First Community Mortgage (FCM) has expanded its loan origination team in Franklin, Tenn., with the addition of three mortgage professionals.

FCM has tapped Billy Harter to lead its Cool Springs office in Franklin as vice president and branch manager. The mortgage lender also recently hired Jason Kaplan as a loan officer and Johnny Smith as vice president of regional production.

Harter joins FCM with 15 years of experience in the financial industry. During his mortgage career, he has closed over half a billion in loans and has reaped several awards, including recognitions from the Nashville Mortgage Bankers Association. Harter spent nine years at Franklin Synergy Bank, which was acquired last year by FirstBank.

“Billy strategizes so that he helps every borrower meet their short- and long-term needs and financial goals,” FCM President Dan Smith said. “He is especially adept at helping homebuyers and working with a full range of mortgage products, from conventional and jumbo to FHA, VA and USDA. He prides himself on leveraging FCM’s internal resources and people power to create a smooth lending process and, whenever possible, quick closings, which makes him a great fit for our team.”

“I get to know my borrowers, taking into account current economic conditions,” Harter said. “I offer an extensive line of loan products and manage the entire process so that there are no surprises.”