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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

Get to Know Our Madison and Chilton Loan Officers

Madison John Schroder  NMLS #967896 Quick facts: Milwaukee native Raised in Wauwatosa and attended Tosa East Graduated from UW-Madison in 1991 with degrees in Finance and Real Estate Received his MBA from UW-Milwaukee in 2001 Has been in commercial and residential lending for over 20 years Two rounds with GMB: from 2003-2006 and 2012-now for a total of nine years Three words that describe John: Trustworthy, responsive, and hard-working How do you serve and build relationships with GMB clients? I try to give every client 100% of my attention when I am working with them. For clients looking to purchase a home, they have access to me 24/7 through text, email, and phone as they are out searching for homes…. Read the full article.

Get to Know Our Bayside Loan Officers

Cyndie Higgins NMLS #296545 Quick facts: Milwaukee native Worked with GMB as a teller from 1988-1997 Has been a Loan Officer with GMB since 2001 Three words that describe Cyndie: Positive, knowledgeable, and understanding. How do you serve and build relationships with GMB clients? Serving a client is not just giving them what they want, but helping them understand what they may need to accomplish their goal. In my role as a Loan Officer/CRA Officer, I work with Home Ready buyers, but those that may need additional help with things like credit repair and down payment assistance. When customers come to me that require a little TLC, I make sure they are given the tools to succeed. I also work… Read the full article.

Get to Know Our Brookfield Loan Officers

Melissa Zavadil NMLS #1008357 Quick facts: New Berlin native Current Wauwatosa resident UW-La Crosse grad with a degree in Business Finance Four years with GMB Three words that describe Melissa: Detailed, competitive, and personable. How do you serve and build relationships with GMB clients? I think it’s all about customer service and the ease of using GMB. Buying a home is the biggest purchase someone is going to make in their life which can be a scary thing. So, I do my best to be very responsive throughout the process. I want to make sure that all their questions are answered and their minds are at ease at the end of the day. On top of that, all of our… Read the full article.

Stuck in a Rental Rut: The Case for Homeownership

  Calling all renters! Stuck in the world of landlords and leases and looking for a way out? Or maybe you’ve enjoyed apartment living but it’s time to consider something more permanent? Whatever case of rental fever you have, we’ve got a cure! Here are just a few reasons why owning a home reaps more long-term benefits than renting: Make your space yours When you own a home, you have personal freedom with decor, improvements, pets, and more. You can paint over those yellow bathroom walls! You can redo the floors! You can have five dogs running around! You can store things in your basement or garage without having to pay extra, get permission from a landlord, or share space… Read the full article.

Wave “Hello!” to GMB Madison

  “Branching” out from the Greater Milwaukee area is our Madison Great Midwest Bank branch! Located just a short drive from the heart of our state’s capital, the Madison branch opened in 1979 with two Loan Officers and two tellers. Currently, the branch has three tellers and two Loan Officers: John Schroder and Katie Lindquist. The Madison branch has a great mix of personalities and quirks. A few team members love to bake, so there’s often delicious homemade treats at the office. The Madison GMB team enjoys cooking so much that every few months, they have a branch cook-off where each team member brings in a special lunch dish for a friendly office competition! The Madison team is also passionate… Read the full article.