Our Company
About Cornerstone

Cornerstone is a full-service mortgage banker. We offer a variety of mortgage options, home loan programs, and competitive pricing from a wide range of national investors. With in-house processing, underwriting, and funding, Cornerstone is 100% committed to on-time closings and satisfying home-financing experiences.

We look forward to serving you!

Simply Remarkable Financing

Since 1988, Cornerstone has made a positive difference in people’s lives. Our staff of caring, seasoned mortgage professionals is passionate about helping people become homeowners.

Founded by Marc N. Laird and Judy Belanger in Houston, Texas, Cornerstone has steadily grown into one of the largest privately-held mortgage companies in the country.

Cornerstone by the Numbers

COMPANY FACTS

Stability

  • Founded in 1988, based in Houston, Texas
  • Industry-wide reputation for integrity, high-trust customer service and on-time closings
  • Average industry tenure of employees is 12.3 years

Strength

  • Over 100 branches in 22 states
  • Licensed to lend in 40 states
  • Former subsidiary of a national bank (2000 – 2006)

Service

  • Approved and in good standing with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and FHA/VA
  • All retail production by Cornerstone-employed Loan Officers
  • Over 10% of our employees have been with Cornerstone for more than a decade
  • Over 500 Loan Officers

Recognitions

2017

2016

  • BBB Awards for Excellence
  • Top Workplaces – 7 Years in a Row, The Houston Chronicle
  • Marketing Award – Renovation Loan Packet (Platinum), Hermes Awards
  • Marketing Award – Top Producer Trip - Miami (Gold), Hermes Awards
  • Marketing Award – Halloween Instagram Costume Battle (Gold), Hermes Awards

2015

  • Top Workplaces – 6 Years in a Row, The Houston Chronicle
  • Marketing Award – #ProudTheyServed Campaign (Platinum), Hermes Awards
  • Marketing Award – Survive and Thrive Website (Platinum), Hermes Awards
  • Marketing Award – Video DIY (Platinum), Hermes Awards
  • Marketing Award – Caught in the Act Campaign (Gold), Hermes Awards
  • Marketing Award – Get in the Game (Gold), Hermes Awards
  • Marketing Award – The Home Buying Process Video Animation (Gold), Hermes Awards
  • Marketing Award – Team Member Appreciation Campaign (Platinum), MarCom Awards
  • Marketing Award – Popcorn Recruiting Gift (Platinum), MarCom Awards
  • Marketing Award – Recruiting Campaign (Platinum), MarCom Awards
  • Marketing Award – Boost Your Home’s Value PC (Gold), MarCom Awards
  • Marketing Award – First Time Home Buyer Packet (Gold), MarCom Awards
  • Marketing Award – Social Media Presentation (Gold), MarCom Awards

2014

  • Top Workplaces - 5 Years in a Row, The Houston Chronicle
  • Hall of Honor for Supporting the Military (Homeownership Assistance), Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Marketing Award - #ProudTheyServed Campaign (Platinum), MarCom Awards
  • Marketing Award - Video DIY (Platinum), MarCom Awards
  • Marketing Award – #ProudTheyServed (Gold) – Corporate Social Responsibility, Marcom Awards

2013

  • Top Workplaces – 4 Years in a Row, The Houston Chronicle
  • Celebrated 25th Anniversary of serving homebuyers across the nation
  • Ranked #30 nationally in total loan volume among all home lenders (2013 rankings, Mortgagestats.com)
  • Ranked #10 nationally among independent home lenders (2013 rankings, Mortgagestats.com)
  • Surpassed the 1,000 Team Member mark
  • Added our 100th Team Member to our Wall of Honor that recognizes ten or more years of service with Cornerstone

2012

  • Top Workplaces - 3 Years in a Row, The Houston Chronicle
  • 12th non-bank mortgage lender in the U.S. based on retail volume (2012 rankings, Mortgagestats.com)
  • 32nd mortgage lender (includes banks) in the U.S. based on retail volume (2012 rankings, Mortgagestats.com)
  • TDHCA Lender of the Year for First-Time Homebuyer Program

2011

  • Top Workplaces award - 2 Years in a Row, The Houston Chronicle, 2011
  • 25th mortgage lender (includes banks) in the U.S. based on retail volume (Q-4, 2011 rankings, Mortgagestats.com)
  • TDHCA Lender of the Year

2010

  • Top Workplaces award - The Houston Chronicle, 2010
  • 3rd-largest mortgage company in Northern Colorado, Northern Colorado Business Report
  • Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) Lender of the Year for First Time Homebuyer Program
  • Ranked 10th nationally in loan production gains, National Mortgage News (October 2010)
  • 25th mortgage lender (includes banks) in the U.S. based on retail volume (Q-3 2010 rankings, Mortgagestats.com)

2009

  • Largest independent mortgage company in Texas, National Mortgage News (September 2009)
  • Top 30 National Lender, National Mortgage News (September 2009)