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Jim Finucane

Vice President of Mortgage Lending
3940 North Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60613
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NMLS: 224364
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Jim Finucane exemplifies what it means to be professional. He is honest, kind, and good at what he does.

Matthew R. – Evanston, IL | June 2015

Jim was very understanding of my financial situation. He offered options that fit my needs, not his commission. He and his team were very courteous. They worked together to smoothly process the approval of my mortgage. The friendliness, accuracy and service of everyone made the whole process seem so easy. I did not experience any stress on my side of the table

Jackie S. -- Chicago, IL 5/21/2014

"Jim Finucane is a true professional, extremely knowledgeable, and was completely forthcoming and accurate with his information. During my decision making process, I made a last minute switch from Chase to Guaranteed Rate because of Jim, and he proved that I made the right choice! I will be sending any of my friends who purchase over to Jim. Jim's knowledge, professionalism, and his overall confidence in the process. He was a referral to me by my realtor. Great job, zero complaints!"

Derek W. -- Chicago, IL -- 5/2013

Everything was great. Jim Finucane did everything to make it happen. If we need to in the future, I will call Jim at Guaranteed Rate. I have already recommended Jim to two friends.

John C. - Evenaston, IL 10/2011

Everything went great with Guaranteed Rate. In particular, my agent, Jim Finucane did a terrific job. I was really pleased and impressed with his work. I think very highly of the work he did for me.

Louis W. - Skokie, IL 9/2011

About Jim

Recruited into the mortgage business by my mom, a life long Real Estate Manger and my sister a mortgage VP for 25 years.. I love working with 1st time buyers and really enjoy the people I work with. Graduated from the University of Denver, with a Bachelor's in construction management and real estate deveolpment. I'm extremely lucky to live on the lake in Chicago, I could literally dive from my balcony and hit water. I enjoy playing sports as often as I can from golf to racquetball to running and swimming.

Jim interview Q&A

How long have you been in the mortgage business and what inspired you to get into it?
I've been in the business for 22 years and my family lead the way.
Who is your typical customer and what questions do they typically have?
There is no typical customer, their needs are similar though. Save money and please take care of this for me. It can be overwhelming these days and I'm there to guide you through it. Hopefully with a couple laughs along the way.
What specific steps do you use to help your customers find the best home loan for them?
Simple, let them start talking, and work from there.
What are the pros and cons of a fixed rate mortgage versus an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)?
Pros- fixed rate is a security plan and simple. ARM- Pros are that it is riskier but you suggest these programs based on the clients realistic time frame.
Tell us about a specific challenging borrowing situation and how you got the mortgage closed and funded.
Just closed last week, 60 days ago my client calls me Monday night for a pre-approval which goes to contact that night. My client is leaving the next day to South Africa for the next month and half. My team and I were able to receive conditions for a Wells Jumbo on Thursday morning and were clear by Thursday morning the next week. GR Closing Department was able to get the docs out and fund the deal later that afternoon.
What advice would you give new or first time home buyers?
Welcome to the Game...
Tell us about a mortgage product that consumers may not be aware of?
Jumbo LPMI
How has the mortgage industry changed since you started, and what would you expect in the future?
The Fax machine had just come out when I started, everything was paper files. It was the wild west. I was just entry level, and the VPs popped champaign because the 30 rate just broke under 10 LOL
What part of the home loan process do customers find most difficult and how do you help them through it?
At the very beginning of the process I try to explain the stages. But at the end of the conversation I add, but don't worry, I'll be touching base at each turn to guide you. For now, just keep your bank statement handy and pay stubs.
What are the top 3 misconceptions people have about the home loan process?
Rate, property and rate and credit and rate
What 2 or 3 mobile apps would you recommend for home buyers or house hunters, and why? What Smart Apps do you recommend your customers use for the house hunting process?
Call me
What resources could you recommend that borrowers use to learn more about the mortgage process and how to ensure a successful home closing?
Talk to me...
What can borrowers do to insure a smooth mortgage underwriting process?
Be efficient with online banking, we often need transaction reports, pay stubs
Are you active in any local associations or community groups, and at what level? What goals and/or success have you helped these groups achieve?
Racquet ball league. I've done probably about 20 deal over the last couple years from those contacts.
What provides you with the most satisfaction in your job as a Loan Officer?
Talking to the client after a closing.
What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time when you are not helping people with their home loans?
Swimming, golfing racquetball and live music.
Tell us something that makes you unique or something wacky, yet interesting about you?
I have an Old Soul, a young heart and tons of gas left in the tank. I played on my school's basketball team and went 32-0 into the final game down state and lost. We are part of a 30 for 30 special on ESPN

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