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J.D. Cortese, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending

Guaranteed Rate

Licensed in 46 states, J.D. Cortese and his team at Guaranteed Rate can tackle any home financing challenge. As a senior vice president of mortgage lending, Cortese is known for executing a streamlined and efficient transaction. “Having everyone on the same page makes the process seamless,” he says.

Drawn to the opportunity to help others make the biggest purchase of their lives, Cortese joined the industry over 25 years ago and is now No. 62 among Mortgage Executive Magazine’s top 200 originators nationally. Since 2008, Cortese has earned a 100% rate of customer satisfaction, catering to a mix of past clients, referral partners and new business built through innovative marketing events. Within the last year, Cortese and his team helped over 300 people, and his average yearly volume is $100 million. “We give our clients all the information they need upfront so they are ready to make informed decisions,” he says.

Always evolving and adapting to best serve his clients, Cortese stays abreast of industry trends through membership in the National Association of Mortgage Brokers, Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association and Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals. He is an active participant in his community, belonging to the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, Bucktown Community Organization, Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, and Old Town Merchants & Residents Association. He currently sits on the golf board of the Midtown Educational Foundation and is an accredited member of The Veterans Advocacy & Benefits Association.

Cortese supports the Jackson Chance Foundation’s annual Ping Pong Ball, and as a Purdue University graduate, he sponsors multiple alumni association events at the Indiana educational institution throughout the year.

Guaranteed Rate Inc. is a private corporation organized under the laws of the state of Delaware. It has no affiliation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture or any other government agency.

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