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Taking the Intimidation Out of the Home-Buying Process

By Inside Columbia
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The home-buying process can be intimidating with all of the moving parts involved. To help ease the stress, it’s important to find experts with experience and a wealth of knowledge to help you get started on your journey. Whether you need a construction loan or a second chance due to credit challenges, or if you are looking to purchase a million-dollar home, it’s a complicated process that can be difficult to navigate. The goal is to find experts who are empathetic toward everyone’s personal loan needs and goals. At First Midwest Bank, the mortgage team has the ability to be compassionate towards each individual, while priding ourselves on humanizing our relationships with our borrowers. The loan process can be overwhelming, but our borrowers will always feel confident and fully informed when walking out the door.

Austin Hawkins & Sarah Hodapp of First MidwestAustin Hawkins & Sarah Hodapp, First Midwest

At First Midwest, the customers come first. From the minute you open your first savings account, First Midwest will be there to guide you every step of the way. It’s all part of the overarching goal of creating a community-focused banking experience by lending locally and building relationships. It’s part of what mortgage officer Austin Hawkins (NMLS# 1482942) enjoys about First Midwest. “It gives us the ability to have real relationships with our clients and attend to individual needs,” he says. Connecting to the community has been at the heart of First Midwest since 1964. Being a locally owned and managed community bank, the customers have always been the first priority. “Whether it’s a first-time homebuyer, someone wanting to buy land, someone looking to invest or just the busy buyer who needs us to take the lead, we can help,” says Sarah Hodapp, mortgage specialist. With decades of experience and the dedication to never stop learning, First Midwest is sure to help you achieve your home buying goals from start to finish.

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