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Eric Almquist

Branch Manager
NMLS #623826
Office: 402-933-1141
13340 California St, Suite 202,
Omaha, NE 68154
Licensed in Nebraska, Kansas, Florida, Iowa, Arizona, and Missouri .
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Growing up in a small farming community in rural Nebraska, I learned early on in life the value of a good work ethic and honest communication. I also think relationships are key to a successful business. I thrive to have great relationships with my employees and more importantly, every customer we help.

I stuck close to home after high school and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where I met my wife Coni. After I received my bachelors in business administration, with an emphasis in real estate, I began working for TransAmerican Appraisal where I obtained licensure as an appraiser and also became a real estate broker. I then moved to Omaha and worked for a consumer finance company.

The following year – 1997, I had the opportunity to join First National Bank as lender. I made this leap because I believe that purchasing a home is one of the most important financial decisions you will make. I wanted to help my customers navigate this process and prepare them for this new adventure by also giving them debt strategies to put them and their families in the best position possible. I enjoy using my knowledge from the different industries I was fortunate to be in to help educate my new and existing clients throughout the mortgage process.

Read moreMy wife, Coni, and I reside in Gretna, Nebraska with our three children, MacKenzie, Madison, and Matthew. There is never a dull moment raising 13- year- old triplets. We find time to volunteer with many of the kids’ activities throughout the year. We enjoy our family camping trips, fishing, boating, and many other outdoor activities. My family continues to support my career, and we all work together to cultivate life balance.

Fun Facts about Eric…

  • This may date me, but when we were dating and I lived in Omaha, Coni would drive to visit me and call me on her ‘bag phone’ when she was on her way!
  • If I weren’t a lender I would want to be a guide in Africa.
  • My proudest moment is when I became a father of TRIPLETS!
  • I have been in the mortgage industry for 23 years.
  • I have two favorite colors — purple, because it was my high school color, and pink, because most guys shy away from it!

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Our Loan Officers

Rachel Pierce

Read my bioI grew up in a small rural community in central Illinois about 80 miles south of Chicago. I moved to the Omaha metro area in 2005. I currently reside in the beautiful Loess Hills in Glenwood, IA with my little family Nevaeh, 5 and my husband John.

If you have never waited a tables, this is a job I think everyone should experience! I started out as a server at the age of 14 and did this until I was 32! During that time, I learned several things: listen, anticipate what people need before they know they need it, be kind, and provide excellent customer service. Those things create relationships and repeat clients.
Isn’t moving the worst?! Even when everything goes perfectly, moving can still be so stressful. Here’s what helps: knowing what to expect. I’ll educate you every step of the way to make this home buying experience as smooth as possible.

I’m going through my first decade with the career I couldn’t imagine being without and I now see every day as an opportunity to meet a new client-soon-to-turn-into-a-friend and help someone find their next new chapter.

Best advice I’ve received:
Invest in yourself. You can afford it, trust me!

Things you never knew about Rachel:

  • I went to High School in the smallest public school in the state of Illinois. I graduated with 18 in my class. I played softball and was a cheerleader!
  • I am a diehard Chicago Cubs & Bears fan!
  • My favorite food is anything sweet. I cannot resist chocolate. Plus I love TACOS, I mean who doesn’t love TACOS?!?!
  • I am a bonus mom to 3 amazing girls and 1 little girl of my own. And I am a bonus grandma! YEP! I was a grandma before I was a mom!
  • When I drink iced tea it makes me super amped up! I talk a million miles and minute, just ask my coworkers!
  • I enjoy archery and trap shooting!
  • I love the great outdoors. My family and I love trying new camping spots in Iowa, Missouri, & Nebraska.

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Loan Officer
NMLS #623836
Office: 402-933-1527
13340 California St, Suite 202,
Omaha, NE 68154
Licensed in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, and North Dakota
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Brian Farley

Read my bioMy name is Brian Farley, and I am a loan officer at Benchmark Mortgage. My responsibility is to a navigate today’s home buyers through the maze of purchasing a new home while considering their financial goals. I have always had the mentality that “YOU” are the most important aspect to my business perpetually growing. I have been in the mortgage industry for 10+ years. Prior to Benchmark Mortgage, I worked at Busey Bank, where I enjoyed working with clients to realize their dreams of homeownership. I am committed to providing an environment of high-integrity and high-trust. These values, over the years, have led to a home buying purchase process that leads the way in Omaha.

I earned my BS in Business Administration at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. I currently live in Millard with my wife and 4 daughters. I am very active in my church, daughter’s school, sports and slime making!

You might be surprised to know these fun facts about me:

  • First Job – Paper Route in Lincoln
  • Dream Job – Financial Coach & Trainer
  • Favorite Foot Attire – flip flops
  • Favorite Candy – Mounds
  • Favorite Ice Cream – Ben & Jerry’s “Oat of This Swirled” Buttery Brown Sugar Ice Cream with Fudge Flakes & Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookie Swirls – this has to be good for me
  • Favorite Movie – Dumb & Dumber or Facing the Giants
  • Favorite TV Show – Manifest
  • Favorite day of the week – Sunday
  • Like to cook – Not at all but I love food!
  • Favorite season – Spring, smells bring me back to soccer days
  • Favorite attire – Shorts and sweatshirt
  • Dream Travel Destination – Switzerland to ski the Alps

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Loan Officer
NMLS #1042183
Office: 402-401-6610
13340 California St, Suite 202,
Omaha, NE 68154
Licensed in Nebraska and Colorado
visit my website

Apply Now

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