Category Archives: Banking

We’re Changing our Look!

It’s that time again.  To keep up with technology, we’ve spent the last several months preparing a new website which will be ready for launch in early December.  We also fine-tuned our logo a bit, which you can already see on our … Continue reading

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#YourStory: Joel & Linda

Recently, Joel and Linda from Wauwatosa were introduced to us by a longtime Realtor friend. Owners of several rental properties in Wauwatosa, they had approached their current lender to refinance at more favorable terms. Despite nearly thirty years of timely … 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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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: Justin & Nicole

In early July, I had the pleasure of working with new customers Justin and Nicole who were buying a home in Hales Corners.  Like many others before him, Justin found his way to me by word of mouth.  I took … Continue reading

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#YourStory: Eric & Angie

#YourStory continues with a home purchase a couple of years back in Fox Point.  Our borrowers – Eric and Angie – were purchasing their first home.  And by most standards, this was a “plain vanilla” mortgage loan request.  Solid borrowers … 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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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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More Than Just a Rate

In the world of mortgage lending, what you see is not always what you get. I run into folks that are shopping several lenders and are only interested in the absolute best rate and lowest costs.  And, while shopping is … 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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Five Tips for First Time Homebuyers

Spring is the start of home buying season as well as wedding season. After many couples walk down the aisle, they begin saving for their first home. According to a study by the National Realtor’s Association, 33% of recent homeowners … Continue reading

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5 Simple Steps to Save Successfully this America Saves Week

By: Tammy Greynolds, America Saves Communications Coordinator America Saves Week (February 23 – 28, 2015) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. America Saves’ mantra – and the focus for America Saves Week … Continue reading

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This America Saves Week: Take Your Financial Future into Your Own Hands

By: Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Director America Saves Week, February 23 – 28, 2015, is the perfect time to review your finances, set your savings goals for the year, and set up a system that will allow you to … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Turn Saving Money into a Habit

By: Brittany Lyte, Wise Bread The spending and saving habits of your past don’t define your future — your current ones do. And this America Saves Week is a great time to start with a clean slate. Hitting the reset … Continue reading

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11 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Are Thinking of Selling “For-Sale-By-Owner”

When the time comes that you decide you want to sell your home, the question you might ask yourself is, “Should I list my home with a Realtor or try to sell it myself?” The choice is yours. However, we … Continue reading

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4 Reasons to Use A Piggy Bank (And What To Do Once It’s Full)

In an effort to further encourage all of our customers to follow our 2015 financial resolutions, we wanted to highlight one of the easiest, most convenient ways to save: the piggy bank. Every person receives a piggy bank at some … Continue reading

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Finding Lost Money

Did you accidentally leave some money stashed away in a savings account following a long distance move?  Or do you think a deceased loved-one had an insurance policy that never got paid? Maybe even stocks, bonds and retirement accounts? Here are … Continue reading

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The Credit Scoring Mystery

How your credit score is calculated is like the secret formula for Coke –  the average consumer doesn’t really know! However, FICO has provided five categories that are considered when determining a credit score. Payment History: 35% Length of Credit … Continue reading

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OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SO GREAT!

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been asking one very clear and simple question: “What Makes Great Midwest Bank…GREAT?” From comments and reviews on social media to over 300 completed customer surveys, we’ve received some truly GREAT responses. I … Continue reading

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