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   ARTICLE   |   From Scotsman Guide Residential Edition   |   April 2015

Top Originators 2014

For the sixth straight year, Scotsman Guide presents the rankings of the nation’s top-producing originators. These annual rankings don’t only celebrate the excellence of the industry’s top performers, but they also offer invaluable insight into the status of the mortgage industry.

This year, we received about 1,100 entrants during our 25-day submission period. As we spent the past several weeks verifying the top entrants’ production numbers, one thing became clear: Volumes mirror the many changes the industry endured over this past year. To get more analysis on this year’s rankings, read the BackSpace feature on Page 154.


On the next pages, you’ll find the top 300 originators by volume, the top 150 by loans closed, the top 75 by Federal Housing Administration (FHA) volume, the top 25 by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) volume, and the top 25 by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) volume, as well as top entrants by purchase volume, refinance volume and volume gain from the previous year. For the first time this year, we’ve ranked originators by the volume they closed in home equity lines of credit (HELOC), as well. In addition to their volumes and other loan data, we list each person’s:

  • State: Location of the originator’s primary office;
  • Purchases vs. Refis: The percentage of the originator’s total loan volume (on the volume list) or closings (on the loans-closed list) that was for purchase loans compared to refinances;
  • Staff: The number of personal assistants for each originator. Only loans each originator closed personally applied to the originator’s 2014 production total.


First, we accepted entries at between Jan. 5 and Jan. 30. To be eligible for consideration, originators must have had at least $30 million in loan volume or 100 closed home loans in the 2014 calendar year. Next came the verification process. We requested 2014 production reports from all top entrants, in addition to written verification of their volume from a certified public accountant, the chief financial officer at their company or a similar source. This included a statement that the numbers were accurate.

Only entrants whose data we could verify in this fashion made it to the final list.

We made every effort to verify all of the data that appears in these rankings. Inclusion of any individual on this list does not constitute an endorsement of that individual by Scotsman Guide or Scotsman Guide Media, however.

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