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  • IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Commerce Home Mortgage, LLC (“Commerce”) – the wholly owned subsidiary of The Capital Corps, LLC – announced today that it has become a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLB).

    This achievement marks a significant milestone for Commerce, as it is now the only independent mortgage company that is approved with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae; certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI); and a member of the FHLB.

    Commerce Home Mortgage is now a member of Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB). This achievement is significant for Commerce as it is now the only independent mortgage company that is approved with FNMA, FHLMC & GNMA; certified as a CDFI; & a member of the FHLB.

    “Our membership in the Federal Home Loan Banking system offers us many of the benefits traditionally enjoyed by banks. Commerce now offers a truly differentiated platform for top mortgage originators. As we move forward, we expect that our FHLB membership will enable us to expand the spectrum of proprietary mortgage products which we are able to offer borrowers,” Ted Ray, President of Commerce, said.

    The FHLB seeks to enable families and individuals of all income levels to obtain quality housing and become homeowners by providing products and services that help its member financial institutions expand the availability of mortgage credit, compete more effectively in their markets, and foster strong and vibrant communities through community and economic development. The FHLB’s financial products and services are recognized as among the most cost-effective and versatile in the industry, as the FHLB is able to raise funds at rates that are close to Treasury security yields.

    “Commerce’s FHLB membership will allow us to do great things for diverse, underserved borrowers and communities by expanding relationships with and providing good loans to minority and underbanked borrowers. Our mission, as the Commerce Home Mortgage Advisory Board, is to ensure that Commerce appropriately meets the needs of the underserved and supports innovative affordable housing initiatives that revitalizes communities. Being a FHLB member with the ability to utilize the FHLB’s full suite of products and services will help Commerce do just that!” stated Faith Bautista, Chair of Commerce’s Community Advisory Board and Chief Executive Officer of the National Diversity Coalition.

    Commerce provides a full range of both traditional and non-traditional mortgage programs. Its newly launched, proprietary portfolio products are perfectly suited for prime borrowers who are underbanked, self-employed or require flexible, common sense underwriting of the loan.

    About Commerce Home Mortgage, LLC

    Commerce Home Mortgage, founded in 1994, is a national mortgage banking company that is certified by the United States Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution, and is a non-bank member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.

    For more information: http://www.commercehomemortgage.com/

    About The Capital Corps, LLC

    The Capital Corps, founded in 2017 in partnership with the National Diversity Coalition, seeks to give credit to the American dream by expanding access to capital to prime, underbanked borrowers. The Capital Corps is certified by the United States Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution and oversees its wholly-owned subsidiary, Commerce Home Mortgage.

    For more information: http://www.thecapitalcorps.com/

    Contacts

    Commerce Home Mortgage, LLC
    Kristie Berg
    mediarelations@commercemtg.com

  • U.S. Department of Treasury Awards The Capital Corps Community Development Financial Institution Certification

    Newly founded Capital Corps led by former Banc of California execs

    • The Capital Corps announces the closing of its previously announced acquisition of Commerce Home Mortgage and the strategic expansion of CHM's retail branch network and mortgage banking team. • The Capital Corps sets third quarter 2018 launch for flagship portfolio lending product to serve the needs of non-traditional prime borrowers. .

    IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Capital Corps, LLC (“The Capital Corps”) announced today that it has been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”) by the United States Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund. As a CDFI, The Capital Corps is now eligible to apply for membership to the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, to participate in the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, to qualify for certain regulatory exemptions relating to consumer and mortgage lending, and to enable its banking partners to receive expanded Community Reinvestment Act credit. .

    The Capital Corps’ Executive Chair, Steven Sugarman, stated “Certification as a Community Development Financial Institution marks an important milestone for The Capital Corps and will allow us to increase access to credit to those pursuing their American Dream. Following our launch six months ago, The Capital Corps has quickly grown its ranks to over two hundred fifty employees who are proud to fund over $1 billion in prime loans each year to qualified borrowers who remain invisible to traditional banks.” .

    The Capital Corps also announced today the closing of its previously announced acquisition of Commerce Home Mortgage (“Commerce”), which will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Capital Corps. Commerce was founded in 1994 and is licensed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae as well as eleven states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia. .

    Jeff Seabold, Vice Chair of The Capital Corps, stated “We are focused on ensuring that Commerce Home Mortgage provides a compelling platform for top mortgage bankers. Our CDFI certification will enable Commerce’s loan officers to expand their production by serving a broader universe of prime borrowers. We also continue to focus on enhancing Commerce’s people, technology, and proprietary lending products to ensure that Commerce offers a scalable platform built for growth.” .

