Direct Home Lending overview
Direct Home Lending, founded in 2006, is an online and brick-and-mortar lender that offers loans in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. Legally known as PIC Capital, Inc., the lender offers 24-hour approvals and closes most loans within 30 days, and also advertises 14-day purchase closings. Direct Home Lending focuses highly on customer service, such as allowing you to pay off your loan at any time with no penalty or helping investment property loan borrowers find a real estate agent.
Borrowers in certain states looking for low-down payment loan options and online convenience
- Rate-and-term, cash-out and streamline refinancing
- Investment property
- Reverse mortgages
Direct Home Lending’s lender fees vary depending on loan type and can include an underwriting fee.
You can see purchase or refinance rates and fees through Direct Home Lending’s online quote tool simply by filling out fields with the zip code of the property, the purchase price, down payment amount and your credit score range. From there, you can look through the details of each loan, including fees and points, apply directly and get conditionally approved within minutes.
Direct Home Lending has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, but it is not accredited by the organization.
Direct Home Lending offers a digital mortgage experience that allows you to get prequalified and apply for a loan online. You can also get a free quote online to see rates and fees with no personal information necessary, and the lender’s website features a mortgage calculator. When you’re ready to apply, you can complete an online application in as little as 15 minutes and upload bank statements, e-sign disclosures and communicate with all parties involved in the transaction through Direct Home Lending’s digital mortgage platform.
Minimum borrower requirements
Direct Home Lending adheres to the conforming loan requirements for mortgages approved by government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as those backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For conventional loans, these key requirements include good credit (typically a FICO score of 620 or higher) and a minimum down payment of 3 percent. However, anything less than 20 percent down will trigger a requirement for the borrower to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). Borrowers must also have a debt-to-income ratio (DTI) of no more than 50 percent.
Refinancing with Direct Home Lending
You can use Direct Home Lending’s online refinance quote tool to see rates and fees, or call or email the lender’s Fast Lending team, who can advise you on which mortgage refinancing program meets your needs.
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Breakdown of Direct Home Lending overall review score
- Affordability: 5/5
- Availability: 5/5
- Borrower experience: 5/5
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