Guild Mortgage adds top performing senior loan officer

Guild Mortgage Adds Top Performing Senior Loan Officer to Lancaster, Pennsylvania Branch

Leighann Walsh Brings 21 Years of Experience Helping Homebuyers to the Guild Team

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Guild Mortgage (NYSE: GHLD), a rapidly growing mortgage lending company that has originated and serviced residential loans since 1960, has added Leighann Walsh (NMLS ID #920187), an experienced top performing senior loan officer, to its branch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Named a “Top 1% Mortgage Originator in America” for 2020, Walsh brings more than two decades of experience serving homeowners in the region to her role as a senior loan officer with Guild. Walsh joins Guild from Caliber Home Loans, where during her nine-year tenure she established herself as one of the top producers in the Southwestern region of Pennsylvania. Walsh started with Caliber as the branch manager assistant and transitioned to solely originating loans in 2015. Prior to Caliber, Walsh worked in sales with MetLife Home Loans and processed and closed mortgages for North American Mortgage Company.

A relationship-focused businessperson, Walsh earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from York College of Pennsylvania and continues to give back to her community through alumni event participation and work with local civic and industry organizations.

Lancaster Branch Manager Larry Greiner (NMLS ID #143180) said the timing is great for adding new, highly accomplished talent to his office, one of 14 branches Guild added in Pennsylvania through its acquisition of Residential Mortgage Services (RMS) in May 2021. The Lancaster branch is located at 1693 Crown Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601 (NMLS ID #2163722).

“Lancaster is the seventh fastest growing county in the state, and according to the latest census data, all that growth is bringing new diversity,” Greiner said. “Census data shows almost all of Lancaster’s 6.5% growth in the past ten years has been from nonwhite populations. This creates great opportunities for Guild to support our region’s growing housing market with a wide variety of home loan options as part of its nationwide commitment to diversity, inclusion and making homeownership accessible to all.”

Walsh made the move from Caliber and chose Guild to continue serving her customers’ homebuying needs because it offers a team environment that provides the additional tools and services Walsh believes are critical to best serve homebuyers in an ever-changing market.

“Guild leadership is providing a path for success with its support and willingness to get involved when needed,” she said. “Guild is dedicated to creating customers for life and services a large portion of its loans. Its systems and technology improve the quality of the lending experience and beyond. This enables us to continue our relationships with our clients past the closing of the loan.”

Headquartered in San Diego, Guild Mortgage is a leading national lender with an established history of developing innovative pilot programs and specialized products in partnership with government organizations to help deliver the promise of home in every neighborhood and community it serves. Its loan professionals can serve the needs of any homebuyer, from helping first-time buyers achieve homeownership, often through government loan programs, to homebuyers looking for a jumbo loan. Guild also helps active duty and retired military personnel who qualify for VA loans with 100% 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.

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Founded in 1960 when the modern U.S. mortgage industry was just forming, Guild Mortgage Company is a nationally recognized independent mortgage lender providing residential mortgage products and local in-house origination and servicing. Guild’s collaborative culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion enable it to deliver a personalized experience for each customer. With more than 4,000 employees and over 250 retail branches, Guild has relationships with credit unions, community banks, and other financial institutions and services loans in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Guild’s highly trained loan professionals are experienced in government-sponsored programs such as FHA, VA, USDA, down payment assistance programs and other specialized loan programs. Guild Mortgage Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guild Holdings Company, whose shares of Class A common stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GHLD.