GRate welcomes back SVP and real estate makes a splash at Crain’s

by Meg White

A familiar face at Guaranteed Rate Affinity

Guaranteed Rate announced today that it’s bringing Jon Altizer back into the fold. The firm’s newest senior vice president of mortgage lending had spent nine years out of his 20 in mortgage lending at Guaranteed Rate and will be joining the Naperville office.

Altizer is a heavy hitter in the industry, having funded more than $1 billion in loan volume throughout his career. He was most recently an originating branch manager with CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc. in Batavia. He also spent some time with Compass Mortgage after leaving Guaranteed Rate.

“It’s great to have him back,” said Guaranteed Rate Founder and CEO Victor Ciardelli. “Jon has built such strong relationships with his customers and referral partners here in Chicago and throughout the Midwest.”

Altizer will be joining Guaranteed Rate Affinity, the company’s joint venture with Realogy, where he hopes to focus on loan origination and working collaboratively with brokers across the region. “I’m excited to return to the Guaranteed Rate family and work with Victor and the leadership team at Guaranteed Rate Affinity,” said Altizer. “Others have tried to copy the model, but I have yet to see it successfully replicated.”

CAR and Related Midwest VIPs snag spots on 40 under 40 list

Crain’s Chicago Business announced its 40 Under 40 list this week, giving local association and developer communities something to crow about. Chicago Association of Realtors CEO Michelle Mills Clement — who was also just recognized by Chicago Agent magazine readers in the 2019 Agents’ Choice Awards — was among those recognized in this year’s crop of young leaders.

Related Midwest’s Sarah Wick also made the list. She leads the firm’s affordable housing business, most notably spearheading the revitalization of the Chicago Housing Authority’s Julia C. Lathrop Homes. The first phase of the mixed-use project was recently unveiled, complete with 414 market rate, affordable and subsidized units, alongside a park and riverwalk area.

“Sarah’s efforts to engage with stakeholders have resulted in strengthening the neighborhoods we serve and in helping all income groups feel at home,” said Curt Bailey, president of Related Midwest. “Her passion for preserving affordable housing has not only had a measurable impact on Chicago’s urban landscape, but on the people in the communities in which she works.”

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