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Scottsdale Mortgage Company Announces Expansion

In a move that will position Arizona-based mortgage company, V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc., to contend for becoming the largest privately held mortgage company in southern Arizona, the company announced that it will add more than 65 employees.

As part of this increased presence in southern Arizona, mortgage industry veteran Hunter H. Sampsel has joined V.I.P. Mortgage as regional vice president.

“Sampsel is an exceptional leader in our industry and we are pleased to welcome him to V.I.P. Mortgage,” said Jay Barbour, Founder and President of V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc.  “Sampsel will be managing the day-to-day operations for all of southern Arizona, as well as providing support and expertise as we continue to expand our national footprint.”

This move comes on the heels of the recent expansion of V.I.P. Mortgage into the Hawaii market.  The company opened an office in Honolulu this past November bringing the number of states with V.I.P. Mortgage offices up to six.

Sampsel, who brings more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry, opened American Home Mortgage in 1997, and then worked under the Fairway Independent Mortgage Company starting in 2009.  He holds a degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Arizona.

“V.I.P. Mortgage offers the tools, products and resources needed to successfully manage and further grow the region,” said Hunter H. Sampsel, Vice President, V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc.  “The company is also recognized as one of the best places to work and that emphasis on culture benefits employees and clients alike.  I’m looking forward to being a part of such a highly regarded, forward-thinking organization.”

“V.I.P. Mortgage has experienced rapid growth over the past several years,” said Mai Yahn, Executive VP, Corporate Growth & Strategic Planning, V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc.  “Our growth in the Tucson area, as well as our expansion into Hawaii, is part of our continued plan to increase V.I.P. Mortgage’s presence nationally.”

AREA Awards

AREA Awards 2012: Mortgage Company Of The Year

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.


Winner: AmeriFirst Financial

AREA Awards: AmeriFirst FinancialAmeriFirst Financial is a mortgage bank licensed in Arizona, California and Washington that has thrived over the last five years in spite of the downturn in the economy and in the real estate industry. AmeriFirst Financial offers its customers the best mortgage tools available to match them with the best loan programs and most current rates available, together with the assistance of an experienced live loan officer to guide them through the often difficult and confusing process of choosing and getting the exact loan to meet their specific needs. AmeriFirst Financial has also received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Honorable Mention: CNN Mortgage

Founded in 1997, CNN Mortgage is an Arizona-based company that has built a strong reputation as an outstanding mortgage firm, serving the lending needs of real estate professionals, builders and individual home buyers throughout the Southwest. CNN is a full-service mortgage company with an experienced staff that offers expertise in every area of mortgage lending — from purchase to refinance to new-builder lending. As a company, CNN provides regular market and industry updates to help homeowners — and future homeowners — better understand their options. CNN currently employs 93 people in Arizona — including loan officers in Prescott and the White Mountains.

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012