    Commerce also announced today the hiring of key, growth-oriented mortgage banking executives including Janet Hargreaves, James Sherriff, and Rick Cossano to support the strategic expansion of Commerce’s retail origination channel. Commerce’s Founder Scott Simonich and Chief Executive Officer Mario De Tomasi continue as owners and executives of The Capital Corps and Commerce. .

    Mr. De Tomasi and Scott Simonich stated, “Commerce Home Mortgage has provided residential mortgage solutions to diverse homeowners for nearly twenty-five years. Joining forces with The Capital Corps and earning our certification as a CDFI strengthens our balance sheet, improves our liquidity, and enhances our loan officers’ ability to offer innovative portfolio lending solutions to our borrowers. Personally, we are thrilled to join The Capital Corps and believe it will benefit all Commerce employees. This transaction furthers our goal of ensuring Commerce remains a distinctive platform for top mortgage bankers seeking to grow their business.” .

    The Capital Corps’ Community Advisory Board is comprised of representatives of the underserved communities it serves. The Chair of the Community Advisory Board is The Capital Corps’ Co-Founder Faith Bautista. Ms. Bautista is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Diversity Coalition, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Asian American Coalition, and a Presidential appointee to the U.S. Treasury’s CDFI Fund Community Advisory Board. .

    Ms. Bautista said, “The American Dream inspires us to pursue opportunities to improve our lives and provide for our families and communities. Economic empowerment and access to capital is the oxygen that makes American Dreams possible. The National Diversity Coalition is proud to work with The Capital Corps to expand and strengthen access to capital across America and to empower more American Dreams.” .

    The Capital Corps will launch its flagship non-traditional prime mortgage product through Commerce’s retail channel beginning in the third quarter of 2018. .

    About The Capital Corps, LLC .

    The Capital Corps, LLC empowers diverse small businesses, entrepreneurs and homeowners to pursue their dreams by expanding access to prime capital for non-traditional borrowers. The Capital Corps focuses on lending secured by residential real estate and provides credit counseling services to its borrowers. The Capital Corps has partnerships with the National Diversity Coalition, the National Asian American Coalition, and diverse community leaders who actively participate in the lending process through their Community Advisory Board to ensure its lending programs appropriately reflect the needs of the communities it serves. The Capital Corps’ team is led by its Founders Steven Sugarman and Faith Bautista and co-Founder Jeffrey Seabold. For more information: http://www.thecapitalcorps.com .

    About Commerce Home Mortgage, LLC .

    Commerce Home Mortgage was founded in 1994 and is based in San Ramon, California. CHM originates home mortgages through its 25 lending offices located in California, Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Georgia. It provides home mortgage financing services and offers conventional loans that include fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages. CHM also provides government loans that include federal housing administration loans; VA home loan that are used for various different purposes, including purchasing or building a new home, refinancing a current mortgage, repairing or improving existing home, or installing home efficiency measures; and U.S. Department of Agriculture loans to farmers and other qualified borrowers with low to moderate incomes. In addition, it offers non-traditional prime loans, jumbo loans, reverse mortgages, and loans for foreign nationals. For more information: http://www.commercehomemortgage.com

  • The Capital Corps, LLC (“The Capital Corps”) announced today that it has signed and closed a strategic investment in Commerce Home Mortgage (“CHM”), a California based mortgage banking company.

    CHM, which was founded in 1993, is licensed to lend in 26 states through its 25 retail offices and its wholesale channel. As part of the transaction, Mario De Tomasi, Chief Executive Officer of CHM, has joined the executive team of The Capital Corps. Mr. De Tomasi and CHM Founder Scott Simonich have also become strategic investors in The Capital Corps.

    Steven Sugarman, Founder of The Capital Corps, stated, “We are thrilled to work with Mario, Scott and the Commerce Home Mortgage team. CHM is a strong lender that works on behalf of its employees, borrowers and partners. This transaction will allow The Capital Corps to become the leading lender for underserved, prime homeowners. We now expect our home mortgage originations to exceed $2 billion next year.”

    The Capital Corps’ will offer proprietary lending programs through CHM. The Capital Corps target borrowers come from the 27% of the U.S. population the FDIC identifies as underbanked who are unable to obtain loans from banks due to overly burdensome or technical documentation requirements that do not reflect on the borrower’s true credit-worthiness. These non-traditional borrowers too often are forced to use subprime and hard money sources to finance their prime credit needs due to their inability to access traditional sources of capital. The Capital Corps programs and solutions that will seek to address the needs of these non-traditional prime borrowers are expected to launch during the first quarter of 2018.

