Category Archives: first time homebuyers

#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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#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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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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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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7 Essential Steps for Buying Your Next Home

If you’ve been through the process of buying a home, you perhaps know there are a number of steps involved. If you are buying your first home, it’s important to understand the order in which these steps should occur. Follow … 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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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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Should a Home Seller Pay the Buyer’s Closing Costs?

Assisting a buyer with paying all or part of their closing costs may just be the ticket to getting your home sold—even in a hot market. Depending on the buyer, they are usually required to make a minimum down payment. … Continue reading

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All Credit Scores are Not the Same

Credit scores are one of those things that has consumers (and sometimes lenders) scratching their heads and saying “How did they come up with THAT credit score?” The one you hear about the most are FICO scores (acronym for the … Continue reading

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How to Shop for a Real Estate Agent that’s Right for You!

Buying or selling a home can be exciting.  But it can also be a mixture of fear, anxiety and anticipation because it means a new chapter in your life. So, choosing the right real estate agent is one of the … Continue reading

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How a Great Real Estate Agent Can Help You Buy Your Next Home

Over the years, we’ve worked with a few truly great real estate agents that have helped friends and customers through the home buying process. There are a lot of good Realtors in our communities, but if you’re hoping to work … Continue reading

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The Different Levels of Homeowner’s Insurance: What You Need to Know

Most standard homeowner’s insurance policies cover damage to your home for theft, fire, lighting, smoke, frozen pipes, ice or certain types of weather damage. It usually covers you up to a certain dollar amount if someone is injured on your … Continue reading

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“Our Simply…Local events are just that, Simply…Local”

How does a Simply…Local Bank stay local? By continuing to be involved in the community, of course! Great Midwest Bank has been active in a variety of local events this past month with plenty more events on the horizon. Those … Continue reading

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Turn the Key with GMB

 Whether you believe us or not, warmer spring days ARE on the horizon. With warmer days come many fun festivities and once-in-a-lifetime moments. Your daughter’s first Easter egg hunt in Grandma’s backyard… Mom pinning Johnny’s boutonniere before he poses for … Continue reading

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Tax Credit for First Time Buyers!

Are you – or do you know – a first time home buyer? If so, Great Midwest Bank has a program that will definitely catch your eye. Great Midwest Bank is one of the few lenders offering a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) … Continue reading

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