2019 HW Vanguard: Les Acree

Les Acree manages all aspects of Freedom Mortgage’s correspondent and wholesale lending operation, which is among the largest in the mortgage industry.

A career-long mortgage professional, he began with Irwin Mortgage in Indianapolis, Indiana and joined Freedom Mortgage in September of 2006 when Freedom Mortgage acquired the mortgage assets and technology platform of Irwin Mortgage.

Acree is executive vice president of Freedom Mortgage’s third-party originations and a member of the Freedom Mortgage Executive Leadership team. He has provided leadership and inspiration for thousands of employees over the years and is well-respected by his peers. His charismatic charm and quick wit always make Les a favorite speaker at the annual Freedom Mortgage Leadership Conference.

Earlier this year, Freedom Mortgage Wholesale announced its inaugural membership and integration with NAMB All-In, the National Association of Mortgage Brokers’ new cloud-based platform. Powered by Calyx Technology, NAMB All-In is designed to deliver an intuitive, convenient digital borrower experience and streamline workflows for mortgage brokers. Freedom Mortgage is the first wholesale lender in the Calyx Wholesaler Marketplace to offer brokers and their borrowers the convenient ability to digitally verify assets while applying for a home loan.

Freedom Mortgage offers enhanced disclosure management through Docutech – one of the industry’s leading document generation platforms that delivers the full initial disclosure package – federal, state and investor disclosures, including broker disclosures.

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