The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Oct. 7 at Academy Mortgage in Morristown.
Morristown Chamber board chair Randy DeBord welcomed guests to the company’s offices at 5251 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy, and offered a personal recommendation for Branch Manager Beth Elkins.
“Beth is someone that you can really trust,” he said.
Founded in 1988, Academy Mortgage is one of the nation’s largest independent mortgage lenders. The company was founded in 1988 and is a top-tier lender for purchase, FHA, resale and builder loans and is the No. 1 Independent Purchase Lender in the United States (CoreLogic Marketrac Report for 2012).
Knoxville Branch Manager Chris Burleson seconded DeBord’s recommendation of Elkins.
“She is one of the best loan officers I’ve met,” he said. “We’re very happy to have her. She has been a staple and foundation of this community. She has a passion for clients and willingness to work with clients; it’s never a ‘no,’ it’s always a ‘not now – let’s get you a plan to get a home.’
“Our goal is to have successful home owner for everyone,” Burleson said. “We’re excited to be a part of this community.”
The company has 142 branch offices in 44 states and Washington, D.C. The company is a direct lender, which means all loan processing; underwriting, closings and funding are handled at its local offices. The in-house resources and tools allow the branch offices to expedite loan processes, and the company has a proven track record of closing loans quickly and efficiently.
“We have a culture of giving back to the community, so we do a lot of services projects with Second Harvest and Habitat for Humanity,” Burleson said. “We are a national partner with Habitat and will do a build locally next spring. We also sponsor schools in partnership with Second Harvest.
“Our team has stayed together for the most part. We’re excited to be in Morristown and have Beth on the team and Charlye as well.”
Elkins, who will serve as the branch manager and senior loan officer for the Morristown office, has 12 years of mortgage originating experience, including knowledge of the industry and its rapidly changing environment. She has experience with Conventional, VA, FHA, USDA, Tennessee Housing Development Agency and 203k Renovation Loans.
According to a statement issued by the company, Academy Mortgage is recognized nationwide for its unwavering commitment to responsible lending, especially in today’s rapidly changing economy. Academy’s mission is to be the first choice home loan lender of every Realtor, builder and homeowner who shares its commitment to sustainable homeownership.
-By Glenna Howington, Tribune Staff Writer