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10 Best Montana Mortgage Lenders of 2020

NerdWalletJanuary 2, 2020

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Looking for a home loan in Montana? Browse this list of top lenders offering in-person mortgage help, online convenience and more.

If you're in the market for a mortgage in Big Sky Country, NerdWallet has done some of the homework for you.

Whether you're a first-time home buyer or looking for a home equity line of credit, there's a Montana mortgage company with the expertise and offerings you need.

Summary of Best Montana Mortgage Lenders of 2020

LenderNerdWallet Rating Minimum Credit Score Minimum Down PaymentLearn More

Quicken Loans

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Best for online experience

620

3%

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Veterans United

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Best for VA loans

660

0%

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Wells Fargo

Best for face-to-face service

620

3%

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Best for face-to-face service

620

3%

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Fairway Independent Mortgage

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Best for online experience

620

3%

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Navy Federal

Best for VA loans

N/A

0%

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Guild Mortgage

Best for first-time home buyers

620

3%

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PrimeLending

Best for first-time home buyers

620

3%

Read review

Best for HELOC

N/A

N/A

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Bank of America

Best for jumbo loans

680

10.01%

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Quicken Loans: NMLS#3030

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%

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Why we like it

Ideal choice for convenience and quick-response customer service. Quicken Loans provides just about all the services your neighborhood lender does — with online convenience.

Pros

  • Quicken Loans couples a fully online application with available mortgage advisors for those who want a human touch.

  • Instantly verifies employment and income for more than 60% of working Americans.

  • Offers custom fixed-rate loan terms that are between eight and 30 years.

  • Provides FHA-backed loans, USDA loans as well as products offered by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae that require down payments as low as 3%.

Cons

  • Quicken Loans doesn't offer home equity loans or HELOCs.

  • If you’re a “look me in the eye” type of customer, you’re out of luck.

  • Doesn’t consider alternative credit data. It just looks at credit scores and debt-to-income ratios, the way most mortgage lenders always have.

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Veterans United: NMLS#1907

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Min. Credit Score

660

Min. Down Payment

0%

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Why we like it

Ideal for veterans and active-duty service members. Veterans United is the nation's largest VA home purchase lender but also offers an excellent selection of other government and conventional loans.

Pros

  • Also offers FHA, USDA and conventional loans.

  • Offers 24/7 customer service.

  • You can complete a loan application and pre-qualify online.

  • Registers a low volume of complaints filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • Offers free credit score education and assistance.

  • Provides a client advocate team staffed by former senior enlisted leaders from each branch of the armed forces.

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer home equity loans or HELOCs.

  • Loans are available in all 50 states, but Veterans United has offices in only about half.

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Wells Fargo: NMLS#399801

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers looking for a national lender with a complete selection of mortgage products for home buyers in all financial stages.

Pros

  • Loan programs to educate and assist first-time home buyers, union members and others.

  • Relocation and employee mortgage programs for many large companies.

  • Accepts down payments as low as 3% on fixed-rate mortgages through its yourFirst Mortgage program.

Cons

  • Government actions and scandals have damaged consumer trust.

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US Bank: NMLS#402761

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Pros

  • Full line of conventional and government loan products.

  • Considers alternative credit data, like utility bills, in some cases.

  • Offers construction and investment-property loans in some areas.

Cons

  • No personalized rates available online.

  • Not all loan products offered are listed on its website.

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Fairway Independent Mortgage: NMLS#2289

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%

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Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers who want lots of options and a quick turn time. Fairway Independent Mortgage offers a full selection of home loans along with a comprehensive mobile app for a fast and easy application process.

Pros

  • A robust suite of loan products.

  • Licensed in all 50 states.

  • Close in as little as 10 days using the Fairway app.

Cons

  • Limited branch locations.

  • Mortgage rates not posted on website.

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Navy Federal: NMLS#399807

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National / Regional

National

Min. Down Payment

0%


Why we like it

Ideal for military members and their families. Navy Federal Credit Union offers a wide range of mortgage products, an online application and considers alternative credit data for certain loan types.

Pros

  • Wide range of affordable mortgage products designed for military members.

  • Willing to look at nontraditional credit data, such as rent payments, as part of its credit evaluation for certain products.

  • Online application for preapproval with quick decision.

Cons

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

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Guild Mortgage: NMLS#3274

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers with a relatively high credit score who may need down payment assistance or help from a state housing agency.

Pros

  • Works with loan programs offered by state and local housing agencies.

  • Specializes in mortgages for first-time home buyers.

  • Almost half of its loans are low-down-payment government mortgages.

  • Considers alternative credit, such as history of payments on rent and utilities.

Cons

  • With a concentration of offices in the West and South, Guild has little presence in the Northeast and Midwest.

  • Jumbo borrowers may find that banks are more competitive when it comes to large loan amounts.

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PrimeLending: NMLS#13649

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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 a proprietary closing-cost assistance program.

Cons

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

  • Doesn't offer home equity products.

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Chase: NMLS#399798

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National / Regional

National

Max LTV

80%


Why we like it

Ideal for homeowners who have a new or existing Chase checking account, where interest rate discounts are available on HELOCs. Chase also offers option to convert HELOC to fixed rate for up to 20 years.

Pros

  • Get a 0.25% rate discount for having Chase personal checking or 0.5% rate discount with a Premier Platinum checking account.

  • Convert all or part of the credit line's outstanding balance into a fixed rate and term.

  • Discount introductory interest rate when taking an initial draw of $30,000 or more.

Cons

  • Carries $50 annual fee unless you have a Chase Premier, Premier Plus or Premier Platinum checking account.

  • Has a $50 origination fee.

  • HELOCs not available in Alaska, Hawaii or South Carolina.

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Bank of America: NMLS#399802

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Min. Credit Score

680

Min. Down Payment

10.01%


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers who prefer a traditional bank. Bank of America offers a wide array of mortgages, including jumbo loans up to $5 million.

Pros

  • Allows borrowers to apply entirely online.

  • May give existing customers a discount on mortgage lender origination fees.

  • Accepts down payments of less than 20% for jumbo loans.

Cons

  • Does not offer renovation loans.

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Last updated on January 2, 2020

Methodology

NerdWallet's selection of mortgage lenders for inclusion here was made based on our evaluation of the products and services that lenders offer to consumers who are actively shopping for the best mortgage. The six key areas we evaluated include the loan types and loan products offered, online capabilities, online mortgage rate information, customer service and the number of complaints filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a percentage of loans issued. We also awarded lenders up to one bonus star for a unique program or borrower focus that set them apart from other lenders. To ensure consistency, our ratings are reviewed by multiple people on the NerdWallet Mortgages team.

To recap our selections...

NerdWallet's Best Montana Mortgage Lenders of 2020