If you're in the market for a skyscraper, don't call Empire Equity Group. If you're looking for something a little more modest, it might be able to help. The online mortgage broker, which does business as 1st Metropolitan Mortgage, offers conforming, non-conforming, and government loans. It is licensed in 50 states and has some 250 offices around the country. Business was hurt by the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the US. In response, the company shifted strategy to focus on originating more strictly regulated Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Federal Housing Administration loans in 2008. Now FHA loans make up about 60% of its production.