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Planet Home Lending Expands Illinois Presence

Planet Home Lending, LLC has arrived in Rockford, Illinois, with a new team run by Branch Manager Bruce Biggers. 

Joining him are Sales Manager Dennis Garcell, along with Mortgage Loan Originators Dave Zegunis, Marcia Patton, Nick Goza, John Hastings, Brian Pettry, Nick Goza, Jr., Loan Officer Assistant Melanie Gallatin and Processor Julie Daubert. 

"Planet Home Lending is a great fit for Rockford because we offer the loans that Bruce and his team need to help consumers in the community reach their goals of homeownership," said Michael Dubeck, CEO and President of Planet Financial Group, LLC. "This team is especially skilled at helping first-time and first-generation homebuyers." 

An Illinois-area mortgage and lending professional for more than two decades, Biggers understands the intricacies of the local market. "My team and I have lived in Winnebago County for most of our lives," Biggers said. "Collectively, we have about 150 years of experience in the mortgage industry. During that time, we have learned the importance of a positive customer experience, and that is the goal we have with each interaction." 

 Biggers continued, "Planet Home Lending offers various loan products that are popular in the area. With about 150,000 residents, Rockford is a competitive real estate market, with most homes receiving several offers. To help position borrowers to buy a home, my team works with people where they are and with their given circumstances to find a loan that works for them." 

 Along with local expertise, Planet Home Lending offers a personal digital mortgage assistant, which consumers can use to apply for a home loan via their mobile device from anywhere. Borrowers and real estate agents (with the borrowers' permission) can track loan progress 24/7, reach out to ask their loan officer questions and submit paperwork electronically to reduce reliance on paper. 

 Another way Planet Home Lending supports a healthy environment is through a tree-planting partnership with the National Forest Foundation. In 2021, the company has sponsored the planting of up to 100,000 trees to help restore national forests. 

About Author: Kyle G. Horst

Kyle G. Horst is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he has worked for a number of daily, weekly, and monthly publications in South Dakota and Texas. With more than 10 years of experience in community journalism, he has won a number of state, national, and international awards for his writing and photography including best newspaper design by the Associated Press Managing Editors Group and the international iPhone photographer of the year by the iPhone Photography Awards. He most recently worked as editor of Community Impact Newspaper covering a number of Dallas-Ft. Worth communities on a hyperlocal level. Contact Kyle G. at [email protected]
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