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Fast-Growing Direct Mortgage Lender Aims to Help Home Buyers More Simply and Quickly Move from Application to Closing

DOVER, Del., March 9, 2021 – To stay ahead of changing interest rates and pandemic home-buying trends, Keystone Funding is expanding its team and technology to make home-buying simpler and more intuitive for its customers, loan officers, and preferred lending partners. Two new executive leaders will join the team to advance the company’s culture of sales and community partnerships among its retail and wholesale lending services and its direct-to-consumer lending arm.

“Homeownership is one of the largest, most emotional investments most of us will ever make,” said Keystone Funding CEO Timothy Paret. “We doubled in size over the past year helping customers take advantage of historic low-interest rates and others exploring vacation homes or bigger homes for teleworking. At a time when people are looking to make more moves or maximize their existing investments, we are building the right team and technology to make home buying and refinancing more straightforward.”

Keystone Funding has tapped industry veteran Jeffrey Antoine as senior vice president and national sales director to deepen the company’s existing presence and expand its offerings nationwide. Antoine, based in Ponte Vedra, Fla., brings 18 years of experience in senior sales leadership roles, most recently serving as senior manager of the southeastern region for JPMorgan Chase. He has held increasingly responsible leadership positions at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Prime Lending, and Countrywide Home Loans. During the course of his career, Antoine has earned a proven track record and reputation for team building, coaching, and inspiring individuals to reach new heights both professionally and personally. At Keystone Funding, he will put his winning formula for success in place to accelerate the company’s high-performance sales culture, community involvement, and growth.

Ray Crew has been named learning and development manager. Crew’s more than 20 years of experience in organizational change and performance improvement will help Keystone Funding teams achieve their highest human potential and deliver a distinct customer experience across all channels. Previously, Crew founded his own consulting firm, where he pioneered the use of Role Discovery, a simulation-based learning methodology that helps people develop competency in problem-solving, decision making, innovation, collaboration, influence, and coaching. Prior to that, he was a chief learning executive for The American Automobile Association and Arbitration Forums Inc. and head of research and product development for Development Dimensions (DDI). Crew is the co-author of The Service Leaders Club, recognized as one of the top five business books of 1997.

“We’re building a team and a culture to transform the mortgage industry and deliver the best possible customer experience,” said Paret. “By employing a customer-centric workforce and intelligent technology, we can manage and communicate each application milestone every step of the way. As a result, Keystone Funding customers move more simply and nimbly through the process to reach their goals.”

About Keystone Funding

Recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in 2019 by the Inc. 5000, Keystone Funding is a direct mortgage lender, specializing in residential mortgage loans. Keystone Funding brings a powerful combination of mortgage expertise, financial strength, and product innovation capabilities to the lending table to deliver smart lending options, an easy application process, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Dover, Del., Keystone Funding is a strong community partner with operations in Washington, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.