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Russell Martin

VP of Lending

Chicago, IL Mortgage Lender

NMLS #67024

413 N. Carpenter St., Suite 1W
Chicago, IL 60642
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(847) 722-5315
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About Russell

I have more than two decades experience as a residential mortgage originator. I’ve personally closed nearly $1 billion in residential mortgage loans and received numerous accolades including being a nominee for IL Mortgage Banker of the Year in 2016 and Scotsman Guide Top 1% of Loan Officers nationwide.

I work with first time home buyers to seasoned investors looking to expand their real estate portfolio. I’m an expert on conventional, FHA/VA, and jumbo financing. My approach is to educate my clients about their mortgage and provide unparalleled customer service. I truly want to be your "lender for life."

I received my BA in Business Administration from Morehouse College and my MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship from Northwestern University (Kellogg). Prior to mortgages, I worked in the Strategy & Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting focusing on corporate strategy, new product development, post M&A integration, supply chain and operations strategy.

I've lived in Chicago almost 25 years, but I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and consider myself a country boy at heart. In my spare time I enjoy going on long rides to nowhere on my BMW motorcycle. I also race 1/8th & 1/10th scale off-road RC cars. Spending a summer week or two on Martha's Vineyard or in Chattahoochee Hills, GA has been my annual highlight for the past 20 years. Finally, I am a self-confessed Star Wars and Sci-Fi nerd, and my office is filled with collectible Star Wars Lego models.


  • Purchase and Refinance
  • Purchase
  • Refinance Loans

Recent Posts and Articles


A homeowner with a child on his lap calculating whether to buy a new home or refinance his home loan

Owning a home is fun and fulfilling!

What’s not to love about having a space that is entirely yours? You can paint your bathroom fuchsia, have hardwood in the master, put up a wild Mosaic in the kitchen, install a smart thermostat, you name it. After all, it’s your home!

Equally enjoyable are the other personal and financial advantages of being a homeowner: security and stability, equity and wealth building, and more! I’m here to help you get the most from your home financing — whether you’re buying your first home, moving up or downsizing to match your lifestyle, or refinancing your current mortgage.

Helping your home financing process go smoothly.


  • The Mortgage Process

    There are some major milestones on your road to home financing. As your loan officer, I’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure you understand each one and get through them quickly.

  • Payment Calculator

    How much will your mortgage payment be? How much can you save if you refinance? Is it better to buy than rent? Use these online calculators to crunch the numbers and see for yourself.

  • Find the Right Loan

    I separate myself from other lenders by offering a broader selection of home financing options — from loans for first-time homebuyers to refinance programs for accessing your home’s equity.

  • Home Loan Check List

    Before you explore the endless options of home financing, some preparation is in order. Planning ahead for your mortgage is the key to an easier and more successful home financing process.

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