Author Archives: Melissa Zavadil

Eight Black Friday Alternatives

This Thanksgiving, after the Packers play the Bears, you may be lacing up your running shoes for some Black Friday shopping. However, if you’re lucky enough to have Friday off and would prefer to stay away from the crowds and … Continue reading

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We Are Officially 80!

Back on November 8, 1935, we first opened as Milwaukee Federal Savings 80 years, 9 branches, 94 employees and two name changes later, we’re still going strong as your Simply…Local dependable mortgage lender Some things fade with time. At GMB, … Continue reading

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5 Savings Tips for Turkey Day

Now that November has arrived, we can imagine you’re started to think about Thanksgiving Day plans. If you’re the lucky winner who gets to host this year, the cost can add up fast. However, with a little planning, that Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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GMB is Simply…80!

You’re perhaps too young to remember, but a lot was happening 80 years ago. Fred Astaire sat atop the music billboard, Babe Ruth played his last baseball game, Elvis was born in Mississippi and, despite the Great Depression, on a … Continue reading

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#YourStory: Matt & Pakou

By: Katie Lindquist This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity of helping customers Matt and Pakou buy their first house in Waunakee, just north of Madison. They found a beautiful brick two-story that needed some repair work and a loan … Continue reading

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Five Things That Could Decrease the Value of Your Home

If you are thinking of selling your home somewhere down the road, there are a couple of things that the experts suggest that you NOT do because it could actually decrease the value of your home and make it less … Continue reading

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5 Great Ways to Save on your 4th of July BBQ

‘Tis the season for fireworks and BBQ! But that doesn’t mean you should let your finances go up in flames! Five great tips for saving on your 4th of July BBQ: BYOM: Why not ask your quests to bring their … Continue reading

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You Did It!

You followed the steps, got your ducks in a row and moved into your new home. Over the last few months we provided you insight on the mortgage process as well as tips on selecting a great realtor, finding the … Continue reading

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3 Financial Tips We Learned From Dad

Because Father’s Day is right around the corner, we thought we would take a minute to pass on some words of advice from the some of the men in our lives that have influenced us the most, our dads. Not … Continue reading

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Plan For Your ‘Someday’ With These 3 Easy Ways To Save

Working hard, paying bills, and putting money aside for your needs and wants in the “now” are so often automatic in our day-to-day lives – so why aren’t we thinking about or planning for the future? According to the 2015 … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead When It Comes Time To Moving

Moving can be a very stressful process. Packing, cleaning, driving, lifting and unpacking an entire house is not always an easy task. To make things a little easier on you, we’ve developed a list of considerations to use for planning … Continue reading

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Kids Or Not, This Is Why You Should Live In A Good School District

When searching for a new home it’s easy to focus on the home itself. “I’d like 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with an attached garage and hardwood floors.” While these are important things to consider in the short term, when it … Continue reading

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Banking the Way it “Used to Be!”

Don’t get us wrong. At Great Midwest Bank, we offer competitive rates that stack up against the best of them. But we want you to know that banking is not just about low rates and costs. Why else might you … Continue reading

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Step 4: Closing On Your Dream Home!

You’ve done it! Your ducks are in a row, you’ve found a new place that you can’t wait to call Home and your mortgage loan has been approved. Now all that’s left is Step 4 of the Home Buying Process … Continue reading

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5 Questions to Ask at Every Open House

Have you been tirelessly researching upcoming open houses? Found a few that you’ve already fallen in love with? As they say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That applies to many aspects of life, including when shopping for a … Continue reading

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Step #3 – Shop With Confidence for Your New Home

Have you been paddling around the idea of buying a new home in 2015? Have you already filled out an online mortgage pre-approval and visited one of our experienced Great Midwest Bank loan officers? That’s great! You’re on the right … Continue reading

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Four Ways To Save At the Ballpark This Season

Do you feel that? The warm weather rolling in, the smell of brats on the grill, and the ground vibrating as fans across Milwaukee stampede in the same direction… This can only mean one thing – baseball season is back! … Continue reading

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Five Great Tips for Managing Your Tax Refund

Tax Day is just over two weeks away. If you’re like many Americans, you’re waiting until April 14th to click Submit. However, to make sure everything is entered correctly (which will hopefully equate to a refund) we recommend getting out … Continue reading

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So You’ve Completed an Online Mortgage Pre-Approval Application. GREAT, What’s Next?

Ready to paddle into a new home, but not sure how to get your ducks in a row? You might have heard us quacking recently about completing a mortgage pre-approval with Great Midwest Bank, which is the first step. Now … Continue reading

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Great Tips for Single Homebuyers

Did you know that, according to the National Association of Realtors, 31% of all homebuyers are single?  Though the thought of owning a home can be scary for a single homebuyer, it certainly doesn’t have to be. Consider these GREAT … Continue reading

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