First Midwest Bank Mortgage Review 2021

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At a glance

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NMLS: 423112

4.5

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Loans offered

Conventional, jumbo, FHA, VA, USDA, fixed-rate, adjustable-rate; rate-and-term, cash-out and streamline refinancing; home equity line of credit (HELOC), home equity loan; construction and renovation loans; physician loan; portfolio loan
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Nationwide availability

Available in all U.S. states (except Alaska and Hawaii)
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Min. credit score required

Minimum credit score requirements not available

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Branches plus online banking
  • First-time homebuyer and down payment/closing cost assistance program
  • Rebate on closing costs for banking customers
  • Special loan programs for first respondents and physicians

Cons

  • Brick-and-mortar locations limited to four states
  • Jumbo loans only available in some states

First Midwest Bank overview

First Midwest Bank is the principal subsidiary of First Midwest Bancorp. The holding company has $21 billion in assets as well as an additional $14 billion of assets under management. The bank maintains a branch system with approximately 100 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. Organized in the 1930s during the Great Depression, First Midwest Bank grew with the goal to "treat the person in the overalls and the person in the business suit the same way.” Today, First Midwest Bank is licensed in 48 states (it is not licensed in Alaska or Hawaii), and the little bank that started in Joliet, Illinois, has evolved into a national lender, offering more than 50 types of mortgage options, prequalifications in 30 minutes or less and closings within 30 days (or within 40 days for a refinance).

Good for

Borrowers looking for an assortment of loan options, down payment assistance and the potential to save on closing costs

Loan types

  • Conventional
  • Jumbo
  • FHA
  • VA
  • USDA
  • Fixed-rate
  • Adjustable-rate
  • Rate-and-term, cash-out and streamline refinancing
  • Home equity line of credit (HELOC)
  • Home equity loan
  • Construction and renovation loans
  • Physician loan
  • Portfolio loan

Lender fees

First Midwest Bank charges a $750 processing and underwriting fee. There is no lender fee for VA loans. If you are a banking customer, you could be eligible for a closing cost rebate of $150 to $250, depending on your status. In addition, the bank’s “Honoring Our Heroes” program for first responders seeking purchase financing provides a $550 credit.

Rates 

First Midwest Bank does not advertise mortgage rates on its website; you’ll need to contact a loan officer or visit a branch to learn what you might qualify for. Note the bank does advertise a promotional HELOC rate online, and you can get request a rate quote for a HELOC online.

Reputation

First Midwest Bank is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau but has an A+ rating from the organization. In prior years (2014 and 2011), the bank has ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the Midwest region by J.D. Power for its banking services.

Online services

To explore loan options, borrowers can connect with a loan officer by filling out a form through First Midwest Bank online. Borrowers can also apply for a purchase loan or refinance directly through the website. There isn’t a separate capability to obtain an online prequalification or preapproval.

Like many banks, First Midwest has an app for banking customers, and borrowers can pay their mortgage online. The bank also offers e-signature, but it is unclear if this is available for the mortgage closing process.

Lastly, the bank’s website features several different mortgage calculators that can help you estimate everything from how much your mortgage payments will be to what your refinance could cost. 

Minimum borrower requirements

First Midwest Bank follows the conforming underwriting standards for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans as well as for financing backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These guidelines allow financing with as little as zero percent down for VA financing, 3 percent for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac financing and 3.5 percent for FHA-backed mortgages.

Refinancing with First Midwest Bank 

First Midwest Bank offers rate-and-term and cash-out refinancing, as well as FHA and VA streamline refinancing, which you can apply for online or by contacting a loan officer. The bank does not display refinance rates on its website.

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Breakdown of First Midwest Bank overall review score 

  • Affordability: 14.75/15
  • Availability: 16/20
  • Borrower experience: 9/10

Review methodology 

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First Midwest Bank consumer reviews

4.8

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Effortless

Paul Bergeron | Hobe Sound Fl | 1/27/2021

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Responsive, knowledgeable, and attentive team

Attentive and responsive team | Virginia | 1/29/2021

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Great rate - friendly people.

Kelly E. | Wisconsin | 3/3/2021

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Awesome experience with Chris!

Awesome experience! | Liberty Lake Washington | 3/9/2021

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Excellent Experience! Highly Recommend!

ngwebb | Nashville, TN | 4/6/2021

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Great VA IRRRL Experience

J Yates | NC | 6/22/2021

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Smooth Experience

Great experience! | Overland Park | 6/29/2021

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Great team from start to finish

Fady Riad | Fort Lauderdale | 6/30/2021

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Nice and Easy

Mark O. | Orlando, FL | 7/7/2021

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Great Experience

Great experience | Pensacola Beach | 7/7/2021

Written by
Dhara Singh
Mortgage reporter
Dhara Singh is a mortgage reporter for Bankrate. She is a former data analyst turned financial journalist who previously worked at Yahoo Finance, CNET, Cashay.com and JPMorgan Chase covering the housing and retirement beats.
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