    Jeffrey Seabold, co-Founder of The Capital Corps, stated “I have been impressed with Commerce Home Mortgage for quite some time and I look forward to helping CHM realize its goal of becoming the home for the best brokers, originators, and partners in the industry.”

    Seabold continued, “We expect Commerce Home Mortgage to become the preferred lender for non-traditional prime borrowers. We now have the platform, relationships, and team to address this significant market void effectively.”

    Mr. De Tomasi stated “Over the past 25 years, CHM has provided a strong platform for loan officers to serve the needs of diverse homeowners. By joining forces with The Capital Corps, we will now be able to offer proprietary programs on our platform which will enable CHM to grow its business more quickly and prudently. I am excited to partner with Steven and Jeff and welcome both of them to the Board of CHM. Likewise, I am thrilled to work with Faith Bautista and the National Diversity Coalition as CHM continues to finance the dreams of America’s diverse populations.”

    National Diversity Coalition President Faith Bautista, who serves as Chair of The Capital Corps’ Community Advisory Board, stated that “I am thrilled to partner with Commerce Home Mortgage – a company that understands and implements effective corporate responsibility and community development activities. Our membership is eager to support CHM and its brokers to increase access to capital to credit worthy borrowers of underserved communities. We look forward to connecting Commerce with banking partners and others who can help develop the products to better serve underserved communities.”

    About Commerce Home Mortgage, INC

    Commerce Home Mortgage, Inc. was incorporated in 1993 and is based in San Ramon, California. CHM originates home mortgages through its 25 lending offices located in California, Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Georgia. It provides home mortgage financing services and offers conventional loans that include fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages. CHM also provides government loans that include federal housing administration loans; VA home loan that are used for various different purposes, including purchasing or building a new home, refinancing a current mortgage, repairing or improving existing home, or installing home efficiency measures; and U.S. Department of Agriculture loans to farmers and other qualified borrowers with low to moderate incomes. In addition, it offers jumbo loans for large or luxury properties; reverse mortgages and loans for foreign nationals. For more information: http://www.commercehomemortgage.com/

    About The Capital Corps, LLC

    The Capital Corps, LLC empowers diverse small businesses, entrepreneurs and homeowners to pursue their dreams by expanding access to prime capital for non-traditional borrowers. The Capital Corps focuses on lending secured by residential real estate and provides credit counselling services to its borrowers. The Capital Corps has partnerships with the National Diversity Coalition and the National Asian American Coalition and community leaders to actively participate in the lending process through their Community Advisory Board to ensure its lending programs appropriately reflect the needs of the communities it serves. The Capital Corps’ team is led by its Founders Steven Sugarman and Faith Bautista and co-Founder Jeffrey Seabold. For more information: http://www.thecapitalcorps.com

    About The National Diversity Coalition

    The National Diversity Coalition is an official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which is comprised of community organizers, faith-based leaders, nonprofit directors, and business owners working collectively for greater financial equality and empowerment for underserved groups. Together we work with corporate and government leaders to advocate for greater opportunities in homeownership, small business, and financial literacy for all people.

    About The National Asian American Coalition

    The National Asian American Coalition is a 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization, a HUD Approved Home Counseling agency and an IRS approved VITA site. Our primary mission is to empower twenty million Asian Americans and two million Asian American small businesses to become a national economic powerhouse. The NAAC is the nation’s leading Asian American nonprofit advocating against foreclosures, advocating for greater economic and small business development and in advancing the growing economic and social power of Asian Americans. For more information: http://www.naac.org/

  • Founders Steven Sugarman and Faith Bautista announced today the launch of The Capital Corps, LLC (“The Capital Corps”), a California based financial institution focused on providing access to capital to diverse homeowners and small businesses, including those with non-traditional prime credit needs currently unserved by banks and traditional financial institutions. Mr. Sugarman and Ms. Bautista will be joined by co-Founder Jeffrey Seabold and an experienced team of bankers and lenders to serve this marketplace.

    • Prime lender to expand access to capital for homeowners and small businesses, including those with non-traditional credit needs unable to borrow directly from banks.

    • Announces leadership team led by former Banc of California executives Steven Sugarman (Founder, Chairman, CEO), Jeffrey Seabold (co-Founder, Vice-Chairman, Chief Banking Officer), Paul Simmons (Chief Credit Officer), Thedora Nickel (Chief Administrative Officer), Janet Hargreaves (Management Information Systems), and Raquel Gillett (Financial Controls).

