CMG Financial is a well-capitalized, privately held mortgage-banking firm founded in 1993. The company makes its products and services available to the market through three distinct origination channels including Correspondent Lending, Wholesale Lending and Retail Lending.
CMG Financial currently operates in most states, including District of Columbia, and holds federal agency lending approvals with HUD, VA, RHS, GNMA, FNMA and FHLMC. Throughout the mortgage banking and housing markets, CMG Financial is widely known for responsible lending practices, industry and consumer advocacy, product innovation, and operational efficiency.
Christopher M. George established CMG Mortgage, Inc. in July of 1993 in Pleasanton, CA. The company began modestly with seven employees primarily focusing on aiding homeowners and homebuyers directly through his or her refinance and purchase needs. Thus began the Retail Lending division.
Low overhead enabled competitive pricing contributing to the company’s initial success. By 1994, the company had outgrown its office space and relocated to its current corporate office location in San Ramon, California.
In 1995, the company opened a Wholesale Lending division, mainly focusing on correspondent lending to achieve better pricing at a retail level.
From 1996 through the end of the decade, CMG Mortgage, Inc. continued to expand successfully, obtaining licenses in additional states and penetrating active markets more thoroughly.
CMG Mortgage, Inc. was awarded the prestigious Broker of the Year 2003 award by the California Association of Mortgage Brokers (CAMB) and was named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s 100 fastest-growing companies by the San Francisco Business Times.
CMG Mortgage, Inc. later created CMG Financial Services, a holding company that included the core business units of Retail Lending, Wholesale Lending, and at the time, net branching.
In 2005, the Home Ownership Accelerator™ (HOA) loan was launched across all business channels and with it the beginning of a new paradigm regarding managing debt. The HOA™ loan was a mortgage product developed to help homeowners pay significantly less amounts of interest and accelerate pay-off.
Great success was found in the product and by early 2008, the company was breaking its own production records.
CMG Financial was awarded a U.S. patent for its revolutionary Home Ownership Accelerator™, later rebranded as the All In One Loan - the only loan product available that functions as a personal checking account, intended to help homeowners avoid up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in mortgage interest costs. This marked an exciting time for the organization as it began to expand the products availability in the market.
CMG Financial’s lending philosophy focuses on making sure borrowers get not just a mortgage, but that they get the right solution to fit their broader financial goals. For this reason, the company added the DBA of CMG Financial and executed a rebrand and began marketing under the new name. It has since helped draw distinction between developing business channels and awareness of the company’s trajectory to the market.
As the housing market began to show signs of recovery, CMG Financial surged in growth again and launched a new business channel, Correspondent Lending, which allowed the company to partner with other organizations as an investor by purchasing closed loan volume. Today, this channel represents one of the largest growth opportunities for the company as independent mortgage bankers look for alternative funding sources.
CMG Financial remains privately held by Christopher M. George and maintains its original culture and business model of low overhead, competitive pricing, and extraordinary service. The company manages to attract some of the most talented professionals in the industry today as well as expand its footprint across America, guiding consumers through the many aspects of homeownership in most states.
We intend to continue to change the way the industry and the nation’s homeowners think about mortgage finance. Our goal is to create awareness of the many advantages homeownership can provide while innovating mortgage products that answer the needs of today’s home buyer. Stay tuned!