First Cal makes move into Stockton market


STOCKTON — A Petaluma-based mortgage company has opened an office in the Port City, bringing a wealth of industry expertise with it.

First California Mortgage Company recently opened its first Stockton office, helmed by Christin Blair, an industry veteran.

“We’ve been in the Stockton market for several years, but we haven’t had an office presence,” Blair, the branch manager, said. “We are pleased to be here, it’s a great market.”

The office, at 2324 Grand Canal Blvd., has been open about two months, and it’s the eighth location between the Central Valley and Bay Area.

Blair, who has been in the mortgage industry for 25 years, has an affinity for this market, knowing the population and trends.

“I can do loans throughout all of California and Oregon, but this is the area I know and love and specialize in,” Blair said.

Founded in 1977, First Cal has a presence throughout the U.S., and it offers competitive loans to home buyers and owners.

“First Cal’s strong financial stability, a focus on excellent service and the operational support necessary to execute at the highest level are resonating with home buyers,” said Joe McKone, Executive Vice President of National Production for First Cal. “We offer the highly competitive rates you expect from a national lender, and still have the personal service of a hometown bank.”
McKone said that was the “perfect synergy” for home buyers, First Cal employees and the company’s industry partners.

First Cal is not showing any signs of slowing its growth.

“We got our start in the Bay Area, and have steadily grown our local teams of late—and will continue expanding,” said Chris Hart, President of First Cal. “We aim to be the lender of choice in every market.”

The company offers a host of different loan options and is an approved seller-servicer with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and is an approved issuer with Ginnie Mae. It was ranked as a “Top 100 Lender” by Mortgage Executive Magazine.



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