New American Funding Tops Latino Mortgage Originators List

Written by Banks Editorial Team
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Written by Banks Editorial Team
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New American Funding Tops Latino Mortgage Originators List: With a total of 31,380 closed mortgages and $8.14 billion in mortgage sales, the Top 250 Latino Mortgage Originators List for 2019 is an elite group. New American Funding producers dominated the non-depository institutions featured on the list with 29 individual mortgage originators honored.

New American Funding was ranked No. 1 on the non-depositories and No. 2 overall, based on the number of NAF mortgage originators who earned a position on the list. Since 2003, New American Funding has helped borrowers with non-traditional backgrounds, needs and credit histories by using manual underwriting to help determine their creditworthiness. The company’s mortgage professionals have been featured highly in past years on the Top 250 List.

New American Funding’s Top Mortgage Originators on the NAHREP List

With 29 mortgage professionals on the Top 250 list, New American Funding is responsible for millions of dollars in mortgage sales for Latino families just in 2019.

Candace Buzan from Round Rock, Texas was No. 2 on the Top 250 list, recording an incredible 788 transactions. She was also the No. 1 mortgage originator in volume, with $221,152,224 in sales. Buzan has been a branch manager and senior loan officer for New American Funding since January 2018, with more than 12 years in the mortgage industry.

Also in the top 50 of the 2019 Top 250 Latino Mortgage Originators List: New American Funding’s Tania Guzman of El Paso, Texas, at No. 16 with 236 transactions and more than $33 million in volume; and Daniel Estrada of Bakersfield, Calif., at No. 40 with 176 transactions.

Rounding out New American Funding‘s mortgage professionals in the top 100 of the list are No. 54 Steven Badovinac of Greenwood Village, Colo., with 152 transactions; No. 62 Kevin Garcia of Tustin, Calif., with 141 transactions; and No. 77 Patrick Guerra of El Paso, Texas, with 120 transactions.

All of the 29 New American Funding’s mortgage originators who made the list:

  • 2. Candace Buzan, Round Rock, TX
  • 16. Tania Guzman, El Paso, TX
  • 40. Daniel Estrada, Bakersfield, CA
  • 54. Steven Badovinac, Greenwood Village, CO
  • 62. Kevin Garcia, Tustin, CA
  • 77. Patrick Guerra, El Paso, TX
  • 110. Martha C. Moller-Knight, Tustin, CA
  • 112. Monique Sanchez, Tustin, CA
  • 127. Oscar Reto, Charlotte, NC
  • 130. Fernando Arboleda, Sherman Oaks, CA
  • 135. Miguel Mouriz, Orlando, FL
  • 138. Christine Eskina, Temecula, CA
  • 139. Sammy Lopez, Tustin, CA
  • 140. Luis Caicedo, Greenville, SC
  • 157. Dalia Lemus, West Covina, CA
  • 163. Neil Orozco, Tustin, CA
  • 165. Pam Rios, Atlanta, GA
  • 170. Griselda Gomez, Long Beach, CA
  • 171. Michael Luna, Riverside, CA
  • 180. Claudia Arias, Las Vegas, NV
  • 189. Andrew Gallegos, Lakewood, CO
  • 195. Jon Gonzalez, St. Louis, MO
  • 198. Andrew Pasillas, Tustin, CA
  • 207. Romel Meza, Downey, CA
  • 221. Dan Villagrana, Newark, DE
  • 237. Denice Herrera, El Paso, TX
  • 245. Berta Ramirez, El Paso, TX
  • T250. Candi Lopez, El Paso, TX
  • T250. Luis Ferrer, Kissimmee, FL

These 29 honorees and the others on the Top 250 list will be recognized at NAHREP’s National Convention in San Diego this September.

About the NAHREP Top 250 Latino Mortgage Originators List

The Top 250 list, which identifies those individuals who did the most to further the goal of sustainable Hispanic homeownership, is presented each year by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP®). In 2019, more than 800 mortgage originators competed for one of these top spots.

“NAHREP is proud to recognize the top Latino loan professionals in the country who make the dream of homeownership a reality for thousands of families each year,” said 2019 NAHREP President David Acosta.

Acosta also explained that real estate agents helping Latino families to purchase homes must be able to get deals done, and they rely on mortgage originators like those at New American Funding to provide timely and superior service. Access to affordable mortgages is one of the reasons why the Hispanic home ownership rate has grown four years in a row.

The 2019 report, which was sponsored by Freddie Mac, ranks individual mortgage originators for their work in promoting Latino homeownership using criteria that includes number of transactions and dollar volume. This is the fifth year for the report, which was created by NAHREP after its Top 250 Latino Agents Award increased in popularity and members expressed interest in recognizing key performers in other parts of the real estate industry.

“It takes the entire ecosystem, working together, to overcome barriers to homeownership,” said Freddie Mac’s Senior VP of Affordable Lending and Access to Credit, Danny Gardner. “These top producers serve as trusted advisors for borrowers, and we’re here to support their efforts in creating new pathways for accessible and affordable housing.”

Of those named to the Top 250 list, only 6.3% are over age 52. Eighty-one percent have at least 11 years of experience. As well, nearly all the awardees — 92.2% — are bilingual.

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