Homespire Mortgage Sales Team Members Named National Mortgage News Top Producers for 2021

GAITHERSBURG, Md., May. 20, 2021 – National, awarding-winning residential mortgage lender Homespire Mortgage is pleased to announce that four of its top loan originators were recently named to National Mortgage News “Top Mortgage Producers” list for 2021.

Since 1999, this annual survey ranks the nation’s top loan originators determined by the previous year’s submitted, qualified loan volumes. The listing is open to mortgage loan officers and brokers who work at depository, nonbank and mortgage brokerage firms in the United States, and includes responses from participants on industry developments and trends along with originations.

The Homespire sales team members to make the 2021 list of “Top Mortgage Producers” include: 

  • Neil Kantor is VP, Builder Division and Senior Mortgage Advisor in the Gaithersburg’s office, closing 809 loans in 2020, resulting in over $342 million in volume.


  • Gerald Zapol is a Loan Officer with Homespire’s Gaithersburg, Md. branch, originating 216 loans last year for a loan volume of more than $92 million.


  • Kevin Patrick is the Regional Sales Manager for Homespire’s Winchester, Va. office. In 2020, Patrick closed 334 loans for over $73 million in volume.


  • Otmane Laassel is the Branch Manager for the company’s Shady Grove, Md. Office, originating 205 loans in 2020 resulting in almost $65 million in total volume.

“We are very proud of our elite sales leaders being recognized as Top Producers by National Mortgage News for 2021,” said Michael Rappaport, president of Homespire Mortgage.

“Neil, Gerald, Kevin and Otmane have established themselves as trusted advisors and mortgage experts in the communities they serve, and they inspire others on our sales team to achieve record-setting goals of their own. We applaud their achievement and their commitment to excellence in sales performance.”

The full list of the 2021 Top Producers is available online at


About Homespire Mortgage Corp.

At Homespire Mortgage, we live for those high-five moments – when we’ve helped our homebuyers responsibly and affordably finance their dream of homeownership. That’s what drives us and we’ve built a nationally recognized mortgage company, fusing innovative mortgage and marketing technology with the power of the human spirit to create a mortgage experience that Borrowers trust, Realtors® recommend and Employees take pride in.

Why purple? It says everything about who we are…breaking the mold, creating new and vibrant energy that just can’t be ignored. And it’s not bragging if you can back it up. Funding over $2.4 billion in 2020, Homespire Mortgage is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, operating 27 branches and licensed across 41 states and is nationally recognized on the Inc. 5000’s List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. The company is proudly recognized by National Mortgage News as a “Best Mortgage Company to Work for” and most recently as a “2021 Top Workplaces in the USA”. Learn more about our award-winning company at, and follow us on LinkedInFacebook and Instagram.