Chris Bruser is a Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional and one of the nation’s leading advocates for incorporating housing wealth in retirement income planning. Devoted to honest and transparent dialog, Chris serves as a trusted resource for those advisors demanding accurate and current housing wealth solutions for their clientele.
He is a veteran HECM for Purchase(H4P) specialist who works with builders and realtors who are looking to capture incremental sales by educating their clients on the H4P program. Chris is the #1 producing H4P loan officer in the Southeast, whose main builder partner attributes almost 40% of his total sales to the H4P program.
Recently Chris’s work has focused on the implementation of research published by thought leaders Barry Sacks, J.D., Ph.D., Jack Guttentag, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the Wharton School, John Salter, Ph.D., CFP® , Harold Evensky, CFP®, Jamie Hopkins, Esq., CFP® , RICP and Wade Pfau, Ph.D., CFA.
These leaders have demonstrated that the conservative use of housing wealth mitigates volatility risk in retirement distributions.
For example, in 2012, The Journal of Financial Planning published two papers (Sacks, and Salter/Evensky) advocating that financial planners take a fresh look at housing wealth as an antidote to sequence of returns risk and reverse dollar cost averaging.
Chris works with financial institutions that are advising those in retirement, or about to retire. These include financial planners, attorneys, accountants, and wealth managers. Chris is adept at helping these advisers slow investment portfolio depletion with the prudent use of housing assets.
As an instructor with the Retirement Resource Center, Chris has taught hundreds of financial advisors, real estate agents and institutions in sound retirement financing through the FHA-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage.
Chris serves on the Board of Directors of NAIFA-Tampa and is a 2019 graduate of the NAIFA Leadership in Life Institute (LILI). He is a member and Past President of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Tampa Bay, a member of the Greater Tampa Realtors, a member of the Tampa Bay Builders Association (TBBA) – Sales and Marketing Council, member of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, member of the Tampa Club, and the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He has also achieved the designation of Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP). He is also the past president of Better Living for Seniors in Hillsborough and the past board of directors of Seniors in Service.
Chris resides on Davis Island in Tampa but grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and loves to play golf. He is married for 12 years to his wife, Laura a nurse practitioner at Tampa General. They have a 10-year-old son, Brantley, who’s an avid sports fan playing baseball, hockey, and golf.
When he’s not working, you can find Chris rooting for his favorite local teams, including the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chris is licensed to originate loans in Florida, Tennessee, and Virginia.