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4 Best Interest-Only Mortgage Lenders of 2020

NerdWalletSeptember 3, 2020

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An interest-only mortgage is a niche product that can be difficult to find these days. See NerdWallet's picks for some of the best interest-only mortgage lenders in 2020.

An interest-only mortgage can be hard to find these days. It is a niche product, best suited for borrowers with strong cash flow and good credit and often for home buyers looking for a short-term loan — typically from five to seven years.

Many interest-only mortgages are also jumbo loans, for higher-priced properties that don't meet conventional loan standards.

NerdWallet has picked some of the best mortgage lenders for people seeking interest-only mortgages to help you find the one that's right for your needs.

Summary of Best Interest-Only Mortgage Lenders of 2020

Guaranteed Rate: NMLS#2611

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Good for borrowers seeking conventional or government-backed loans, and a totally online experience.

Pros

  • Offers the ability to securely upload and digitally sign loan documents.

  • Displays detailed sample rates for many of its loan products.

Cons

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

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New American Funding: NMLS#6606

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Min. Credit Score

700

Min. Down Payment

3%

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Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers who need to be evaluated on the basis of nontraditional credit. New American Funding offers FHA and VA loans, works with down payment assistance programs, and helps borrowers whose credit histories don't fit the mold of traditional banking.

Pros

  • Uses manual underwriting to evaluate creditworthiness.

  • Offers full online mortgage application, rate quotes, document upload and loan tracking.

  • Home equity lending sets it apart from most non-bank lenders.

Cons

  • Services not available in all 50 states.

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Wintrust Mortgage: NMLS#449042

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Good for: first-time home buyers and those seeking specialty mortgages like construction loans.

Pros

  • Online application and progress tracking are available.

  • Offers specialty loans, such as construction, renovation and reverse mortgages.

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

Cons

  • Mortgage rates are available only by contacting a loan officer.

  • Physical locations aren't available in all states.

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HomeBridge: NMLS#6521

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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.

  • Has loans for most purposes, including purchase, refinance and jumbo mortgages.

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

Cons

  • Doesn't post interest rates on its site.

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

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Last updated on September 3, 2020

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 Interest-Only Mortgage Lenders of 2020