Preferred Financial Group Inc., a nationwide direct lender with a wholesale channel based in Burlingame, Calif., and Shearson Home Loans, a retail mortgage brokerage based in Las Vegas, have announced a partnership aimed at expanding their loan volume and offering a broader range of services.Shearson said finding a partner that could manage the banking side of the business was a key factor in its decision, while PFG said it was looking for a strong player in the residential mortgage market. "PFG Inc. is committed to technology, with a solid infrastructure that is capable of handling a loan volume of increasing capacity," said Michael Barron, Shearson's chairman and chief executive officer. "As Shearson continues to expand and open new branches, the business partnership with PFG Inc. enables us to grow faster and stronger, while exceeding the expectations of our clients." PFG offers Web-based technology, in-house underwriting, document preparation, funding, and closing processes. Its wholesale channel, WLO, can be found online at http://www.wloconnect.com, and Shearson can be found at http://www.shearsonhomeloans.com.

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