    • Announces community advisory board led by Faith Bautista (CEO, National Diversity Coalition (“NDC”) and National Asian American Coalition (“NAAC”)), Jin Sung (Chair, NDC), Jeff Lim (Co-Chair, NAAC), Pastor Mark Whitlock (COR AME Church), and Gil Vasquez (Chair, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce).

    LOS ANGELES--()--Founders Steven Sugarman and Faith Bautista announced today the launch of The Capital Corps, LLC (“The Capital Corps”), a California based financial institution focused on providing access to capital to diverse homeowners and small businesses, including those with non-traditional prime credit needs currently unserved by banks and traditional financial institutions. Mr. Sugarman and Ms. Bautista will be joined by co-Founder Jeffrey Seabold and an experienced team of bankers and lenders to serve this marketplace. Additionally, The Capital Corps made the following announcements today:

    • The Capital Corps has formed strategic partnerships with the National Diversity Coalition and the National Asian American Coalition to expand the reach of its programs and ensure the programs are appropriately tailored to the needs of their members.
    • The Capital Corps has appointed Faith Bautista as Chair of its Community Advisory Board and named Jin Sung, Jeff Lim, Pastor Mark Whitlock and Gil Vasquez founding members.
       

    “The launch of The Capital Corps is the realization of a commitment I was proud to announce alongside President Clinton, Mayor Villaraigosa, and the California Reinvestment Coalition in 2015. We pledged to collaborate with community leaders to create a lending platform focused on providing access to capital to credit-worthy borrowers who need it most. Our goal was to reshape lending under the Community Reinvestment Act to be more impactful to underserved communities with better risk adjusted returns for banks. It gives me great pride today to make good on that commitment.” Said Mr. Sugarman.

    Mr. Seabold stated, “The Capital Corps will focus on ensuring its lending platform is scalable, financially strong and the leader in non-traditional prime lending. We seek to meaningfully expand access to capital to the over $100 billion of diverse borrowers that are currently unserved by banks.”

    To ensure The Capital Corps has robust financial strength and stability, we will seek certification as a community development financial institution by the U.S. Department of Treasury and membership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.

    Mr. Sugarman continued, “Employees, borrowers, and the diverse communities we serve must know that their lenders will be there to finance their homes and businesses during all seasons and all cycles, and will not cut and run over short term pressures. The Capital Corps team has demonstrated their commitment to the communities we serve over the long haul. We have set up our governance and structure to maximize our ability to serve all borrowers safely and soundly for decades to come. We couldn’t be more excited to be recruiting partners – capital, community, employee, and strategic – who are authentic, passionate, and mission-driven.”

    Founder Faith Bautista, Chief Executive Officer of the National Diversity Coalition, remarked: “I have worked for years to find ways to encourage hundreds of banks to expand their community development efforts to low income and minority communities that are left out of the system. Steven Sugarman was the rare bank CEO who found innovative ways to help our members while ensuring his bank was protected and profitable. That is why he was the first banker who earned the National Diversity Coalition’s highest honor: The Giraffe Award. The award is given to the person willing to stick their neck out for the benefit of doing the right thing for the community. He has the integrity, community commitment, and financial experience that we need. We are grateful to partner with Steven and his team for the benefit of the diverse borrowers who are currently left underserved by traditional banks.”

    Jeff Lim, CEO of Island Pacific Supermarkets and Co-Chair of NAAC, stated “Mr. Sugarman and Mr. Seabold helped me grow Island Pacific into the second largest Filipino supermarket in the country through their lending, advise and support. I am thrilled to partner with them to expand access to capital to the next generation of minority owned businesses and entrepreneurs, and to attract capital and build operations in a sound, scalable way.”

    In order to ensure that The Capital Corps appropriately meets the evolving needs of the diverse borrowers and communities it serves, it has launched a Community Advisory Board that will provide oversight and advice relating to portfolio lending programs, servicing strategies, and client acquisition and outreach.

    The Capital Corps will serve non-traditional prime borrowers by returning to more traditional methods of underwriting residential real estate focusing on the 5-C’s of credit – including a borrower’s character. In its credit decisions, The Capital Corps will place special emphasis on the borrower’s character as opposed to narrow service-bureau-driven credit analytics deployed by banks during the recent credit crisis. The Capital Corps will partner with banks who wish to promote community development goals through lending to underserved communities including low income individuals and communities, borrowers with limited access to capital including African-Americans, Hispanics, underserved Asian populations, women-only borrowers, and borrowers with limited relevant credit histories.

