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Barry Schwartz

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I was born and raised in Wilmette, IL – a suburb just north of Chicago. The youngest of three kids, I always found myself wanting more attention than I was getting. This is probably what led me to break off and attend the University of Kansas in 1984 – while the rest of my family had gone to the University of Illinois. I was drawn to Kansas because of their Journalism Department’s excellent reputation which would help me fulfill my dream of becoming a sports writer.  After two weeks, my dream of becoming a sports writer was taken over by my dream to not have so much homework, so I found the easiest major I could find: Speech Communications with a minor in Drama.
These two majors combined to give me the skills to get a girl who didn’t like me to eventually fall in love and marry me.
Upon graduation I took what I had learned and began my sales career with a company that sold computer memory chips. In seven short years, the company went from three employees to three hundred employees – and I was the number one salesman. But I was also bored out of my mind. Without my next job in place, I quit in 1997 . . . but I didn’t care. It was a lucrative job, so my wife and I decided to take a year or two off to travel the world.

Four months later, I was broke.
Around that same time, a friend of mine who was starting his own mortgage company asked me to be a loan officer. I had bought a condo a year earlier, but didn’t really know how the whole money/loan process worked, so I figured it’d be a good experience until I found something better. Seventeen years later, that same company now boasts over three hundred employees, twenty offices, and the ability to close loans in twenty-six states.
PERL Mortgage is now one of the largest mortgage bankers in the country, but most importantly for me, I love this job because I’m able to help people find the right loan for the right situation (I know that sounds corny, but it’s true).
Dreams of being a sports writer have turned into writing mortgages, and I couldn’t be happier.  I can be reached from 6:00 AM until 5:00 PM at 773.413.6242, and after hours on my cell phone at 773.617.9738.