Jeff Appel joins Preferred Empire Mortgage

By Tom Acitelli, The Real Deal

Jeff Appel has left as managing director of the Manhattan Mortgage Company to join Preferred Empire Mortgage Company as senior vice president, the Real Deal has learned.

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Appel will take to Preferred Empire five Manhattan Mortgage staffers, including senior account executive Steve Moran. Appel said Thursday afternoon he had received several offers from other firms, and thought Preferred Empire’s offer was the “smartest.” He said he could not discuss the other offers.

Appel has consistently been ranked as one of the top loan originators in New York City and among the top 10 nationally. He holds real estate broker licenses in New York, Massachusetts, and California, where he owned a real estate firm in Los Angeles, according to a statement from Preferred.