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10 Best Oregon Mortgage Lenders of 2020

NerdWalletJanuary 2, 2020

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Here are the best Oregon mortgage lenders for a variety of needs.

If you're looking to buy a home or refinance in Oregon, from its rainy coast to its high desert areas, we've done the research. We’ve identified some of the best mortgage lenders for your needs.

Whether you need to make a small down payment, are a first-time home buyer, seek a lender that doesn't mind a low credit score, prefer an online lender, or want to borrow against your home's equity, these mortgage lenders can help.

Summary of Best Oregon Mortgage Lenders of 2020

Flagstar: NMLS#417490

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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.

  • Has a full suite of online conveniences.

  • Does well with rate transparency, and monthly payment estimates add mortgage insurance, when applicable.

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer renovation loans at this time.

  • Home equity lending is geographically limited.

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Bank of America: NMLS#399802

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers who prefer a traditional bank. Bank of America offers a wide array of mortgages and online account management tools. It also has first-time home buyer loans with low down payments and no mandatory mortgage insurance.

Pros

  • Allows borrowers to apply entirely online.

  • Offers down payment and closing cost assistance programs.

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

Cons

  • Does not offer renovation loans.

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Citibank: NMLS#412915

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National / Regional

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Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Good for: Borrowers wanting to compare mortgage rates online for a variety of loan options.

Pros

  • Offers a wide variety of loan options, including low-down-payment mortgages and jumbo mortgages.

  • Provides customizable mortgage rates on its website.

  • Offers low rates and fees compared to other lenders.

Cons

  • Charges a mortgage application fee.

  • Requires help from a mortgage loan officer to complete the loan application online.

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Guild Mortgage: NMLS#3274

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

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

Pros

  • Offers multiple online conveniences, including a full mortgage application, e-signatures and digital loan process tracking.

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

Cons

  • Does not offer home equity loan products.

  • Average interest rates and fees are higher than other lenders.

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New American Funding: NMLS#6606

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Min. Credit Score

700

Min. Down Payment

3%

National / Regional

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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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Wells Fargo: NMLS#399801

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Good for: borrowers looking for a national lender with a wide selection of mortgage products for home buyers in all financial stages.

Pros

  • Provides numerous online conveniences, including loan application and process updates.

  • Current rates clearly posted for various loan products.

  • Offers a wide variety of loan types and products.

Cons

  • New applications for home equity lines of credit suspended during COVID-19 crisis.

  • Government actions and scandals have damaged consumer trust in recent years.

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Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans: NMLS#3030

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%

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Why we like it

Good for: borrowers who appreciate smartphone and online convenience for a fully digital home loan experience powered by Quicken Loans.

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.

  • Offers document and asset retrieval capabilities.

Cons

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

  • Getting a customized interest rate requires a credit check, which can lower your credit score by a few points.

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PennyMac: NMLS#35953

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Min. Credit Score

620

Min. Down Payment

3%


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers who want plenty of loan options, as well as advice and help over the phone. PennyMac offers a variety of mortgage types, boasts of its employees' communication skills and services its own loans.

Pros

  • Provides a single point of contact during loan processing.

  • Customized rate estimates are available before registering.

  • Electronic document submissions and online updates.

  • Services its loans after closing.

Cons

  • Mobile app is only for current borrowers and can't be used to apply for a new loan.

  • No retail branches.

  • Charges an origination fee, which it says is typically $1,100.

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US Bank: NMLS#402761

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National / Regional

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Max LTV

80%


Why we like it

Good for: borrowers looking for low closing cost options. The annual fee is waived for HELOC borrowers with an eligible checking account.

Pros

  • Equity borrowing available from $15,000 to $750,000 (up to $1 million for properties in California), depending on credit history, property's equity and monthly debts.

  • With a variable-rate HELOC, up to three fixed-rate options can be locked.

  • Originates loans in all 50 states with loan officers physically present in 28 states.

Cons

  • No personalized mortgage rates available online.

  • Published mortgage rates assume an above-average credit score.

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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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Last updated on January 2, 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 Oregon Mortgage Lenders of 2020