Union Bank
Brenda Farrell

Brenda Farrell

NMLS 131854

Williston Loan Center

Senior Mortgage Loan Originator
D: 802.652.2982
Cell: 802.373.3208
[email protected]

Meet Brenda

Brenda has been a Senior Loan Originator with Union Bank since 2010. She has excellent customer service skills. Her goal is to make the process as convenient and easy as possible for her customers. She has been a loan originator since 2000 and in the banking industry since 1993. A native Vermonter, Brenda graduated from South Burlington High School in 1983 and  from St. Michael’s College with a Business Degree in 1987. Previously, she served for 12 years as president of her condo association and several other committee’s throughout her years in banking. She has 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren. She makes herself available 7 days a week for her customers to help move the loan process along quickly.

Contact Brenda today with your questions or to get started on a home loan application!

  • Vermont Lender of the Year - 2018
    VT Lender Award
  • VHFA Top Performer - 2018
    VHFA: A Top Lender 2018 Award
  • Top 20 Performing Community Banks
    Top 200 Community Banks American Banker

Williston Loan Center


Finney Crossing
31 Market Street
Williston, VT 05495

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800.522.2950 [FAX]

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Mortgage Loan FAQs

  1. How do I know how much house I can afford?

    Generally speaking, you can purchase a home with a value of two or three times your annual household income. However, the amount that you can borrow will also depend upon your employment history, credit history, current savings and debts, and the amount of down payment you are willing to make. You may also be able to take advantage of special loan programs for first time buyers to purchase a home with a higher value. Give us a call, and we can help you determine exactly how much you can afford

  2. What is the difference between a fixed-rate loan and an adjustable-rate loan?

    With a fixed-rate mortgage, the interest rate stays the same during the life of the loan. With an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), the interest changes periodically, typically in relation to an index. While the monthly payments that you make with a fixed-rate mortgage are relatively stable, payments on an ARM loan will likely change. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of mortgage, and the best way to select a loan product is by talking to us.

  3. How is an index and margin used in an Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

    An index is an economic indicator that lenders use to set the interest rate for an ARM. Generally the interest rate that you pay is a combination of the index rate and a pre-specified margin. Three commonly used indices are the One-Year Treasury Bill, the Cost of Funds of the 11th District Federal Home Loan Bank (COFI), and the London InterBank Offering Rate (LIBOR).


  4. How do I know which type of mortgage is best for me?

    There is no simple formula to determine the type of mortgage that is best for you. This choice depends on a number of factors, including your current financial picture and how long you intend to keep your house. Union Bank can help you evaluate your choices and help you make the most appropriate decision.


  5. What does my mortgage payment include?

    For most homeowners, the monthly mortgage payments include three separate parts:

    • Principal: Repayment on the amount borrowed
    • Interest: Payment to the lender for the amount borrowed
    • Taxes & Insurance: Monthly payments are normally made into a special escrow account for items like hazard insurance and property taxes. This feature is sometimes optional, in which case the fees will be paid by you directly to the County Tax Assessor and property insurance company.


  6. How much cash will I need to purchase a home?

    The amount of cash that is necessary depends on a number of items. Generally speaking, though, you will need to supply:

    • Earnest Money: The deposit that is supplied when you make an offer on the house
    • Down Payment: A percentage of the cost of the home that is due at settlement
    • Closing Costs: Costs associated with processing paperwork to purchase or refinance a house

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