    About The Capital Corps, LLC

    The Capital Corps, LLC empowers diverse small businesses, entrepreneurs and homeowners to pursue their dreams by expanding access to prime capital for non-traditional borrowers. The Capital Corps focuses on lending secured by residential real estate and provides credit counseling services to its borrowers. The Capital Corps has partnerships with the National Diversity Coalition and the National Asian American Coalition and community leaders to actively participate in the lending process through their Community Advisory Board to ensure its lending programs appropriately reflect the needs of the communities it serves. The Capital Corps’ team is led by its Founders Steven Sugarman and Faith Bautista and co-Founder Jeffrey Seabold. For more information: http://www.thecapitalcorps.com

    About The National Diversity Coalition

    The National Diversity Coalition is an official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which is comprised of community organizers, faith-based leaders, nonprofit directors, and business owners working collectively for greater financial equality and empowerment for underserved groups. Together we work with corporate and government leaders to advocate for greater opportunities in homeownership, small business, and financial literacy for all people. For more informationhttp://www.nationaldiversitycoalition.org

  • Commerce Home Mortgage (“CHM”) announced today that it has closed a strategic investment from The Capital Corps, LLC (“The Capital Corps”) a California based financial institution led by former Banc of California Founder Steven Sugarman and National Diversity Coalition Chief Executive Officer Faith Bautista. As part of the transaction, the Capital Corps’ Founder Steven Sugarman and co-founder Jeffrey Seabold have joined the Board of CHM. Mario De Tomasi, Chief Executive Officer of CHM, stated “CHM has made significant investments in its infrastructure to enable it to scale its retail business over the next several years.

    – The Capital Corps closes strategic investment into Commerce Home Mortgage to further joint mission of expanding access to capital for diverse homeowners.

    – The Capital Corps’ Founder Steven Sugarman and co-Founder Jeffrey Seabold join Board of Commerce Home Mortgage. Commerce Home Mortgage CEO Mario De Tomasi joins executive team of The Capital Corps.

    NOVEMBER 7, 2017 (IRVINE, CA) Commerce Home Mortgage (“CHM”) announced today that it has closed a strategic investment from The Capital Corps, LLC (“The Capital Corps”) a California based financial institution led by former Banc of California Founder Steven Sugarman and National Diversity Coalition Chief Executive Officer Faith Bautista. As part of the transaction, the Capital Corps’ Founder Steven Sugarman and co-founder Jeffrey Seabold have joined the Board of CHM. Mario De Tomasi, Chief Executive Officer of CHM, stated “CHM has made significant investments in its infrastructure to enable it to scale its retail business over the next several years. Today is the perfect time to partner with Steve, Jeff, and their colleagues. This deal will enable CHM to grow its business more quickly and prudently and to better serve its borrowers. We are also thrilled to work with Faith Bautista and the National Diversity Coalition to ensure we finance the dreams of all of America’s diverse populations.” CHM, which was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in California, is licensed to lend in 26 states through its 25 retail offices and its wholesale channel. CHM CEO Mario De Tomasi will continue in his current role as well as assume an executive role at Capital Corps as part of the transaction. Mr. De Tomasi and CHM Founder Scott Simonich have also become strategic investors in The Capital Corps. “We are thrilled to work with the team at Commerce Home Mortgage. Their values, commitment and platform are enabling the CHM to be a compelling lender that works for its employees, borrowers and partners,” said Sugarman, “I look forward to helping expand the platform to include proprietary products and to help CHM better serve the needs of their borrowers.” Jeffrey Seabold continued “I have been impressed with Commerce Home Mortgage for quite some time and am excited to join their Board. I look forward to helping CHM ensure it is recognized as the home for the best brokers, originators, and partners in the industry.” The Capital Corps’ will offer proprietary lending products through Commerce Home Mortgage that focus on expanding homeownership for non-traditional prime borrowers currently unserved by banks and traditional lenders. These programs are expected to launch during the first quarter

  • Founders Faith Bautista and Steven Sugarman announced completion of a record equity capital raise at the 14th Annual National Asian American Coalition Conference on October 20, 2017.

    LOS ANGELES--()--Faith Bautista, President of the National Diversity Coalition (“NDC”) and National Asian American Coalition (“NAAC”), announced today a partnership with private investors and banking professionals, led by Steven Sugarman, to launch a lending platform to finance underserved homeowners and small businesses. This venture will seek to finance prime borrowers that are currently unserved by banks and other traditional financial institutions. It is estimated that this diverse population of borrowers currently accounts for over $100 billion in annual credit-worthy lending opportunities that is unable to access traditional sources of capital.

