Wintrust Mortgage Review 2023

Good for: first-time home buyers and those seeking specialty mortgages like construction loans.
Phil Metzger
Jan 20, 2023

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Our Take


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Wintrust Mortgage offers a wide variety of loan products, including home equity lines of credit, construction loans and loans for investment properties, while providing an easy online application process.

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Wintrust Mortgage
Wintrust Mortgage: NMLS#449042

Min. credit score
Min. down payment
Loan types and products
Purchase, Refinance, Home Equity, Jumbo, Fixed, Adjustable, FHA, VA, USDA

Pros & Cons


  • Offers specialty loans, such as construction and renovation loans and loans for second homes and investment properties.
  • Participates in first-time home buyer assistance programs in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.


  • Sample rates for some loan products are available only by contacting a loan officer.
  • Physical locations aren't available in all states.

Compare to Other Lenders

NBKC: NMLS#409631
NerdWallet rating
Purchase, Refinance, Jumbo, Fixed, Adjustable, FHA, VA
Purchase, Refinance, Home Equity, Reverse, Jumbo, Fixed, Adjustable, FHA, VA, USDA
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What borrowers say about Wintrust Mortgage

NerdWallet’s lender star ratings assess objective qualities, including rates, fees and loan offerings. NerdWallet assesses borrowers’ subjective experiences with lenders using customer satisfaction scores from J.D. Power and Zillow. Wintrust Mortgage didn’t have sufficient data from either source for NerdWallet to share.

Wintrust Mortgage variety of loan types

  • 5 of 5 stars

Wintrust Mortgage offers the usual conventional fixed- and adjustable-rate purchase and refinance loans, as well as jumbo mortgages and VA and FHA loans.

Specialized loan programs include construction-to-permanent loans and FHA 203(k) home renovation loans.

Loans for second homes and investment property loans are also available.

Wintrust Mortgage HELOC

The lender also offers a home equity line of credit, or HELOC. These first or second mortgages are a way for homeowners to access existing 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.

Wintrust Mortgage ease of application

  • 5 of 5 stars

Wintrust offers a full suite of online conveniences for borrowers. You can upload documents, download loan disclosures, track the progress of your loan and e-sign most required paperwork.

Wintrust Mortgage rates and fees

  • 3 of 5 stars

  • Wintrust Mortgage earns 3 of 5 stars for average origination fee.

  • Wintrust Mortgage earns 3 of 5 stars for average mortgage interest rates.

Wintrust Mortgage is a division of Barrington Bank & Trust Co. Our scoring reflects data reported by Barrington.

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.

Wintrust Mortgage rate transparency

  • 4 of 5 stars

The Wintrust website features a mortgage payments calculator, which includes sample rates for several (but not all) loan types. You can adjust for multiple factors such as credit score, but prospective borrowers need to submit a contact form or speak to a loan officer to see customized rates for all available products.

Alternatives to Wintrust Mortgage

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

Flagstar Bank also offers renovation and construction mortgages, as well as FHA, VA and USDA loans for first-time home buyers. Bethpage Federal Credit Union also has options for jumbo loans.

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