Demystify the VA Home Loan

Demystify the VA Home Loan 

We’ve heard from many people in the real estate industry that using a VA Home Loan pre-approval makes your offer to purchase less favorable than other offers.  Well, our experts are here to tell you why that’s just not true.

A VA Home Loan can help service members, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. The VA provides a home loan guaranty (and other housing-related programs) to help veterans buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for personal occupancy.  Because the VA guarantees a portion of the loan, lenders are able to provide buyers with more favorable rates and terms. 

No veteran or surviving spouse should be talked out of using their earned benefits due to misconceptions.  Industry professionals should take this opportunity to master the craft of the VA Home Loan and confidently help veterans become homeowners throughout Wisconsin. 

This session will take place in Room 3 inside the Business Expo at 2:00 p.m.




Mary Rose, Sales Leader and Branch Manager with Mortgage300

Working in the Mortgage industry for the last 18 years, Mary has helped many Wisconsinites successfully achieve the dream of homeownership. She successfully earned her VA Home Loan certification and is well versed in its specifications.  She has also been very involved in assisting our veteran community, not only with the VA Home Mortgage processes but also through volunteer time with the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce. She believes the best way to say “Thank you” is by staying involved in community organizations that support our veterans.  

Mary has 4 wonderful sons, two who served as United States Marines, and a 13-year-old set on doing the same.


Lee Turner, Wisconsin Market Manager, Bell Bank Mortgage

Lee started his career in Mortgage Lending in 2001 after a 20-year career with the US Navy where he retired as a US Naval Flight Officer. In 2004, after several years as a mortgage lender with Amerihome Mortgage Lee moved into mortgage banking with Johnson Bank as a residential mortgage loan officer in the greater Milwaukee Metro area. In 2008 he became Johnson Bank’s Milwaukee Area Sales Manager and in 2013 he became Vice President Mortgage Field Manager, Milwaukee. In November of 2015, Lee moved to Bank Mutual and became SVP, Mortgage Sales Director and remained in that role until Bank Mutual was acquired in early 2018 by Associated Bank.

Lee stays active in the community and is currently on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association and is a member of the association’s education committee. He also works with the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors Youth Foundation helping to raise funds to provide grants to local children charity groups.  He is also on the board of directors with USO Wisconsin helping to support our men and women of the armed forces and is a member of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce helping to network local veteran business owners and veteran-friendly companies with military members separating from active and reserve duty.

He currently resides in Waukesha with his wife Jolene and has three adult children Allie, Maddie, and Sam. He can be contacted at


Cory Liebmann, Real Estate Agent with Homestead Realty, Inc.

Cory Liebmann is a real estate agent with Homestead Realty, Inc. in Milwaukee.  Cory currently holds nationally recognized certifications as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) and a Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). Cory is also an active real estate investor and a member of the Milwaukee Real Estate Investors Association and the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.  He is also a proud board member of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce. Cory served in the Army National Guard from 1991-1997.


Matt Titel, President of Commonwealth Mortgage Group in Pewaukee

Matthew Titel, a University of Wisconsin graduate, holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in finance and accounting, as well as a master’s degree from Carroll University in Business Management.
Matthew served six years in the US Army Reserves as an Ordnance Section Sergeant. During his military career, he received a top-secret clearance during three overseas missions to Germany and multiple Army achievement medals during his support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.   

Matthew founded Commonwealth Mortgage with the idea that his business would have two primary focuses; its employees and their customers. With over 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry, Matthew's goal is to "Start with education and become your mortgage resource for life." 



Mike Marzion, Owner of Wisconsin Property Inspections / Five One Home Inspection

Mike Marzion is the owner of Wisconsin Property Inspections and has been inspecting residential and commercial properties for five years.  Mike served on active duty in the Marines for eight years and 13 years in the Wisconsin Air National Guard, Milwaukee WI.  He retired in 2010. Beers, the Brewers and being a Grandpa are his joys. 


Donna Matti is the chief appraiser for Chudnow Druck Valuation and has been with the company since 1990. She manages the appraisal staff, provides assistance to her clients, and provides field appraisals for residential properties throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Donna is familiar with veterans and their needs as her husband was a military retiree after having been in the service for 32 years. Donna is a certified residential appraiser and has been qualified to perform VA appraisals for over 20 years. In addition to area lenders, she performs appraisals for private individuals, municipalities, the Department of Transportation, MMSD and SEWRPC. She is a life-long resident of southeastern Wisconsin.