Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation honors top loan officers

by Emily Marek

The Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) honored the top lenders and loan officers who helped their clients purchase a home using one of two loan programs: Homes for Texas Heroes and Home Sweet Texas Home.

Both of TSAHC’s affordable housing programs provide fixed-rate mortgage loans, down-payment assistance and federal mortgage interest tax credits. These programs helped 11,219 households purchase a home in 2023, with TSAHC providing over $2.7 billion in mortgage loans and $79 million in down-payment assistance last year.

TSAHC recognized three loan officers who helped families purchase the most homes last year via one of these programs: Dina Pierson, a loan officer with Supreme Lending in Dallas, who assisted 60 buyers and originated over $15.3 million in mortgage loans; Josh Allyn, a mortgage sales manager with Gateway Mortgage in Houston, who assisted 51 buyers and originated over $12.3 million in mortgage loans; and Jake West, a loan partner with Gateway Mortgage in Friendswood, who assisted 50 buyers and originated over $11.9 million in mortgage loans.

Allyn was recognized as a top-three loan originator for the fifth year of his career, while Pierson and West were ranked in the top three for the first time.

“High interest rates are causing stress for homebuyers, which means down-payment assistance is more important than ever to make homeownership more affordable,” TSAHC President David Long said in a statement. “That’s why I’m especially proud that alongside our network of lenders, we were able to help more than 10,000 Texans become homeowners last year. What really stands out is that despite the challenging market, we served more Texans last year than the year prior.”

TSAHC also recognized three mortgage companies that assisted the most buyers with affordable housing programs in 2023: Supreme Lending, which assisted 805 buyers for a total volume of $200 million in mortgage loans; Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, which assisted 729 buyers for a total volume of $172 million; and Cardinal Financial, which assisted 472 buyers for a total volume of $109 million.

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