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Tips for Finding the Perfect Lot for Your New Home Construction Project

Purchasing the right lot to fit your new home construction project is no small task. Consider these three tips as you shop for the right piece of land. Selecting a lot for new home construction isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. After committing to build a new home, it can be easy to get caught up in important details like exterior design and selecting a builder. However, choosing the right lot for your new home construction can greatly affect future value of this life investment you’re committing to. Take some pressure off of this process by considering these three tips when purchasing the right lot for your new home construction. Location, location, location Making a checklist of must-haves… Read the full article.

26 years of dedicated service, 1 heartfelt goodbye

Cyndie Higgins, a Milwaukee native and loan officer at Great Midwest Bank’s Bayside location, is retiring from Great Midwest Bank after 26 years of service. Where it all began Higgins re-entered the workforce as a teller with Great Midwest Bank in 1988 after spending 12 years as a stay-at-home mom. The job was perfect – something she felt qualified for that was also close to home. “I found an ad in the Milwaukee Journal for a teller position with Great Midwest Bank located on South 27th Street,” Higgins said. “I phoned and made an appointment with Ms. Arlene Schramkowski, the H.R. person at Great Midwest. She was so friendly and welcoming as she described the bank and my duties; I… Read the full article.

4 ways to prepare your home for the upcoming Wisconsin winter

Wisconsinites across the state continue to live in America’s Dairyland because we love seasons; the fresh air and budding flowers in the spring, the hot, lazy days spent lounging near the water in the summer, the pumpkin-spiced everything and changing leaves in the fall, and of course, the frigid temperatures and massive piles of snow in the winter.   That’s right, we willingly endure an excruciatingly brutal winter every single year because it’s worth it to get to live in the beautiful state of Wisconsin. And even though we’re prepared to put ourselves through the torment, our homes aren’t always ready for the bitter cold months ahead. The good news, however, is that there are steps you can take to… Read the full article.

Final Tips for a Successful Home Renovation

Here at Great Midwest Bank, we’re dedicated to alleviating stress during our clients’ home renovation experiences. We believe in a common-sense, personalized lending approach. With over 80 years of banking knowledge under our belts, we’ve seen our fair share of home remodels, renovations and constructions, and our loan officers know that there’s more that goes into renovating a home than just the financials. That’s why we also provide helpful remodel tips and tricks to pull off your Renovation Journey without a hitch! Here are five tips to make your home renovation a success: Plan ahead and plan realistically Set yourself up for success before your Renovation Journey even gets underway by taking the time to strategically plan out the steps… Read the full article.

Great Midwest Bank Supports Stars and Stripes Honor Flight with Bill Michaels This Memorial Day & Fourth of July

As we celebrate Memorial Day with friends and family, it’s important to remember what the holiday is truly about: those who paid the ultimate price for our country. It’s a day to remember that every day is a bonus and to honor veterans past and present. The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that honors local Wisconsin World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and terminally ill veterans by flying them to Washington, DC. These heroes get to visit their memorials, share their stories, connect with other veterans, and create once-in-a-lifetime memories. They also get to be welcomed home with a celebration that they may not have experienced upon their own homecoming. The Stars and Stripes Honor… Read the full article.

Financial Resolutions You Can Keep in 2018

With the start of a New Year comes a new opportunity to set financial goals for yourself. Many New Year’s resolutions relate to exercise, work-life balance, or being less connected to technology. We are also encouraging you to take on these five Financial Resolutions for 2018. No matter how much you are currently saving, you can always be saving more. In fact, there is a great phrase to remind you of this financial resolution for 2018. Think ABS – Always Be Saving. This financial resolution is at the top of the list for a reason: it should be top of mind! Work towards this by having a portion of your paycheck automatically deposited to a savings account (preferably one to… Read the full article.

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, Main Street means 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. Main Street means 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… 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 Home DIY Projects For 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 home 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 possibly… Read the full article.

Wisconsin Market: 2017 is the Right Time to Move

  Is now a good time to get into – or back into – the housing market? “Yes!” It’s a simple answer to a complex question, and that’s why we’re here to help. Whether buying, selling, or building, now is a great time to dive into the strong Wisconsin housing market.  Below you’ll find recent housing trends that prove 2017 is the time to get moving… literally! Increasing home prices In 2016, existing home sales and home prices both rose steadily. In fact, from November 2015 to November 2016, Wisconsin home sales were up 19% and median prices rose 8.3%. With this trend only expected to continue, why wait to start the search for your first – or next –… Read the full article.