Mortgage Resources

Evans Bank currently provides financing for properties located in the Western New York area, encompassing Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Niagara, and Monroe counties.

If you have questions at anytime during the pre-qualification process or would like to learn more about Evans, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the mortgage lending team, visit any of our conveniently-located neighborhood branches, or contact the Evans Customer Experience Center at 716.926.3313.

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Meet the Evans Bank Mortgage Team

Our friendly and knowledgeable Mortgage Loan Originators are available to discuss your needs and help guide you through the home buying, refinancing, or home equity process. Contact any of the Evans Mortgage Loan Originator or stop into any one of our financial centers for more information on all of our products and services.

John Jimenez

Mortgage Loan Officer
NMLS #407623

Office: 716.562.3502
Cell: 716.609.4192
Fax: 716.681.1566
Email: jjimenez@evansbank.com

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Frank J. Fialkiewicz II

Mortgage Loan Officer
NMLS #62332

Office: 716.681.0400 ext. 4120
Fax: 716.626.9145
Email: ffialkiewicz@evansbank.com

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Cindy O’Grady

Mortgage Loan Officer
NMLS #48748

Office: 585.266.4100 x 4460
Cell:585.255.0128
Email: cogrady@evansbank.com

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Gene Mongan

Mortgage Loan Officer
NMLS #2124136

Cell: 716.3197550
Email: gmongan@evansbank.com

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Lisa Akers

Mortgage Loan Officer
NMLS #482354

Office: 716.926.2040
Cell: 716.868.5769
Fax: 716.819.9002
Email: lakers@evansbank.com

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Deborah Valerino

Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #9451

Office: 585.721.0456
Fax: 716.626.9145
Email: dvalerino@evansbank.com

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Jim Hofner

Mortgage Loan Officer
NMLS #37767
Cell: 716.432.9522
Email: jhofner@evansbank.com

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Meet the Evans Bank Mortgage Team

The Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing (SAFE) Act was created to protect consumers and reduce fraud. This federal regulation requires that all Mortgage Loan Originators(MLO) working for banks and certain other lenders nationwide:

  • Register with the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS)
  • Provide fingerprints and undergo an FBI background check
  • Obtain a unique NMLS Identification Number assigned by the NMLS registry
  • Update the register and notify the HR department within 30 days of a change to their registration information
  • Maintain and renew the registration annually (between November 1st-December 31st)

The Mortgage Loan Originator definition covers all bank and lender employees who take applications and offer or negotiate terms of first and subordinate lien mortgages, HELOC’s, refinancing or reverse mortgages.  Mortgage Loan Officers must provide NMLS numbers:

  • Upon request
  • Before acting as a mortgage loan originator
  • To consumers, through the initial written communication, whether on paper or electronically

If you would like to learn more about the Mortgage Loan Originator with whom you are working, you can obtain additional information by visiting http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org.

Housing Resources

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Neighborhood Housing Services of South Buffalo, Inc.

The NHS of South Buffalo mission is “to aid and assist in the preservation, stabilization, and revitalization of economic and aesthetic conditions of residential and commercial zones as to promote a higher quality of life and social existence. They are funded by grants from our sponsor organization, NeighborWorks, and various government entities at both the state and federal levels. Visit >

NeighborWorks Community Partners

NeighborWorks Community Partners are a full-cycle lending agency with programs carrying customers through the entire process of buying and owning a home. Our programs and services include financial capability and homebuyer education, closing cost assistance, post-purchase education, home improvement loans and foreclosure prevention counseling. By focusing on successful home ownership, these programs build and protect assets in low-income neighborhoods, making those neighborhoods stronger by encouraging investment and improving confidence. Visit >

Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York

NeighborWorks Community Partners are a full-cycle lending agency with programs carrying customers through the entire process of buying and owning a home. Our programs and services include financial capability and homebuyer education, closing cost assistance, post-purchase education, home improvement loans and foreclosure prevention counseling. By focusing on successful home ownership, these programs build and protect assets in low-income neighborhoods, making those neighborhoods stronger by encouraging investment and improving confidence. Visit >

U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website provides extensive information about buying a home including affordability, borrower’s rights, tips and tricks for shopping for a loan, and details about different home buying programs including FHA loan programs and other special programs. Visit >

Home Buyer Education by Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac is a publicly held corporation chartered by Congress to increase the supply of funds that mortgage lenders, such as commercial banks, mortgage bankers, savings institutions and credit unions, can make available to homebuyers and multifamily investors. This Freddie Mac site offers a step-by-step tutorial on the home buying decision process and the mortgage application process. Visit >

Home Buying Process by Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae is a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) chartered by Congress with a mission to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the U.S. housing and mortgage markets. Home Buying Process guide on their website offers valuable information about buying a home. This website also provides important information for homeowners. Visit >

United States Postal Service Official Movers Guide

What happens after you complete the purchase process? This U.S. Postal Service site provides all kinds of tools and tips to help make the moving process easier. Visit >

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know how much house I can afford?

Generally speaking, you can purchase a home with a value of slightly over two times your annual household income. However, the amount that you can borrow will depend upon your employment history, credit history, current savings and debts, and the amount of down payment you are willing to make. You may also be able to take advantage of special loan programs for first time buyers to purchase a home with a higher value. Contact us and we can help you determine exactly how much you can afford.

What is the difference between a fixed-rate loan and an adjustable-rate loan?

With a fixed-rate mortgage, the interest rate stays the same during the life of the loan. With an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), the interest changes periodically, typically in relation to an index. While the monthly payments that you make with a fixed-rate mortgage are relatively stable, payments on an ARM loan will likely change.

How do I know which type of mortgage is best for me?

There is no simple formula to determine the type of mortgage that is best for you. This choice depends on a number of factors, including your current financial picture and how long you intend to keep your house. Evans can help you evaluate your choices and help you make the most appropriate decision.

What does my mortgage payment include?

For most homeowners, the monthly mortgage payments include three separate parts:

  • Principal: Repayment on the amount borrowed
  • Interest: Payment to the lender for the amount borrowed
  • Taxes & Insurance: Monthly payments are normally made into a special escrow account for items like homeowners insurance and property taxes. It also may include payments such as flood insurance or Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
How much cash will I need to purchase a home?

The amount of cash that is necessary depends on a number of items. Generally speaking, though, you will need to supply:

  • Earnest Money: The deposit that is supplied when you make an offer on the house
  • Down Payment: A percentage of the cost of the home that is due at settlement
  • Closing Costs: Costs associated with processing paperwork to purchase or refinance a house

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