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Mortgage Planners

With the help of a Blackhawk Bank home loan professional, you'll say "Yes" to the right home at the right price!

House hunting? Make Blackhawk Bank your first stop. Talk to a Mortgage Planner for trustworthy advice and get pre-qualified for your Mortgage Loan. It's fast, it's easy. Getting pre-qualified for your home loan allows you to shop with confidence and gives you and your Realtor added bargaining power with the seller.

Blackhawk Bank has numerous mortgage options. Your Mortgage Planner will work with you to tailor an affordable home loan that's perfect for your lifestyle. When you're ready to talk about a loan for a new home or the refinancing of your current mortgage loan, contact a professional Mortgage Planner today. Get the advice you need for the life you want!

   
Greg Lundquist

Serving Clients in the Greater Beloit Area:

Greg Lundquist NMLS# 221247
Direct Dial: 608.751.6815
400 Broad Street
Beloit, WI  53511

"I enjoy providing mortgage solutions that achieve the everyday goals of my clients.”

As a mortgage loan planner in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin for the past 8 years, I’ve seen a lot of change in the mortgage industry. What never changes, however, is my commitment to providing my customers with options that best meet their financial needs. Whether you’re looking at refinancing your current mortgage to save money each month, or looking to buy your next home, I pride myself in always maintaining a ‘customer first’ approach through every aspect of the loan process.  This is achieved through clear, open, and ongoing communication, results in higher customer satisfaction, repeat business and referrals from happy clients.

In today's ever changing mortgage market, I enjoy keeping up on the latest products to better serve my customers. In my free time, I sit on the board of Walter Lawson Children's Home charitable committee and participate in the in the United Way's "Live United' campaign. I currently reside in Rockford, IL and I am an avid sports fan.

What clients have to say:
“Greg did a great job helping our family purchase a new home. He thoroughly explains the mortgage process step-by-step, which made us feel much more comfortable.”

“I can’t believe how easy it was to refinance our house loan!  We were able to save a lot of money with very little of our personal time expended.  I would highly recommend Greg to friends and family.“

“Greg did a nice job of presenting us with options for our new home purchase. Having all the information allowed us to pick the best mortgage for our financial needs, and the process was fast and easy which took away a lot of the stress associated with moving.”

Judy Short head shot

Serving Clients in the Machesney Park Area:

Judy Short  NMLS# 476481
Direct Dial: 815.877.2431
9609 Forest Hills Road 
Machesney Park, IL 61115 

"Whether you're buying a new home or refinancing, I'll make the process E-Z!"
I've worked in banking for over 15 years, but nine years ago I found my niche in Mortgage Lending. For me, there's no greater satisfaction than helping clients purchase a home...and making the process easy. I specialize in services for first-time home buyers, I help others save money by refinancing their older mortgage, and I tailor just the right loan package for folks buying or building their dream home. I've built my business by offering great service and staying in touch with my clients.

I've built relationships with real estate professionals through membership in the Women's Council of Realtors. I enjoy golf, scrap booking, fitness workouts and reading. My husband Ron and I have two sons currently enrolled in college. I grew up in Chicago until age 14; my family relocated to Rockford and this has been my home ever since. I returned to Chicago to attend Northeastern University, where I earned a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and learned how invaluable high-touch customer service is.

What clients have to say:
"Judy doesn't just say she'll make getting a mortgage loan easy - she really does. Our experience was smooth right from the start and all the way through closing."

"As first time home-buyers, we appreciated the time Judy spent with us. She explained things clearly, and was right there every step of the way. It was so exciting for us to get the home we wanted!"

"We went from application to closing in two week - all while we were out of town. Excellent work on Judy's part. I would recommend her to anyone."

Steve Bamberger

Serving Clients in Rockton / Roscoe:

Steve Bamberger NMLS # 524265
Direct Dial: 815.986.7106
5206 Elevator Road 
Roscoe, IL 61073

“I’ve been in the mortgage business as both a residential lender and most recently, the leader of the mortgage division at another bank.  I know the industry inside out, and I’ll work hard to win your trust.  I’m excited to join a community bank with the integrity and talent that Blackhawk Bank has, and to have the opportunity to work with you. “

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Serving Clients in Belvidere & Capron:

Jared Fewell  NMLS# 476484
Direct Dial: 815.986.7131
2141 N. State Street 
Belvidere, IL 61008 

"Providing honest and experienced mortgage solutions since 1991."
With over 20 years of Mortgage Lending experience, my business has been built by making my customers happy. My goal is to always provide the best mortgage solution with outstanding customer service. I'll meet with you at your convenience to learn about your goals and objectives so that I can provide you with the best options for your needs.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Southern Illinois University, and I'm experienced in all the available mortgage programs. I've taught First-time Home buyer's classes too; whether you're a seasoned buyer or a first-timer, I have a lot of knowledge to share. I'm active in several business organizations and I have strong ties with local real estate professionals. As a lifelong area resident, I know the area real estate market extremely well. I'm married to Alisa; we're the parents of two beautiful daughters.