    “It has been my dream to help enable these underserved and minority homeowners get the credit they deserve at rates they can afford. This will be the gold standard of community development. I am thrilled to have partnered with Steven Sugarman and his experienced team of executives,” said Faith Bautista.

    Ms. Bautista, who recently received a Presidential appointment to serve on the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Advisory Board, will Chair the venture’s Community Advisory Board (the “CAB”) to represent the interests of underserved and minority borrowers and to ensure they receive equitable access to capital and credit counseling services. Vice-Chairs of the CAB will include Pastor Mark Whitlock, Gil Vasquez, NDC Chair Jin Sung, and NAAC Co-Chair Jeff Lim.

    “For community development to be successful, it must be collaborative, profitable, and prudent,” Ms. Bautista continued.

    Founding investors – led by Jeffrey Seabold, Mario De Tomasi, Scott Simonich, Marshall Geller and Lawrence Taylor – have committed to provide $20 million in equity to the venture, which will seek federal certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”) and membership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. This represents the largest ever equity capital raise to launch a new, non-bank CDFI since the founding of the program in 1994.

    “These socially responsible investors are to be commended for their commitment to providing prudent financing to underserved, but credit-worthy borrowers. This lending partnership is innovative, important, and just beginning. As the state legislature recently stated, California has a shortage of two million affordable homes. The efforts of NDC and NAAC alongside their partners are poised to creatively reduce this lack of affordable homeownership,” said Bob Gnaizda, General Counsel of the NDC and NAAC.

    “I am proud to be joined by a strong, passionate, and growing team of banking and lending professionals with the experience and track record to lead this venture and maximize its impact over time,” said Sugarman. “We are excited to continue working to empower the dreams of California’s diverse homeowners and small businesses by providing much needed access to prime capital to nontraditional borrowers. This is a huge, attractive market that has been overlooked and ignored for nearly a decade; it will no longer be.”

    The venture will focus on meeting the credit needs of the unbanked and underbanked such as low income, minority -- including African-Americans, Hispanics, and Southeast Asians -- and women.

    Background

    Following the 2009 recession, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act to reform the financial system including to establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”). In 2013, the CFPB implemented Regulation Z, Truth in Lending, which sought to prevent predatory lending and to ensure lenders had a reasonable expectation of repayment by each borrower at the time a mortgage loan was made.

    The rate of homeownership has seen a material decline from its peak in 2008, as lenders have tightened lending underwriting standards to conform to Regulation Z, making more sound credit decisions and eliminating potentially predatory lending practices. While much of this decline in homeownership was an appropriate result of more prudent lending, the CFPB recognized that Regulation Z had the risk of reducing financing for credit-worthy borrowers in need of non-traditional underwriting methods. To do so they provided certain exemptions to organizations including CDFIs to enable thoughtful approaches to providing access to capital to these credit-worthy, underbanked borrowers. In fact, the rate of homeownership now stands several percent below its long-term average homeownership rates during the decade preceding the recent real estate bubble and great recession. This reflects a potential reduction in lending to homeowners of approximately $100 billion annually below the long-term averages.

    According to The Urban Institute, the tightening of the mainstream mortgage market since the recession prevented 5.2 million mortgages between 2009 and 2014. As the market looks to responsibly expand access to credit, special considerations should be provided for groups that are underbanked to help bridge them into the standard banking system.

    Community Development Financial Institutions have attempted to close the gap in lending to these underserved communities, but have not historically had the financial resources to meet the size of the challenge. For instance, California based non-bank CDFI’s made less than $2 billion in total home loans in 2016, most of which were loans made to be sold to third parties pursuant to U.S. Government and Agency programs (e.g., Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA). This has left unaddressed the needs of a significant population of borrowers who do not fit within the narrow confines of these programs. The NDC and NAAC believes that many of these borrowers are prime credits requiring loans with low loan-to-values (the loan-to-value measures the amount of the loan in comparison to the value of the house being financed). As co-Founder Seabold noted: “There exists significant unmet demand in California and nationally from underbanked, minority and women borrowers for low LTV, prime mortgage loans. This need can be met in a sound and prudent manner.”

    The NDC and NAAC will continue to seek partnerships with social impact investors, banks, and other corporations to help address this critical need and to better serve the over 25% of the population that the FDIC has deemed unbanked or underbanked.

