Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.
Mortgage professional Michael Knopf is a standout among Chicagoland loan originators. An 18-year industry veteran, he has regularly achieved President’s Club status at the lenders where he has served, and Mortgage Executive magazine has ranked him among the top 1 percent of mortgage originators in the nation for several years running. This year, Knopf joined Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. as senior vice president of mortgage lending, opening his own branch on Chicago’s North Side.
To Knopf, it’s his business philosophy, not his success, that sets him apart. “I focus on what’s best for my clients – no ifs, ands or buts,” he says. “There are no other motives involved when I counsel my clients other than what’s best for them.” Knopf starts by getting to know each client to understand their situation and goals so he can find a tailored financing solution. He is aided by his broad knowledge of current loan programs and underwriting guidelines, which helps him be creative in providing the right solution for each borrower. “When other lenders say they can’t lend in a situation, I can often get it done,” he says.
Knopf’s clients include “everyone from first-time homebuyers to seasoned investors with complex financial situations, from starter homes to multi-million dollar properties.” His many satisfied past clients describe him as honest, professional, helpful, friendly and a provider of top-notch service. For his part, Knopf has equally positive things to say about his experience serving his clients. “Helping people get into the homes they desire or helping people and their families financially through refinancing is very gratifying,” he says. “It’s great to know that I’ve made a positive difference in their lives.”
In his spare time, Michael loves to spend time with his family and give back to his community. He is an active board member of several local schools and charities, where he contributes his expertise in a range of roles.
As the mortgage industry continues to change and evolve, Knopf remains committed to keeping his clients first as he provides expert guidance through the lending landscape.