Madison Lender Reviews

Our clients have shared many raving reviews of our preferred Madison lenders. See what local home buyers are saying about Mike Zilli, Karen WedvickJoan Sergenian, John Schroder and Katie Lindquist - our mortgage partners at Mad City Dream Homes. We've published a few reviews of our Madison lending partners below. Service, communication and trust are the keys for these loyal mortgage customers. 

Mike Zilli Providence Home LendingTestimonials for Mike Zilli, Fairway Mortgage

Thanks Mike for the outstanding service, hard work and dedication to close on time.  I appreciate it very much.  I will recommend Providence to anyone who is looking for a home.  Thank you for everything.  – Adam S.

Mike and his team helped me with so many obstacles throughout the process.  I would not have been able to buy a house if not for Providence.  - Naveen, Madison

Kind, reliable staff.  Every one of them!  Would definitely recommend Mike and Team! – Kathy H.

Mike and Kaelie made themselves available to help me at any time and to take any extra steps necessary to make my loan happen.  Thank you!  Katherine, Middleton

Communication with Mike and his team was way better than I had expected.  Kaelie was able to respond during evenings and on weekends and always let me know that I could contact her with questions.  - Elise, Lake Mills

We knew that Mike was doing his absolute best and working hard to help us.  We even think of Mike as a new friend.  - Mark and Debbie

Mike and his team really cared about us.  My wife was in a car accident and everyone seemed concerned and compassionate about the situation.  – Peter A., Madison

Everyone seemed personally interested in helping us with the loan for our house.  I never felt like a “number.”  Kara, Madison

Karen Wedvick Johnson Bank Madison WIKudos for Karen Wedvick, Johnson Bank

Hello, on behalf of my wife Angela and I we would like to extend our gratitude and thanks for the work Karen has done. We have had our mortgage with Johnson Bank and recently went through the process to sell our home and secure a construction loan for our dream home. This process was made that much more enjoyable by the professionalism and constant drive to meet our (many) requests for detailed information as we moved toward closing our construction loan. As a native of Racine, I know full well that when you do business with a Johnson company you should expect exceptional treatment. When we work with Karen we feel she is in touch with our needs and does not have a limitation in her own creativity. With her quick thinking we now have home and auto insurance provided by a Johnson Bank affiliated insurance company. Karen has brought us the satisfaction we would expect from Johnson Bank. - Jerome and Angela 

Thanks for refering me to Karen for my loan.  She was incredible. She made the loan process so easy and ensured my interests were protected. Thank you so much. Because of Karen, we have a house in which we will celebrate Christmas. - Jim and Family

Hi Karen, I just wanted to tell you - one more time, how much I appreciated all the work you put into helping me refinance the mortgage on my home. From the start I felt so lucky to be working with such a professional person and it turned out to be the case throughout the entire endeavor. Thank you so much for your efficiency, your creativity, and your kindness. I am so appreciative of all you did for me. Thank you! - Kathy

Karen thanks again for all you help with the loan and the safety deposit box. It was greatly appreciated. I don’t know if I’d ever describe arranging for a loan as fun, but working with you and Johnson bank was a great experience compared to some of our first experiences trying to arrange for our construction loan through a different bank. - Hans

Karen, I am happy that we were able to work with you, even for a short bit.  You made me think differently about the banking industry.  You are truly wonderful at what you do.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. - Walter

Karen, Everything went as expected last night and we are thrilled with the home we just purchased. Thanks for your help in this process.  We found our mortgage experience to be so much better than our previous experiences.  The key difference was you provided potential solutions for each issue you identified.  Previously we felt our loan officer would provide the issue and wait for us to identify the solution. You also work extremely hard and efficiently.  Feel free to forward this to people you report to at Johnson Bank. We also let our real estate agent and a friend know how satisfied we were with the service. - Evan


Fairway Mortgage EastBig Thanks for Joan Sergenian

Hey Joan, The past month (and change) while stressful, was a blast for Caitlin and myself. The process was perceived to be daunting when we first kicked off our home search almost 2 years ago, but working with you really changed our entire outlook. I don’t know if there’s a good place to give you a review, or however it’s done in the industry, but I definitely want to thank you for all of your advice. You weren’t pushy, you advised us in a way that was unique for our situation, and I felt like I was right at home when we stopped by your office. I think I speak for both my wife and I when I say this was a great experience, and I’m sure we’ll be looking for another house down the road..hopefully you’re still in the industry then! Thanks again for everything throughout this process and dealing with my unique life perspective. Good luck to you! Mark B.

