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Our Core Values

We are a community of mortgage professionals who are united by the Benchmark Core Values. These values drive our culture, shape our paradigm, and have been the foundation of our success. This page is dedicated to helping you to understand who we are and what it’s like to work with a Benchmark representative.

We are not just another mortgage company. We are a community of professionals.

  • Relationship
  • Positive Attitude
  • Excellence
  • Dynamic
  • Success


At Benchmark, we place our relationships above all other things—relationships come first; all other things are secondary. Our business is founded on preserving and strengthening all current and future relationships, which are the backbone of our company. Every person we choose to align with is thoughtfully and strategically selected. The Columns of Relationships are Honesty, Loyalty, Empathy, and Commitment.


Positive Attitude

Benchmark Mortgage has made a decisive commitment to conduct ourselves with a positive attitude in all areas of our lives. we say it like this: When you reach the door to our office, walk in with a great attitude. We maintain that Attitude is everything, and it either attracts or repels. The columns of Positive Attitude are Belief, Passion, Confidence, Simplicity, and Enthusiasm.

Positive Attitude


For us, Excellence is not merely ‘doing things well’; it is ‘doing things exceptionally well.’ At Benchmark Mortgage, Excellence is a way of thinking and of action.  The Columns of Excellence are Dedication, Strategy, Knowledge, Growth, Efficiency, and Effectiveness.



Dynamic is the ‘twin engines‘ of Benchmark Mortgage.  Creativity and Innovation is our edge, and sets us apart from the pack. The Columns of Dynamic are Creativity, Innovation, Adaptability, Marketability, and Courage.

“It is how we WOW!” – Stewart Hunter, COO
Founding Partner of Benchmark Mortgage



We strive to be successful with every relationship, goal, and endeavor we experience. Success is our gauge that ensures we are headed in the right direction. We hold that teamwork, targeted goals, alignment, planning, and profitability are the columns of success.


This is Core Values based lending.

“Worked with Bret and his team on my first home purchase. The whole team was professional and I would work with them on future home purchases. The whole process was quick and the closing occurred without any issues. I would recommend Bret and his team to any friends or family.”

– user01521421 from Andover, KS (Zillow)

“Bret and his team go above and BEYOND to help you in buying your home. I’ve used other lenders in the past and Bret’s team, including Laurie and Taylor, are by far the best. We had multiple issues outside of the lending process that had to do with our seller’s agent and also the first buyers/contract of our old home that caused our process to be quite the nightmare. However, Bret came to the rescue and moved mountains to make sure we were taken care of and still close on our new house despite our old house having to go back under contract. His team really did take a very stressful situation and helped us make the most out of it. A new buy/loan requires so much paperwork but his team made it convenient for us to get them all the documentation that is needed without making our lives busier than they already were. They stand by you daily throughout the process. They were always just a phone call or email away pretty much 24/7. Pretty sure he let us bug him on vacation! I could really go on and on but I will conclude with the statement that you cannot go wrong using Bret’s agency.”

– zuser20151202164644521 from Benton, KS (Zillow)

“BRET FRERICHS and the team at Benchmark Mortgage are awesome to work with! I’ve done business with Bret, Laurie, and the team for over 15 years and I continue to be impressed with their professionalism, commitment to excellence, and willingness to go the extra mile. If you’re in need of a mortgage solution, I highly recommend!”

– Jim Black Jr. (via Facebook)

“Bret is honest and straightforward. You don’t have to worry about him manipulating the points, he’ll get you the best deal possible. Absolutely, no reason to rate shop.”

– Mark Grover (via Facebook)

“Over the years, my wife and I have used Bret Frerichs as our Mortgage Professional to purchase multiple properties. Bret and his staff have the professionalism and knowledge that you will not find just anywhere. Bret has always had a dedication and drive to give back to the active military and veterans that have sacrificed so much for this great country. I always refer potential clients to Bret F. just as I will only deal with him myself. Thanks again for everything! ”

– Jerry M.



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