Real Estate Mortgage Network Inc. (REMN) announced the opening of its latest Southern California office in San Diego. While headquartered in New Jersey, REMN has been making a significant push into Southern California and currently operates other retail locations in Carlsbad, Riverside and Diamond Bar, in addition to an operations center in Irvine. This new San Diego location will extend REMN’s reputation for quality mortgage products and exemplary customer service in dealing with home buyers, builders and real estate professionals, deeper into Southern California. In conjunction with the office’s opening, local mortgage industry veterans, Michael Pieratt and LaVel Alexander, have joined REMN as Branch Managers. Pieratt is a San Diego native and San Diego State University graduate who comes to REMN with more than 25 years of lending industry experience. While he has helped more then 1,500 of people finance homes throughout his career, many know him for his work in athletics on both a local and international level. In addition to coaching baseball at Patrick Henry High School and continuing to assist at baseball camps throughout the county, Pieratt worked at the executive level on both the 1984 (Los Angeles) and the 1988 (Seoul) Olympics. Alexander, also a native San Diegan, has more than 15 years of lending industry experience, most recently in vice presidential and similar senior-level roles for Synergy One Lending, Wells Fargo and CTX Mortgage. Alexander is a University of San Diego graduate and well versed in the cyclical changes that affect the San Diego real estate market. “When REMN opens a new branch, it’s important that we bring on a team that is not only made up of local mortgage experts, but one that also shares the same dedication to customer service that the REMN name is known for throughout the lending industry. While Michael and LaVel are new to REMN, they are not new to the San Diego housing community and both have similar reputations for quality in their work that REMN has nationwide,” commented REMN Regional Vice President, Cathy Stroud.