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Our story


In 1983, Mark Jones and Dave Gahm co-founded Amerifirst Home Mortgage. Their goal was to have more control over the quality of the mortgage process and to create a workplace where employees are treated like family.


Over three decades later, and in the entrepreneurial spirit of our founders, we remain true to our mission of making a meaningful difference in the lives of our customers, colleagues and the communities we serve. Together, we endeavor to provide affordable home loan financing for thousands of individuals and families each year, especially in rural and underserved communities and among first-time homebuyers. 


If you're looking for a culture that is friendly and supportive, and you want to continue learning and growing, consider Amerifirst. We're committed to building a diverse team, fostering an inclusive culture and investing in equity across our organization.  We believe building a team diverse in people, ideas, and experiences allows all of us to be more successful in our jobs and better address the needs of our customers. 



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Our core values


Our strong set of company values sets our course on how we interact with our customers, reach more renters with homeownership opportunities, and make important decisions that affect those we serve. This, in turn, enables us to achieve our mission of making a meaningful difference in the lives of our customers, team members, and the communities we serve.

Honesty and Integrity

We tell the truth and do the right thing, even when it's not the easiest choice.

Work-Life Balance

All work and no play? Not at Amerifirst. High professional expectations must be matched with living a balanced life.

Lasting Relationships

We work to develop and keep quality relationships through our everyday interactions with our borrowers, business contacts and team members.

Agility in a Changing World

We embrace change and challenge with the expectation of success. We see change as an opportunity to excel.

Professional Development

We're committed to improving and becoming better. From personal studies to professional training, development happens purposefully and consistently.

Fairness and Respect

We operate under the golden rule. Do you treat others the way you expect to be treated? Be fair. Show respect.

Voices from our team

Liz Terwilliger

Loan Officer and Branch Manager

If you're looking for a company where you are truly going to be part of a team and have owners that really care about you and work with you and help you grow, then Amerifirst is the place for you.

Simba Mwayi

Servicing Training Specialist

The family feel to Amerifirst is what I like best. This starts at the top with the owners Mark and Dave making you feel that you're part of the family and not just another employee. This company really supports its core value of work-life balance and as a father of young children, that means a lot!

Patrick Mars

Loan Officer and Area Manager

I joined the company because of its
strong leadership, supportive culture and family atmosphere. It’s an organization that I truly want to represent in
our marketplace. 

Arin Ostroske

Loan Officer Assistant

Amerifirst has such a friendly culture! I've gotten to know so many of my teammates from other departments and branches, and management staff. The company appreciates the hard work that you do and they make you feel at home - which is how we try to make our customers feel. To me, that's a winner!

Join a company that cares


Join our growing and
dynamic support team at our
corporate headquarters in
Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Take your career to the next
level as a loan officer with Amerfirst. We'll provide the tools, resources and support you need to succeed. 

Open a branch

Grow your business, build strong relationships and deliver superior customer service with the support of our dedicated team in your local market. 


Want to learn more?

Looking for meaningful work, a supportive and friendly culture, and opportunities to improve your community?

Diversity Statement

Consider us family. We thread diversity, equity, and inclusion into our guiding principles like DNA. Diversity values and welcomes difference. Equity ensures everyone an opportunity for equal footing. Inclusion fosters a safe, nurturing, and success-building environment for all. Welcome Home.

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