Mortgage Network, Inc., one of the largest, privately held independent mortgage companies in the eastern U.S, is has announced Clint Hammond, branch manager of its Columbia office, has been appointed to the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers Board by Governor Henry McMaster.

Hammond will fill the seat on the seven-member board reserved for a mortgage lender. He will serve a three-year term ending May 31, 2020. The board regulates the real estate appraisal industry in the state to protect the public’s interest, including determining the standards and qualifications for the issuance of permits, licenses, and certifications for appraisers and recommending changes in legislation and regulations.

A certified mortgage planning specialist (CMPS), Hammond has been with Mortgage Network for more than 13 years, during which time he has helped hundreds of residents of South Carolina with their mortgage and refinancing needs.

“I’m honored to have even been considered for the position and even more so to have been nominated and confirmed to serve,” Hammond said. “I hope to have some say over how appraisers conduct themselves in the business and help create some consistency in how they value property that protects borrowers but at the same time doesn’t hinder growth in the housing market.”

“Public service is part of what we do at Mortgage Network. We take a keen interest in making the business better, which only serves to help our customers,” said Brian Koss, executive vice president. “We’re proud of Clint for earning this appointment. It reflects well on our entire company and all of our team members.”

Based in Danvers, Massachusetts, Mortgage Network provides mortgage banking services in more than 20 states through a wide variety of retail offices built to fit each local market. Mortgage Network is more focused and agile than many larger competitors, which allows the company to provide a high level of service to its customers and its business and referral partners.

Hammond can be reached at 803-576-4450 or online at www.Clint-Hammond.com. Mortgage Network’s Columbia branch is located at 1122 Lady Street, Suite 800, Columbia, SC 29201.