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Devontae Brooks

Associate VP of Mortgage Lending
1699 E. Woodfield Rd, Ste 320, Schaumburg, IL 60173
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About Devontae

DeVontae has been in the mortgage industry since 2010, with over 7 years of mortgage banking and financial analysis experience. He started his mortgage career as a mortgage underwriter which is the individual responsible for making the decision to extend credit to a borrower.

Prior to joining Guaranteed Rate, DeVontae was a mortgage underwriter for Wells Fargo and most recently a Regional Lending Manager for the company. He made the transition to a loan officer because he wanted to provide his knowledge and experience to help borrower’s feel comfortable with the home lending process. His experience at the highest level of credit lending gives him an unique ability to understand each borrowers distinct situation.

DeVontae is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He is dedicated to continuing his education and being a knowledge seeker for life. His thirst for learning encouraged him to go back to school to earn his MBA from Northern Illinois University, taking evening classes while also balancing his career and life outside of work.

DeVontae is originally from the Quad Cities area of Illinois, but stayed in the Chicagoland area after graduating college. He was a collegiate athlete which taught him the significance of hard work, importance of teamwork, and appreciating individual differences.

DeVontae is a huge NIU Huskie and Florida Gator fan. The Chicagoland area has always been his dream destination because he loves the variety the city provides. DeVontae and his lovely wife Brittany reside in Chicago and love exploring the city. DeVontae enjoys athletics and is a CrossFit level 1 trainer because it is the closest thing to him reliving his athletic years while helping others develop their athletic potential.

He understands the complexity of home lending and loves the opportunity to share his knowledge to help educate borrowers. DeVontae approaches each transaction as if it was his own, it is important to him to thoroughly explain the home lending process and financial commitment to each borrower to ease their minds.

Devontae interview Q&A

What specific steps do you use to help your customers find the best home loan for them?
I ask my clients a variety of questions upfront and listen to what their needs are before making any recommendations. It is important to me as the industry expert to ensure my clients are comfortable with the process and understand what to expect from pre-approval to closing. Every client is different and I am committed to helping them find the best product for their situation.
What advice would you give new or first time home buyers?
The best advice for first time home buyers is to find a great and knowledgeable team that will guide them comfortably through the process. By a team, I’m referring to a loan officer, real estate agent, and attorney which must work synergistically to make it a wonderful experience for the client. If any one of those components are lacking it could be result in a terrible experience for a potential home buyer. First time buyers need to take their time and find the right first home, don’t hastily decide, make a plan and stick to it.
What part of the home loan process do customers find most difficult and how do you help them through it?
Most clients find gathering documents as the most difficult part of the homebuying process and not understanding why the information is required. It is essential for the loan officer to explain the “why” behind the process, with my previous background as an underwriter I can explain the “why” that sometimes is missing. My experience as an Underwriter and Lending Manager differentiates me from 99% of loan officers.
What provides you with the most satisfaction in your job as a Loan Officer?
I find the most satisfying part of what I do is the ability to meet people from all paths of life and help them find a home. We all come from somewhere and I enjoy learning about my clients, there isn’t any greater feeling in the world than helping people achieve home ownership.
Tell us something that makes you unique or something wacky, yet interesting about you?
I have a tough time going on long road trips as I get stir crazy in a car. I made a rule that if it takes longer than 5 hours to get to the destination I will fly instead. I make a few exceptions per year but America looks just as good at 39,000 feet.

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