Best Mortgage Lender for Home Equity Loans


All reviewed mortgage lenders are evaluated against the criteria below. The lender with the highest raw score is our Best Mortgage Lender for Home Equity Loans.
  • 1. Loan terms.
  • 2. Maximum combined loan-to-value (CLTV).
  • 3. Closing costs.
  • 4. Prepayment penalty.
  • 5. Appraisal requirement.
  • 6. Application fee.
  • 7. Rate transparency for consumers.
  • 8. Ease of online application for consumers.
  • Lowest lender fees.

How we picked the lenders to evaluate:

NerdWallet reviewed more than 50 mortgage lenders, including the majority of the largest U.S. mortgage lenders by annual loan volume (measured among lenders with at least a 1% market share), lenders with significant online search volume and those that specialize in serving various audiences across the country. We rated them on criteria including rate transparency, loan types offered and more.
Some of the providers are NerdWallet partners, but this did not influence our selection of the winner.

How we chose the winner:

The winner is the mortgage lender that had the highest raw score when evaluated against NerdWallet's home equity loan star-rating rubric: home equity loan terms (20%), maximum CLTV (20%), closing costs (15%), prepayment penalty (15%), appraisal requirement (5%), application fee (5%), rate transparency for consumers (10%) and ease of application for consumers (10%). Points may be deducted for any recent regulatory action pertaining to the company’s mortgage lending business. In the event of a tie, the winner must offer the lowest fees.

How we verified our data:

NerdWallet solicits information from reviewed lenders on a recurring basis throughout the year. All lender-provided information is verified through lender websites and interviews.