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Our Company

We’re Driven by Our Customers

Our Story

How it All Started

Highlands Residential Mortgage was founded in 2010 by industry veterans: Bill Starkey, Sr., Ken Hickman, and Brian Starkey. They were intent on building a strong, origination-focused company – and selected knowledgeable leaders in Brian Bennett (President), Danny Deaton (Chief Production Officer), and Steve Peters (Chief Operations Officer) to help make that happen. Since those early days, Highlands has grown consistently from it’s Texas-only roots in 2013 and now has over 40 branch locations across the country!

What We Value

From our clients to our team members, our focus is to provide world class service and support every time a loan comes through the door.

  • Award-Winning Service

    When we say “Your Family. Your Future. Our Focus,” we mean it. We want to provide a rave-worthy experience that you want to share with your friends and family.

  • Leading Edge Technology

    You don’t have to sacrifice service and experience to get amazing technology. Manage your loan process from start to finish in the palm of your hand, using the Highlands mobile app!

  • On-Time Closings

    Having the confidence that your lender can close your loan on time is critical, especially in a competitive market. Highlands prioritizes quick, accurate closings so you can rest easy!

Our Vision

Our Team is Your Team

We want our customers, partners, and employees to be proud of doing business with Highlands. To accomplish this, we created a supportive, growth-oriented culture for our team members, so they can deliver unmatched service and products to our customers and industry partners.

Our Mission is to provide superior quality service that employees can take pride in, customers actively refer to their family and friends, and Realtors/Builders enthusiastically recommend to their clients.

Recruiting

We Want You to Love the Company You Work For

We want our team members to know they have our support, that we understand their sense of urgency, and that we are providing the tools they need to do work they can be proud of. Led and managed by former originators, our seasoned leadership team fully understands what it takes to succeed in today’s lending environment. Learn more about how we do it.

Highlands Gives Back

Helping Grow our Community and Beyond

Highlands understands the importance of giving back to help our communities grow. Our success has allowed us to consistently reinvest both time and money into positively impacting the lives of those who need it the most.

Awards and Recognition
Award-Winning Service

Our team at Highlands is 100% focused on growth. This clear focus allows us to build and maintain a work environment that empowers our employees and amplifies our ability to deliver exceptional service to our clients and partners. As such, we are fortunate to be consistently recognized as a Best in Class mortgage lender in the areas of production, client satisfaction, and company culture among our peers.  Check out our most recent accomplishments and accolades below! For a full list of our awards, click here: https://www.highlandsmortgage.com/awards/

  • 2023
    • Energage  – Top Workplaces USA 2023 – Ranked #4
    • National Mortgage News – Best Mortgage Companies to Work For
    • Scotsman Guide – Top Mortgage Lenders in America
    • Mortgage Executive Magazine – 50 Best Companies to Work For
    • Dallas Business Journal – 2023 Best Places to Work
    • Experience.com – Top Performers 2022: Mortgage Company Winner
  • 2022
    • Energage – Top Workplaces USA 2022 (#5)
    • National Mortgage News – Best Mortgage Companies to Work For
    • Scotsman Guide – Top Mortgage Lender in America
    • Inc 5000 – Fastest Growing Private Companies in America
    • Mortgage Executive Magazine – Top 100 Mortgage Company AND 50 Best Companies to Work For in America
  • 2021
    • National Mortgage News – Best Mortgage Companies to Work For (#3)
    • Scotsman Guide — Top Mortgage Lender in America (3rd Year in Row)
    • Inc 5000 – Fastest Growing Private Companies in America
    • SMU Cox School of Business – Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies
    • Dallas Business Journal – Best Places to Work
  • 2020
    • National Mortgage News – Best Mortgage Companies to Work For (#3)
    • Scotsman Guide — Top Mortgage Lender in America
    • Inc 5000 – Fastest Growing Private Companies in America
    • SMU Cox School of Business – Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies
    • Dallas Morning News – Top 100 Workplaces
  • 2019
    • National Mortgage News – Best Mortgage Companies to Work For (#1)
    • Scotsman Guide — Top Mortgage Lender in America
    • Mortgage Executive Magazine – Top 100 Mortgage Company AND 50 Best Companies to Work For in America
    • Dallas Morning News – Top 100 Workplaces

Highlands In The News

Corey Caster Joins the Highlands Residential Mortgage Executive Team!

Highlands Residential Mortgage is excited to announce the addition of Corey Caster to its veteran le...

Highlands Ranks Among Experience.com’s Top 10 Mortgage Companies for 2022

At Highlands, accolades grounded in authentic feedback from our valued customers and partners hold a...

Top 50 Mortgage Companies in America

We are thrilled and humbled to announce that Mortgage Executive Magazine has once again recognized H...