365 New Orleans: Christina Rusca



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Spending her whole life working and living on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, Christina Rusca truly is your local mortgage lender. Christina began her career in the mortgage business after helping her parents buy their first home. Since then, she has worked in a variety of mortgage capacities, spending many years as a loan originator, loan officer and vice president of commercial lending.

Having extensive training in every part of the mortgage transaction gives Christina a comprehensive understanding of the loan process inside and out, and therefore, facilitate accurate and fast closings for all her clients. Whether her clients are in the market to buy or build a new home, or they’re interested in refinancing their current one, Christina works hard to ensure a seamless experience from application to closing.

Christina’s hard work and dedication earned her multiple designations including Edge
Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award in January of this year. Christina is a proud wife and mother to her husband, Ralph, and daughter Ainsley. She is also very active in her community, serving as a member of St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce and volunteering for the Professional Women of St. Tammany and Northshore Home Builders Association. In her free time, Christina enjoys practicing yoga and relaxing with a good book.

You can find Christina at the Mandeville branch. Contact her for all your home financing



1. What products and services do you offer? 

I am an experienced, full service residential mortgage lender serving Louisiana and Mississippi and specializing in the Greater New Orleans market.  I offer clients a fully digital mortgage experience from application to closing along with the benefit of high touch, concierge level service. Tech + talent is what differentiates loanDepot from our competition and what has made us the second largest lender in America.  Our goal as a company is to deliver an 8 day clear to close.  That isn’t going to happen every time, of course—but with our cutting edge technology, state of the art proprietary platform, and team of experienced mortgage professionals we’re certainly getting closer every day.  As a matter of fact, the first loan I originated at loanDepot was clear to close in just 5 business days! We are the future of lending.


2. How long have you been in business? 

My mortgage career began in 2004.  I worked in mortgage operations for nearly a decade prior to transitioning over to the origination side—so I know mortgage.  I was trained in the business by processors and underwriters, and I was cross-trained in every aspect of mortgage lending.  I remember the refi boom, I made it through the crash, and I’m ready for this shifting market.  This is a wild ride and I love every minute of it, because regardless of what’s going on in the industry at any given moment, my job is to finance the American Dream. How many people get to say that?  I have the best, most fulfilling career imaginable: helping make people’s goals a reality!


3. How do people find you online? 

Visit my website at loanDepot.com/CRusca. Lots of free tools available! And on Facebook and Instagram @mortgage_maven


4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

There are SO MANY OPTIONS available for would be homeowners. Don’t just assume you can’t purchase. Talking to me is FREE. So many times people think they aren’t going to qualify and they’re elated when they find out they’re pre-qualified to start shopping. That’s a great feeling.


5. Lagniappe Info. 

Business owners can leverage loanDepot at no cost by implementing our loanAdvantage Employee Benefit Program. Employees are looking for the right resources to meet their needs in today’s ever-changing world. Employees not only seek long term benefits, but those that solve their immediate needs such as buying a home. loanAdvantage helps employees enjoy the rewarding experience of purchasing a home by providing personalized guidance, valuable information and attractive incentives every step of the way. This is a no-cost program that business owners can make available to their employees as part of their benefits package. Contact me to schedule a quick 15 minute presentation to learn more!


Contact Christina directly at CRusca@loandepot.com



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