It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We want to give one of you a Balsam Hill™ Christmas Tree to brighten up your home this holiday season. 🎄

Entering is easy!
1. Like our Facebook page 
2. Comment your favorite Christmas tradition on this post

We will randomly select a winner on December 3, 2021, at noon CST! Read the guidelines below.


*Contest Rules | To win the prize participants must like Farmers Bank & Trust Mortgage Facebook page then like and comment on the Farmers Bank & Trust Mortgage Christmas Tree Giveaway post by December 3, 2021, at noon CST. The persons who win must reply to a Facebook message or phone call on December 3, 2021. One entry is allowed per Facebook profile or person. Participants must reside in Arkansas or Texas only.

Winners cannot be an employee or immediate relatives of a Farmers Bank & Trust employee to include siblings, children, parents, or grandparents. Must be 18 years old or older to win. It is not necessary to be a Farmers Bank & Trust customer to win.

Farmers Bank & Trust is the sole sponsor for this Contest. Balsam Hill™ is not affiliated. Hallmark Channel is not affiliated. No purchase is necessary to win. Purchasing does not increase the chances of winning. The Christmas tree may not be transferred, duplicated, auctioned, shared, or sold. Should a rule or law be violated, or if, in the opinion of Farmers Bank & Trust, fraudulent or improper methods were used, the participant will be disqualified from all winnings of the Contest.

Farmers Bank & Trust is not responsible for participants that have Facebook security settings set to private so that Farmers Bank & Trust cannot see a participant’s Facebook engagement in any way. It is the responsibility of the participant to modify their security settings to open. The winner must sign Farmers Bank & Trust photo release form to be posted on the Bank’s social media pages. Farmers Bank & Trust reserves the right to amend these rules without notice.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

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You’ve decided you want to build your dream home.

Now, you need to hunt down and snatch up that perfect piece of paradise to call home. Here’s how to go about finding just the right spot:⁣

  1. Consider the general layout of the home you want to build. Sprawling ranch? Front-porch farmhouse? Two-story bungalow? The lot you choose should complement the home you envision.
  2. Save time by narrowing down where you want to live. Then research available lots in those areas.
  3. Link arms with an agent who knows local builders and can help assess a lot’s potential. You want to be well-acquainted with a lot’s slope, drainage, and utilities.⁣
  4. Check with the local zoning office about the land you’re interested in purchasing. Pay attention to surrounding land as well, and try to weigh what future zoning and construction will happen in the area. Your agent can help with this!
  5. If you’re looking to buy in an established neighborhood, research minimum square footage or building materials requirements. Ask about HOA fees or restrictions that could limit your number of pets, vehicles, or home additions down the road.⁣
  6. Meet with reputable lenders familiar with construction loans to learn your financing options.⁣ (We can help here!)
  7. Work with an agent to write and negotiate an offer.⁣
  8. Attend your closing and break ground!⁣

⁣If you’re leaning toward new construction and need help with financing, the Farmers Bank & Trust Mortgage Team can help! Contact one of our lenders by visiting HERE to find out what financing options work best for your situation.

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I didn’t know this years ago, but for me, my late 20s are shaping up to be an extremely exciting time of life. Just in the past year, I started school again and am an MBA candidate. I got engaged. Now, we bought a house! It’s a lot of really expensive, really big decisions, and a ton of organization and planning all at once. Doing all of this at the same time is probably nuts, but for me, it’s just the right time for all of it, however, there are some challenges with buying a home and being an MBA student.

Some people in my class already have homes and families, some are still single, and some are in the same stage as I am. We’re in grad school but not wanting to put our whole lives on hold while that happens. That is the whole reason I chose the Professional MBA program in the first place. This post is for those in the last group.

Finding a mortgage lender is hard. Actually, that’s false, do a google search and thousands of results show up. But finding a good mortgage lender is the hard part. Lenders have to pull your credit, examine your payment and work history, look at your cash and assets to find out how much they can lend you, and make sure you can pay on the mortgage. If you have school loans it shouldn’t be a huge issue, but definitely speak with your realtor and lender ahead of time to make sure buying a home is feasible at this time.

When buying a house, the mortgage lender takes all debt into account. So opening new school loans right before starting our house hunt made me nervous, but once again, I’m impatient and didn’t want to wait. Still, make sure to speak with your mortgage lender about your plans. They’ll be able to advise on the best route forward. The trickiest period will be right before closing. Sometimes it is out of your control, but if at all possible, try not to make large tuition payments out of the accounts your lenders are counting towards your close. It’s also super important to not open any new credit lines during this time, and I imagine new loans should be avoided if possible as well. Each situation will be different, so speak with your Farmers lender to be certain.

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Kasey pictured with Ray Smith, Farmers Bank & Trust Prosper Market President, and Madison Haltom, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS# 2064263

I had the pleasure of visiting one of the Farmers Bank & Trust branches in Prosper, TX. I grabbed some free Starbucks coffee and sat down to speak with Madison, the Mortgage Loan Originator on-site, and Ray the Prosper Market President. They walked me through the lending process and shared some helpful information for you when applying for your mortgage online.


I highly recommend speaking with someone either in person or on the phone before sending all of your information through an online system. Farmers Bank is 100% reputable, but you still want to know who you’re dealing with. We shopped around to 3-4 lenders before choosing and some had different interest rates, some had different fees, and some we just didn’t like the vibe we got from them. You’ll be giving these people a ton of personal and financial information, so you need to feel comfortable with the people handling your details.


You could have made best friends with your lender, but if they aren’t available when you need them, they aren’t a good lender for you. Especially in this Seller’s market, you’ll need information, pre-approval letters, and so much more from your lenders that you need them to answer your call. They could be the difference between making or missing an offer deadline. Farmers Mortgage Lenders aren’t sitting in a corporate office and checking out at 5 pm. They are local to each branch and ready to take your call at a moment’s notice. Madison even told me she gave out her cell number to her clients so they could reach her at literally any time of day!


Farmers Bank has the benefit of being tied to the bank. So, if you need help raising your credit score or building credit from the ground up, you can sign up for their Foundation Credit Card. It starts with a low limit so you can get used to using it and paying it off. Your limit grows as your credit builds. This can prepare you for buying a home in the future.


You’ll need a solid down payment. Your exact down payment will be dependent on the type of loan you go with, but it will typically be somewhere between 3-5% minimum. For example 5% of 300,000 is $15,000. In addition to your down payment, you’ll need cash for earnest money, closing costs, and so much more. You need a good cushion to buy a home and make it through closing, but a good lender will walk you through everything and always be available to answer your questions.

This part is difficult when also paying for school. Your savings can mess with your FAFSA, and you have to make sure your loan officer knows everything so that it doesn’t mess with your mortgage. Both can absolutely be done, but you have to be transparent on all ends and plan extra carefully.

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For mortgage resources and to start your application, visit HERE.