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Banking Main Street, Not Wall Street

  At Great Midwest Bank, we value Main Street over Wall Street. What exactly does that mean? We’re glad you asked! Simply put, we operate for our depositors. And they are best served when we put our customers and colleagues above all else – just like we have been doing since 1935, when we first started in downtown Milwaukee on the corner of Jefferson and Wells. Over the past 82 years, we have expanded to nine branch locations around the greater Milwaukee area, Madison, and Chilton. We service most of our loans locally and use local deposits to help fund those loans. That means when you have an account with Great Midwest Bank, you know exactly how that money is… Read the full article.


How to save money on your energy bill and still stay warm

We are big fans of fall here in Wisconsin. The changing leaves, the crisp and (mostly) sunny weather, and, of course, football season. However, we also know what is coming right around the corner, our guest that always overstays its welcome: winter. The bitter cold weather, tough driving conditions, ice covered cars, slippery sidewalks, and snow (lots and lots of snow) can take a toll on Wisconsinites, and winter can also take a toll on your home heating bills. We’re here with some simple tips you can start putting to action now to prepare your home for winter and make your home more efficient in the cold weather, so you can lower your energy bill! Buy a smart thermostat. These… Read the full article.


3 Simple DIY Projects For Your Home This Fall

    You loved our Simple DIY Ideas to Freshen Up Your Home in the spring, so we’re back in the cooler weather with even more projects that will make a big impact in your home. We’ll be keeping it simple again, with updates you can make to your home in as little as one day without having to bribe your friends with beer and pizza in order to get them done. Last time, we talked about other DIY projects like painting the walls, replacing old light fixtures, adding storage spaces, installing a backsplash in the kitchen, updating drawer knobs and cabinet handles, landscaping to boost your curb appeal, and taking nice pictures of your home. What else could we… Read the full article.


The What, Why, and How of GMB Portfolio Loans

  We have mentioned portfolio loans quite a few times over the last few months. If you’re not sure what exactly a portfolio loan is, no worries! We’ve got the all the information you need right here. What is a portfolio loan? What makes a portfolio loan different than most mortgage loans is that the loan is funded locally, with funds deposited by GMB account holders. The loan becomes part of the bank’s “portfolio.” We are not selling the loan or the servicing (monthly payment collection) to another bank or organization. We’re taking care of it all ourselves, right here in Wisconsin. Why a portfolio loan? Portfolio loans come with a number of advantages. Because the loan is funded by… Read the full article.


Celebrating Our Committed Co-Workers 

  Our customers keep coming back because of their great experiences with Great Midwest Bank. Whether a home construction loan, purchase loan, mortgage refinance, or simply banking, the testimonials say it all. It’s the people of Great Midwest Bank that make us so uniquely client-focused. Customer service is the priority for every member of our GMB team – and happy customers are what drive us to continue. Great Midwest Bank has been serving our communities for over eight decades. We’d like to give a shout out to a few of our co-workers who have committed decades themselves to the GMB mission.   Mary Ann Scheel Loan Officer NMLS #297191 24 years   Andy Doyle Sr. Vice President 25 years   Mary Bragg Savings… Read the full article.


Construction Tips to Make Your Dream Home a Reality

  Building a new home can seem intimidating. It’s a process that calls for an entire team to help you plan, build, and finance your project. However, with proper preparation and guidance, soon you’ll be walking through your beautiful, brand-new front door!   Hire local Not sure where to start? Look right in front of you: your community! Local builders, local designers, and local lenders often take a more personalized approach. When it comes to one of the biggest investments of your life, you should interview several professionals and choose the ones you feel you can trust. With local builders and designers, you can scout examples of their work quality in person. Having a local lender, your Construction Loan will be… Read the full article.


Get to Know Our Southridge Loan Officers

John Hugo NMLS #707767 Quick facts: Oshkosh native Graduated from UW-Oshkosh with majors in Political Science and History Mortgage loan officer for 25 years Three years with GMB Three words that describe John: Honest, knowledgeable, and available. How do you serve and build relationships with GMB clients? I let all my customers know I am always accessible on my cell, seven days a week. I like explaining how we distinguish ourselves from our competitors. For example, getting an appraisal and having it approved the next day, without conditions. Other banks say they service their loans but it is often out of state. We service local and answer the phone when you call. Showing GMB some love: After 25 years in… Read the full article.


Get to Know Our Hartland Loan Officers

Dawn Chavez NMLS #1544111 Quick facts: Grew up in Mukwonago Current resident of Genesee Three words to describe Dawn: Dependable, hard-working, and competitive. How do you serve and build relationships with GMB clients? I love the relationships we build with all of our clients! Buying or building a new home can come with stress, especially if you also have a home to sell… part of my job is to take some of that stress away from our customers and give them the security of knowing that their loan is solid. Showing GMB some love: Working for Great Midwest Bank is like being part of a big family. We all work towards the common goal of helping our customers and we… Read the full article.


From Start to Finish: The GMB Home Loan Journey

  Got home loan questions? We’ve got answers. Our loan officers and loan decisions are local, which means our clients know exactly where they stand throughout the process. Let’s take a stroll from start to finish of getting a home loan with Great Midwest Bank. You’ll be well-versed in the journey before it even begins! Step 1: Submit an application for your loan pre-approval. This can be done online in as little as 20 minutes. Another option, since we’re right in your neighborhood, is to stop into or call one of our branches. Our local experts can pre-approve you in person or over the phone, hassle-free! Step 2: Shortly after, one of our Loan Officers will discuss your pre-approval with… Read the full article.


VIDEO | Dedicated Employees, Year After Year

Our customers have taken note of our excellent customer service, and that’s because it is genuine care for our customers that our employees show every single day. This ingenuity stems from a unique dedication our employees have to Great Midwest Bank. We serve our customers honestly and individually, and we treat each other the same way. In an environment so focused on community and caring, it’s no wonder our customers and our team members keep coming back, year after year.   MORTGAGE  |  HOME EQUITY  |  DEPOSIT  |  CD AND IRA