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8 Best Idaho Housing and Finance Association Lenders of 2021

The Idaho Housing and Finance Association offers competitive interest rates for purchase and refinance mortgages, along with down payment and closing cost assistance grants. Here are some lenders that can help you apply.

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Loan programs and grants offered by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association can make buying a home more affordable for both repeat and first-time home buyers.

The first step to apply is choosing a lender approved by Idaho Housing and Finance.

NerdWallet has reviewed several of IHFA’s approved lenders and assembled some top picks. We also listed some local IHFA lenders we haven’t reviewed but who do a lot of business in Idaho.

Best Idaho Housing and Finance Association Lenders

Fairway Independent Mortgage
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Fairway Independent Mortgage: NMLS#2289

3.5

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Fairway Independent Mortgage

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%
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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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Flagstar: NMLS#417490

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
Flagstar

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

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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Guild Mortgage: NMLS#3274

3.5

NerdWallet rating 
Guild Mortgage

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

Why we like it

Good for: borrowers who value customer service, and first-time home buyers and others who may need the flexibility of a low-down-payment loan program.

Pros

  • Offers a wide variety of loan products, including home improvement loans and mortgages for manufactured homes.

  • Has retail branches in most states.

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

Cons

  • Does not offer home equity loan products.

  • Origination fees tend to be higher, according to the latest federal data.

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Wells Fargo: NMLS#399801

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
Wells Fargo

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

Why we like it

Good for: existing customers of the bank looking for a wide selection of mortgage products.

Pros

  • Sample rates clearly posted for various loan products.

  • Offers a wide variety of loan types and products.

  • Mortgage rates tend to be on the low side compared with other lenders, according to the latest federal data.

Cons

  • Home loans business is broadly focused on bank customers.

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

  • Scandals and government actions have damaged consumer trust in recent years.

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PrimeLending: NMLS#13649

3.5

NerdWallet rating 
PrimeLending

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

Why we like it

Good for: borrowers looking for closing cost assistance, as well as those seeking to renovate or to build a new home.

Pros

  • Full online application includes document uploads and automated loan updates.

  • Offers a "float-down" interest rate lock.

  • Offers government-backed mortgage and refinance options, including FHA, USDA and VA loans.

Cons

  • No online mortgage rates — you have to contact the lender for info.

  • Doesn't offer home equity products.

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Caliber: NMLS#15622

3.5

NerdWallet rating 
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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loanDepot: NMLS#174457

4.0

NerdWallet rating 
loanDepot

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

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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Homebridge: NMLS#6521

3.5

NerdWallet rating 
Homebridge

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

Why we like it

Good for borrowers who want a loan officer's help, in person or on the phone, when deciding among the wide range of available mortgage options — including loans to buy and renovate.

Pros

  • Offers a full array of mortgage products, including government and renovation loans.

  • Online portal keeps borrowers up to date on the loan application's progress.

  • Offers home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs.

Cons

  • Doesn't post interest rates on its site.

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

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More Idaho Housing and Finance lenders

These IHFA lenders do a high volume of lending in Idaho, but they haven't been reviewed by NerdWallet.

  • Publishes sample mortgage rates online.

  • Has over two dozen branches in Treasure Valley, Magic Valley, Eastern Idaho and North Idaho.

  • Says most loans close within 30 days.

  • Website has live chat.

  • Publishes sample mortgage rates online.

  • Has 11 Idaho branches.

  • Offers a full menu of mortgages.

  • Features home buyer education materials on its website.

Glacier Bank (doing business as Citizens Community Bank and Mountain West Bank)

  • Has Citizens Community Bank locations in Ammon, Chubbuck, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Rexburg.

  • Has Mountain West Bank locations in Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Post Falls.

  • Website lets you choose a loan officer and start an application online.

  • Doesn't publish mortgage rates online.

  • Has more than two dozen branches across the state.

  • Publishes current sample rates for a variety of mortgages on its website.

  • Offers online custom rate quotes, based on credit score, down payment and other factors.

  • Website lets you start a mortgage application online.

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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 Idaho Housing and Finance Association Lenders of 2021