Coronavirus Update

Your safety and well-being is our top priority at Bank Midwest. Due to increasing COVID activity in the Lakes Area, our Spirit Lake and Okoboji lobbies are closed until July 13. Please use our drive-up, digital channels, video tellers (ITM) or call 888.902.5662 for assistance. Learn more at bankmidwest.com/coronavirus/.

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Avoid Phone And Internet Scams

Beware of Phone and Internet Scams

Older adults are increasingly the targets of scammers who use deception and fear tactics to convince the elderly to send money or provide personal account information. Make sure your loved ones are aware of these common type of scams. Common Phone and Internet Scams Grandparent Scam A common telephone scam is the “grandparent scam” where the fraudster calls…
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Why Should I Use A Va Loan

Why Should I Use a VA Loan

The VA loan is one of the best mortgage loans there is. Here are some reasons why. First, VA guarantees the loan for 100% of the appraised value of the property (technically, the loan is for the Notice Of Value amount, which in most cases is the same thing). This guarantee means that the lender…
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How A Full Appraisal Works

How Does a Full Appraisal Really Work?

The appraisal process is a combination of science and opinion—but mostly science, even though the value that the appraiser delivers is called an “opinion of value” as of the effective date of the appraisal. Here’s how the process works: First, the appraiser describes the house being appraised (the “subject”) in a standardized way: living space…
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First Time Homebuyer Reality Check

First Time Homebuyer Reality Check

Many first-time homebuyers have stars in their eyes when they first begun house-hunting. Their ideal is a house that is move-in-ready, offers the number of bedrooms/baths/square footage they’re looking for, is in a great neighborhood and, of course, is within their budget. Matching all that criteria is often a tall order, especially the move-in-ready aspect of…
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Should I Buy A Home With Little Savings

Saving for your house

Moving into your own house can be exciting and frightening at the same time.  Before transitioning from renting to owning a home, you’ll need to create a savings plan that not includes your down payment (typically 5 to 20 percent of the home’s value) but also a reserve fund to cover unexpected emergencies. Saving for…
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Practice Your Fire Escape Plan With The Whole Family.

Fire Protection and Safety Tips

Here’s what citizens should know about keeping themselves, their loved ones and their homes and businesses safe from fires this year.

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