YOUR LOCAL
MORTGAGE EXPERT.

Meet Lori.

Lori has nearly three decades of banking experience. She has dedicated a majority of her career to mortgage lending, working directly with the consumer. She has been credited as a Top 10% performer and has routinely garnered recognition for customer satisfaction. Along with mortgage origination, her background also encompasses the processing and underwriting of loans. Lori was drawn to Lake Area Bank by their commitment to full-service banking. The opportunity to offer traditional banking products and private client services to her mortgage clientele was a key driver for Lori. As the banking industry continues to evolve, Lori understands the importance of aligning herself with a local company that not only offers a full compliment of services;  but also shares her values.

Awards.

 
Top 1% Mortgage Originators in America 2018
Top 1% Mortgage Originators in America 2017
Super Mortgage Professionals 2018
Super Mortgage Professionals 2017
Super Mortgage Professionals 2016
Minnesota Housing Silver Top Producer
Minnesota Housing Platinum Top Producer
Minnesota Housing Gold Top Producer

Customer Testimonials.

Lori Wittmer

Senior Mortgage Banker
NMLS#869636 ​

1030 West County Rd. E
Suite 200
Shoreview, MN 55126

Meet Lori.

Lori has nearly three decades of banking experience. She has dedicated a majority of her career to mortgage lending, working directly with the consumer. She has been credited as a Top 10% performer and has routinely garnered recognition for customer satisfaction. Along with mortgage origination, her background also encompasses the processing and underwriting of loans. Lori was drawn to Lake Area Bank by their commitment to full-service banking. The opportunity to offer traditional banking products and private client services to her mortgage clientele was a key driver for Lori. As the banking industry continues to evolve, Lori understands the importance of aligning herself with a local company that not only offers a full compliment of services;  but also shares her values. Lori and her husband Todd live in Stillwater with their two dogs. When she isn’t helping her customers, she’s likely gardening, relaxing with a good book or trying a new recipe in the kitchen.

Awards.

 
Top 1% Mortgage Originators in America 2018
Top 1% Mortgage Originators in America 2017
Super Mortgage Professionals 2018
Super Mortgage Professionals 2017
Super Mortgage Professionals 2016
Minnesota Housing Silver Top Producer
Minnesota Housing Platinum Top Producer
Minnesota Housing Gold Top Producer

Customer Testimonials.

About Lake Area Mortgage

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Our History.

Since 2007, We have been operating up to our renowned reputation, ultimately making us a top producing local lender. Aligned with Lake Area Bank, we conduct business based on a set of core values that have remained constant over the years. We intend to ensure that these values are real, that we believe in them, that we live them, and that they will outlive us.

Our #1 Priority is your Satisfaction.

All stages of the loan process are handled here, at Lake Area Mortgage. You’ll appreciate our experienced staff, in-house processing, underwriting and closing department to help ensure the loan process goes smoothly.

We pride ourselves on having award-winning loan officers who are dedicated to helping customers land their dream homes. Our local market knowledge can be key during your homebuying process.

Loan Products

BUY

Homebuying Solutions

For first-time homebuyers, move-up buyers, second home purchases, and investment properties. Lake Area Mortgage is dedicated to making the entire process smooth and simple.

  • Low closing costs

  • Competitive rates

  • Affordable first-time homebuyer programs

  • Access to numerous down-payment assistance programs

  • In-house processing, underwriting and closing department

BUILD

Building Your Dream Home?

Lake Area Mortgage makes financing easy with our Single-Close Construction Loan – one loan, one set of closing costs.

  • One closing at start of construction

  • Extended locks available

  • Interest-only payments during construction at 2.99%

  • Flexible down payment options

  • One application and one approval process

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REFINANCE

Thinking About Refinancing Your Mortgage?

We’re here to help you take the next step. Lake Area Mortgage can help you determine whether refinancing is right for you.

  • Lower your mortgage payment

  • Lower your interest rate

  • Consolidate 2nd mortgage

  • Shorten your mortgage loan term

  • Change your home loan type

  • Cash-out refinance option

REMODEL

Don’t Move. Improve!

The Lake Area Mortgage Renovation Loan provides a simple and convenient way for borrowers to finance home improvements and renovations.

  • Interest-only payments during construction

  • Increase your property value

  • Avoid taking out a second mortgage

  • Borrow against the as-improved value of the property

  • Purchase and renovate a fixer-upper

  • Perfect for additions or finishing basements

Get Started

Buying or refinancing your home is a large investment – we understand! Lake Area Mortgage is dedicated to providing you the tools, information and support you need throughout the homebuying process. When it comes time to look for a home loan, the more you understand about the process, the easier and less stressful it can be. We are more than happy to walk you through a quick consultation over the phone or in-person – whatever is preferred!

​So, let’s get started!

Our Loan Process.

1. CONSULTATION & PRE-QUALIFICATION

Set up a meeting with your Lake Area Mortgage Loan Officer to discuss your home financing needs, goals, and current fiscal situation. Be prepared to provide information on your current incomeassetsliabilities, and consent to pull credit. Based on that, you will be issued a Pre-Qual. for the loan amount you qualify for.

Shopping for a home with pre-qualification is shopping with confidence!
2. APPLICATION & DOCUMENTS

Your Loan Officer will provide you with a more in-depth list of required documents for your official loan application. The documents required to approve and underwrite your loan can vary depending on program, credit score, and job type.

In midst of this step, you’ll be looking to make an offer on your new home.
3. PROCESSING

Once your offer has been accepted, your Loan Officer and their team will begin processing your file for underwriting. During this time we may request additional items required to approve your loan.

Generally, your rate will be locked at this time and an appraisal will be ordered.
4. UNDERWRITING

Our in-house underwriting team will review the file to issue a loan decision. Your approval may come back with additional items needed. Once the extra conditions are submitted, it will take 24-48 hours to obtain the final approval (clear-to-close).

After the clear-to-close, you will be notified of the exact amount of money you will need to bring to closing.
5. CLOSING
Once you sign the final loan documents, the transaction will be completed and closed.
Congratulations!
If you loan was a purchase, you’re a new homeowner! Your Realtor will have your house keys at closing or schedule a time to deliver them.
If your loan was a refinance, enjoy those financial benefits!

Lori Wittmer

Senior Mortgage Banker | NMLS#869636

Direct: (651) 209-2945

Mobile: (651) 247-7654

Fax: (651) 209-2929

Equal Housing Lender - Member FDIC

Lake Area Bank is a Proud Equal Opportunity Employer

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1030 West County Road E – Suite 200 | Shoreview, MN 55126 | (651) 209-2900

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