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10 Best Charlotte Mortgage Lenders of 2021

If you’re looking for a mortgage in the Charlotte, North Carolina, metro area, you have many lenders to choose from. Here are the best options for you.

By NerdWallet 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, offers such a wide variety of mortgage lenders that it can be hard to pick one. NerdWallet evaluated Charlotte's leading mortgage companies in various categories to help you decide. Whether you're buying a bungalow in Dilworth or refinancing a condo in Uptown, these national and local lenders are a solid place to start.

Best Charlotte Mortgage Lenders

Quicken Loans
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Quicken Loans: NMLS#3030

4.0

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Quicken Loans

Min. credit score

580

Min. down payment

3.5%
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Why we like it

Good for: borrowers who appreciate convenience online and on the go for a fully digital home loan experience with consistently acclaimed customer service.

Pros

  • Caters to self-service users who want to apply for a home loan online and talk to a human only as necessary.

  • Estimates the loan amount you’ll qualify for within minutes.

  • Streamlines the online process with document and asset retrieval capabilities, including the ability to edit your preapproval letter.

Cons

  • Getting a customized interest rate requires a credit check, which can affect your credit score.

  • Doesn't offer home equity loans or lines of credit.

  • Lender fees are on the high side and the fees aren't offset by particularly low mortgage rates, according to the latest data.

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Fairway Independent Mortgage
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Fairway Independent Mortgage: NMLS#2289

3.5

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Fairway Independent Mortgage

Min. credit score

580

Min. down payment

3.5%
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Why we like it

Good for: borrowers who want access to a wide variety of mortgages, including renovation loans and ITIN loans.

Pros

  • Offers a robust suite of loan products, including ITIN loans for borrowers without Social Security numbers, renovation loans, government-backed mortgages and loans for self-employed borrowers.

  • Receives high marks for customer satisfaction, according to J.D. Power and Zillow.

Cons

  • Mortgage rates for different types of loans aren't posted online.

  • Origination fees are on the high side compared with other lenders, according to the latest federal data.

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Bank of America: NMLS#399802

4.0

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Bank of America

Min. credit score

620

National / regional

National

Why we like it

Good for: first-time home buyers looking for low- or no-down-payment options and homeowners interested in a home equity line of credit.

Pros

  • Offers down payment and closing cost assistance programs.

  • May give existing customers a discount on mortgage lender origination fees and HELOC interest rates.

  • Receives high marks for customer satisfaction, according to J.D. Power and Zillow.

Cons

  • Doesn't offer renovation loans that roll costs into a mortgage.

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loanDepot: NMLS#174457

3.5

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loanDepot

Min. credit score

520

Min. down payment

3.5%

Why we like it

Good for: borrowers who want an easy online application and a variety of loan types to explore.

Pros

  • Has branches across the country for customers who prefer face-to-face service.

  • Receives high marks for customer satisfaction, according to J.D. Power and Zillow.

  • Mortgage interest rates tend to be on the lower end, according to the latest federal data.

Cons

  • Mortgage rates aren't available online; you'll need to contact a loan officer.

  • Doesn't offer home equity loans or lines of credit.

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BB&T (Truist): NMLS#399803

4.5

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BB&T (Truist)

Min. credit score

620

National / regional

Regional

Why we like it

BB&T excels in online convenience and offers a good variety of loan types, but has a limited physical presence outside the Southeast.

Pros

  • Offers a variety of low-down-payment mortgages as well as construction mortgages.

  • Website lets users estimate rates online by loan and property type, amount and location.

  • Has an online mortgage application.

Cons

  • Branches limited to mostly the Southeast region.

  • Does not offer FHA loans.

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SunTrust (Truist): NMLS#2915

4.5

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SunTrust (Truist)

Min. credit score

N/A

Min. down payment

N/A

Why we like it

Good for: first-time home buyers, doctors and other borrowers interested in low-down-payment mortgage options.

Pros

  • Offers a wide variety of loan options, including special programs for doctors.

  • Offers a complete suite of online mortgage application tools and loan tracking.

  • Sample rates and fees are easy to find on the website.

