Mortgage lender Total Mortgage Services announced plans Monday to hire 50 retail loan officers in an effort to grow the firm's mortgage retail channel. The officers will help the firm expand its loan origination output in the 23 states where Total Mortgage is currently licensed and in the five states where additional licenses are pending. The Milford, Conn.-based mortgage lender said it will be recruiting experienced mortgage production professionals and offering competitive compensation packages. “Total Mortgage’s vision is to deliver the perfect mortgage, which we believe starts with our advice-driven loan officers establishing a trust-based relationship with a borrower at initial contact and continuing to offer the best advice through closing,” said John Walsh, president of Total Mortgage. “Part of our expansion strategy is to significantly increase our retail production team by adding 50 high quality mortgage sales professionals, who not only have a track record of producing quality loans, but who are technologically savvy, have great communication skills and are aligned with our integrity-based culture and our centralized model.” Total Mortgage Services offers low mortgage rates on jumbo, FHA-insured, 30-year fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages. Write to Kerri Panchuk.