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Best Atlanta Mortgage Lenders of 2019

Feb. 22, 2019
Finding the Right Mortgage, Mortgages
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Atlanta mortgage lenders cater to a massive real estate market that’s home to the employees of more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Home Depot, UPS, Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines. In a city with diverse and growing employment, national mortgage makers, regional players and online lenders vie for the business of a broad array of home buyers.

» MORE: Find out about Georgia first-time home buyer programs

NerdWallet has researched the offerings of the leading mortgage providers by loan volume in Atlanta and picked the best in different borrower categories. We dug even deeper and found top local lenders as well.

NerdWallet’s best mortgage lenders in Atlanta

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at Quicken Loans

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

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.

 

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

Why we like it

Ideal for first-time home buyers, including those with little money saved for a down payment. SunTrust's online portal offers information and tools in English and in Spanish.

 

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at Fairway

National / regional

National

Min. down payment

3%

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.

 

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at Bank of America

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.

 

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at loanDepot

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3.5%

Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers looking to get a mortgage with help from a loan officer. Digital back-office operations are said to add efficiency to the loan process.

 

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at New American

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

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 seeks borrowers whose credit histories don't fit the mold of traditional banking.

 

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at Navy Federal

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 and low minimum loan amounts, and considers alternative credit data.

 

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at Caliber Home

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

Why we like it

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

 

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at Guild Mortgage

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.

 

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at Flagstar

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

Why we like it

Ideal for those who appreciate the full-service experience of a leading regional bank. Flagstar offers a full menu of fixed and adjustable home loans and mortgage refinancing, as well as jumbo loans and home equity financing.

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Local mortgage lenders in Atlanta

If you want to include a local lender or two in your search for the best mortgage, these Atlanta lenders are among the highest-volume mortgage underwriters in the city, though they have not been reviewed by NerdWallet.

Fidelity Bank Mortgage

  • Established in 1974 and claims to be the largest community bank in metro Atlanta.
  • Services home loans after closing, rather than selling them off to a third party to collect.
  • Offers a first-time home buyer grant for down payment and closing-cost assistance.

BankSouth Mortgage

  • Based in Buckhead, with branches throughout Georgia.
  • A mobile app allows you to apply for a mortgage, scan documents and track your loan status.
  • Offers conventional loans, as well as all government-backed mortgages and construction/renovation loans.

Homestar Financial

  • A Georgia-born lender with about 80 branch offices in the Southeast.
  • A wide variety of loan offerings, including 203(k) renovation loans, jumbos and government-backed mortgages, in addition to conventional loans.
  • Jumbo loans available for up to $5 million on nearly all property types, including first and second homes.

Southeast Mortgage

  • Claims to be the largest nonbank lender in Georgia.
  • Processing, underwriting and document preparation are all based in Atlanta.
  • Seven offices across Georgia, with four in Atlanta and another eight offices in surrounding states.

Best Atlanta mortgage lenders: Summary

More from NerdWallet

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.