PETERSBURG, FL – First Home Bank announced the opening of its fourth full-service banking center in the Countryside area of Clearwater. On May 17, 2018, the First Home executive team and Clearwater city officials ceremoniously cut the ribbon and opened the doors to well over 100 guests including local business leaders, bank clients and members of the First Home Board of Directors. A public grand opening will be held on June 15 and June 16 with festivities and food.

“At First Home Bank, we help people with personalized banking services that meet their individual needs, whether it’s a SBA loan that funds lifesaving drones on Gulf oil rigs or a Kids’ Club savings account to help parents educate their kids about savings,” Chief Executive Officer Anthony N. Leo said. “This approach to banking is allowing us to expand our footprint in Pinellas County within the last year not only to Clearwater but also in St. Petersburg.

First Home Bank offers a full suite of banking services, from a free checking account with instant-issue debit cards customized with personal photos, to commercial and retail lending services to deposit and treasury management products. Conveniently located off of U.S. 19 in Clearwater at 2520 Countryside Boulevard, the Bank’s lobby and drive through hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to noon. Fresh cookies are served daily, plus the bank is dog-friendly. Johanna Kossifidis, an active member of the Clearwater and Tarpon Springs communities, is the vice president, branch manager.

The 11,000 square foot building is also home to the Bank’s Residential Mortgage Division administrative and operations team. More than 30 residential employees are housed at this location and assist with all aspects of home lending from pre-approval to underwriting and closing. These employees also support 11 loan production offices, as well as a specialized VA lending department. First Home Bank provides home financing options including Conventional, Jumbo, FHA, VA, USDA, first-time homebuyer, second home, and construction loan programs nationwide. With this suite of products and well-trained staff, First Home is positioned to meet the borrower’s needs and guarantee that loans close on time.

First Home Bank continues to rank as a Top 10 SBA Lender as well as a SBA Preferred Lender. The Bank offers SBA programs that feature flexible parameters to meet the financial needs of small businesses with loans from $25,000 to $5,000,000. Lastly, First Home consistently earns a 5-star rating from bankrate.com and BauerFinancial, which is a superior condition for safety, soundness, strength, reliability and trust. First Home Bank once again placed as the top performing bank in the state of Florida in the first quarter of 2018.

About First Home Bank: First Home Bank was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Seminole, Florida. With total assets of approximately $300 million, First Home operates four full service banking centers in St. Petersburg, Seminole, Pinellas Park and Clearwater, Florida. In addition to its banking centers, First Home operates a national SBA lending platform and a full service national residential mortgage platform. As of December 31, 2017, First Home Bank was ranked as the 10th largest SBA Lender nationally in SBA loans originated. Additionally, First Home Bank is the #1 performing community bank in Florida measured by return on average assets.