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Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.

Cornerstone is a full-service mortgage lender. 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

  • More than 1,000 team members in 100+ branches throughout the United States
  • Licensed to lend in 41 states
  • #1 non-bank lender in Texas (Based on HMDA data for Cornerstone Home Lending and its affiliates)
  • Cornerstone’s CEO, Marc Laird received the Top Workplaces CEO Leadership Award in 2017, among Houston’s largest companies
  • Houston Chronicle Top Workplaces Winner - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017

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 21 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

Recognitions

2018

  • Texas Mortgage Bankers Association Pinnacle Award 2018, 10 years in a row
  • Best Real Estate Blog 2018 - Fit Small Business
  • Great Place to Work® Best WorkplacesTM in Financial Services and Insurance 2018
  • Marketing Award – Get in the Game (Gold), Muse Creative Awards
  • Marketing Award – Better Way to Mortgage (Rose Gold), Muse Creative Awards
  • Marketing Award – Celebrate Internal Marketing (Rose Gold), Muse Creative Awards

2017

  • Fortune 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity
  • Top Workplaces - Ranked as #2 Among Large Companies in Houston
  • Austin-American Statesman Top Workplace
  • San Antonio Express News Top Workplace
  • The Denver Post Top Workplace
  • The Oklahoman Top Workplace
  • 2017 Champion Donor - Mortgage Banker Association, Opens Doors Foundation
  • Houston Chronicle Top Workplace Leadership Award for Marc Laird, CEO
  • A Houston Chronicle Top Workplace for 8 consecutive years
  • National MI Pinnacle Partner 2017
  • TSAHC Top Originating Mortgage Lender 2017
  • Marketing Award – Internal Communications Video (Gold), American Business Awards
  • Marketing Award – Cornerstone Home Haunting Internal Marketing (Platinum), Hermes Creative Awards
  • Marketing Award – Cornerstone Home Haunting Contest (Platinum), Hermes Creative Awards
  • Marketing Award – Cornerstone Home Haunting Event (Gold), Muse Creative Awards

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)

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