Deerwood Bank Mortgage Solutions

Mortgage Lender Testimonials

Deb Davis

Deb Davies had been banking with Deerwood Bank for about 15 years, so it was easy for her to choose them for her first home loan. “It was actually my first home purchase so it was a little scary, but I had lots of reassurance from Casey Kannel,” said Deb Davies. Casey walked her through the entire process, step by step, and he was always available to answer questions or provide additional information. Another important detail for those who are juggling a job while also seeking financing: “He gave me plenty of notice to get my paperwork done!” she said. Deb highly recommends Casey and Deerwood Bank for any banking needs. “You have to love a business where you walk in and are greeted by name,” she concludes.

Deb Davis, Ironton
 Casey Kannel

Casey Kannel
218-534-3111
caseyk@deerwoodbank.com
NMLS#754659

Ryan

The hometown location of Deerwood Bank enticed the Kramers to choose it for their home purchase. “Our friends had such positive experiences with banking there, as well as with their home purchases,” said Ryan Kramer. At every turn, their banker, Casey Kannel, was there to help them. “I like to ask a lot of questions and he took it all in stride,” said Ryan. “He took the time to help me learn about all our options so we could make the best decision—one that we’d be happy with for years to come.” “Casey was trustworthy, conscientious, professional, and a lot of fun to work with,” said Christina. To others thinking of working with Deerwood Bank, the Kramers say that the mortgage process was very different from their previous home-buying experiences. They enjoyed the personal approach provided by Casey, Julie, Wendy, and the whole team—helping the Kramers to be well informed and comfortable with their choices. “When we walked out of the closing,” said Ryan, “we looked at each other and asked how something so inherently stressful could have been made so enjoyable.”

Ryan and Christina Kramer, Ironton
 Casey Kannel

Casey Kannel
218-534-3111
caseyk@deerwoodbank.com
NMLS#754659

Jamie

When Jamie and Thomas Kueber moved to Bemidji, they were very impressed with the friendly and helpful service at Deerwood Bank. This was especially evident when Jamie was setting up her own business account as an optometrist. After visiting other banks, they chose Deerwood’s personal touch and hometown service as the best one for them and their banking needs. “Sarah Kuesel was great in helping us purchase our home,” said Jamie. “She helped us through the whole process and made it very easy.” The Kuebers even found the financial transaction itself to be smooth and easy. “The mortage process was not only smooth, but it was finished on time,” said Jamie. Whether it was Jamie’s business account or their new home mortgage, Jamie and Thomas are very pleased with the service at Deerwood Bank and want others to know what a difference a personal touch can make.

Jamie and Thomas Kueber, Bemidji
 Sarah Kuesel

Sarah Kuesel
218-759-6919
sarahk@deerwoodbank.com
NMLS#1146272

Joe

Joe and Mary Lynch were seeking financing from another bank for their lakehome purchase. However, they faced continual roadblocks—to the point of almost walking away from the purchase entirely. Their realtor urged them to call Becky Eckelman at Deerwood Bank, insisting that after talking with her, they would “feel better about switching to a new bank.” The Lynches quickly learned that their realtor was right. “I spoke with Becky and discussed the property we were purchasing and our progress so far,” said Mary. “She was familiar with the type and condition of the property” and she assured them that the transaction could be completed within their timeline and with no problems. Becky and Deerwood Bank went out of their way to meet their needs. “I sensed a genuine concern and true desire to reach a successful closing,” said Mary, adding that it felt like a personal experience and not a corporate system or environment. “Our first conversation was in early May and she had pulled all the documentation and financials 15 days later!” Becky’s professional and financial expertise also meant that documents and signatures were quickly acquired to make the process even easier. “They were even able to match the rate quoted from the larger bank,” said Joe, “and with lower fees.” Joe and Mary are very happy with their home-buying experience with Becky and Deerwood Bank—so happy that they are now opening a new account.

Joe and Mary Lynch, Bemidji
 Becky Eckelman

Becky Eckelman
218-759-6919
sarahk@deerwoodbank.com
NMLS#730105

Andy Shermoen

"We moved to Grand Rapids from the Twin Cities with our two boys in search of a more relaxed lifestyle. We chose Deerwood Bank for our home mortgage because we like the small town, small bank feel. Deerwood Bank fulfilled everything they promised, and kept our mortgage local. They were personable, trustworthy and told us what to expect every step of the way."

Andy Shermoen, a Grand Rapids
homeowner and new Deerwood
Bank customer.
Justin Tobeck

Justin Tobeck
The Shermoens worked with Justin who serves as a Deerwood Bank mortgage lender for Grand Rapids and the surrounding communities

218-327-4833
justint@deerwoodbank.com

Rachel Kerr

"We've moved three times in the last eight years with the help of Deerwood Bank. They were always very responsive to our questions, returning our e-mails and phone calls even after hours. All of our loans stayed local, they never got farmed out. It’s small town banking with the benefits of a big bank."

Rachel Kerr, Deerwood Bank customer who has financed homes in Brainerd, Deerwood and Cohasset.
Julie Mohs

Julie Mohs
The Kerrs have financed each of their moves with Julie who works out of the original bank location in Deerwood, MN.

218-534-3111
julieh@deerwoodbank.com

Melissa Schmeck

"When we found a gorgeous house in an amazing neighborhood within our price range, it was a dream come true. It was a foreclosure turned fixer-upper and we looked forward to redesigning the kitchen and bathrooms. However, when it came time to get a home loan, we had a very difficult time getting approved because of the condition of the house. After getting in touch with Deerwood Bank, all of our stresses were gone. They were thorough, reliable and available whenever we had a question. The personalized service and attention we received at Deerwood Bank was outstanding."

Melissa Schmeck, Deerwood Bank customer
and Brainerd homeowner