Cornerstone Mortgage Ranked Second Among Largest Lenders in St. Louis For Fourth Consecutive Year

ST. LOUIS – Cornerstone Mortgage, a growing independent mortgage lender and a division of Guild Mortgage, has been ranked No. 2 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s annual listing of the region’s largest mortgage lenders for the fourth consecutive year. The company had total local loan volume originated in 2017 of $629.5 million.

Cornerstone had an overall loan volume of $1.0 billion in 2017 and has been the fastest growing mortgage banker in Missouri for six straight years.

“Our success is a direct result of the entrepreneurial spirit of our people and our focus on providing superior customer service,” said Angi Stevenson, Midwest regional vice president with Guild Mortgage. “Being a part of Guild has helped us provide homebuyers with more choices and additional tools to find the right mortgage solution for each customer. We recognize that providing options is more important than ever in today’s competitive lending market.”

Guild Mortgage, one of the largest independent mortgage lenders in the U.S., acquired Cornerstone Mortgage earlier this year, significantly building its presence in the Midwest. Guild is headquartered in San Diego, Calif. and has more than 4,000 employees with 344 branch and satellite offices in 29 states.

The acquisition helped Guild achieve new records in lending and servicing during the second quarter and first half of 2018. Total volume for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 reached $4.89 billion, up 15.3 percent from $4.23 billion in the second quarter of 2017, and topped the company’s previous record of $4.39 billion in the third quarter of 2017.

The strong second quarter resulted in Guild reporting record total volume for the first half of 2018 – $8.34 billion, up 14.7 percent from $7.27 billion in the 2017 period.

The top St. Louis mortgage lenders were ranked by total loan volume originated in 2017, according to an analysis that relied on ComplianceTech’s LendingPatterns.com. Only lenders with a home or branch office locally, according to FFIEC criteria, were considered for this list.

A top-10 national lender by purchase loan volume, Guild offers first-time homebuyers a wide range of loan options and personalized service. Its loan professionals can serve the needs of any homebuyer, from helping first-time homebuyers achieve homeownership, often through government loan programs, to homebuyers looking to upgrade with a jumbo loan. Guild also specializes in helping active duty and retired military personnel to secure VA loans, with 100 percent financing and flexible qualifying standards. The company is consistently recognized for its impact in the communities it serves, commitment to customer service, strength in regulatory compliance and workplace culture.