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Guild Mortgage experiences record growth

Guild Mortgage, an independent mortgage banker, continued its record growth in 2015, led by its Northwest Region, based in Bellevue, Wash.

Nationally, Guild generated loan volume of $13.8 billion in 2015, up 86.1 percent from $7.4 billion in 2014.

The Northwest Region, including Washington and Oregon, generated loan volume of $3.4 billion in 2015, up 91 percent from $1.8 billion in 2014.

The top five branches in the Northwest Region during 2015 included: Lake Oswego, $485.3 million; Lynwood, $338.1 million; Bellevue, $295.1 million; Portland, $290.3 million and Tacoma, $204.9 million.

In addition to being one of the fastest growing independent mortgage bankers in the nation, Guild was ranked No. 2 in the “200 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For,” by “Mortgage Executive Magazine for the second straight year.

Land available to lease

Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC), located south of Wilsonville, is offering land on its experimental farm for lease this year.

NWREC began its Farmer to Farm program in 2012, making land available to local farmers to expand their production while working alongside the university’s research and Extension staff.

“We have a limited number of acres we could make available for 2016 crops,” said Mike Bondi, NWREC’s director. “Low-water use or dry-land crops will be best suited on lease acres for this year at NWREC.

Both conventional and organic areas could be available in smaller blocks of 2-10 acres.

A total of about 30 acres of land is possible for leasing. Any proposal will be considered.

“However, we need to make sure that proposals are compatible with our on-going research and university activities at NWREC,” Bondi said.

Land will be leased for $400 per acre. Irrigation water can be available, too.

Lease arrangements for this coming year will be for 2016 only.

For more information, email Bondi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposal deadline is April 8.

Windermere Stellar adds new brokers

Windermere Stellar welcomed new real estate brokers this month.

Jillian Smith, previously a broker with Windermere Central Oregon Real Estate, is now working from the Lake Oswego office.

Jan Cohen, previously employed as vice president of business development at CapFlow Funding Group, has joined the Northwest Johnson office in Portland.