Congratulations on Closing!

Congratulations to Pam and Oscar for closing yesterday! They trusted Imagine Home Lending handle another home loan! We appreciate your return business so much! Imagine Home Lending - Doug Milkowski teamed up with Liz Todd- Realtor, KPR Brokers and Heidi Milkowski to ensure a smooth closing for these two!

Congratulations and many thanks!
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May Mortgage Update

Spring has spring and for sale signs are appearing all over south western Wisconsin!

If you’re currently #househunting it’s a great time and we have great weather for you to attend open houses or schedule showings with your realtor.

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Did you know…

Health care professionals qualify for the Homes For Heroes rebate program? Imagine Home Lending is a proud partner of Homes For Heroes, a program that offers savings and rebates for Veterans, Active Duty Military, Fire, EMS, Police, Educators, and Healthcare Professionals.

We believe that heroes come in many shapes, sizes, and forms. We also believe that heroes deserve rewards. Participants of the Homes For Heroes program save between $500-$2000 in closing costs.

To see if you’re an eligible hero, call your local Imagine Home Lending branch.


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The Spring housing market is buzzing like a bee, and we want to make sure you’re a competitive buyer. When putting offers on houses, sellers are likely to choose the buyer that’s been pre-approved. Find out more about our application process online or by calling your local Imagine Home Lending branch.

Happy Spring, future home owners!



Reasons to live in Wisconsin

  1. Everyone in the country talks about how nice Midwesterners are - We feel so privileged to finance dream homes in such a positive and safe communities. Our clients are the sweetest, which makes our job so easy and so rewarding.

  2. We love our local farmers - there’s an abundance of local meat, cheese, and veggies. Homegrown seems to taste better.

  3. Cheese curds - ‘nuff said

  4. Motorcycles - Milwaukee is Home of Harley Davidson. The rural roads of Wisconsin are perfect for a relaxing afternoon cruise.

  5. Water park capital of the world - The Wisconsin Dells are world famous! Water parks, shopping, and casinos (all of which probably have cheese curds).

  6. Lake recreation - There’s ample opportunity to get out and play! Rent a canoe in the Summer time or try your hand at ice fishing in Winter. Where ever you are in Wisconsin, you aren’t too far away from a lake. Rumor has it, Wisco has more lakes than Minnesota.

  7. We like the fresh air - Temperature doesn’t stop us. We’re always outside. Spring time makes for a beautiful hike in the bluffs, and you betchya we’ll strap on our snow shoes for a good romp around the woods.

  8. We’re really passionate about sports - Seriously. I’d be willing to wager that you can’t find ONE neighborhood without a Packer themed exterior paint job.

  9. Unmarried? Madison offers the most rights and legal protection for unmarried couples out of any other city in America.

  10. The 400 State trail - Explore Wisconsin on a family or solo bike trek.

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11. We like to work, and WI has awesome career opportunities. Our unemployment rate is at 6%. Wisconsinites love to roll their sleeves up and work hard (and reward that solid days work with a local beer).

12. University of Wisconsin - A great school with 13 campuses across the state with a leading biotechnology program.

13. Fish Fry Fridays - It’s a thing.

14. Culver’s - It’s like fast food, but it’s made with local ingredients. Basically guilt-free, right? (They have cheese curds)

15. Door County - Looking for a relaxing getaway? Door county has great cabins, recreation, beautiful views, and relaxation for a reasonable cost.

16. We’re Americans Dairyland - and we have cheese curds.

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Here in Onalaska, we’re expecting temperatures in the balmy 30’s next week.

This Winter’s recent snow storms, polar vortexes, and negative temperatures has us ready for spring. Looking for ways to feel productive and shake off the cabin fever? Get outside and perform your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist.

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  1. Prevent mosquitoes - As the ice melts, your property may be left with reservoirs of standing water. These reservoirs serve as ideal breeding grounds for disease carrying insects. Perform a 360 degree walk around of your land, identify any standing water, and property discard it.

  2. Visually inspect your roof - Heavy snow build up and wind can cause a ruckus for our roofs. When the ice melts, perform a 360 degree walk around and look for any missing shingles or other obvious exposures on the roof. If there’s still snow piled high on your roof, it’s time to use the snow rake!

  3. Clean out the gutters - regular gutter maintenance prevents clogging, prevents rot, and prevents critters from getting into your attic space.

  4. Check for damaged cement - Take a peak at any foundation, driveways, or pathways on your property and look for any obvious cracks or damage.

  5. Give your home’s exterior a face lift - if the outside of your home is looking a little dull after winter.

  6. Clean out the chimney - Perform an exterior visual inspection of your chimney. Look for obvious cracks or damage. Call in a chimney sweep to remove the build up in efforts to reduce any fire hazards.

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All right home owners, we hope this Spring Home Maintenance Checklist has helped! Your home is one of the biggest investments you can make, and regular seasonal maintenance can assist you in protecting that investment. Our homes take quite the beating during winter months here in the Midwest, so it’s time for a little TLC!

Reducing Waste

What ways do you reduce waste around your home or office?

Homes For Heroes Giveaway!

Homes For Heroes is hosting their Experience Contest! Winner will receive an additional $500. All you have to do is fill in the form, record a 30 second video about your homes for heroes experience, upload it, and submit!


If you used the Homes For Heroes to finance your home, click here to enter!

If you’re interested in hearing more details about the homes for heroes program, click here!


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Explore La Crosse!

Whether you’ve settled down and purchased your home or are currently renting in the beautiful driftless region, chances are we spend far more time at work than at play.

It’s chilly outside; here’s a list of ways you can shake off the cabin fever and connect with your community!

