PITTSBURGH, PA (February 22, 2023) – Howard Hanna Mortgage Services (HHMS) is pleased to announce that NMP (National Mortgage Professional) Magazine has named HHMS as one of the mortgage industry’s 2023 Diversity Leaders. The award recognizes companies leading the industry to become more inclusive and reflective of the communities it serves.
HHMS was recognized for its ongoing commitment to supporting buyers in underserved communities. In 2021, HHMS became the first mortgage lender in the country to become an Accredited Social Impact Lender (ASIL) with the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America.
The accreditation was a 12-month process and required HHMS to conduct extensive internal reviews and create a detailed plan to become more resilient, inclusive and diverse.
“It’s an honor to have NMP Magazine recognize the work we’ve been doing,” said HHMS President Duffy Hanna. “Investing in diversity, equity and inclusion has been a priority for Howard Hanna Mortgage Services, and I look forward to helping these initiatives grow even stronger.”
In the profile on HHMS, NMP also recognized the creation of the HHMS community lending department, which has pledged a minimum of $120,000 annually to offer mortgage financing to low- and moderate-income buyers. In 2022, HHMS hired LaMarcus Thurman to lead the new department.
As part of his new role, Thurman will also head United Purpose Mortgage (UPM), a new mortgage company from HHMS aiming to support buyers from underserved communities. Launched in early 2023, UPM has a mission to make homeownership more accessible.
“What we’re doing at UPM and in the community lending department is so important,” said Thurman. “The mortgage industry has left so many families behind for so long. It’s time to make a change.”
To learn more about NMP’s rankings and to read the profile on HHMS, click here.
About Howard Hanna: The Hanna Family of Companies proudly provide real estate, title, insurance and mortgage services to clients across 13 states. As the largest family-owned and -operated real estate brokerage in the United States, this full-service real estate company has more than 480 offices and 15,000 sales associates and staff, including many of the industry’s top-producing real estate, title, mortgage and insurance agents. For more information, visit www.HowardHanna.com.
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