Castle & Cooke Mortgage Expands Into Mississippi

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, an independent mortgage lender with locations across the U.S., has expanded into Mississippi with the opening of its Southaven branch (NMLS #1647847). The new branch is led by industry veteran Tammy D. Kennedy (NMLS #35154), who has 16 years of experience in the mortgage industry and understands the housing needs of the Southaven area well.

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“We are thrilled to have Tammy and her team join the Castle & Cooke Mortgage family,” expressed John F. Brawner (NMLS #218829), area manager for Castle & Cooke Mortgage. “This group is in a fast-growing market and they are aggressive in their approach to helping homebuyers. They accomplish this through excellent customer service, a vast knowledge of the industry and strong, trustworthy relationships with Realtors and builders.”

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Prior to joining Castle & Cooke Mortgage, Kennedy was a sales manager for Envoy Mortgage and a senior loan officer with PrimeLending. Her years of experience have given her the expertise necessary to lead the Southaven team as they work together to serve the lending needs of their community. From rural housing loans and low down-payment programs to conventional lending options, Kennedy is persistent in her efforts to obtain the right loan for her clients’ needs. Her commitment to exceptional customer service is evident throughout the lending process.

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“My team and I are looking forward to helping borrowers purchase or refinance a home while interest rates are still historically low,” said Kennedy. “And I am thrilled to become a part of Castle & Cooke Mortgage, one of the leading and most responsible mortgage lenders in the country.”

Castle & Cooke Mortgage Opens Escondido Branch

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, an independent mortgage lenders with locations across the U.S., announced the opening of its Escondido, CA branch (NMLS #309712). The new branch is led by industry veteran and San Diego County local Leslie Thomerson (NMLS #508360), who has 28 years of experience in the mortgage industry and understands the housing needs of Southern California well.

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“The opening of our Escondido branch is a great opportunity for Castle & Cooke Mortgage to address the particular needs of our clients in the San Diego area,” stated Art Della Rocca, regional manager for Castle & Cooke Mortgage. “Leslie has lived and worked in the region for many years, and maintains an outstanding professional reputation within the local real estate community. We couldn’t ask for a better person to lead our Escondido team.”

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Prior to joining Castle & Cooke Mortgage, Thomerson was a sales manager for both Freedom Mortgage and Stearns Lending. Her extensive background in the mortgage business has prepared Thomerson to lead the Escondido branch with professionalism and skill. She is committed to providing her clients with a smooth and streamlined borrowing experience, adhering to Castle & Cooke Mortgage’s standards of clear communication and transparency. Whether assisting a customer through their first home buying experience, or aiding a client through the process of obtaining a VA loan, Thomerson’s team is committed to meeting each borrower’s unique needs.

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“My team and I are very excited to be part of the community on Grand Avenue in Escondido,” said Thomerson. “We are looking forward to meeting our business and local real estate neighbors, and are eager to share our expertise.”

Thomerson can be reached at or at the Castle & Cooke Mortgage Escondido branch, located at 104 West Grand Avenue, A & B, Escondido, CA 92025.

Castle & Cooke Mortgage Opens CT Branch

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, an independent mortgage lenders with locations across the U.S., announced the opening of its Danielson, Connecticut branch (NMLS # 1458459). The new location expands the company’s footprint in the state and will complement the company’s sister branch in Columbia.

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The new branch is led by industry veteran and Danielson native, Todd A. Cooke (NMLS #1055106). Cooke has 15 years of experience in mortgage lending and real estate brokerage, offering personalized guidance and addressing the specific home-buying needs of his community. Cooke and his team provide a range of services from assisting first-time homebuyers as they make the leap from renting to owning, to supporting homeowners in their refinancing or renovation goals.

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“Assisting first-time homebuyers who need personalized guidance through the home buying process and buyers unsure of their options given their current credit situation, are my specialty,” said Cooke. “I take pride in simplifying the home buying process and providing all of the information a buyer should have to come to the best decision for their specific and individualized needs.”

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Cooke can be reached at or at the Castle & Cooke Mortgage Danielson branch, located at 7 Center Street, Danielson, CT 06239.

Castle & Cooke Mortgage Launches Consumer Direct Team

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC launched its new Consumer Direct team, designed to improve retention of clients in the company’s expansive servicing portfolio and ensure the mortgage needs of all Castle & Cooke Mortgage’s current borrowers are being met. In addition to portfolio retention activities, the new consumer direct team will originate loans to consumers across Castle & Cooke Mortgage’s extensive nationwide footprint.

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With loan originators licensed in all states in which Castle & Cooke Mortgage does business, the team is able to accommodate clients across the country, providing them with access to conventional, FHA, VA and USDA purchase and refinance loans, renovation loans, energy-efficient mortgages, zero down payment options and other loan programs.

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The new, rapidly-growing team of highly experienced loan originators is led by Matthew Keyworth (NMLS #254513), who joined the company in late 2016 as managing director of consumer direct sales. Matthew brings over 15 years of mortgage industry experience working for national lenders, most recently serving as vice president of retail sales and channel management for PennyMac. He has overseen the funding of billions of dollars in residential loans and helped other call centers and consumer direct groups grow exponentially during his career.

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“I was attracted by the chance to start and grow a consumer direct team to help defend Castle & Cooke Mortgage’s portfolio and take advantage of other opportunities that only a team like this can provide,” said Keyworth. “Moreover, I appreciate the fact that the company is an established purchase lender with a broad product offering to accommodate the diverse needs of today’s homebuyers.”

“Matthew’s experience in mortgage servicing portfolio defense and his familiarity working with multiple departments to improve business processes and ensure an optimal customer experience made him the ideal choice to lead our Consumer Direct team,” said company President and COO Adam Thorpe. “His leadership and the excellent team of talented originators behind him will make great strides toward Castle & Cooke Mortgage becoming an industry leader in both purchase and refinance business.”

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Lender Opens California Location

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, an independent mortgage lender with 36 locations across the United States, has opened a new branch office in Anaheim, California. Offering borrowers a full suite of loan products, Castle & Cooke’s new Orange County office will deliver exceptional customer service and the consistently fast closings for which the company is known.

Located at 2099 S. State College Boulevard, Suite 640, the Anaheim branch office will be managed by Michael Otto (NMLS# 740162).  Otto has nearly 20 years of mortgage banking experience in Southern California, with several past management roles at large financial institutions, including Carrington Mortgage Services and Pacific Mercantile Bank.

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“With Michael’s leadership and experience, an exceptional team of mortgage professionals and the company’s advanced lending platform, there is plenty of excitement surrounding the new Anaheim branch,” said Jim Mitchell, Castle & Cooke Mortgage’s Southern California’s regional manager. “Michael and his team will expand the company’s market share by providing customers with superior service while working hand in hand with local real estate professionals to help Anaheim residents achieve their dream of homeownership,” he said.

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“The high demand and lower inventory in Orange County and the Southern California housing market in general frequently puts pressure on borrowers and their loan arrangements,” said Otto. “Our mortgage professionals work tirelessly to alleviate that pressure by offering customers the speed, knowledge and flexibility required to make their homeownership dreams a reality. Successful transactions are a hallmark of the Castle & Cooke experience and we will carry on that tradition of excellence in the Anaheim branch office,” he said.