Treat yourself or your valentine to a steak dinner at Fayze’s. Their Thursday special includes a 6 oz sirloin, two sides, and homemade bread for $9.99!

Bundle up and head over to Norskedalen Nature and heritage center for a snowshoe hike! Explore the beautiful trails by candlelight. Bring your own snow shoes, or rent them when you arrive.

Learn to decorate cake pops that look like unicorns! Unleash your creativity and enjoy some sweets. Great activity for kids or adults.

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Participate in a Mississippi River tradition: Friday Fish Fry! We suggest Blue Moon Restaurant in Onalaska. You can never go wrong by kicking your weekend off with a local fish fry.

Take a little trip up north for a Golden Eagle Viewing Field Trip. Perhaps you’ll spot a bald and golden eagle! This is a great way for older children and/or adults to spend the day learning about the beautiful natural habitats in the driftless region.

Settle down with a Sunday morning brunch at Creekside!

Though the whether outside is still frightful, don’t be shy! Get out there and experience the benefits of living in Coulee region.

Think Outside The Box

What do you think holds potential home buyers back from taking the plunge and buying their first home? What do you think the number one apprehension is for potential first time home buyers? Unfortunately, It’s been drilled into our brains that in order to consider purchasing a home, you’ll need 20% down. Imagine Home Lending is here to let you know that you have the option to finance a home without needing 20% down.

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Imagine the following scenario:

You’re daydreaming, scrolling through Zillow, taking an inside look at what kind of houses are available in your area. You find a home in a nice area, close enough to work, walking distance from your go-to happy hour spot, and it’s priced at $150,000.

In today’s economic climate, it’s common that most of us carry some combination of  student loan debt, medical expenses, high rent costs etc.

Is it realistic to expect that the average person has $30,000 saved up for a down payment on this home? We don’t think it’s common for members of our community to be sitting on that kind of expendable cash. (I know I’m not!)

So, how do you turn your Zillow daydreams into move-in ready reality?

Find a lender who can offer you options that work for your circumstances. Imagine Home Lending offers several mortgage programs that offer different down payment options for qualified buyers. For example, USDA and VA loans are great 0% down payment options. FHA and Conventional mortgage loans offer down payment options as low as 3%.

I don’t know about you, but $4,500 (3%) down payment seems a lot more doable than $30,000 (20%). Some mortgage programs allow down payment gifts, and some mortgage programs offer down payment assistance to qualified buyers. What I’m getting at is, where there’s a will, there’s a way.  

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Imagine Home Lending is a local mortgage lender. We make a strong effort to work closely with our community to make your loan process simple, realistic, and as stress-free as possible.

Curious to hear more about our mortgage program options?

Give us a call or visit us online today!




Keeping Your Home Insurance Company Happy

Make Your Home Insurance Company Happier

Make Your Home Disaster Resistant

Homeowners insurance is something a buyer has to secure before the sale of the home can be completed. Mortgage lenders will require what is referred to as a binder. The binder spells out the address of the home being insured, the authorized users on the policy, and every detail of what the insurance policy covers.

Lenders may require you to include specific coverage on your homeowners policy. For example, if a home is located in a floodplain your lender will require flood insurance.

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The most common homeowners insurance policies will cover fire, windstorm, hail, smoke, explosion, vehicle collision, and theft. The common homeowners policies don’t extend coverage to flood, earthquakes, power failure, neglect, or intentional damage.

Though states don’t require homeowners insurance, most mortgage lenders do. Your lender wants to protect their investment. Even if you’re in an area where you aren’t likely to experience a tornado, it’s still unwise to take chances on a property that you’ve invested so much into.

Just like health insurance, we all hope we don’t need to use it. However, we can rest easy knowing that if ever an accident were to occur it won’t completely wreck out financial circumstances or financial future. Just like health insurance, homeowners insurance can seem like a costly monthly expense.

Fret not, future homeowner. Imagine Home Lending has a few tricks and tips on how to keep your home insurance company happy (read: earn discounts on your home insurance policy).

Loyalty Perks: A lot of insurance companies offer discounts to customers that choose to use multiple services. Using the same company for home, auto, and life insurance could save you some big bucks!

Benefits of Being A First Time Homeowner: Some companies choose to extend a congratulatory discount to those who are purchasing their first home.

Choose your deductible wisely: If you live in an area where hurricanes, heavy wind, or hailstorm are a matter of “when” more than a matter of “if”, than it may be wise to choose a lower deductible with a higher monthly premium.

However, if you live in an area with low risk of natural disaster or crime, one could choose to pay a higher deductible with a lower monthly payment.

If the homeowner never ends up actually having to pay the deductible (let’s cross our fingers that they don’t!), then a lower monthly payment will save the homeowner money.

Safety First: Most insurance companies offer discounts if the homeowner purchases a home security system. Typically, the insurance company will affiliate with one specific home security company, so you may only be able to receive a discount if you choose to do business with their affiliate security company.

As well, updating any smoke detectors, CO2 detectors, and fire extinguishers may earn the homeowner some brownie points in the form of discounts!

Automatic and Virtual: Auto-pay and Paperless Billing are excellent, easy, effort-free ways to receive discounts. Ask about programs or rewards like these when you’re cost-comparing.

Tobacco Free Home: Cigarette smoking increases the risk for property damage due to fire. Any sort of fire prevention measures will usually qualify you for policy discounts. If you have a smoke-free home, ask about these rewards.

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The last tip we have to offer is to make sure you listen as they explain the extent of coverage that each company is quoting you. After a few attempts at getting quotes, or being coll-called, it’s easy to get complacent. However, the fine print really does matter under these circumstances. If you have any questions about insuring your home, your realtor or lender are great resources to turn towards!