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2022 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For

– March 7, 2022

No. 42: American Mortgage Network
American Mortgage Network is an employee-owned mortgage banker based in Chula Vista, Calif. It entered the business in 2019 and now has 119 employees.
In August 2020, AmNet added to its employee base by entering into a partnership with Active Duty Passive Income, an organization dedicated to helping those who have served in the military to become financially independent and build sustainable income.
Company executives believe the employee stock option plan is a big reason why it appears on the Best Mortgage Companies to Work For list.
“Well, that means that everybody owns this company together as a team and that actually means that we’re all in this together so that you’ve got a lot more synergy and camaraderie across the board,” said David Wallace, executive vice president. “I’m talking from staff accountants to closers to loan officers to everybody, we’re all in this together, it’s not an us versus them mentality.”

American Mortgage Network Makes First Purchase to Develop Real Estate Portfolio

– April 20, 2021

San Diego, CA (PRWEB). April 20 – Mortgage banker American Mortgage Network (AmNet), a 100% employee-owned company (ESOP), has acquired its first property to develop its real estate portfolio for employee retirement. The company acquired two 1,800-square foot homes on the same lot near downtown Phoenix. It plans to identify more assets in this growing neighborhood which is located at 1018 S 4TH Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

AmNet is unique because it isn’t highly leveraged like other 100% ESOPs. The company does not invest in servicing strips. Instead, it is using its profits to grow its real estate portfolio. This fits with AmNet’s long-term strategy to build value for employees’ retirement. As an asset class, real estate has historically provided a significant hedge against inflation while providing steady cash flow. The company continues to expand the real estate side of the business by focusing on the multi-family market.
“We’re excited about the growth in the real estate side of the ESOP,” said Joseph S. Restivo, President, CEO and Co-Founder of AmNet. “Our first purchase is a significant milestone for our employee-owners and a big step forward in our strategy. It aligns with our goal to ensure we have income-generating assets for employees when they retire. We are extremely proud of what this represents and clearly demonstrates that not all ESOPs are created equally.”
In 2020, AmNet’s growth exceeded 900%, year over year. Beginning with five employee-owners, it is now a team of over 125 professionals. AmNet is licensed in 32 states. The company’s Web-based technology allows it to operate from anywhere in the United States.

ESOP American Mortgage Network Celebrates Second Anniversary and is Recognized as a Leading VA Lender

– March 4, 2021

San Diego, CA (PRWEB). March 4 – Mortgage banker American Mortgage Network (AmNet), a 100% employee-owned company (ESOP), is celebrating its second anniversary, achieving phenomenal growth of 900% year over year, thanks primarily to the dedication of its employee owners. Low mortgage rates and the rising demand for homes have also helped the company to achieve its goals.
Unlike a number of other ESOPs, AmNet was created in a unique way. During 2019, Joseph S. Restivo and David W. Wallace, founders of the ESOP, supplied the initial ESOP equity and then pledged their ownership shares to the ESOP. All the equity in the company is distributed through an employee stock ownership plan. The key principle behind the ESOP is to build retirement income for employee owners and keep a loyal workforce that is insulated from the ups and downs of the mortgage industry.
“We have expanded rapidly across the United States and part of that success is due to our position in the VA market,” said Joseph S. Restivo, President and Co-Founder of AmNet. “This business is fundamental to AmNet’s growth. We’ve created partnerships that encourage home ownership among veterans. Many of our employees are former members of the military and understand what is needed in that mortgage lending marketplace.”
The volume of mortgages backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has nearly doubled from 2019 to 2020. It was the first time the VA has issued more than one million mortgage loans in a year. VA loans require flexible down payment options and have less stringent credit score requirements.
“AmNet’s growth has exceeded 900% year1over-year,” noted Dave Wallace, co-founder and EVP. We began the operation with five employees in 2019, and we are now a team of over 140, licensed in 29 states. We are a low-cost producer with low overhead. And, our Web-based technology allows us to operate from anywhere so there is minimal brick-and-mortar investment. “
About ESOP American Mortgage Network American Mortgage Network (AmNet) is an employee-owned company (ESOP) whose core business is originating primary residential mortgages. AmNet offers a full suite of purchase and refinancing products. It is a recognized leader in the VA market. AmNet targets all qualified borrowers for product offerings and is committed to fair lending practices. The company is now licensed in 29 states. Visit us to learn more at

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