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Chris Knapp

SVP, Divisional Sales Manager
3940 North Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60613
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Chris and team did an excellent job throughout the entire process and made things as simple as possible.

Dave S. – Chicago, IL | May. 2015

I'm very pleased with my last refinance with Chris Knapp, his entire team! This is my third transaction with Chris - one purchase and two refinances. There were no error's in the application and initial documents that I signed; no changes in fee's and rate as disclosed initially. The closing documents were accurate and the Notary was early. Everything was smooth, professional and communication was perfect with the entire Knapp Team. Many thanks for a job well done and appreciate it greatly.

Ann B. – Westchester, IL | Mar. 2015

Chris Knapp and his team were great to work with!!!

Anthony M. – Elmhurst, IL | Dec. 2014

Chris Knapp and staff made our refinance go smoothly. Closing was easy. We thought everyone was remarkable for their expertise and professionalism. We greatly appreciate all GR did for us!

Robert C. -- Carmel, CA. 9/17/2014

Chris and his team saved our purchase after protracted delays with our application with Chase. After working with Chase for over 40 days without resolution, Guaranteed Rate were able to provide us with approval within 10 days.

Rodney V. -- Chicago, IL. 9/23/2014

Chris Knapp was great, receptive and very helpful!

James F. -- Glencoe, IL 6/4/2014

I had a lot of questions. Being a first time home buyer I was nervous about everything and Chris Knapp and the team were able to address all of my questions in a professional and efficient way.

Lindsay R. -- Chicago, IL 1/29/2014

"It couldn't have gone any smoother! Chris was great and so was his entire team on keeping us in the loop throughout the process. I love the Docusign feature it made everything simple and easy to navigate."

Ryan V. -- Chicago, IL. -- 11/2013

"Chris was very efficient and informative throughout the entire process."

Deborah Z. -- Chicago, IL. -- 10/2013

"Chris, Joanne and Monica made this a really wonderful experience. They were completely accessible, able to give rapid responses and knew all of my answers. Everyone was friendly, accessible and VERY aware of me when I simply called to ask a question. They really know their stuff."

Terry L. -- Chicago, IL. -- 10/2013

"It went very well! Smooth! It was a hassle to try and refinance with other lenders and when I switched to working with you it was hassle free! I'm currently working with you again right now. I know my lenders because I'm a realtor and I work with them every day so I know this is a good one!"

Kim L. -- Hinsdale, IL. -- 9/2013

"It was good. We were able to conduct almost everything by email, but I got everything I need in a timely fashion. So convenient!"

Elizabeth F. -- Brookfield, IL. -- 9/2013

"Working with Chris Knapp was a joy. I'm so glad I didn't do the traditional bank route because I had a bad experience with people at Chase. When Chris wasn't there, Joann stepped in and she was great to work with. My real estate lawyer highly recommended Chris Knapp because they've worked together for many years. He was wonderful and I will be sending friends to him in the future. My lawyer told me to call Chris ... and in fifteen minutes he had all my questions answered and took off a lot...

Mary V. -- Chicago, IL -- 8/2013

"Guaranteed Rate turned around our application and issued a condition free mortgage commitment letter in less than two weeks after we had problems with another lender. The service was excellent, extremely fast processing,and the staff was polite and helpful. All communications with Guaranteed Rate were superb; Our phone calls were promptly returned and all of our questions were answered immediately. This is the first mortgage lender we have ever dealt with that did not ask for the same...

Jack F. -- Northbrook, IL. -- 8/2013

"Overall, it was a very easy process. Chris was good to work with and his responses to my questions were always solid. I was recommended through my @properties real estate agent."

Ross S. -- Chicago, IL. -- 7/2013

"AMAZING! Everything was so smooth and quick. The responses to my questions was very prompt and thorough. It was wonderful that it was so convenient."

Scott N. -- Chicago, IL. -- 6/2013

"I was happy with the service I received because everyone was helpful and professional. They answered any questions or concerns with patience and kindness. Excellent work!"

Andre M. -- Glenview, IL. -- 6/2013

"We've been a repeat customer with Chris and Guaranteed Rate for 10 years now. Chris is a great Loan Officer!"

James L. -- Chicago, IL. -- 5/2013

"Chris was great! The whole team was really good."

Ayman A. -- Hinsdale, IL. -- 5/2013

"This is the 3rd time I've used Guaranteed Rate, and I have recommended several people already. Chris made the whole process easy, and painless. Everyone I was working with was extremely helpful, and returned calls promptly, which I appreciate very much. By far the fastest closing I've ever had!"

Christopher H. -- Chicago, IL. -- 4/2013

"They were great to work with!! They answered all the questions I had in a very timely matter. I have been working with Chris Knapp for years and he is very trustworthy. I would be glad recommend them to any of my friends."

Jason P. -- Chicago, IL. -- 2/2013

"The online application process went very smoothly for the most part. People were very helpful, the process went as promised without holdups, everyone was very professional, and you can't beat the rate! We don't plan on refinancing again, since I doubt I will be able to beat the rate we have now. But if somehow they do drop, we'll certainly give you a call."

Ronald C. -- Poplar Grove, IL. -- 2/18/2013

"Everything went extremely well. Chris and his staff were professional, honest, trustworthy, responsive, friendly and great to deal with. I have used Guaranteed Rate in the past and was very satisfied with the service and the rate."

