Flagstar Bank Mortgage Review 2022

Good for: borrowers who want a wide range of choices — among mortgage products and in the shopping channel they prefer, whether at a branch, online or on the phone.

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Our Take

4.5

NerdWallet rating 

The bottom line:

Flagstar Bank excels in most categories, such as its range of mortgage types, application convenience and rate transparency. Its home equity lines of credit are available nationwide, but home equity loans are limited geographically.

Flagstar
Flagstar: NMLS#417490
Min. credit score
620
Min. down payment
3%
Loan types and products
Purchase, Refinance, Home Equity, Jumbo, Fixed, Adjustable, FHA, VA, USDA

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Offers a wide range of loan types and products, including FHA, VA and USDA.
  • Borrowers can apply and track loan status online.
  • Offers customized online rate quotes with monthly payment estimates, including mortgage insurance, when applicable.

Cons

  • Home equity loans are geographically limited.
  • Origination fees are on the high side compared with those of other lenders, according to the latest federal data.

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 Flagstar 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.

  • Flagstar Bank receives an 822 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.)

  • Flagstar Bank receives a 542 out of 1,000 in J.D. Power’s 2022 U.S. Mortgage Servicer Satisfaction Study. The industry average for servicing is 607. (A mortgage servicer handles loan payments.)

  • Flagstar Bank receives a customer rating of 4.98 out of 5 on Zillow, as of the date of publication. The score reflects more than 2,880 customer reviews.

Flagstar mortgage variety of loan types

  • 5 of 5 stars

Flagstar offers government-backed FHA, VA and USDA loans. FHA loans are a popular option for first-time home buyers, require down payments as low as 3.5% and are forgiving for borrowers with limited credit histories or low credit scores. VA loans allow no down payment.

With community-based loan advisors in many parts of the country, Flagstar says its reps are familiar with low down payment state bond programs for first-time home buyers and income-limited households as well as the areas that qualify for rural development mortgages backed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Flagstar extols its expertise in renovation and construction mortgages. The Fannie Mae HomeStyle loan, FHA 203(k) loan and Flagstar’s Destination Home loan are among its renovation mortgage options.

Flagstar HELOC and home equity loans

The lender also offers home equity loans and home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs. These second mortgages are one way for homeowners to access home equity without refinancing or selling their home. Funds obtained with a second mortgage can be used for expenses such as home improvements, education costs or debt consolidation.

The bank’s home equity loans are available in states with Flagstar branches: California, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Home equity loans provide a lump sum, and your interest rate will never change.

Flagstar’s home equity lines of credit are available nationwide. A HELOC offers as-you-need-it withdrawal convenience, and you pay interest only on the outstanding balance.

Flagstar mortgage ease of application

  • 5 of 5 stars

If you live outside the north-central U.S., you may never have heard of Flagstar Bank. But the savings bank, based in Troy, Michigan, originates home loans in all 50 states and has retail locations in more than half while deploying a substantial network of more than 2,000 brokers across the nation.

Selecting the "Apply Now" button on Flagstar’s Home Loans page will take you to what is essentially a contact request page. Enter basic information: purchase/refinance, type of loan, amount, down payment and so on, along with your contact information, and a mortgage loan advisor will contact you.

You also have the option of entering more detailed information about yourself, the property, your employment and estimates of your assets and liabilities. If you opt for the online application, a loan advisor will be assigned to help you through the process.

Flagstar also offers online document uploads, electronic signature and online loan process tracking.

Flagstar mortgage rates and fees

  • 2.5 of 5 stars

  • Flagstar Bank earns 2 of 5 stars for average origination fee.

  • Flagstar Bank earns 3 of 5 stars for average mortgage interest rates.

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.

Flagstar mortgage rate transparency

  • 5 of 5 stars

Information on mortgage rates is readily available on Flagstar's website by navigating to the mortgage section of the menu and selecting "Get a Mortgage Quote." From there, answer at least four questions about the home's value and ZIP code, and you're presented with several loan options, along with rates and APRs.

Alternatives to Flagstar mortgage

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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).