  • SAN RAMON, CA – February 3rd, 2015 – Commerce Home Mortgage (www.commercemtg.com), a leading provider of home mortgage financing, announced today that Faramarz Moeen-Ziai has accepted the position of Senior Vice President – National Sales and Production to further develop the growing team of loan officers across the nation. Faramarz has been a top producer with Commerce Home Mortgage for the past decade where he effectively leveraged the company’s industry leading technology, tools, and resources originating in excess of $100m annually as a Loan Officer. Before he joined Commerce Home Mortgage, Faramarz owned and operated a web development company in San Diego. He holds a degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego.

    “Commerce Home Mortgage has built a sales machine and culture that is second to none,” said Faramarz. “By working closely with our great staff to maximize efficiency and productivity, we have created an environment where everyone can really thrive. I truly look forward to sharing this with best and brightest in the business.”

    Scott Simonich, Founder and CEO of Commerce Home Mortgage, added “We are confident Faramarz will make an immediate and substantive impact for all our originators. His unique understanding of technology and mortgages along with his ability to communicate effectively makes him the perfect selection for this vital role. We look forward to seeing Faramarz build on the solid foundation already in place to help all of our loan officers be as successful as possible.”

  • SAN RAMON, CA – January 26, 2015 – Commerce Home Mortgage (www.commercemtg.com), a leading provider of home mortgage financing, continued its national expansion with the openings of six new branch offices in California, Arizona and Florida in 2014. Commerce Home Mortgage opened three new branch locations in California (one in Hanford, one in Fresno, and one in Walnut Creek), one new location in Arizona (Scottsdale), and two new locations in Florida (Aventura and Miami). With the opening of the new California and Arizona locations, Commerce Home Mortgage further strengthened its presence on the West Coast, increasing the total number of its West Coast branch offices to 20 (15 in California, 3 in Colorado, one in Arizona, and one in Nevada). The opening of the two new branch office locations in Florida is Commerce Home Mortgage’s first entry into the Florida market and gives the company a solid base in the Southeast from which it expects to grow. All of the new branch offices opened by Commerce Home Mortgage in 2014 will provide additional capacity for sales and support in the new locations to keep up with increased demand.

    “Commerce Home Mortgage’s new branch locations will allow us to strengthen our coverage and leadership across the West Coast and now in Florida and in the Southeast,” said Mario De Tomasi, Chief Financial Officer for Commerce Home Mortgage. “Our goal is to continue to grow in our existing territories and expand into other states while maintaining the high quality of service and attention to our clients that we are known for. We are excited about the growth we are experiencing and the expansion represents a commitment to continue to build on the success of our team.”

    In addition to the six new branch locations opened in 2014, Commerce Home Mortgage is planning to open a new location in Berkeley, CA the first quarter of 2015.

  • SAN RAMON, CA – January 5, 2015 – Commerce Home Mortgage, a leading provider of home mortgage financing, and Balboa Pacific Insurance Services , a provider of property, casualty, life, health and business insurance, have announced a partnership to offer customized combinations of their complimentary services to customers.

    Benefits of the partnership include the ability to better understand their respective clients’ total financial picture and insurance needs and to deliver customized “best fit” insurance products and services to clients at competitive prices. Balboa Pacific is a trusted insurance consultant that provides “A-rated” insurance products through some of the largest and most respected US insurance carriers. They guide their clients to secure the best possible coverage for all areas of their life and manage their full portfolio of insurance products efficiently through one company. As a result of the partnership, Commerce Home Mortgage will begin offering Balboa Pacific’s services early in the loan origination process, making it easy and convenient for their clients to obtain the best and most cost-effective homeowner insurance coverage to match their needs.

    “It makes a lot of sense to be able to offer this personalized service to Commerce Home Mortgages’ customers,” said Mario De Tomasi, Chief Financial Officer of Commerce Home Mortgage. “Our goal is make the entire lending process, and all of the needs that accompany it, as easy and convenient as possible,” De Tomasi said.

    Balboa Pacific was founded in 2013 by insurance and mortgage industry veteran Joe Stanovich in Irvine, California and provides a wide array of insurance services, such as Auto, Home, Commercial, Life, Health, Flood, Condominium and Renters insurance. After many years working in both the insurance and mortgage industries, Mr. Stanovich saw the opportunity to provide value to clients by providing a high quality one-stop shop with excellent customer service for all insurance needs at the same price point as “A rated” carriers. 
    “I am excited to deliver a variety of the same great insurance products and rates from many of the large insurance carriers all in one place, with the seasoned expertise, extra care and customer service strategy of your local agent, always available when you need them,” Stanovich said.

