The client’s goals are Michael Knopf’s goals, and this philosophy is what sets him apart from many other mortgage originators. As a senior vice president of mortgage lending at Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.’s branch on Chicago’s North Side, Knopf has been named one of the top originators in the country by industry trade publication Scotsman Guide and ranked among the top 1% of mortgage originators in America by Mortgage Executive magazine.
With 21 years of experience as a loan officer, Knopf has gained a wealth of home financing knowledge that allows him to be creative and flexible with his home financing solutions. “The mortgage industry is ever-changing, but I make sure to stay up to date to deliver the great service my customers deserve,” he says. His clients know him as a trustworthy and friendly professional who consistently provides expert advice and education.
Knopf prepares his clients for the home financing process by fully understanding their needs and goals. “Once I get to know them, I can offer a specific loan solution catered to their situation,” he says. “Even if a borrower is in a complicated or challenging position, I can often provide a strategy to get them to the closing table.” Knopf credits this ability to help virtually any kind of borrower to his well-rounded professional experience and sincere passion for helping people finance their dream homes.
In 2020, Knopf closed over $134 million in loan volume and helped over 420 people with their home financing, earning him a spot in his company’s President’s Club, a group reserved exclusively for top-producing originators. Hoping to keep up these record-breaking numbers, he is enthusiastic about the years ahead in his career and aims to continue providing his brand of excellent service to as many families as possible.
When he isn’t working, Knopf enjoys spending time with his family and being an active member of his community as a board member of local schools and charities.