Homespire expands, opening four branches in GA, LA and MA

Residential mortgage lender Homespire Mortgage Corp. has opened four new branches located in Georgia, Louisiana and Massachusetts expanding its operations footprint to 34 states.

The Gaithersburg, Md. based Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage loan lender, seller and servicer announced it has named Melissa Hill as branch manager for the Atlanta office, which will cover Homespire’s operations throughout Georgia.

“Hill is a recognized leader in the mortgage industry,” according to a company release, with significant experience in affordable housing and lending to underserved markets. She will lead a team of three loan officers, Don Brealond, Dyshaun Love and Edward Williams.

In Louisiana, industry veterans, Katherine Robins and Colette Delaney are serving as branch managers in Baton Rouge and in Shreveport, respectively. Robins has over 23 years of experience in the industry guiding borrowers towards their dreams of homeownership. Over the past two decades, Delaney has worked in numerous roles responsible for all aspects of the mortgage loan process.

In Massachusetts, loan officer Aldryn Tangui will serve homebuyers in the local community and extended area from the Westborough office.

“In competitive markets like Georgia, Louisiana and Massachusetts, it’s so important for borrowers to work with lenders who not only understand the local community, but are willing to take the time to guide and ensure they make the best decisions possible,” said Michael Rappaport, President of Homespire Mortgage. “We look forward to supporting our newest teams as we continue to expand.”

NEXT sponsors Planet Home Lending, ReverseVision and FirstClose hire new execs

Planet Home Lending hires Patrick Couture as SVP platform development

National non-bank lender, servicer and private client sub-servicer, Planet Home Lending, LLC (PHL) hired mortgage industry expert Patrick Couture as Senior Vice President of Servicing Platform Development.

Couture brings to the role nearly three decades of experience building servicing platforms, managing highly rated servicing operations, “successfully applying cutting-edge technology to monetize and manage sophisticated, complex portfolios transforming non-performing assets into re-performing assets,” according to a company release.

Couture has managed every area of servicing working on both the investor and servicer side of the business, said Sandra Jarish, President of the Meriden, CT based lender.“His unique perspective into asset management will be invaluable as we enhance the servicing platform to support additional commercial and residential loan products.” 

Before joining PHL, Couture held executive positions at several high-profile mortgage industry companies, including as VP of Realty Management at Goldman Sachs, and VP of Consumer and Investment Management at Goldman Sachs Bank.

Prior he was an investment officer at Caliber Home Loans, worked for Lone Star Funds/Hudson Advisors, served as VP at Fairbanks Capital where he turned around the servicing operation in the wake of the subprime crisis; SVP at Nationstar Mortgage and VP at GMAC’s Homecomings Financial.

“Patrick’s experience working for private equity, large and small servicers and institutional investors has given him a unique ability to create solutions that resolve industry challenges,” said Planet Financial Group, LLC, CEO and President Michael Dubeck.

“Planet’s impressive leadership team, dedication to investors and entrepreneurial culture drew me to this opportunity,” Couture said. 

ReverseVision names mortgage technology veteran Joe Langner as President

Reverse mortgage lending technology provider, ReverseVision has appointed 30-year industry veteran Joe Langner as president.

Langner will lead the company’s strategic efforts to unite reverse and traditional mortgage lending into one operational system, according to a company release.

ReverseVision’s business and operational models connect “all lending participants across the entire reverse mortgage lifecycle” to meet borrowers’ needs. The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), private reverse mortgage sales and origination technology provider aims to develop a compatible solution that allows HECM, private reverse mortgage loans, traditional mortgage products and government loans to coexist on the same platform.

“Today, HECMs and private reverse mortgage programs are vastly underutilized despite market need because, until recently, there has not been an operationally pragmatic way for lenders to integrate reverse products alongside their forward offerings,” said Langner, a proven expert in this field.

During his tenure as executive vice president and chief sales officer at Ellie Mae, Langner executed the firm’s initial public offering in 2011 “and considerably grew its market share,” the company said.

Most recently, he served as chief executive officer at Blue Sage, a cloud-based, digital lending platform for retail, wholesale and correspondent lenders. Prior, among others he was president at digital mortgage technology provider and Fiserv affiliate, PCLender; served as EVP and general manager at Sage, a global provider of operations management technology for small and medium businesses; and SVP at global provider of business decisioning data and analytics, Dun and Bradstreet.

In October 2019, ReverseVision announced its transformation as an application programming interface, or API-enable flexible reverse mortgage lending platform with product upgrades, cloud computing architecture, and the addition of third party systems that use a loan import API “to prepopulate a reverse mortgage file within the ReverseVision Exchange platform.” All of which enable users to streamline product selection.

Langner is “the best person in the industry to execute our strategic vision of bringing reverse mortgage lending into operational coexistence in the broader mortgage market using our cloud-based, API-enabled lending technology platform,” ReverseVision Chief Executive Officer, John Button said.

FirstClose names industry veteran as SVP of strategy, sales

Austin, Texas based mortgage lending technology provider, FirstClose has named Joe Dahleen as the company’s senior vice president of strategy and sales, responsible for its national sales operations and product development.

The 25-year mortgage industry veteran’s expertise includes executive management, financial technology and strategic marketing. He also has years of experience in loan production, quality control procedures, and how to improve business operations or deploy innovative technology to automate loan processing. “I have a passion” for PropTech and FinTech, Dahleen said.

Most recently, Dahleen served as executive vice president and chief strategy officer for MortgageHippo, Inc. In previous roles, he held executive level positions at various banks, Thrift & Loans companies, Wall Street firms and independent mortgage lenders.

 “With his depth of industry experience,” said Tim Smith, CRO and co-founder of FirstClose in a release, Dahleen will support FirstClose’s continued growth, which “directly correlates to how we present our technology and build relationships.”

FirstClose provides property and borrower data intelligence and settlement services nationwide. Its software-as-a-service mortgage loan origination platform features home equity and refinancing tools that process all the loan origination data required – such as credit score, property valuation, title, tax, flood and recording – from loan application to closing and servicing.

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