Brian R. Jessen became a mortgage lender to leave a positive mark on the world and help others make their dreams possible. As a Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate, Jessen specializes in jumbo loans for the purchase and refinance of primary homes, secondary homes and investment properties. Although he works primarily with middle- to upper-bracket clientele — including doctors, attorneys, corporate executives and small-business owners — Jessen is equally adept at handling first-time homebuyers, many of whom are the children of past clients.
“Knowing that my clients and my referral sources truly trust me to do what is best for them and for their family, friends and clients is the best reward!” he says, adding that even after 31 years in the business, he continues to attend most of his real estate closings in order to observe his clients’ joy and excitement.
As a seasoned lender, Jessen aims to bring consistency, honesty and transparency to the profession, noting that he strives to act as a trusted advisor and sounding board for his clients and to help them navigate through the various obstacles that they may be facing, regardless of whether they’re directly related to real estate or finance. “Getting to know the clients on a more personal level always leads to a better experience and more targeted advice,” he says.
Jessen has earned a 98 Net Promoter Score as well as multiple client satisfaction and top producer awards. He is a member of the North Shore–Barrington Association of Realtors, Mortgage Bankers Association, Powerhouse SMART, and Women’s Council of Realtors and volunteers with St. Francis de Sales Food Pantry, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and the Young Professionals Society, where he mentors young adults.
As a father, Jessen is eager to pass on his values. “I’m teaching my children some of the most important points in life: to live a meaningful but fun life, but first and foremost, to be a kind person to others, have humility in your good fortune, and to give back to your local communities and to society,” he says.