Mortgage Master has announced that it has opened a new retail branch location in Vienna, Va., covering communities in Northern Virginia, including Fairfax and Loudon counties as well as the Washington, D.C. Metro market. In conjunction with the opening of the new Vienna retail branch, Susan Blackmore was named branch manager, and is responsible for building relationships with real estate agents, accountants, lawyers, and other referral partners to provide borrowers some of the lowest rates available and highest quality service. In addition, Blackmore is being mandated with growing the Vienna retail branch by hiring experienced loan officers to help borrowers purchase or refinance a home. “The opening of our newest retail branch in Vienna, Virginia combined with our significant presence in Maryland is another step in expanding our successful model throughout the important Mid-Atlantic region,” commented Paul Anastos, president of Mortgage Master. “As a top five independent mortgage lender in the U.S., we have the scale and 25 years of experience to offer borrowers very competitive rates, best in class service and advice they can trust when making one of the largest financial decisions to purchase or refinance a home.” Blackmore, a McLean, Va. resident, joins Mortgage Master with more than 30 years of mortgage banking experience as a residential loan originator, underwriter, and sales manager. Most recently, Blackmore was the Mid-Atlantic Area mortgage sales manager at HSBC, where she managed mortgage originators in Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Prior to this position, Blackmore held numerous regional leadership and sales management positions with leading mortgage lenders across the U.S. including Providential Bancorp, Sierra Pacific Home Loans, Freedom Mortgage, Fidelity & Trust Mortgage, American Home Mortgage, Washington Mutual and Home Savings of America. “We are very pleased to have someone of Susan Blackmore’s experience and character joins Mortgage Master. Susan’s mortgage industry knowledge as well as her sales management and leadership skills are a tremendous asset to our already impressive team,” added Anastos.