2023 Rising Star: Chris Basinger


As Earnnest has grown into one of the real estate industry’s leading earnest money deposit and digital payments solutions, there are few folks who have played as big of a role as Chris Basinger. Basinger is the vice president of strategic partnerships at Earnnest. He was Earnnest’s first sales hire, and he is the longest-standing current employee that has had a hand in every one of Earnnest’s major partnerships.

Basinger joined the Earnnest team in 2019. It was his first role in the real estate technology industry, but he built a successful track record of bringing transformative products to market. Today, Basinger continues to drive adoption of Earnnest’s award-winning digital payments platform with industry-leading brokerages, title companies, real estate attorneys, lenders and proptech companies across the country. Basinger has played an integral part in building the collaborative, customer-centric culture at Earnnest.

What is one thing you would tell a younger version of yourself?

Treat self-doubt as a challenge. While you take the biggest risks and do the things that scare you most, embrace the human part of yourself that’s most authentic; the part that leads to successful partnerships.


Chris Basinger




Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

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