SOURCE: OpenHouse

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June 07, 2016 08:00 ET

OpenHouse Connects Wintrust Mortgage Customers to Top Real Estate Agents for Home Purchases and Sales

Wintrust Expands Core Home Buying Loan Services to Include Agent Connection

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 7, 2016) - OpenHouse today announced a strategic relationship with Wintrust Mortgage. As part of the engagement, Wintrust will expand its core home buying loan services to allow mortgage clients to source highly qualified real estate agents for their home purchase or sale. Using OpenHouse's patented, data-driven recommendation service, known as Agent Ace, Wintrust's clients can now harness the power of performance data to easily connect to a real estate agent that is most qualified to represent them.

Agent Ace, a service of OpenHouse Realty, unlocks industry data on agent performance to determine which agent would be the most qualified to help a consumer purchase or sell a home, based on criteria including location, price and home type. The recommendation is always objective and unbiased, making it superior to traditional word-of-mouth recommendations, agent advertisements or existing agent networks. Benefits are twofold:

1. It is free for Wintrust consumers, who will also earn a $250 cash back rebate from Agent Ace for every $100,000 in home value, up to a maximum of $5,000.
2. Agent Ace provides Wintrust loan officers with great visibility into the customer real estate lifecycle and direct access to top performing real estate agents to foster and build relationships on both a local and national level.

Wintrust will promote the Agent Ace service directly on WintrustMortgage.com/windirect and through other direct marketing channels, as well as by giving its pre-qualified customers the ability to seamlessly connect with the top performing Agent Ace-sourced real estate agent who meets their specific needs.

"Wintrust is a nationally recognized, service-based financial organization, and OpenHouse's Agent Ace agent connection service will be a valued extension of that promise to deliver quality customer service," said Jason Nierman, head of business development at OpenHouse. "Agent Ace will be a key tool to aid both Wintrust customers and their loan officers as they progress through the home buying journey."

"We're extremely excited to be working with OpenHouse as we expand our consumer direct business and enhance the overall service we provide to our customers," said Bob Shield, Executive Vice President. "Wintrust will be able to continue to build rock-solid relationships with the top real estate agents in the country, which will benefit our customers and loan officers for years to come."

About OpenHouse
OpenHouse helps buyers and sellers make smarter decisions about the biggest transaction in their lives by answering the most important question: "What could my life be like in this home?" The right house is more than a ZIP code, a price tag, a floor plan: It's the life you live in it. Powered by data, OpenHouse is a better way to find your dream home, and a smarter way to connect with the agent that can make it yours. Founded in 2010 as Agent Ace, OpenHouse is headquartered in sunny Santa Monica, California. To find the life you want to live, visit TheOpenHouse.com.

About Wintrust
Wintrust Mortgage is not like other mortgage providers. For us, it's not just about products and price. It's about service to our customers and our community. Wintrust Mortgage is your calm, clear and experienced guide through the mortgage process.

Our company offers exceptional service and a wide variety of solutions:
COMPETITIVE RATES, SPECIAL FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER PROGRAMS, FAST PRE-QUALIFICATION PROCESS, IN-HOUSE PROCESSING, UNDERWRITING, CLOSING AND FUNDING, FHA, VA, CONVENTIONAL AND PORTFOLIO PROGRAMS RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL LENDING

Wintrust Mortgage is part of Wintrust Financial Corporation, a $23 billion financial services holding company, which also includes 15 different Community Bank Charters (over 150 Branch locations in IL, WI and IN), a nationwide premium finance company, a full wealth management services company and a variety of specialized finance companies.

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