Karen Knisley

Why am I a Mortgage Lender?

Growing up in Elm Creek, Nebraska, the daughter of a farmer/rancher, I quickly learned the value of hard work, dedication and to “always treat others the way you want to be treated.” As a mortgage sales manager for FNBO, I take pride in helping each family reach their personal financial goals, whether it’s their first home, fifth home, new construction or a refinance. I am by their side every step of the way and after the loan closes, too!

My Experience

I’ve been blessed to be doing what I love for more than 25 years. I’m committed to listening to each individuals’ needs, then putting my experience to work! When I’m not in the world of lending, my greatest enjoyment is being with my family.

Interesting to Know

I love to go camping, doing all water sports, riding horses, playing with our dog and cats and even yard work. Volunteering is also near and dear to my heart, and I enjoy serving on various boards and supporting community events and activities. I understand the numerous, intangible benefits of life in Nebraska – it’s not for everyone – but it’s for me!

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Lock & Shop Rate Security

Stay safe from higher rates and lock your rate in for 60 or 90 days.1

Mortgage Options

Down Payment Options as Low as 3-5%.

Competitive Rates

Competitive mortgage rates help save you money over the life of your loan.

Dedicated Loan Officer

Let your dedicated mortgage loan officer answer all of your questions and provide peace of mind - start to finish.

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Important Information

1 First National Bank's Lock & Shop program locks the initial interest rate for 60 or 90 days on 15 and 30-year conventional, 30-year FHA and VA fixed-rate purchase loan products. Your exact interest rate will depend on the date you lock your rate. In order to obtain this rate, a fully executed purchase agreement must be received by First National Bank within 30 calendar days of a 60 day lock or 60 calendar days of a 90 day lock. You will have the option to extend the due date for the purchase agreement and the rate lock expiration one time by 15 days. In addition, you may exercise a float down in the rate to the current market rate within 7 calendar days of executing a purchase contract. Please contact your loan officer to exercise this float down option. Additional fees, conditions or exclusions may apply. This is neither a commitment to lend nor an approval of the loan inquiry. Any change in rate or fees may affect approval of the loan.


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