HOUSTON, Nov. 6, 2008 ? Envoy Mortgage, formerly known as First Houston Mortgage, a mortgage-banking firm licensed in 20 states that offers expertise in every aspect of the residential mortgage lending process, announced it has opened a new office in Corpus Christi, Texas. The new office now offers the Envoy Mortgage?s full range of loan products and utilizes its advanced business processes, including a proprietary paperless lending platform; electronic signature capability; in-house underwriting system and paperless file management system. ?Our new office in Corpus Christi illustrates Envoy Mortgage?s quest to expand in a down market,? said Dana Gompers, co-founder of Envoy Mortgage. ?Our expansion plan involves strategically looking for healthy markets to pursue in order to position our company for growth as the mortgage market returns.? First Houston announced its new brand identity under the name Envoy Mortgage on Oct. 1, 2008 in order to more accurately reflect the growing number of offices it has throughout the United States. The company currently has 34 offices. About Envoy Mortgage Based in Houston, Envoy Mortgage offers a wide variety of lending products and expertise for all areas of the residential mortgage lending industry. Innovative technologies enable the company to maintain a completely in-house origination process, thus reducing costs and improving efficiencies. For more information, visit www.envoymortgage.com.