JD Cortese, Branch Manager

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To lender JD Cortese, there’s no better feeling than helping someone make the biggest purchase of their lives. He’s ready to tackle any of his client’s financial needs with honesty across the board.

A mortgage industry leader for the past 26 years, Cortese continuously keeps abreast of changes in the mortgage industry with memberships with the National Mortgage Brokers Association, Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association, and Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers. In addition to personal licensing in 46 major real estate states, he can also help buyers finance in all 50 states. In fact, he recently became a branch manager by opening a new office in Naples, Florida.

Cortese believes that having a strong team is important and taking care of the team is just as important. “We set out to make the process as easy and streamlined as possible for our clients, which requires a great team,” he says. “We give our clients all the information they need upfront so they are ready to make important decisions.”

Cortese says his team has “a great mix of past clients, referral partners and awesome marketing events that make up [their] business.” It’s what’s landed him a spot on the Scotsman Guide Top Mortgage Originators list. With a $250 Million average yearly volume, a 100% customer satisfaction rating from 2008 to 2020 and experience as a practiced real estate investor, Cortese can offer unmatched knowledge and customer service to his clients.

Cortese keeps actively involved in the communities in which he works and lives. He’s a member of the Barrington Chamber of Commerce, the Bucktown Community Organization, Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, the Board of the Midtown Educational Foundation and the Old Town Chamber of Commerce. He’s also an accredited member of The Veterans Advocacy & Benefits Association. Each year he supports the Jackson Chance Foundation with their annual Ping Pong Ball in the fall.

An alumnus of Purdue University, Cortese is an annual sponsor of multiple Purdue Alumni Association events such as the John Purdue Club Mollenkopf-Keys Classic and Purdue Alumni Club of Chicago Golf Outing Fundraiser.

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