Cons

  • Customized rates aren't available online without starting an application.

  • Branches are limited mostly to the Southeast.

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Flagstar: NMLS#417490

3.5

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Flagstar

Min. credit score

660

Min. down payment

0%

Why we like it

Good for: borrowers who want a wide range of choices — not only among mortgage products, but also in the channel they prefer, whether a branch, online or on the phone.

Pros

  • Offers a wide range of loan types and products, including FHA, VA and USDA.

  • Borrowers can apply and track loan status online.

  • Offers customized online rate quotes with monthly payment estimates, including mortgage insurance, when applicable.

Cons

  • Home equity loans are geographically limited.

  • Origination fees are on the high side compared with other lenders, according to the latest federal data.

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Caliber: NMLS#15622

3.5

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Caliber

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

Why we like it

Good for: first-time home buyers, veterans and those who may have credit challenges to overcome.

Pros

  • Offers extensive educational resources for military borrowers.

  • Participates in some down payment assistance and first-time home buyer programs.

Cons

  • No mortgage rates displayed online.

  • Doesn’t offer home equity loans or lines of credit.

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Navy Federal: NMLS#399807

4.0

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Navy Federal

National / regional

National

Min. down payment

0%

Why we like it

Good for: military members and their families looking for low-down-payment mortgages.

Pros

  • Offers a wide range of affordable mortgage products, including 0% down payment loans, designed for military members.

  • Offers HELOCs and home equity loans.

  • Offers low rates compared with most lenders, according to the latest federal data.

Cons

  • Website does not provide customized mortgage rates based on credit score or other factors before you apply.

  • Credit union membership is limited to veterans and current military members, their families, and certain federal employees, retirees and contractors.

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Carrington: NMLS#2600

4.5

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Carrington

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

5%

Why we like it

Good for: first-time home buyers or credit-challenged borrowers interested in government loan products.

Pros

  • Offers multiple low-down-payment loan programs.

  • May consider alternative credit data, such as bank statements.

  • You can view customized rates for purchasing a home and apply online.

Cons

  • Doesn't offer home equity lines of credit.

  • Lender fees are on the high side, according to the latest federal data.

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Local mortgage lenders in Charlotte

These mortgage lenders are based in or near Charlotte and are among the metro area's most active mortgage providers. They have not been reviewed by NerdWallet.

  • Homegrown lender that now has a national presence.

  • Mobile app lets you start your application and sync bank statements and tax software, reducing paperwork.

  • Aims to deliver a loan decision within six hours.

  • Offers low-down-payment, jumbo, FHA, VA and USDA mortgages, plus condo loans up to $3 million.

  • One of Charlotte's best-known brands for homebuying and refinancing.

  • Lets you track loan status online, plus get email notifications of milestones such as receipt of appraisal.

  • "Second Look" program encourages rate-shopping from people who have been preapproved by competing lenders; posts mortgage rates on its site.

  • Offers 15- and 30-year fixed-rate mortgages and 5/1 ARMs as well as jumbo, FHA, VA and USDA loans.

  • No lender fees for application, processing or documentation for most loans.

  • More-personalized mortgage rates are available on the site with no registration required.

  • Fixed-rate loans with terms from 30 to 10 years, plus 5/1 and 5/5 ARMs, and possible 100% financing.

  • Schedule a callback from a loan officer within four-hour windows.

  • Borrowers must meet membership eligibility requirements.

  • Offers conventional, jumbo, FHA, VA and USDA loans.

  • Get a conventional loan with a down payment as low as 3%.

  • Jumbo loans are available for up to $3 million.

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Last updated on January 21, 2021

Methodology

NerdWallet's star ratings for mortgage lenders are awarded based on our evaluation of the products and services each lender offers to consumers who are actively shopping for the best mortgage. The five key areas we evaluated include the variety of loan types and products offered, online conveniences, online mortgage rate information, and the rate spread and origination fee lenders reported in the latest available Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data. To ensure consistency, our ratings are reviewed by multiple people on the NerdWallet Mortgages team.

To recap our selections...

NerdWallet's Best Charlotte Mortgage Lenders of 2021