LIVERMORE, CA - Local mortgage banker, Landmark Mortgage Group (LMG), a division of Opes Advisors Inc., announces the opening of their Santa Cruz branch. The branch is the third office within the LMG family, and is managed by University of California, Santa Barbara graduate Peter Gaeckle. Previously a mortgage broker, Peter has served the coastal community for the past seven years.
Source: Landmark Mortgage Group
"Because Landmark is a mortgage bank, our loan agents can take advantage of underwriting and funding in our branch. This gives them the critical speed element needed to perform on time for our clients in this very demanding market," explained Gaeckle. "Recognizing the advantages of being a mortgage banker, I decided to separate from my mortgage broker arrangement and brought a core group of mortgage advisors along to open the Santa Cruz branch.
"Considering how much contraction there has been in the mortgage industry in recent years, we feel fortunate to be expanding our operation in the midst of a challenging economy," said Landmark co-founder Rick Benitez. "We're confident Peter has the ability and the tools in place to lead the Santa Cruz branch to great success."
Landmark Mortgage Group, founded by Rick Benitez, Tony Russo and Todd Allen, is a mortgage banking firm specializing in residential lending with offices in Pleasanton and Livermore. Through the company's previous mortgage banking platform, the two branches generated over $270 million in loan volume in 2009. Loan programs available include all Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac products, jumbo mortgages, FHA, VA, as well as reverse mortgage programs.
Opes Advisors uncommon combination of investment management and mortgage banking expertise makes them uniquely qualified to help their clients understand the interaction of their real estate, real estate financing, stocks and bonds. Analyzing the interdependence of asset and debt holdings, they develop meaningful financial plans for their clients, manage their assets and deliver the right mortgages to help them meet their specific goals. In 2010 Opes Advisors was recognized as one of the "125 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area." Locations include Los Gatos, Marin, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Mateo and Eugene, Oregon.