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  • CEO / Co-Founder

    Chris Phillis

    Chris Phillis

    CEO / Co-Founder

    From 2004 to 2015, Chris worked in the mortgage industry as a residential home loan officer, and, during this time, he assisted thousands of mortgage-financing shoppers navigate the home buying process. As a result of his experience in the mortgage-financing field, Chris set out to create an application that would help consumers shop better. "There is a real disconnect in the marketplace. Not only from a consumer perspective, but between lenders and realtors as well. From a technology perspective, the mortgage industry is relatively archaic compared to many other industries. Furthermore, buyers can find it difficult to factor in all of the variables that impact their bottom line. Varying property tax rates, property types, loan programs and closing costs can make understanding your true budget very confusing when you’re shopping for a home." As a veteran of the mortgage business, Chris brings invaluable boots on the ground experience to this valuable new tool, offering a unique vision in creating a platform that better connects lenders to consumers and realtors while educating them in the home buying process.

  • Rethesh George

    Rethesh George

    CTO / Co-Founder

    With over 17+ years experience in IT Architecture, Rethesh leads the development team. His highly praised attention to detail are one of several reasons companies like Apple, Wells Fargo and Snap Logic have hired him. His domain experience includes consumer, financing, manufacturing, HR systems, Hi-Tech, R&D, Automotive, Engineering applications and more. This is not the first time Rethesh has tapped into his entrepenuerial spirit. In 2013, he co-founded The Beer Exchange(BEX); an online marketplace where craft beer lovers can find and acquire any beer they want. Needless to say, Rethesh brings exceptional knowledge and foresight to the company.


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    Overview: CAN I BUY IT informs home buyers of their actual home financing budgets and options. Buyers can instantly find out a home’s true cost and find the best mortgage deals to meet those costs.

    Full Story: CAN I BUY IT is an online tool that allows prospective home buyers to find homes within their total monthly payment budget by disclosing all home purchasing costs upfront. CAN I BUY IT is launching pilot programs in New York, North Carolina and Florida. Their “widget” works on local real estate websites. The company is still in it’s infancy stages, and adding new realtor and lender clients everyday. They are committed to bringing financial awareness to the home buying process, and to helping consumers make the best financial decisions when purchasing a home.

    CAN I BUY IT will especially help real estate brokers by driving traffic to their websites. CAN I BUY IT has proprietary software, which allows real estate brokers the ability to offer information and resources to home buyers that is not available on national listing portals such as Zillow and Trulia. Additionally, there are no costs involved for realtors to add this to their website. CAN I BUY IT reveals all home purchasing costs to the buyer upfront. Casual shoppers can instantly find out how much money they need, both at closing and each month, to purchase a specific home.

    “It’s well known within the industry just how disconnected consumers are when it comes to home loan financing, and that many prospective home buyers grossly underestimate the amount of money they need to purchase and finance a home. We are determined to bridge this information gap and help consumers make the most informed financial decisions.”
    – Chris Phillis CEO / Co-Founder

    Traditionally, a family’s home search has been a separate process from the search for a mortgage. The problem with this is that a consumer’s home budget and affordability vary based on both the type of mortgage they take out, and on each individual property they look at. Just because two homes are listed at the same sales price, doesn’t mean they cost the same amount of money. These variables have made it difficult for lenders to communicate the total costs involved with a mortgage transaction until after a home shopper has applied with them. CAN I BUY IT serves as the middle-man between lenders and real estate listing websites to disclose these costs upfront to you, the home buyer.

    CAN I BUY IT empowers the home buyer by:

    • Finding and comparing homes within their true home buying budget, which is a combination of their total monthly payment and cash for closing.
    • Eliminating waiting until after a home buyer is under contract to find out these “other” expenses. These expenses are factored in immediately during the buyer’s search.
    • Enabling the home buyer to become a more informed and confident home shopper.



    For more information, contact Chris at


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