Orlando, FL – April 13, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida, headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, has formed a strategic alliance with FBC Mortgage, LLC for residential mortgage lending. Their combined new unit will operate under the Gateway Home Lending name. The current Mortgage Manager for Gateway Bank, Rick Barber, will be heading up this new alliance as manager, and the company will operate mortgage banking operations inside Gateway Bank locations in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
“FBC Mortgage’s vast array of mortgage products, coupled with our portfolio loans, will help Gateway Home Lending become a serious competitor in the local markets that the bank serves, and the combination of decades of FBC’s mortgage banking experience, competitive rates, and extraordinary customer service, makes this a perfect fit for Gateway Bank,” stated Shaun Merriman, President and CEO of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida.
FBC plans on merging its Southwest Florida operations into this new brand. “Gateway Bank is one of the top performing community banks in the state, and we are very excited about our new alliance,” stated Joe Nunziata, Chairman and Co-CEO of FBC Mortgage, LLC. “FBC Mortgage looks to partner with strong community banks and is able to leverage our back office operations with the bank’s solid and reputable sales and branch platform,” added Rob Nunziata, President and Co-CEO of FBC Mortgage, LLC.
About FBC Mortgage, LLC
FBC Mortgage, LLC is an employee and community owned retail mortgage banker. The company is headquartered in Orlando, Florida, with branches across the State of Florida and Mississippi, and licenses in 14 additional states. FBC prides itself on being “Your Hometown Lender.” FBC Mortgage provides competitive rates on home loans FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA, construction loans, and FHA 203k rehab loans. The award-winning company also specializes in refinancing existing mortgages and the new HARP 2 program. Visit us on the web at www.fbchomeloans.com or call us at 1-866-413-2563 to schedule your free mortgage consultation.
About Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida:
Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida is an independent community bank serving business and consumer banking clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties. BauerFinancial (www.bauerfinancial.com) recently awarded Gateway Bank a 5-Star rating indicating the bank is well capitalized, exceeds regulatory compliance standards, and demonstrates high quality asset management.
Gateway Bank operates three full service banking locations. The main office is located at 1100 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The University Parkway banking center is located at 6204 North Lockwood Ridge Road, and the Manatee Avenue Banking Center is located on the northwest corner of 21st Street West and Manatee Avenue West. Visit the bank’s website at www.gatewaybankswfl.com.