From the California Business Journal newswire.

Ruben Lopez is the branch manager of Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.’s new branch in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Ruben Lopez is the branch manager of Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.’s new branch in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp., one of the Top Mortgage Lenders in America, announced the opening of a new branch in Santa Barbara, Calif. The new location adds to the company’s national presence of more than 40 branches and is part of the lender’s ongoing expansion in Southern California, which currently includes offices in Calabasas and Irvine.

“We’re delighted to make Santa Barbara the next city in our California expansion,” said Daryl Wizelman, sales leader at Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. in California. “We already have four excellent mortgage originators serving Santa Barbara, and our confidence in them and the opportunities in this city made opening this branch a must.”

The new Santa Barbara office is led by Branch Manager Ruben Lopez, a 20-year mortgage industry veteran and a Santa Barbara resident. He is joined at the location by loan officers Steve Boelter, Todd Hull and Russell Story.

“It’s very exciting to be opening this branch,” Lopez says. “I’m passionate about this city, our people and our real estate market, and I’m looking forward to building our company’s presence here so we can best serve Santa Barbara.”

Located at 1602 State Street, the new branch is near several of Santa Barbara’s top real estate brokerages. The office space can accommodate additional loan officers and support staff as the branch grows. Prior to the opening of the State Street office, Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.’s Santa Barbara staff members were based out of the Hangar collaborative workspace in downtown Santa Barbara.

Downers Grove, Ill.-based Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. is in the midst of a national recruitment and expansion push with the goal of adding branches and originators throughout California, the West Coast and the Southwest.

About Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.:

The residential mortgage division of Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. has more than 40 branch locations and more than 350 employees nationally. The company has been named one of the Top Mortgage Lenders in America by Scotsman Guide magazine and one of the 50 Best Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive magazine, all while maintaining an A+ BBB rating and 98% Customer Satisfaction Rating. For more information, visit www.dkmortgage.com, or follow the company on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Draper and Kramer, Incorporated:

Founded in 1893, Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, is celebrating 125 years as a trusted financial and property services provider with a deep commitment to people, excellence, service and integrity. Family-owned and one of the leading privately held real estate services firms in the U.S., Draper and Kramer is headquartered in Chicago with a national reach and broad offering of services. The company’s decades-long heritage has evolved over the years to meet the needs of its clients and today spans expertise in residential and commercial development, acquisition, property management and leasing; debt and equity financing for commercial properties; and residential mortgage services through affiliate Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. Draper and Kramer provides a single source of real estate-related counsel to a diverse group of real estate investors across the U.S., including corporations; private and institutional owners and users of real estate; government agencies; condominium associations; and foundations. For more information, visit draperandkramer.com.