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Join us in Honoring our Veterans on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is know as the unofficial start to summer – for us, Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor our nation’s veterans. This year we’re proud to support the local Stars and Stripes Honor Flight! The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight honors our local Wisconsin veterans by flying them to Washington D.C. for a day of remembering and visiting the war memorials. The veterans have the chance to share their stories and connect with fellow veterans. Upon returning back to Milwaukee, they are greeted with a massive standing ovation. Check out the Bill Michaels Show for coverage of the Memorial Day Honor Flights! The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is on of the best ways to show… Read the full article.

Our Website – New and Improved!

  In conjunction with our 80th Anniversary, we’ve decided to upgrade some of our branch locations, including Bayside and Brookfield in the coming months. With our branch renovations underway and our logo redesigned, it was also time for another big step… a website makeover! Months in the making, we are delighted to announce that the new and improved greatmidwestbank.com is now live! You’ll experience a whole new look and layout that will make exploring our handy tools and online banking easy. You’ll also find our new site responsive to your device and especially mobile-friendly. So whether you’re sitting at your desktop computer or accessing your accounts “on the go” via a tablet or smart phone your experience will be a breeze…. Read the full article.

We’re Changing our Look!

It’s that time again.  To keep up with technology, we’ve spent the last several months preparing a new website which will be ready for launch in early December.  We also fine-tuned our logo a bit, which you can already see on our Facebook page. You’ll find our new site especially “responsive.”  Meaning you’ll get a different look and feel depending on your electronic device… desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. One added note:  If you’re an Online Banking customer, it will be a bit before you see a change in graphics to match our main website.  Don’t be alarmed.  Just be sure there’s a GREEN bar covering the web address when you log in to know it’s secure. Let us know if you… Read the full article.

Eight Black Friday Alternatives

This Thanksgiving, after the Packers play the Bears, you may be lacing up your running shoes for some Black Friday shopping. However, if you’re lucky enough to have Friday off and would prefer to stay away from the crowds and the frenzy, here are EIGHT great alternatives to the normal Black Friday: Start your Taxes early – It’s never too early to get a head start on tax season. Organize your charitable donation receipts and use an online calculator to predict your tax bill (or refund!) for the year. Plan a Vacation – It’s not everyday you get the day off, so why not research vacation ideas for 2016, whether it’s a camping trip at Devil’s Lake State Park or… Read the full article.

#YourStory: Joel & Linda

Recently, Joel and Linda from Wauwatosa were introduced to us by a longtime Realtor friend. Owners of several rental properties in Wauwatosa, they had approached their current lender to refinance at more favorable terms. Despite nearly thirty years of timely payments, the bank had evidently moved on to bigger and better things.  That’s where we stepped in to help. What made us so different? According to Linda, it came down to five factors: Personal care – Throughout the process, their Loan Officer was “believable.” At Great Midwest, our Loan Officers can walk down the hallway or pick up the phone and get a straight answer from a decision maker. Experience – At Great Midwest Bank we’re proud to offer our customers… Read the full article.

We Are Officially 80!

Back on November 8, 1935, we first opened as Milwaukee Federal Savings 80 years, 9 branches, 94 employees and two name changes later, we’re still going strong as your Simply…Local dependable mortgage lender. Some things fade with time. At GMB, we’re Simply…Better. A sincere THANK YOU to our past and present customers and employees for helping us reach this historical moment. And here’s to 80 more years of great banking and great memories How have you changed over the years? We’d love to see. Post your pictures in the comments section of our 80th anniversary post by clicking here. Do you have questions about Great Midwest Bank’s legacy or mortgage lending process? Give us a call at (888) 485-4400 or… Read the full article.

5 Savings Tips for Thanksgiving

Now that November has arrived, we can imagine you’ve started to think about Thanksgiving Day plans. If you’re the lucky winner who gets to host this year, the cost can add up fast. However, with a little planning, that Thanksgiving Day price tag can be sliced in half. Here are five savings tips to help protect your pocketbook this year Make it a potluck. Why bare the burden of cooking for a lot of people? If your Thanksgiving dinner is going to include a number of different families, why not make it a potluck! Not only will it cut costs, it will also cut time and stress. Opt for simpler dishes with fewer ingredients. More complicated does not always mean… Read the full article.

GMB is Simply…80!

You’re perhaps too young to remember, but a lot was happening 80 years ago. Fred Astaire sat atop the music billboard, Babe Ruth played his last baseball game, Elvis was born in Mississippi and, despite the Great Depression, on a crisp November day in Wisconsin a local banker named A.F. Wanta founded what would later become Great Midwest Bank to help his community get back on its feet. That’s right! Great Midwest Bank is turning 80 years old! Help us celebrate our 80th Anniversary by showing us how YOU’VE changed over the years. It’s as simple as SNAP, POST. SNAP: Find your favorite old pictures to share, or snap reenactments photos of them (that is, if you’re up for the… Read the full article.

Five Things That Decrease Your Home’s Value

If you are thinking of selling your home somewhere down the road, there are a couple of things that the experts suggest that you NOT do because it could actually decrease the value of your home and make it less appealing to potential home buyers Here are five things that could potentially decrease the value of your home or leave it sitting on the market for longer than you’d hoped: Bold Paint Colors: When buyers view your home, bold colors may stick out like a sore thumb and they may look at it as an extra expense to have the walls repainted. If you decide to use a bolder color, we recommend using it on an accent wall with lighter… Read the full article.

#YourStory: Justin & Nicole

In early July, I had the pleasure of working with new customers Justin and Nicole who were buying a home in Hales Corners.  Like many others before him, Justin found his way to me by word of mouth.  I took a call at home on a Saturday morning.  Justin was frustrated.  Now, I knew he had been to other lenders, but it wasn’t until he wrote me a nearly four page testimonial that I learned he’d truly been through the “ringer.” First, a bit of background.  Justin is a full-time corporate pilot.  Flies a really cool jet for some local executives traveling on business from the metro-Milwaukee area.  But does anyone remember a little thing called the Great Recession?  Corporate… Read the full article.