This is our second time working with Joan. She is a great person that truly works hard to meet our needs. She makes the process hassle free with her knowledge and experience. –Zachary H.

Joan was exceptional! Made it feel warm, personal and genuine! She has great communication and availability. She is easy to understand and explains everything in detail. She made me feel at ease through the whole process. I would definitely recommend Joan and will continue coming back to her in the future. –Steve G.

Joan is the best. I not only use her personally, but refer business to her all the time. As a real estate professional, she just takes the worry out of the equation. –Jared K.

Great experience! Joan made the whole process manageable and easy to understand. I’ve already recommended her to two more buyers. –Amy O.

Joan was great, we had many obstacles and bumps along with way but Joan kept us calm and on track. I was able to relax knowing that Joan always had the situation under control. –Kevin B.

Joan could not have been more competent and personable from the beginning to the end of my loan process. –Barbara C.

Joan is wonderful to work with and I would highly recommend her! –Nancy K.

Joan was great to work with and really tried to help us out throughout our mortgage experience! We appreciate all of her help. –Kara M.

Joan is amazing! She was thoughtful, caring and timely in her responses. I would highly recommend Joan to anyone looking for a home loan. She is an asset to Fairway! –Samantha T.

Joan was great to work with! She explained every very well to us. –Mario S.

Great Midwest Bank Mortgages Madison

Reviews of John Schroder and Katie Lindquist, Great Midwest Bank

Due to my financial situation my accountant told me I needed to wait 4 years to get a loan, as did several others in the banking and home mortgage industry. However, John listened to my story and felt that he may be able to help us. He contacted a few of his sources and told them our whole story. After dealing with several obstacles, he finally worked it out in our favor. We now feel so much more secure. We are happy with our mortgage, and we are saving almost $600 per month and have a very competitive interest rate. I would recommend John at any time, and would not want anyone else fighting on my side to keep me financially healthy. - Brian

This was our first time going through the home building process. We didn't know anything about the construction loan application process. Of all the people we spoke to about a loan, Katie was clear, concise and really made the process easy. We highly recommend Katie at Great Midwest Bank - Kurt

John and Katie are two of the best professionals when it comes to customer service, mortgages and helping people with their financial needs.  We recently refinanced our house and both John and Katie went over and above with their service, communications and commitment to us as customers!  We appreciate all they did for us and thank them both for their outstanding support throughout the entire process - you guys are the best! - John and Janet G.

John was very attentive throughout our refinance process. He was very open about all of the details and made sure all of our questions were answered. - Josh and Whitney

Dear John, Thank you for your help with our loan and the purchase of our house. We love it! It was great to work with you. Thank you for coming to the closing. Sincerely, - Diane and Rick

The service we received from John Schroder and Great Midwest Bank was exceptional. John walked us all of the way through the process and made everything smooth and painless. We would recommend his services to anyone. - Steve and Joan

John Schroder made my mortgage as easy as it possibly could be, going out of his way to take care of any complications. He was a pleasure to work with! - Samantha

Have you used Mike Zilli, Karen Wedvick, John Schroder, or Karen Lindquist to finance your home? Send us your reviews of our Madison mortgage lenders, and we'll publish your feedback to this page. Thanks!



  • John Schroder NMLS ID #967896
  • Katie Lindquist NMLS ID #1123785
  • Joan Sergenian NMLS ID #270909
  • Karen Wedvick NMLS ID #770831
  • Mike Zilli NMLS ID #233940

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