June is National Homeownership Month, a month to celebrate the benefits that homeownership brings to families and communities across America. Owning your own home continues to be one of the best vehicles for wealth in the United States. However, going through the home-buying process for the first time, or refinancing your mortgage, can be daunting and stressful. Finding a trusted mortgage lender that will help you weigh the advantages and risks, and guide you through the process will ease your homeownership jitters. 

Fili Sanchez (NMLS #528671) is the Vice President and Mortgage Relationship Manager for our Kearney, Riverdale, Burwell and Ord markets. He has been with Heartland Bank for 10 years and has 15 years of mortgage lending experience. He is also a recent graduate of the Advanced School of Banking. Fili enjoys participating in the community with the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Kearney, Nebraska Banker's Association, and serves on the board for the Yanney Heritage Park Foundation. Outside of the bank, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, traveling to kids' sports activities and family vacations.  

Fili's best advice to somebody who is purchasing a home or going through the refinancing process for the first time is to work with somebody you can trust.

“Work with someone you trust, like Heartland Bank. We have the expertise to guide you through the pre-qualification process and help you choose the right loan product.”

Contact Fili today by phone at 308-238-0514 or by email at

In the market for your first home? Download our First-Time Homebuyer's Guide for advice, tools and tips for the home buying journey.

Have you been in your current home for awhile and thinking about trading up? Check out our Home Buyer's Guide to Trading Up to help plan, finance and coordinate your next move.

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Sarah Taubenheim

Sarah is the Media Specialist at Heartland Bank. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in Communication Studies. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends and organizing and decorating her home.

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