First Home Bank Celebrates Its New Full-Service Banking Center in Historic Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida

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First Home Bank, the #1 performing community bank in Florida based on average assets and average equity, opens a new full-service banking center in downtown St. Petersburg. The First Home banking and executive center is home to over 80 employees, including the First Home Bank executive team, SBA Lending Division, Residential Mortgage Division, and various administrative departments.

According to Chief Executive Officer Anthony N. Leo, “As a growing community bank, First Home Bank is pleased to be a part of this vibrant area. We have a talented team of bankers ready to help local residents and businesses with their banking needs.”

First Home Bank is pleased to celebrate the opening of its newest full service banking and executive center in the historic west end area of downtown St. Petersburg. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday and officiated by Mayor Rick Kriseman along with the First Home Bank executive team. Approximately 150 guests attended the event including local business leaders, bank clients, staff, and members of the First Home Bank Board of Directors.

Located at 700 Central Avenue, First Home Bank offers numerous banking services to serve varying lifestyle needs, including a TrendSetters Club that offers special perks for the over 50-year old clients, a Kids’ Club to teach children smart money skills, and a NuStart account option aimed at helping individuals with past banking troubles. Lobby and drive through hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to noon. Fresh cookies are served daily and the banking center is dog-friendly.

The First Home banking and executive center is home to over 80 employees, including the First Home Bank executive team, SBA Lending Division, Residential Mortgage Division, and various administrative departments. According to Chief Executive Officer Anthony N. Leo, “As a growing community bank, First Home Bank is pleased to be a part of this vibrant area. We have a talented team of bankers ready to help local residents and businesses with their banking needs.”
In the spirit of St. Petersburg’s dedication to helping local businesses grow, First Home has a robust small business lending program. In fact, First Home Bank is a SBA Preferred Lender and currently ranks as a Top 10 SBA Lender. Recently, First Home earned the distinction as the No. 5 Top Performing Community Bank from S&P Global Market Intelligence reports. In 2016, First Home established a Best in Class Residential Mortgage Division offering a wide range of home financing options including conventional, first-time homebuyer, Jumbo, FHA, VA, USDA, second home, and construction loan programs.

About First Home Bank: First Home Bank was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Seminole, Florida. With total assets of approximately $227million, First Home operates three full service banking centers in St. Petersburg, Seminole, and Pinellas Park, Florida. In addition to its banking centers, First Home operates a national SBA lending platform and a full service national residential mortgage platform. At September 30, 2017, First Home Bank was ranked as the 12th largest SBA Lender nationally in dollar volume lent and 10th nationally in number of SBA loans issued. Additionally, First Home Bank is the #1 performing community bank in Florida measured by return on average assets and average equity, and is ranked 33rd out of 5,865 nationally.

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