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Meet our Mortgage Team!
Authored By: Emily Oldenkamp on 10/15/2019

Meet our Mortgage Team!

Get to know the MFCU mortgage team!

Our mortgage team is great! They work hard to help provide support and education to assist you accomplish your housing dreams. Get to know the team better by taking a peak at these fun facts and business philosophies.

 

MItzie Brimmer
MITZIE BRIMMER, Real Estate Lending Manager, Midland

Years in the business
25

Favorite part of the job
Seeing my team be happy and successful

Favorite local spot
Lucky’s

Best compliment someone could ever give you
Personally: Talking kindly about my kids
Professionally:That I made a positive impact

Something people don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you
I was in a band for 5 years (until summer of 2018)

What is your approach/philosophy for helping members?
Dig in and find out what their short term and long term goals are, then structure in accordance with that.

Advice for would-be home buyers?
Get guidance, understand budgeting, take your time and set yourself up for successful home ownership

 

Ann Kwast
ANN KWAST, Mortgage Loan Officer, Midland

Years in the business
Years in the business: 33
Years with the MFCU Mortgage Dept: 5

Favorite part of the job
Informing members that have been approved & closing’s

Favorite local spot
Duncan’s gun shop

Best compliment someone could ever give you
I made the transaction easy for them

Something people don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you
I danced competitively in College

What is your approach/philosophy for helping members?
Keep an open mind

Advice for would-be home buyers?
Save money

 

Dallas Gerow
DALLAS GEROW, Senior Mortgage Lender, Clare

Years in the business?
25+ years

Favorite part of the job?
Helping a first time home-buyer achieve their dream of home ownership

Favorite local spot
Buffalo Wild Wings

Best compliment someone could ever give you
“You really did a great job explaining those documents to me”

Something people don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you
Fall is my favorite time of year, I just love being outside when the temperatures are cooler but not too cold

What is your approach/philosophy for helping members?
Every situation is different, listen to the member’s needs, and find the best solution for them

Advice for would-be home buyers?
Take care of your credit and save, save, save.

 

Carol Boot
CAROL BOOT, Mortgage Loan Officer, Grand Rapids

Years in the business
I’ve been in credit unions for over 30 years with at least half of that time in mortgages

Favorite part of the job
I most enjoy seeing the satisfaction on the face of a first time home buyer after they get their keys

Favorite local spot
Lake Michigan

Best compliment someone could ever give you
that the mortgage process was enjoyable

Something people don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you
I used to cross country ski a lot when our daughter was younger

What is your approach/philosophy for helping members?
Putting myself in their shoes – my home buying experience was terrible (30 years ago) and I don’t want people to have to go through that because that is not something you easily forget

Advice for would-be home buyers?
Make an appointment with a mortgage professional

 

Wendy Laurenz
WENDY LAURENZ, Mortgage Loan Officer, Midland

Years in the business
27 years

Favorite Part of the job?
Making a difference, helping people, telling someone their loan is approved.

Favorite local spot
Home

Best compliment someone could ever give you
I am doing a great job and being appreciated.

Something people don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you
I can dislocate both hips.

What is your approach/philosophy for helping members?
Be kind treat all members the same, to make them feel comfortable and trust me to help them with their needs.

Advice for would-be home buyers?
Work on saving money for down payment and closing cost, be aware of your credit scores, and get pre-approved prior to looking at homes.

 

Melissa Syring
MELISSA SYRING, Mortgage Loan Officer, Midland

Years in the business
19 years

Favorite part of the job
Helping members become financial stable and educating them on finances.

Favorite local spot
Going to a Loons game

Best compliment someone could ever give you
That I was easy to work with and I explained everything to them.

Something people don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you
I love to travel whenever possible.

What is your approach/philosophy for helping members?
Explaining everything to members in a way they can understand and always making sure they are happy with the transaction.

Advice for would-be home buyers?
You can never save enough money for the purchase of a new home

 

AMANDA LUDLUM, Mortgage Underwriter, Midland

Years in the business
4 years

Favorite part of the job
Being able to make members dream of owning a home a reality

Favorite local spot
The Farmers Market!

Best compliment someone could ever give you
The best compliment is when others look to me for guidance or an example

Something people don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you
I snort when I laugh

What is your approach/philosophy for helping members?
I think about what questions I may have and how I would want to be treated and strive to exceed my own expectations.

Advice for would-be home buyers?
Try to enjoy the process and don’t stress. Our loan officers are experts at what they do.

 

JASON SIEGGREEN, Mortgage Loan Processor, Midland

Years in the business
19 Years

Favorite part of the job
Getting Loans to Close

Favorite local spot
Wixom Lake

Best compliment someone could ever give you
Great Job

Something people don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you
I am Color Blind

What is your approach/philosophy for helping members?
Get them an answer as quickly as possible

Advice for would-be home buyers?
Get a Home Inspection

 

LAURA BAILEY, Mortgage Loan Processor, Midland

Years in the business
1-1/2 years

Favorite part of the job
That moment I see the words “clear to close”

Favorite local spot
Grove Tea Lounge, Coffee Chaos

Best compliment someone could ever give you
The best compliments are non-verbal – when someone emulates something I’ve done or said

Something people don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you
I used to work security at rock concerts

What is your approach/philosophy for helping members
Always try to do more than they expect

Advice for would-be home buyers?
Save up for a good down-payment, don’t buy beyond your means

 

SARAH DEGG, Mortgage Administrator, Midland

Years in the business
5 months for mortgages, 3.5 years for banking

Favorite part of the job
Awesome co-workers

Favorite local spot
WhichCraft

Best compliment someone could ever give you
That my outfit is cute!

Something people don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you
I am a crazy dog momma

What is your approach/philosophy for helping members?
To put yourself in their shoes

Advice for would-be home buyers?
Have money set aside for a down payment

 

RACHEL JUNGNITSCH, Mortgage Loan Processor, Midland

Years in the business
3 years in the mortgage world, 10 in the banking world

Favorite part of the job
Helping members from all over the state get into their perfect home.

Favorite local spot
Dow Gardens no matter what season its always beautiful and relaxing!

Best compliment someone could ever give you
Simple just by telling me I’m doing a good job and they appreciate me

Something people don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you
I like to name my vehicles after sea animals

What is your approach/philosophy for helping members?
Being honest and making sure they know what the road to the mortgage closing looks like.

Advice for would-be home buyers?
Don’t get that Kohl’s credit card it’s not worth it!!



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