HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc.


Our Company

Headquartered in Iselin, N.J., HomeBridge is one of the largest privately held, non-bank lenders in the United States. The Company has grown to include nearly 1,400 associates in more than 90 retail branches across the country and two separate wholesale operations, HomeBridge Wholesale and REMN Wholesale.

HomeBridge holds FNMA, GNMA, FHLMC, FHA and VA approvals and maintains relationships with nearly 50 investors of other non-agency products.

In 2014, HomeBridge funded $6.4 billion in home loans. The Company also ended 2014 with a servicing portfolio of nearly $12 billion.

HomeBridge is a leader in home lending, which is our only focus. Our team’s experience and expertise enable us to make the mortgage process faster, easier and more understandable for you. We offer you the flexibility and personal approach of a small business combined with the security you need from a large, financially stable company.

HomeBridge’s mission is to be a national mortgage originator and servicer providing a diverse selection of home financing solutions to meet the needs of customers and business partners through our retail and wholesale channels. Our mortgage professionals with deep industry experience deliver superior customer service at a competitive price to create a positive and memorable customer experience.

Products & Channels

Traditional Products:

Fixed and Adjustable Rates
Jumbo and Super Jumbo
Reverse Mortgage
USDA Financing
Second Homes
Investment Properties

Niche Products:

FHA 203(k) and 203(h)
VA 100% Cash Out
FNMA HomeStyle
HomeBridge HomeFixer
Construction to Perm
Energy Efficient Mortgage
Interest Only
Mixed Use or Commercial
Low to Moderate Programs
FHLMC Open Access
Non-Warrantable Condos

Realtor / Builder Advantages:

Lock and Shop Program
Extended Rate Locks
Forward Commitments
Retail Making the mortgage process easy and enjoyable for home buyers, home owners, realtors and builders across the country.
Wholesale Delivering exceptional sales and operations support to mortgage brokers through two unique divisions, HomeBridge Wholesale and REMN Wholesale.

Historical Overview


Founded by Doug Rotella



AMA Advisors, LLC provides capital infusion



Obtained FNMA seller / servicer approval



Issued first GNMA security



Assumed the operations of a large wholesale producer in Edison, N.J.



Peter Norden becomes CEO, Joel Katz becomes President and Joe Sheridan becomes COO


The Year of Building

Legally secured the trade name

  • Engaged an agency partner
  • Developed brand story


Launched HomeBridge Wholesale and Correspondent based in Irvine, CA


The Year of Branding

  • Continued to build on industry success
  • Defined marketing strategy
  • Prepared to announce new name to the nation


The Year of HomeBridge

  • A new name
  • A new promise
  • Partners for the path ahead



Launch in-house servicing platform in Kennesaw, Ga.

Executive Leadership

Peter Norden

Joel Katz

Peter Norden


Peter Norden has 35 years of experience in the residential mortgage business. Prior to becoming CEO of HomeBridge Financial in April 2012, Mr. Norden was CEO and President of Opteum Financial Services, Inc. (“OFS”) which he founded in 1999. While leading OFS, Mr. Norden grew the mortgage origination and servicing business into a national platform licensed to operate across 47 states with revenues exceeding $60mm per year. In 2005, he sold OFS to Bimini Capital Management but stayed on as Executive Vice President. Prior to founding OFS, Mr. Norden acquired Old Town Mortgage Company, subsequently known as First Town Mortgage Corporation, where he served as President and CEO until it was sold in 1999 to Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation. Mr. Norden currently serves on the Fannie Mae CEO Advisory Board and is a former President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of New Jersey. Mr. Norden received a B.S. in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1975.
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Joel Katz


Joel Katz has been involved in various facets of the residential mortgage business for more than 20 years. Prior to joining HomeBridge Financial in March 2010, Mr. Katz was a Managing Director in private equity at Fortress Investment Group where he focused primarily on Nationstar Mortgage, a portfolio company of Fortress Investment. Prior to joining Fortress Investment in 2007, he was a Director in the Mortgage Finance Group at Salomon Smith Barney (which became Citigroup) for seven years, financing residential mortgage lenders. Previously, Mr. Katz was President and CEO of Union Planters Mortgage Company in Memphis, TN from 1997 to 1999. President and CEO of Boatmen’s National Mortgage from 1995 to 1997 and CEO of National Mortgage Company (one of the largest privately-owned mortgage banks in the U.S.) from 1991, until its sale to Boatmen’s in 1995. Mr. Katz received a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.
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Contact Us

HomeBridge is a national lender with experienced mortgage professionals in local markets from coast-to-coast. For more information, please visit one of our division sites or contact us directly. We’re proud to be your Partner for the Path Ahead.
HomeBridge Financial Services – Consumers
HomeBridge Retail
HomeBridge Wholesale – Business Partners
HomeBridge Wholesale
REMN Wholesale – Business Partners
REMN Wholesale

Career Opportunities

We offer outstanding opportunities for dedicated mortgage professionals, and we’re always searching for the best the industry has to offer.

Visit any of our division sites for more information.

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