    Commerce Home Mortgage is headquartered in San Ramon, California and serves customers from a wide range of locations throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Florida. Since 1994, the company has funded more than $10 billion of loans, delivering highly competitive financing with the utmost attention to personal service. With a strong, stable reputation in the real estate finance industry, Commerce Home Mortgage serves the lending needs of individual homebuyers, real estate professionals and builders throughout the Western United States. Its in-house underwriting and in-house documents and funding, allows loans to be approved within hours and funded within days. 
    For more information, please visit www.commercehomemortgage.com and www.balboapacific.com.

  • SAN RAMON, CA – December 29, 2014 – Commerce Home Mortgage is pleased to announce that it has been tapped as one of Ginnie Mae’s select group of mortgage-backed securities issuers. As a two-decade veteran of the industry, Commerce is long established as a top choice for consumers throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Florida.

    “We are extremely pleased to have passed Ginnie Mae’s stringent eligibility requirements to be designated one of less than 400 approved single-family GM issuers across America,” Commerce CFO Mario DeTomasi said. “This is another step in the evolution of our company and it demonstrates our overall strengths as well as our strong commitment to providing the highest level of service at the most competitive pricing.”

    The program’s strict approval process is designed to assess a candidate’s organizational, procedural, financial and quality control processes. Having received the green light on all these aspects of its business, Commerce may now work directly with Ginnie Mae to securitize mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration and guaranteed by Veterans Affairs.
    Ginnie Mae grants approved lenders permission to provide competitive loan pricing in the secondary mortgage market.

    “As a market leader, we are excited to be able to participate in the expansion of affordable housing opportunities. We can, now more than ever, deliver on our mission to help our clients achieve their homeownership dreams” said DeTomasi.

    Originally founded in 1994 by Simonich Corporation and Bank of Walnut Creek, the company was rebranded as Commerce Home Mortgage in 2013. Since its inception, Commerce has helped thousands of clients achieve their real estate dreams. Individual homebuyers as well as real estate professionals and builders have come to rely on Commerce for its in-house underwriting, document production and funding – offerings that result in rapid approval and financing. Certified GOLD by the Green Business Bureau, Commerce is an environmentally minded firm that prioritizes sustainability through paperless workflow and eco-friendly business practices. 

  • SAN RAMON, Calif., May 7, 2014 – Commerce Home Mortgage, a national leader in real estate financing, celebrates 20 years in the mortgage financing industry this year. Rebranded as Commerce Home Mortgage in 2013, the company was founded by Simonich Corporation and Bank of Walnut Creek as BWC Mortgage Services in 1994. It has been privately owned since Bank of Walnut Creek was acquired by First Republic Bank in 2006.

    Commerce Home Mortgage weathered an industry meltdown by eliminating the practice of funding stated income and sub-prime loans, significantly reducing risk of defaults in its portfolio. By 2008, it received Full Eagle status from the Federal Housing Administration and Housing & Urban Development organizations, allowing the mortgage originator to grow its market share. In 2010, the annual loan originations of Commerce Mortgage had surpassed $825 million. Showing exponential growth by 2013, its annual originations increased to $1.8 billion in its retail division. This year, the company has entered the wholesale lending channel, headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and spearheaded by financial industry veteran, Shabi Asghar.


    “The evolution and growth of Commerce Home Mortgage over the past 20 years could not have been possible without the dedication and integrity of our team,” expressed Scott Simonich, CEO and founder of Commerce Home Mortgage, at the company’s celebratory dinner last month. “The industry intelligence of our mortgage professionals is one of the company’s assets for which I am most grateful.”

  • NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 23, 2014 – Commerce Home Mortgage, a national leader in real estate financing, is pleased to announce its wholesale division president Shabi Asghar has been elected as chapter president of the Orange County California Association of Mortgage Professionals (OC CAMP) for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

    CAMP is an organization of mortgage brokers and affiliated service providers who act as consumer advocates, linked together to create greater options in the mortgage selection process. As president of OC CAMP, Asghar will lead the organization of consumer advocates members to establish a diverse network of mortgage professionals in Orange County to make home ownership possible through a wide array of programs.

    Asghar has worked in the financial services industry since receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from California State University, Northridge in 1986. A southern California resident since 1980, Asghar aimed his focus on the mortgage industry in 1992, and became an industry wholesale division president three years later. He went on to launch and grow several successful mortgage companies, utilizing his expertise in the management of wholesale origination and production.

    “OC CAMP’s mission is completely aligned with that of Commerce Home Mortgage, so it comes as no surprise that Shabi will help lead both organizations toward their common goal,” states Scott Simonich, CEO of Commerce Home Mortgage. “Simply put, we all want to get people back into homes.”

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