Our Vision and Team

The Strouse GroupMidland, Michigan

We believe it’s our responsibility to foster passion in ourselves and in others through our brand, our culture, and our product. We strive to provide more than mortgage lending, and in that same vein, we realize that our biggest asset is our people. So while the rest of the mortgage industry is interested in short-term gains, we’re investing in technology and training our team—always having one hand in the future.

The Strouse Group only hires top-tier loan officers. It's our professional attitudes, great loan products, and competitive pricing that makes working with us one of the best decisions you'll ever make. With over 70 years of experience in the mortgage industry, our loan officers at The Strouse Group embrace every borrower's unique situation and engineer solutions with the goal to deliver the most personal and professional lending experience.

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Scott Strouse 

Vice President - Retail Market Leader

NMLS 161279





Email: scott.strouse@cardinalfinancial.com

Tel: 989-423-0770

With over 25 years of experience, Scott has the knowledge and passion to help provide people with the ideal mortgage experience. Whether you are buying your very first home or refinancing, the Strouse Group has a product that fits your specific individual needs.

As an active member of the community, Scott enjoys working with people and understanding their personal goals and aspirations. He can then provide the best product with a seamless lending experience. Through open communication and transparent information, Scott makes the lending process simple and straightforward. He’s made it a personal mission to make lending easy and exciting for his customers.


Chad Gilstad 

Loan Originator

NMLS 438361





Email: chad.gilstad@cardinalfinancial.com

Tel: 989-252-7838

After 12 years in the mortgage industry, Chad has learned to understand his clients on a deeper level: What is their story? How can I help them in their pursuit of a home? He sees every customer as a real person, with unique goals and needs.


Chad then gets to match them with the best loan product possible ensuring a personal and unique experience. Buying or refinancing is a very exciting time, Chad is here to answer any questions you may have and ease any hesitances.

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Steve Branigan 

Loan Originator

NMLS 161997





Email: steve.branigan@cardinalfinancial.com

Tel: 989-252-7465


During his own less than favorable home purchase process, Steve became inspired to make the home loan experience enjoyable for his clients. His 16 years of experience has given him the ability to explain the process in the simplest way. Clarity is key during this time, and Steve’s always here to provide that.

As a homeowner and family man himself, Steve understands the joys and stress that goes into purchasing a home. Whether purchasing or refinancing, he looks forward to working with clients to help guide them through the mortgage process and make their experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

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Steve King 

Loan Originator

NMLS 161279





Email: steve.king@cardinalfinancial.com

Tel: 989-488-4088


Steve specializes in educating clients and understanding current homeowners and new buyers' goals. You can expect 100% transparency and no surprises when working with Steve.

​Steve is an active member of the Midland community and loves to participate in all kinds of activities. You can find him at the baseball diamonds and football fields, up in the air in his hot air balloon, or out volunteering. As a father of three boys, he is a coach and a proud sponsor of youth sports. Steve looks forward to getting to know The Strouse Group clients on a personal and professional level.

You deserve the best mortgage experience possible.

The Strouse Group

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