Citibank Mortgage Review 2022

Good for: Buyers who want to explore low-down-payment mortgages, including government-backed loans and Citi’s proprietary option.

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Our Take

4.5

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The bottom line:

Citibank offers a broad menu of home loan products with rates that are typically lower than other lenders.

Citibank
Citibank: NMLS#412915
National / regional
National
Min. down payment
3%
Loan types and products
Purchase, Refinance, Jumbo, Fixed, Adjustable, FHA, VA

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Offers a wide variety of loan options, including low-down-payment mortgages and jumbo mortgages.
  • Offers low rates compared with other lenders, according to the latest data.
  • Receives high marks for customer satisfaction, according to J.D. Power and Zillow.

Cons

  • Requires help from a loan officer to complete an online mortgage application.
  • Customized mortgage rates not available without making contact.
  • Doesn’t offer renovation loans.

Compare to Other Lenders

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Min. credit score

620

Min. credit score

620

Min. credit score

620

Min. credit score

620

Min. credit score

620

Min. down payment

3%

Min. down payment

3%

Min. down payment

3%

Min. down payment

3%

Min. down payment

3%

Loan types and products

Purchase, Refinance, Jumbo, Fixed, Adjustable, FHA, VA

Loan types and products

Purchase, Refinance, Home Equity, Reverse, Jumbo, Fixed, Adjustable, FHA, VA, USDA

Loan types and products

Purchase, Refinance, Fixed, Adjustable, FHA, VA, USDA

Loan types and products

Purchase, Refinance, Jumbo, Fixed, Adjustable, FHA, VA

Loan types and products

Purchase, Refinance, Jumbo, Fixed, Adjustable, FHA

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Full Review

What borrowers say about Citibank mortgage

NerdWallet’s lender star ratings assess objective qualities, including rates, fees and loan offerings. To assess borrowers’ subjective experiences with lenders, NerdWallet has gathered customer satisfaction ratings from J.D. Power and Zillow.

  • Citibank receives an 875 out of 1,000 in J.D. Power’s 2021 Primary Mortgage Origination Satisfaction Study. The industry average for origination is 851. (Mortgage origination covers the initial application through closing day.)

  • Citibank receives a customer rating of 4.83 out of 5 on Zillow, as of the date of publication. The score reflects more than 3,380 customer reviews.

Citibank mortgage variety of loan types

  • 4 of 5 stars

Citibank offers fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages, and its low-down-payment mortgage options go beyond FHA and VA loans; its HomeRun loan program allows you to put down as little as 3% without the requirement that you pay for private mortgage insurance.

Citibank mortgage ease of application

  • 4 of 5 stars

You may start a Citibank mortgage application over the phone, online or, in some locations, in person. To start online, you'll enter your contact information and a mortgage representative from Citibank will reach out to learn more about your needs and discuss the options that are available to you.

» MORE: Use our mortgage calculator to find out your monthly mortgage payment.

Citibank mortgage rates and fees

  • 4 of 5 stars

  • Citibank earns 3 of 5 stars for average origination fee.

  • Citibank earns 5 of 5 stars for offered mortgage rates compared with the best available rates on comparable loans.

Borrowers should consider the balance between lender fees and mortgage rates. While it's not always the case, paying upfront fees can lower your mortgage interest rate. Some lenders will charge higher upfront fees to lower their advertised interest rate and make it more attractive. Some lenders just charge higher upfront fees.

Citibank mortgage rate transparency

  • 4 of 5 stars

Some current mortgage rates, including APR, points and sample monthly payment, are displayed on Citibank's website. To get customized rates, you will need to provide contact information and work with a loan officer.

Alternatives to Citibank mortgage

Here are some comparable lenders we review that borrowers can consider.

Caliber Home Loans is a recommended choice for borrowers with low credit scores, and PNC is a similarly strong choice for first-time home buyers.

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Methodology

NerdWallet’s overall ratings for mortgage lenders are evaluated based on four major categories: variety of loan types (purchase, refinance, fixed and adjustable, for example), ease of application, rates and fees and rate transparency. Among the factors we consider when scoring these categories are options to apply for and track loans online, the level of detail about mortgage rates on lender websites and our analysis of the rates and fees lenders reported in the latest available Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data. These scores generate ratings from 1 star (poor) to 5 stars (excellent).