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Five Things Wisconsin Borrowers Should Know about Jumbo Mortgage Loans

Jumbo loans have become a more popular topic in recent years as the market for homes in metro-Milwaukee – high-end properties included – remains competitive. Jumbo loan financing is  specialized, and because of this, some mystery and confusion surrounds the topic. At Great Midwest Bank, we offer jumbo home mortgage loans for those in the market to purchase or refinance qualified homes. There are a few factors that differentiate jumbo loans from standard home mortgage lending products, and we’re here to clear up any questions both new and experienced borrowers may have about jumbo loans. Contact our experienced loan officers to discuss any additional questions. Here are five things Wisconsin borrowers should know about jumbo home mortgage loans: 1. What… Read the full article.


Five Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Here at Great Midwest Bank, we’re always excited to assist first-time home buyers during their search for the perfect place to call home. While the road to owning your first home can be a long and winding one, the pride you’ll feel when the papers are signed is worth the journey. The benefits to owning a home are countless – it’s a good investment that will allow you to build equity, a strong credit history and so much more. Your first home may be where you raise your family. Homeownership offers you several intangibles that can be difficult to recognize until you move in, meet the neighbors and embrace that sense of community. With over eight decades of experience, we… Read the full article.


3 Ways to Finance Your Home Renovation

Home improvement isn’t just a successful TV show from the 90s. It’s also a great option for those who love their homes but want to make some upgrades! Making renovations to a few key features in your current home can make it feel brand new without the hassle of a full move. But once you’ve made the decision to renovate your current home, what comes next? Thinking about financing options is a great place to begin your home renovation journey. At Great Midwest Bank, our loan options range from Home Equity Loans to Construction Loans, and experienced loan officers are happy to help you find the best fit for your renovation needs! Here are three financing options for your home… Read the full article.


Five FAQs about Renovation and Home Construction Loans

Great Midwest Bank has been Wisconsin’s Simply Local home mortgage loan lender for over 80 years. Throughout the last eight decades, we’ve perfected our personalized, common sense lending approach to products and services for the communities we serve. The expansive knowledge of our experienced loan officers makes them a great resource for those looking to buy, build, renovate or refinance. With customized options for home mortgage loans, home construction loans, renovation loans, and more, they’ve been around the block a time or two, and know the ins-and-outs of all things lending. Home construction loans have increased in popularity in recent years. We’ve also witnessed an increase in major home improvement projects that require financing: home additions, backyard upgrades, and kitchen… Read the full article.


From Start to Finish: The GMB Home Mortgage Loan Process

Understanding what you’re in for during the home mortgage loan process can make all the difference when it comes to having a positive experience. This step-by-step home mortgage loan process will help you know exactly what to expect throughout your journey. This guide, along with Great Midwest Bank’s experienced Loan Officers –  who are excellent resources for any additional questions you may have – can help make the home mortgage loan process simple and stress-free. Step 1: Submit an application for your loan pre-approval Submitting an application for your home mortgage loan pre-approval can be done conveniently online in as little as 20 minutes. Another option, since Great Midwest Bank is your Simply Local equal housing lender, is to stop… Read the full article.


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.


Meet our Greenfield loan officer, Jennifer Torres

NMLS #524193 Email Jennifer Visit Jennifer’s site for a personalized quote and to apply online! Quick facts: Milwaukee native Cardinal Stritch University alumna Has worked in the financial industry for fifteen years Started with GMB in 2019 Three words that describe Jennifer: Confident, gregarious, and enterprising Explain how you serve clients and build the client relationship as a Great Midwest Bank loan officer: As a Great Midwest Bank Loan officer, I embrace the fact that exceptional customer service leads to success. Being able to work with local resources to assist families to purchase their first home is a great feeling! We at Great Midwest Bank understand the pressure of purchasing a home for the first time. Therefore, we make it… Read the full article.


3 Ways to Prepare to Buy in a Tight Real Estate Market

The Metro Milwaukee real estate market will likely remain competitive as we start the New Year.  In 2018, for the most part, a property in reasonably good condition often received multiple offers, sometimes over asking price, and usually in the first few days on the market.  2019 may well bring similar circumstances, so we recently sat down with Katie Wakefield of Firefly Real Estate to gain some perspective on three ways buyers can best prepare themselves. 1. Shop Local Some of the best Real Estate agents focus on a particular market or two.  If you’ve targeted a specific municipality or neighborhood, team up with a local expert. 2. Face-2-Face Though so much communication today is electronic – and efficient – the… Read the full article.


Meet our Greenfield loan officer, Julie Reyes

NMLS #1552626 Email Julie Visit Julie’s site for a personalized quote and to apply online! Quick facts: Stevens Point native Mom of three Has worked in the financial industry for five years One year with GMB in 2018 Three words that describe Julie: Honest, hardworking, and organized. Explain how you serve clients and build the client relationship as a Great Midwest Bank loan officer: When I think of customer service, it should exceed all customer expectations. Buying or building a home is a huge financial investment. I believe communication is key and taking the time to walk through the entire process so that there are no surprises. Showing GMB some love: I like that this is a family run business. It’s comforting… Read the full article.


Meet our Bayshore loan officer, Brenda Brown

NMLS #378631 Email Brenda Visit Brenda’s site for a personalized quote and to apply online! Quick Facts: Milwaukee native Married for 30 years with two adult sons Has 20+ years of experience in the lending environment New to GMB in 2018 Three words that describe Brenda: Friendly, honest, and great at building relationships Explain how you serve clients and build the client relationship as a Great Midwest Bank loan officer: I will continue to serve clients as I have historically in banking. I take pride in my reputation in the community for providing excellent customer service and product knowledge. Listening skills, along with respect and humility are a great combination for helping customers achieve their goal. Showing GMB some love:… Read the full article.