Call me today to get the service and experience you deserve! I've recently moved my office to Belvidere; I welcome my Rockford area clients to call me at the number above, or contact me by email by clicking on my name.

What clients have to say:
"I've worked with Jared for several years now, and in my opinion there is not a better loan officer in the business. I've worked with a lot of loan officers in the past and have never met one as thorough, honest and dependable. I've recommended him to several friends and family members, and they've all been pleased with his work."

"I was going through a tough time financially and Jared took the time and effort to meet with me and find an answer to my problems. Everyone else I spoke to said 'No', but Jared came through for me."

"When my husband and I bought our first home, Jared sat down with us and really took the time to understand our financial picture. He made sure we got the best mortgage loan for our situation."

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Serving Clients in Rockford:

Margie Nowak  NMLS# 476485
Direct Dial: 815.986.7114
2475 N. Perryville Road 
Rockford, IL 61107 

“I love helping people find the right mortgage to fit their needs.”
I’ve been a Mortgage lender in the Rockford area since 1991. Finding the right mortgage product for your new home purchase or the refinancing of your present mortgage loan is my specialty. After listening to your needs, I’ll guide you to the best way to finance your home loan.

I’ve established and increased my mortgage business through giving my clients excellent customer service. I have many repeat customers who’ve grown to depend on my expertise; I'm pleased to say that they trust me enough to refer their family members and friends to me!

I’ve been involved with the Women’s Council of Realtors for over 16 years and was the treasurer for 3 years. I'm also involved with the Rockford Area Affordable Housing Association.

I’m a graduate of Marquette University. My husband Brian and I have 2 very active teenagers. I enjoy traveling to new places, golfing, reading and attending as many of my kid’s athletic/school events as possible.

What clients have to say:
“From the first phone call to the closing at the title company, Margie handled my account in a very professional and cordial manner.”

“No problems what so ever! Great service!”

“Margie was wonderful in helping me secure my mortgage…she’s great!”

John Johnson

Serving Clients in Rockford:

John R. Johnson NMLS# 524251
Direct Dial: 815.986-7146
2475 N. Perryville Road 
Rockford, IL 61107 

“Listening to YOU is my #1 priority.  Planning your financial future is more important today than ever!”

I’ve been providing mortgages to local clients since 1985, and building relationships with them is very important to me.  When we meet, I’ll listen to the goals that you have for yourself and your family.  Today, there are more mortgage options than ever before; I’ll work hard to make sure that your financial future stays secure by guiding you to the right mortgage for your specific circumstances.

I received my Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University and graduated from the Century 21 Real Estate course.  My education, plus years of experience have enabled me to help thousands of people achieve the American dream of home ownership.  I will help you, too.

When I’m not working, I serve on the Finance Commission at First Evangelical Free Church, participate in fund raising for United Way, Cosmopolitan Club, Rockford Rescue Mission and Kids Around The World.  My wife Stephanie and I have two great children that keep us busy as well.

What clients have to say:
“I want to thank you for your excellent help on our recent transactions.  I very much appreciate your tenacious manner which was required to get these deals done.”

“John really did a great job.  It was a loan that was out of state and he went above and beyond for me.  He did a great job!”

Tammy Zurfluh head shot Tammy Zurfluh  NMLS# 4764833
Vice President, Mortgage Division
Direct Dial: 815.986.7108
2141 N. State Street
Belvidere, IL 61008  

Heading the Mortgage Division is Tammy Zurfluh, an expert with more than 20 years of industry know-how.  Prior to taking on the management of the department, Tammy was consistently the Bank’s top mortgage executive with an extensive base of both new and returning clients, and a wide network of real estate professionals.   Today she implements and manages best practices for the division, overseeing strategic planning and the management of mortgage loan products.  Tammy and her team deliver unparallelled customer service to clients obtaining a home loan at Blackhawk Bank.