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Movement Mortgage, a national top 10 retail mortgage lender, is excited to announce the addition of one of the top mortgage originators in the Southeast region, Pete Zaft.

Zaft, who is based in Nashville, is Tennessee’s leading individual mortgage originator, originating more than $137 million in residential mortgages in 2018. In his more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry, Zaft has struck a balance between the speed of advanced technology and the importance of one-on-one relationships. “I’m Realtor and customer focused,” says Zaft. “Movement has a terrific array of products that I need but also values Realtor relationships, which is exactly what I want.”

Movement Mortgage loan officer Pete Zaft

Zaft officially started with Movement on Jan. 2, 2019 under Market Leaders Gayle Kindig and Gregg Murphy and Regional Director David Massey. “Pete’s focus and drive is what impresses me the most,” says Massey. “He commands a lot of respect amongst his peers. We are very fortunate to have him join Movement Mortgage.”

Murphy has competed against Zaft for years in middle Tennessee and has always admired him. “He has a reputation for getting loans closed quickly,” says Murphy. “To be blunt, he’s probably the most guideline-savvy loan officer mind I’ve ever known.”

Kindig added, “His approach to a customer’s individual financial situation, expertise in employment, expertise in guidelines, expertise in first-time home buying, gets people the house they want, not one they have to settle for.”

Zaft has lived in Nashville since 1993 and joined the mortgage industry in 1998. He has built his whole career around customer service and Realtor relationships, which he is excited to continue with the support of Movement. “Everyone has been so friendly and willing to help,” said Zaft. “I’m competitive, I want to win and continue to grow. I want to be even better than 2018 and Movement wants, and is able, to handle that.”


About Movement Mortgage

Movement Mortgage exists to love and value people by leading a Movement of Change in its industry, corporate culture and communities. Movement funded approximately $13 billion in residential mortgages in 2017 and is the seventh-largest retail mortgage lender in the U.S. Movement is best known for its innovative mortgage process and referable experience, which begins with Upfront Underwriting and a seven-day loan processing goal. The company employs more than 3,500 people, has more than 750 branches in the U.S. and is licensed in 49 states. Its nonprofit organization, the Movement Foundation, has reinvested approximately $40 million in communities to date. For more information, visit


About the Author:

Jennifer Bates

Jennifer is a Communications Coordinator at Movement Mortgage. She lives in Charlotte with her two dogs, Griffey and Maddux.