Karen K. -- Willowbrook, IL. -- 2/2013

"Chris Knapp was very helpful throughout the process, from application to closing. I had a good experience with Guaranteed Rate and would feel comfortable recommending them to friends."

Richard D. -- Chicago, IL. -- 2/2013

"We will strongly recommend Chris Knapp to anybody looking for a mortgage or refinance. Great work!"

Cameron M. -- Chicago, IL. -- 2/2013

"All points of contact were excellent, friendly, and professional... something of a rarity nowadays. Guaranteed Rate was fast, efficient, no hassle, and good rates, my experiences with banks were none of these. Thanks!"

Kristofor I. -- Oak Park, IL. -- 2/2013

"Chris Knapp was very prompt and professional."

Sean C. -- Elmhurst, IL. -- 1/2013

"The process was very smooth and they kept me informed of the progress the whole way through."

Jake W. -- Montgomery, IL. -- 1/10/2013

"Chris was very easy to communicate with and was always available to supply answers. In fact everyone involved was helpful."

David V. -- Bartlett, IL. -- 1//2013

"I've always had good experiences with Guaranteed Rate, not only did my mother use the company but I've also been using you guys for years. This is my 3rd time so far..."

Joanna S. -- Chicago, IL. -- 12/2012

"You made the refinancing process very easy and painless. I am very satisfied with my experience. Thanks!"

Steven S. -- Round Lake, IL. -- 12/2012

"Chris led me through a loan process that was fast, smooth and everything went as discussed, no surprises along the way. Great work!"

Melita R. -- Chicago, IL. -- 12/2012

"Chris kept us informed of each step and any documentation that was required. He and his staff were on top of everything and their response time on requests and updates was always great."

Zachary F. -- Chicago, IL. -- 12/26/2012

"Service with a smile! The entire team had a "get it done" approach and attitude and they fixed problems instead of creating them, unlike so many lender or brokers. As a Title Insurance Professional Guaranteed Rate will be my vendor of choice and I will recommend to all employees and clients."

Michael J L. -- Park Ridge, IL. -- 12/2012

"I was initially attracted to Guaranteed Rate because of your good word of mouth reputation. My process was nice and easy because the team was great about customer service, they were professional across the board, and followed up with prompt responses."

Andrew H. -- Lake Forest, IL. -- 11/2012

We have had the best experience with Guaranteed Rate. Chris Knapp is really very good in what he does. He finds and makes the time to explain things and is a pleasure to work with. We happened on him by chance. We were not able to secure a loan through Ally and we are sure glad that happened. We got a better rate from Guaranteed. We will definitely recommend this company, especially Chris to others.

Anna K. - Sterling, IL 1/2012

About Chris

I have been in the mortgage business for over 20 years. I was drawn to the business by its high pace and the ability to make an instant difference for a client buying a home or refinancing. To this day I enjoy working very closely with my clients and providing that personal customer service that I expect as a consumer. I am very involved from beginning to end.

The mortgage industry has changed significantly in many ways over the last few years. Now more than ever it is important to work with a trusted referral partner. It is important to work with someone that is familiar with your specific marketplace and the industry requirements in that marketplace. Additionally, working with a company that empowers the customer through the use of technology is a testament to their commitment to improving the customer experience.

I believe that the mortgage process requires tremendous communication and with the incredible team of support surrounding me here at Guaranteed Rate, my customers are always informed and able to get timely answers which is of the utmost importance.

I grew up North of Chicago and graduated from Miami University. I am married with 3 great kids, and now reside in the Western Suburbs. I was a long time resident of the City of Chicago and am an experienced real estate investor, landlord and home owner.

Along with being in the mortgage business, I spend as much free time as possible outdoors. More than all, I enjoy spending as much time with my wife and kids as possible.

Chris interview Q&A

How long have you been in the mortgage business and what inspired you to get into it?
21 years.
Who is your typical customer and what questions do they typically have?
My customers come from referral.
What specific steps do you use to help your customers find the best home loan for them?
We will work as a team to provide answers to all of the many questions a buyer will have these days. It is important for a customer to have the opportunity to explore and understand what options are available to them.
How long have you been in the mortgage business? What awards have you won?
21
How has the mortgage industry changed since you started, and what would you expect in the future?
The mortgage industry has changed significantly in many ways over the last few years. Now more than ever it is important to work with a trusted referral partner. It is important to work with someone that is familiar with your specific marketplace and the industry requirements in that marketplace. Additionaly, working with a company that offers a wide range of mortgage products, such as FHA and Jumbo loans as well Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs.
What part of the home loan process do customers find most difficult and how do you help them through it?
I believe that the mortgage process requires tremendous communication between the loan originator and the customer. Without that communication, a customer will find the process to be difficult and hard to navigate thru. I work closely with my clients and am accessible via all communication mediums in order to be there to answer questions and provide guidance.
Summary of where you grew up: family, affiliations, college, high school, etc.
I grew up North of Chicago. I am married with 3 great kids, and now reside in the Western Suburbs. I was a long time resident of the City of Chicago and am an experienced real estate investor, landlord and home owner.
Tell us something that makes you unique or something wacky, yet interesting about you?
Along with being in the mortgage business, I spend free time working on carpentry and word working projects. More than all, I enjoy spending as much time with my wife and kids.

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