InterLinc Mortgage, a national full-service mortgage banking company, ranked among leading financial institutions received four prestigious accolades from Inc. 5000, National Mortgage News, Houston Business Journal and Scotsman Guide. Along with these back-to-back wins, the company is opening new branches and has expanded its presence in The Woodlands, Texas. As other mid-market mortgage lenders experience stagnancy, InterLinc is proud to have closed its 2022 books with a very respectful positive profit compared to the industry, attributing their profitable year and successful employee growth to remaining hyper-focused on customer satisfaction and sound branch models.
"With over 27 years of experience in the mortgage industry, I am eager to join forces with a large and well-structured organization," said Gerry Diaz, Branch Manager of The Woodlands, Texas. "InterLinc's personalized approach, dedication to teamwork, and contribution of modern tools and support, is the combination needed to expand."
By placing its boutique personalized company culture at the forefront and continuing expansion into new regions, the organization earned a well-deserved place on the Inc. 5000 Southwest Regionals list as one of the fastest-growing private companies based in the southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) for the fifth time. InterLinc was also listed as one of National Mortgage News' Best Mortgage Companies to Work For, an industry-specific award recognizing supportive employers that provide transparency and access to modern technology and resources.
"We are proud to offer a strong platform to our new branches, providing them with the tools and support they need to succeed," said James Durham, Senior Vice President of Production. "Our personalized approach, coaching resources, transparent communication and best-in-class technology are the combination needed for expansion. Our commitment to providing a sound branch model has allowed our branches to succeed in a competitive market."
While InterLinc achieved sustainable employee growth, its increase in revenue also garnered the organization two more impressive awards. The company earned a local spot on Houston Business Journal's Fast 100 list, due to its fast revenue growth over the past two years. Not stopping there, 14 InterLinc originators also received a national rank on Scotsman Guide's Top Originators list for outstanding purchase production.
"Each of these recognitions demonstrates our commitment to providing exceptional service and results for our customers, partners, and employees," said Gene Thompson, CEO and President. "Overall, the hard work and dedication of our originators and support teams, serve as a testament to our company's ability to grow and adapt in such a rapidly changing and competitive market."
As consumers continue to struggle with rising interest rates and home prices, labor shortages, and supply chain issues, it is not an easy time to be a mortgage lender. This is not the case for the Houston-based lender as InterLinc credits its success to maintaining a commitment to purchase business during the pandemic when most lenders focused solely on refinance business. During the height of the pandemic and refinance boom, the mid-market lender still held a stronghold of 93% in purchase business; this strategy offers stability during markets with high-interest rates where service and speed reign supreme.
"While other lenders placed most of their focus on refinance business, we placed ours on purchase business, allowing us to withstand the current effects of the turbulent market," said Thompson. "By supporting our customers, partners, and employees with transparency and modern financial technology, our 97% satisfaction rating continues to speak for itself."
Under the leadership of CEO and President, Gene Thompson, InterLinc has quickly grown its operations and is licensed in 29 states with over 30 branch locations and a team of 400 employees nationwide. The road ahead looks bright for continued operational success as the company continues leading with its people-first mentality.