Gateway Mortgage Group, a division of Gateway First Bank, was recently recognized as a recipient of Freddie Mac’s Home Possible RISE (Recognizing Individuals for Sustained Excellence) Award for HFA (Housing Finance Agencies) Advantage for 2019. The annual program salutes Freddie Mac’s top clients across multiple categories for excellence. 

Along with the company receiving recognition, Chris Doke, Norman; Tom Rosser, Edmond,; and Cole Williams, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., were selected as individual recipients for the RISE Award for the annual HFA Advantage program. HFA Advantage adopts the responsible and affordable requirements of Freddie Mac Home Possible offerings but with added flexibility to borrowers. In addition to its down payment requirement of as little as 3 percent, Home Possible offers more options to responsibly increase homeownership. 

“Gateway Mortgage is dedicated to help families achieve the American dream of homeownership and the company is honored to receive the Freddie Mac HFA Advantage,” said Stephen Curry, CEO at Gateway First Bank. “Our loan officers, Chris, Tom and Cole, work very hard and deserve the recognition.”

Elizabeth Robertson, director, Strategic Products at Gateway implemented programs that offer the HFA Advantage program for the company. 

“The HFA Advantage program has been a success for our loan officers in that they are able to help more families get into homes,” stated Robertson. “I am proud to work for a company that cares so much about helping their customers.”

The award recognizes mortgage lenders that use the Home Possible program which helps low- to moderate-income borrowers become homeowners. Rosser, Doke and Williams had a combined total of $11.2 million in loans.