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Jenn Gawenda

Jenn Gawenda

Senior Loan Officer

2471 W. Sullivan Rd, Suite 1, Aurora, IL 60506
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About Me

Jenn Gawenda is a self-motivated, organized Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator who is primarily focused on the needs of her clients. After more than 20 years in the mortgage business, Jenn is knowledgeable yet remains committed to negotiating for her clients – saving you time, money and stress. She will tailor your mortgage needs to the investor who can best fulfill them. Jenn will not only secure competitive rates, terms and conditions, she will also counsel you on credit mortgage qualifications. And she will walk beside you throughout the process to make the experience as simple as possible.

Jenn takes great pride in helping first-time buyers into their very first home. She also gives advice to past clients who are interested in refinancing their mortgage, completing home renovations or consolidating debt. This is the highly-personalized and professional service you can expect from Jenn. At First Centennial Mortgage, Jenn offers FHA, conventional, VA, USDA, first-time homebuyer down payment assistance programs, renovation, and jumbo loans.

Outside of work, Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband, Tony; son, Grant; and daughter, Brooke. Family time is important to the Gawendas; you can often find them enjoying the outdoors, attending sporting events, or having fun as a family in the western suburb of Lisle.

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4.93 out of 5.0 stars
Mike L
Apr 24, 2024

Jenn has always done a fantastic job for my clients! She is available in the evening and weekends and works what we call "Realtor hours". She is patient, thoughtful and thorough taking more time with my clients than any lender I had referred in the past. Client feedback is always positive and thankful. Will continue sending my clients to speak with Jenn knowing that they are in good hands!
Amy H
Apr 21, 2024

As first time home buyers, we were in a completely new and baffling world with lending - Jenn's patience and detailed explanations at every step of the way made the process much less stressful! Jenn was able to answer questions we didn't know to ask, and made sure we understood what was needed and what was coming next at every stage of the process. I can't imagine the lending process without her!
Apr 21, 2024

Jenn was fantastic to work with. Patient with our frequent moments of confusion, as first time home buyers we were much more confident in the lending process thanks to her understanding and explanations! Jenn was readily available when we had questions, and often addressed questions we would have before we even knew to ask them. I'm so glad we were in good hands throughout the process.
Sheri W
Jul 08, 2022

Jenn has helped me with 2 houses. She has helped my family members with their houses. She helped refinance contactless, during the pandemic while I cared for my 90 yr old father. I would never have attempted the risk without Jenn! It is also such a relief to know we will get the lowest possible rate. Trusting someone with all your financial information these days is very scary. Knowing Jenn is in control of my security with the biggest purchase I will make is life changing. I have no fears with Jenn!
May 22, 2022

Jenn was very helpful when I needed to refinance after my divorce. She helped guide me through a difficult time (pre pandemic) in order to alleviate the pressure of getting a new mortgage while going through other stresses during that time. Then months later, after rates fell substantially, she contacted me an we refinance again and saved me hundreds of dollars per month.
May 05, 2022

Jenn Gawenda is personable, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. Never going through the process before, she explained everything and put our worries at ease. She provided us with the knowledge we needed to make financially sound decisions on a big investment. We are so grateful for her guidance and expertise.

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