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Briefcase: Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association Names Wendy Conto Best Loan Originator

Wendy Conto named 2017 Best Loan Originator for Northeast Chapter of WMBA 

Wendy Conto, Vice President of Mortgage Lending at Commerce State Bank was named 2017 Best Loan Originator for the Northeast Chapter of Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association. Joe Doyle, President of Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association presented the award to Wendy Conto at Concourse Hotel in Madison. Wendy won the award based on the following nomination. Wendy Conto has consistently been the top producer. She is recognized by her clients, realtors and marketplace as the person who knows how to get deals done. She knows her products and finds a way to fit the right product for the client. She is great at working with first-time home buyers to assist and educate them on the home-buying process and what it means to own a home, while also working well with the educated borrower that has been through the process many times before. She never stops working to either find the next deal, while also diligently staying on top of her files to assure that she is collecting the information she needs, reworking the numbers, and contacting all parties involved to assure that deals get closed on time and to the client’s satisfaction.

Baird & Warner: Collegiality helps agents, staff build business and careers

The 160-year old real estate brokerage ranks No. 1 among large employers in the Tribune’s list of Top Workplaces, as measured by Exton, Pa.-based consultancy Energage, formerly WorkplaceDynamics.

Family-owned Baird & Warner is one of the city’s oldest companies, dating to the years before the Civil War. After the Great Chicago Fire, the company retrieved records from its fireproof safe, which enabled the city to verify property ownership and begin rebuilding. In the 1960s company President John Baird took a stand against housing discrimination, putting him at odds with his peers in the brokerage industry. He resigned in protest from the Chicago Real Estate Board, and fair housing laws eventually were enacted.

The company today is headed by fifth-generation scion Stephen Baird, president and CEO. The company ranked No. 3 in residential sales volume and units for the Chicago metropolitan area last year, according to Midwest Real Estate Data. The residential brokerage,

Poll: What is your mortgage payment and Insurance cost for your 2+ bedroom / 2 bath HOUSE and what region?

We live in Lawton Oklahoma and we have a 1600sqft 3 bedroom, 2 full bath house with an attached 2 car garage, large privacy fenced in yard and covered patio. Our mortgage payment is 644 a month, 80 for taxes and 80 for insurance for a total of 804 a month.