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First Internet Bank Expands Mortgage Lending Service Team
First Internet Bank, a premier provider of online consumer and business banking services nationwide, announced it has doubled the size of its mortgage lending team in response to unprecedented growth in its mortgage lending business. The bank recently added seven account representatives and a second division manager, bringing its mortgage lending team to 16 members.
"The closure of a competitor's Indianapolis-based loan office presented the perfect opportunity to hire an established and proven team that can be immediately productive," said David Becker, president and CEO. "Our loan origination business is up 40% since the beginning of the year, and with the Federal Reserve's announced intention to maintain a low interest rate environment, we anticipate there will be extended demand for mortgage loans and loan refinancing."
Becker noted the company’s efficient nationwide Internet-based banking model enables it to offer some of the most competitive rates and closing costs in markets nationwide. The success of First Internet Bank's loan origination model also involves personal support from its knowledgeable lending team. Kevin Quinn, senior vice president of retail lending, explained: "Because a mortgage or refinancing is such a significant financial decision, our success in turning prospective borrowers into customers is a critical component of the process. These new team members, as with our current customer representatives, are seasoned loan sales and service professionals skilled at securing new business.
"First Internet Bank's web-based capabilities facilitate application and processing, but at some point in the lending process, most people want to speak with a representative, whether for explanation, reassurance or guidance. We believe a team of seasoned lending professionals gives First Internet Bank a critical advantage." The new members ofthe lending team are based in the company's Indianapolis headquarters.
About First Internet Bank
With over $500 million in assets, First Internet Bank of Indiana (First IB) is the first state-chartered, FDIC-insured institution to operate solely via the Internet and has customers in all 50 states. Deposit services include checking accounts, regular and money market savings accounts with industry-leading interest rates, CDs and IRAs. First IB also offers consumer loans, conforming mortgages, jumbo mortgages, home equity loans and lines of credit, and commercial loans. First IB is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Internet Bancorp.
About First Internet Bancorp
First Internet Bancorp (OTC Bulletin Board: FIBP), the parent company of First Internet Bank of Indiana, is privately capitalized with over 240 private and corporate investors. First Internet Bank opened for business in 1999. The Bancorp became effective March 21, 2006.
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