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Wintrust Bank acquires Veterans First Mortgage

The Wintrust Bank branch on Ridge Road in Lansing. The bank is acquiring Veterans First Mortgage.

Wintrust Financial Corp. is acquiring Veterans First Mortgage, a consumer lender that specializes in Veterans Affairs-backed home loans.

The Rosemont, Illinois-based bank, which has Dyer, Lansing, South Holland, Steger and Crete locations, will service 9,000 VA loans with $1.4 billion in principal balance. Veterans First Mortgage is further expected to originate $800 million in loans this year.

Wintrust is buying the mortgage leader for an undisclosed sum in a cash transaction. 

“This acquisition will allow Wintrust Mortgage to expand both in size and structure,” Wintrust Mortgage President and CEO David Hrobon said. “Veterans First Mortgage has built a terrific consumer direct lending business with some of the industry’s brightest leadership and employees. We look forward to the synergistic opportunities that will arise from this merger of talent.”

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Veterans First Mortgage employs about 400 workers at offices in Salt Lake City and San Diego.

“Veterans First Mortgage has built a reputation on quality loans, expertise and customer-first service and we know this is also true of Wintrust Mortgage," Veterans First Mortgage President and CEO Kevin Gates said. "We share a common culture and have common leadership styles, so this acquisition could not be a better fit.”

Wintrust, which aspires to be "Chicago's Bank" and sponsors both the White Sox and the Cubs, has $27 billion in assets. 

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