John Russo
Regional Manager
Phone: 732.397.2288

For the last 20 years, I have been in the mortgage business as a producer and leader. Early in my career, I had the opportunity to work in a wealth management banking / financial advisor role, which allowed me the opportunity to offer mortgage solutions to my investment clients. I found that I enjoyed working closely with my clients on their debt strategy more so than their investment strategy, so I ventured into the mortgage space. I have been named in the Top 1% of Loan Originators in years past and have had the privilege of leading seven Top 1% loan officers in the last three years.
I approach every interaction with my clients from a position of common courtesy, respect and trust. I take a holistic approach to my clients’ financial and personal needs when making recommendations and believe strongly that the key to wealth-building lies in a sound investment in real estate. I take my responsibility very seriously in outlining the best options available to my clients to ensure that the loan they secure fits their needs in the present moment and for years to come. I enjoy working with first-time homebuyers, move-up buyers, investors and families looking to purchase a second or vacation home. I take pride in being my clients’ lender for life, so I am always available for a consultation concerning refinancing or acquiring additional properties as part of their investment strategy. Originally from New Jersey, just outside of New York City, I moved to Florida in 2011. During most of my life, I had enjoyed vacationing in Florida. And after many years of cold winters, I decided to make it my home. Outside of my passion for my career, I love to travel. I take every opportunity available to me to sneak away for long weekends or even weeks at a time to immerse myself in different cultures, experience different foods and even take a crack at new languages. I consider myself a lifelong student. I am presently working on a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and plan next to pursue a doctoral degree. Homeownership is a key component of the American dream. I take great pride in the fact that I have helped thousands of families achieve this goal. I love being a part of the sense of achievement my clients feel when they cross the finish line and leave the closing table with the keys to their new home in hand!

Award Winning Lender

Named to the Inc. 5000’s List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for five years

Named one of National Mortgage News’ Best Mortgage Companies to Work for four consecutive years

Why Homespire Mortgage?

  • Technology to Close More Loans, Faster.
  • Our innovative technology allows Loan Officers to originate loans more efficiently and drive more business. A better digital experience means a faster and more streamlined lending experience for you, your borrower and referral partners.
  • Marketing to Grow Your Business
  • Our in-house marketing department produces powerful web, print and social media marketing to dazzle prospects and clients, helping you reach more clients. Loan Officers also have access to Ignitify® to personalize or cobrand marketing in minutes and Purple Pulse, giving them on-the-go access to CRM for lead management, email marketing and text message (SMS) campaigns.
  • An Expert Team Supporting You
  • At Homespire Mortgage, we know what’s on the line. Our Loan Officers are backed by an experiences in-house underwriting and operations staff, delivering fast turn times on all underwriting, conditions and appraisals.
  • Upfront Underwriting
  • We underwrite every loan at the beginning of the loan process, not the end. Your borrower has total peace of mind knowing they’re fully pre-approved, not just pre-qualified.

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Our people are talking, and you’ll love what they have to say.

I have a full team of in-house underwriters to help me find solutions for those tough loan scenarios.

Nothing beats the sense of teamwork and camaraderie here. You become a part of this amazing and wonderful endeavor – and you grow tremendously in the process. We all work hard and have a ton of fun along the way!

Valentina Wilber

Mortgage Loan Officer | NMLS #1053529
Washington, D.C.

From day one, the entire team at Homespire made me feel welcome. I never felt different from my human

I am looking forward to my career with Homespire Mortgage and utilizing the tools the company makes available to loan officers that will allow me to better serve the puppet community.

Howie Homespire

Loan Officer | NMLS #183215
Gaitherburg, MD

The management and support that is available to Branch Managers is just extraordinary.

 You never have to wonder if you’re getting the necessary support to deliver an amazing customer experience.

Otmane Laassel

Branch Managers | NMLS #184548
Shady Grove, MD

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