April 11, 2016 23:18 ET

First Direct Lending LLC -- Celebrates Record-Breaking Year of Achievement

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - April 11, 2016) -   First Direct Lending LLC, a leading consumer direct mortgage lender serving a broad spectrum of homeowners and buyers, has achieved a record-breaking 2015, with the company realizing massive growth in revenue, office space, and employee headcount. Commitment to providing a simple and effortless financing experience built on treating all customers with care and respect has also earned the mortgage lender multiple industry expert awards and recognitions.

Staying true to the motto "Growth Happens Here Every Day," First Direct Lending LLC helped more customers and processed more loans than ever in 2015, while substantially improving loan processing times and procedures. The company, on average, funds loans in half the time compared to industry average. In addition, the company added a new 11,000 square foot Loan Operations Center, greatly expanding the footprint of their Orange County, California headquarters. In one of its most consequential areas of growth, the mortgage lender more than doubled its employee headcount, owing partly to a key expansion into several major new U.S. markets including New York, Texas, Connecticut, and Oregon.

Due to their dedication to promoting a streamlined, yet personal, approach to the home mortgage industry, First Direct Lending LLC has received multiple honors and awards in the past year, including the most recent recognition by LendingTree, LLC as a "Top Customer-Rated Lender," an accolade based solely on customer ratings and reviews. The lender has also received outstanding feedback on comprehensive employee surveys, gaining them backing by the industry experts from the leading Orange County publications as they named First Direct Lending LLC one of the "Best Places to Work" and one of the county's "Top Workplaces in 2015", by the Orange County Business Journal and the Orange County Register respectively. The National Mortgage Professional Magazine has also listed the company as one of the "America's Top 100 Mortgage Employers," appreciating its successes on the national level. Dave Brown, President and Co-CEO of First Direct Lending, credits the achievements of 2015 to the exceptional work environment that has been built throughout the years, "Our growth and success is a direct result of having an amazing team of talented people and a company culture that allows such people to thrive."

Founded by an experienced team of entrepreneurial executives, Irvine-based First Direct Lending LLC is a leading consumer direct mortgage lender going beyond their streamlined technology and helping businesses, families, and individuals receive a simple and effortless financing experience. The company currently offers FHA, VA, Conventional, HARP and Non-QM loans, as well as refinance options to current and prospective homeowners in 24 states and prides itself on its ability to fund refinance loans in as little as 7 days. From application to post closing, First Direct Lending LLC handles every facet of the loan cycle with 100% of their loans underwritten in-house within the 24-hour guaranteed turnaround time. Its commitment to superb technology based lending and employee satisfaction has earned the mortgage lender multiple industry awards and recognitions.

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