First Heritage Mortgage Opens New Branch in Columbia, South Carolina
Local mortgage expert Jacob Crowder named Branch Manager
First Heritage Mortgage, LLC (FHM), a leading independent mortgage lender, has opened a new branch in Columbia, South Carolina, and continues to rapidly expand its presence throughout the Southeastern United States. The new office (Branch NMLS ID #2000649) is located at 120 Cromer Road, Lexington, SC 29073.
FHM specializes in providing personalized home financing solutions to make homeownership achievable for as many people as possible within the communities it serves. FHM has been ranked one of the Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America by Mortgage Executive Magazine, one of the Top 75 Mortgage Lenders by Scotsman Guide, one of the Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by National Mortgage News, and most recently was named a Top Workplace by The Washington Post. The company originated more than $2.5 billion of mortgage loans in 2019 and is poised for significant growth in the coming years.
The Columbia location is FHM’s second office to open in South Carolina within the past two years, joining the company’s Charleston location, which opened in 2019. The new Columbia location also marks the 15th branch office for FHM, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this December.
“We’ve found incredible opportunity within South Carolina,” said Chip Beveridge, SVP and Southeast Regional Manager of First Heritage Mortgage. “We are excited to open our new branch in Columbia and offer innovative mortgage solutions, in-house construction lending, competitive rates, and the personalized service FHM is known for to homebuyers and business partners across this thriving market.”
The Columbia branch is led by well-known local home financing expert Jacob Crowder (NMLS ID #198432). As Branch Manager, Crowder oversees all branch operations, customer interactions, and relationship development. Crowder has over 15 years of local mortgage banking experience and has called the Columbia region home for his entire life.
“Jacob has a remarkable track record and will use his extensive experience to benefit customers, business partners, and fellow team members,” stated Alex Wish, President of First Heritage Mortgage. “As FHM continues to expand, we are staying true to our roots by assembling the right people and building our branch presence around them. We look for talented leaders who understand our culture and our commitment to excellence. Jacob embodies these things and is an outstanding addition to our growing team.”
Prior to joining FHM, Crowder acted as Mortgage Loan Officer at First Community Bank of South Carolina, having held positions at Union Mortgage Group and 1st Choice Mortgage/Equity Corp. of Lexington before that. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Clemson University.
“I am thrilled to join FHM,” said Crowder. “It’s exciting to be part of a company with such a great organizational culture and wide array of mortgage solutions, including personalized products for people who may not meet the strict lending requirements of banks. I look forward to better serving the Midlands community which I care deeply about, and to forwarding the company’s success in this new branch.”