego County.
The La Jolla, Calif. branch currently has six actively producing loan officers, including a dedicated team of onsite underwriters and processors with 75 total years of experience underwriting in California.
“Our expansion plans, which have just begun in California, have always been based on having the highest quality and most experienced mortgage professionals in place to lead and drive our growth,” said Paul Anastos, president of Mortgage Master. “We are confident that Ito’s successful production track record, industry knowledge, and mentoring skills will help us attract top industry talent, like Brian Wada, by offering them the opportunity to deliver the best possible pricing and service to borrowers, while maximizing their earnings potential.”
Rodi joined Mortgage Master in 1991 and has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s top originators, including 2012, when he closed $130 million in mortgage loans. Prior to becoming branch manager in La Jolla, Calif., Rodi was one of the company’s leading loan officers based at the company’s headquarters in Massachusetts. He was also responsible for helping train, organize, and motivate loan officers to increase their productivity and effectiveness. Rodi, who is fluent in Spanish and holds a BS in accounting from Northeastern University, is also a noted teacher and guest speaker on financing.
“Mortgage Master is offering a very unique opportunity to high quality mortgage professionals in Southern California,” said Rodi. “Our model, which provides borrowers with the best deals and enables loan officers to increase their own production and income, is different than any we have seen in the California market. In addition, Mortgage Master’s loan officers earn significantly more than industry standards and many are ranked year in and year out as top originators in the country.”
Brian Wada, a long-time San Diego area resident with 24 years of mortgage lending experience, joined Mortgage Master after spending the majority of his career with JP Morgan Chase and most recently with OnQ Financial. During his career, Wada has served more than 3,500 clients and financed in excess of $1.7 billion in mortgages by focusing on making sure his clients were in the right product with the best possible rate and fees to meet their needs.
“I am extremely happy to join Mortgage Master, a lender with a 25 year history of responsible lending, best possible pricing and a commitment to high quality service,” said Wada. “Mortgage Master’s model is a perfect match for me, as it offers me the opportunity to significantly increase my production by providing my clients better rates and pricing than I could before and the highest level of customer care.”