2023 Rising Star: Christopher Hussain


Christopher Hussain has been an influential force in the mortgage technology space for the past decade as the top originator in the U.S. for back-to-back years. He also co-founded Sindeo (now part of Freedom Financial) as their chief operating officer, and he is now the CEO and founder of RealKey. Hussain’s vision is to move finance and lending out of the current inefficient application-centric approach and into a more document-centric approach. His plan would focus on improving the loan process over the intake of applications, which has plagued the industry for decades. With RealKey, he has built the world’s first truly intelligent document collection, review and communications portal that not only identifies all needed documents and dates for funding, but the underwriting of those files as well to eliminate painful touches and time lost in the process.

Hussain leads from the trenches, from fundraising and leading sales teams, to providing thought leadership for marketing and growth modeling. RealKey launched in late 2021, and quadrupled revenue in 2022 despite the increasing rate environment. Lenders and brokers have looked to RealKey as a cost-savings and efficiency tool that is much needed when they are looking to go lean and gain additional competitive advantages which the RealKey automated loan processing platform provides. 

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

You will do great things, but it is not going to come without hard work and grit. Few are going to give you any help, so be prepared to do more in order to be more.


Christopher Hussain





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