As part of its planned expansion in the Southeastern United States, Guild Mortgage Co. announced the opening of the company's first branch in the state of Georgia, located in Savannah.
Brenda Harden, who has more than 30 years of experience in the mortgage industry, will lead the Savannah branch as branch manager. Prior to joining Guild, she worked with Brand Mortgage. Guild Mortgage, founded in 1960 in San Diego, has more than 200 branch and satellite offices in 20 states and generated loan volume of $7 billion in 2013 and servicing volume of $13 billion.
"After interviewing with nine other companies, I chose Guild because they’ve been in the mortgage business for more than 50 years and service most of their loans," said Harden. "Guild offers programs that other lenders don't and has particular expertise in helping first-time homebuyers. They studied the Savannah region and are optimistic about the economy and the housing market, so I knew we would be able to reach more buyers and get them into homes. Guild is also a pioneer in using technology to make the home buying process faster, smoother and more efficient.”
The team in Savannah includes Tracie Tomlinson, loan officer, who has been in the mortgage business for 22 years. "I came to Guild Mortgage because they have been successful and competitive in this business for more than 50 years. The ability to conduct underwriting, processing and funding locally makes the home loan process so much faster and simpler for Georgia borrowers," she said.