Castle & Cooke Mortgage, an independent mortgage lender with 41 locations throughout the United States, announced its expansion into New Mexico as it continues in its plan to expand its operations into 48 states by the end of 2016.

In 2015, the company has opened six new branches and is now lending in 19 states.

As part of its expansion into New Mexico, Castle & Cooke announced that it opened a new branch in Albuquerque. The company also plans to open a second branch in Las Cruces.

“We are thrilled to have two new branches in New Mexico and to expand our home loan services to new customers,” said Adam Thorpe, President and chief operating officer for Castle & Cooke Mortgage. “We will continue to raise the industry standard in every new branch we open by offering exceptional customer service and recruiting talented mortgage professionals for those markets.”

In a release, Castle & Cooke said that Iris Guzman will manage the Albuquerque location and Kyler Breen will lead the Las Cruces branch.

“With its diverse population, Albuquerque is a perfect location for Castle & Cooke Mortgage’s New Mexico branch,” Guzman said.  “Our broad array of loan programs combined with our renowned express loan funding will serve a multitude of buyers, including first-time home buyers, investors, veterans and repeat buyers.”