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Great Midwest Bank Supports Stars and Stripes Honor Flight with Bill Michaels This Memorial Day

 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… Read the full article.


Applying to Finance Your Renovation Journey

Applying for a pre-approval is equally as important for a major renovation loan or home construction loan as it is for any other mortgage loan. When you start your Renovation Journey by applying for a major renovation loan or construction loan with Great Midwest Bank, you get the expertise of our Loan Officers as well as the seasoned practices of a bank that has been helping local Wisconsin homeowners just like you since 1935. We have established strong connections with local contractors and builders and can help connect you with the right professionals for your renovation or construction. With our common sense lending philosophy, we take the time to thoroughly analyze every application we receive, not just look to see… Read the full article.


Get Ready to Start Your Renovation Journey

Welcome to the start of your Renovation Journey! If you’re reading this, you may have some interest in making a change to your current home, buying a fixer-upper, or building an entirely new home. In any case, you have come to the right place. At Great Midwest Bank, we offer common sense lending to ensure you get the perfect personalized loan to help you along the Renovation Journey (or Construction Detour, if your renovation is a hefty one!).  A major renovation is a major commitment. It takes careful planning and a little bit of time, but it also pays off big time in the end. We are committed to helping you through the entire process, from start to finish, to… Read the full article.


DUCK 5: Prepare to Move | Get Your Ducks in a Row for a Mortgage Loan

You’ve successfully moved into your home. Before you move in and start unpacking, don’t forget to take care of some final paperwork and home care that will save you a lot of hassle further down the line: Give your home a nice deep clean, or hire someone to do it for you. Make any flooring or painting updates before you start moving boxes of your belongings, furniture, and more into your home. Get your air ducts cleaned or change the air filters. Change the locks. Fill out a change of address form at the post office so mail gets rerouted to your new home. Update your driver’s license with your new home address. Send out change of address cards! Email… Read the full article.


DUCK 4: Closing | Get Your Ducks in a Row for a Mortgage Loan

Most closings occur at one of our branch offices and require you to attend in person. About a week ahead of closing, you can expect a Closing Disclosure that provides you with final costs and funds required for closing. The Closing Disclosure compares the final figures to those provided in the original Loan Estimate so you can see what, if anything, has changed.  Final funds for closing are usually provided to us in the form of a cashier’s check. If that’s inconvenient, we can also make arrangements to have the funds wired directly to Great Midwest Bank a day or two ahead of time. Generally, borrowers find Closing Day far more simple than originally expected – one of the easiest… Read the full article.


DUCK 3: Final Approval | Get Your Ducks in a Row for a Mortgage Loan

Congratulations! You’ve successfully negotiated an offer to purchase or finalized plans with a builder or renovation contractor. In most cases, we can close in about 30-35 days from the time we receive all of your appropriate paperwork – the signed Offer to Purchase or Building Plans & Contract for a new home or renovation.  Expect a Loan Estimate within a few days that provides details about costs and required funds for closing. From here, when you are ready to proceed, we will order an appraisal, which is usually a two-week process. Meanwhile, we can update your file with the most recent financial information and double check to be sure we have all of our own ducks in a row for final approval,… Read the full article.


DUCK 2: Shop | Get Your Ducks in a Row for a Mortgage Loan

Once you’ve been pre-approved, you can go into shopping mode with the confidence of knowing exactly what you can afford. We recognize that circumstances sometimes change and you need more feedback as you are out looking at specific homes or shopping various builders. Our Loan Officers are focused on convenience and accessibility and are available days, nights, and weekends to update you along the way. Today’s competitive market requires that you have a true mortgage partner on your side, ready and willing to help. We’ll be with you every step to ensure you buy, build, or renovate the home of your dreams with as little stress as possible. From tips on what to look for in a home or builder/contractor to the… Read the full article.


DUCK 1: Apply | Get Your Ducks in a Row for a Mortgage Loan

  If you’re considering buying, building, or renovating, be sure to get your “Ducks in a Row” and start the process at Great Midwest Bank. We know the mortgage process may seem overwhelming, but it often boils down to a simple checklist and expertise. By choosing Great Midwest, consider yourself a Lucky Duck! We’ve been helping Wisconsin homeowners since 1935. The first step towards getting a home mortgage loan is to complete a pre-approval application. Keep in mind that not all pre-approvals are created equally. We have found over time that Realtors and Builders really have come to appreciate local lenders. A pre-approval from Great Midwest Bank may be the one to tip the scales in your favor when you’re bidding on… 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… Read the full article.


What is Simply Giving?

  Simply…Giving is the charitable initiative of Great Midwest Bank. Great Midwest Bank is not just Simply… Local. We are also actively Simply…Giving back to the community! Our purpose is also simple: To give back to our local communities through volunteering, education, and donations. Volunteer We provide our employees opportunities to invest their time in volunteering for local organizations and events.  They have a voice in deciding where their time is spent. Educate We always emphasize educating our communities on the topic of good financial health and common sense mortgage lending, including opportunities with local housing agencies to assist first-time homebuyers. Donate We donate funds, gifts, supplies, and more to local organizations and charitable initiatives.   We are excited to help… Read the full article.