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Meet our Bayside loan officer, Mark Scaduto

NMLS #723392 Email Mark Visit Mark’s site for a personalized quote and to apply online! Quick facts: Born in Milwaukee Grew up in Sussex Attended Whitewater College for two years for general business Has been in the banking/finance industry for 34 years Mortgage lending for 26 years Almost two years with GMB Three words that describe Mark: Calm, loyal, and respectful. How do you serve and build relationships with GMB clients? I try to always be accessible, return calls immediately, and pay strict attention to details. Showing GMB some love: The philosophy of common sense lending and keeping things simple. Great staff in every area and management that makes themselves available to open dialogue. Loan Officer life: I love helping customers that are making… Read the full article.


Meet our Madison loan officer, John Schroder

NMLS #967896 Email John Visit John’s site for a personalized quote and to apply online! 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… Read the full article.


Meet our Hartland loan officer, Matt Gaulke

NMLS #296387 Email Matt Visit Matt’s site for a personalized quote and to apply online! Quick facts: Grew up in New Berlin Graduated from Carroll College with a degree in Business Administration and a Communications minor 16 years in banking 11 years in mortgages with GMB Three words to describe Matt: Determined, competitive, and responsive. How do you serve and build relationships with GMB clients? Service is taking the time to listen. Everyone has a different story/situation, so it is important to ask many questions to find out how we can assist. Showing GMB some love: I love working for Great Midwest Bank because of the family atmosphere. I feel part of a team that is working together to help our customers. We… Read the full article.


Meet our Hartland loan officer, Dawn Chavez

NMLS #1544111 Email Dawn Visit Dawn’s site for a personalized quote and to apply online! 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… Read the full article.


Meet our Southridge loan officer, Mary Ann Scheel

NMLS #296822 Email Mary Ann Visit Mary Ann’s site for a personalized quote and to apply online! Quick facts: About 25 years total with GMB Took time off to be a mom Started out working in savings and moved into loans after about seven years Showing GMB some love: What I love best about working with GMB is the customer service that we provide to our customers. I can, with confidence, tell my new borrowers that we will take care of their accounts, and we have always delivered that same kind of customer care. Simply Mary Ann Community involvement: I am involved in the Greendale community and am on committees at the high school. My son is a junior there, so I spend some… Read the full article.


Meet our Brookfield loan officer, John Hugo

NMLS #707767 Email John Visit John’s site for a personalized quote and to apply online! 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… Read the full article.


Construction questions? We’re here to help! (Part 2)

There is much to consider before beginning a construction project, such as loan costs, lot financing, and insurance policies. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions to help!   Is an Appraisal necessary? How is “value” determined? Yes, an appraisal is necessary. Since the home is not yet built, the appraiser will consider the construction contract, plans, and specifications and then searches to include a number of comparable sales within the area during the last six to twelve months. Under most circumstances, “Value” for the sake of financing, is the lower of total costs or the appraisal amount.   What can I expect for payments during the initial Construction period? Interest on the outstanding principal balance. You can… Read the full article.


Construction questions? We’re here to help! (Part 1)

Starting a new construction project can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. To make things a little less daunting for you, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions in regards to our products as well as closing on construction loans.   What Construction Products does Great Midwest Bank offer? We offer a variety of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs). These products include a “One-Time Closing” provision with a construction period of up to a year. The rate is locked for the initial term.   What does a “One-Time Closing” mean? We combine your construction loan and permanent mortgage into one loan. You have one closing and only pay one set of costs. Once construction is complete… 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.