First Mortgage Direct Mortgage Review 2020

By Diane Costagliola

About our reviews

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First Mortgage Direct

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4.4

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4.9

Please note: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, lenders are changing their requirements continuously. Although we strive for accuracy at the time of publication, please be sure to check with the lender for updated details on down payments, credit scores, etc.

First Mortgage Direct is the online lending division of First Mortgage Solutions, a brick-and-mortar lender based in Kansas City, Missouri. The company was founded on the principles of honesty, integrity and experience, and loan officers are available to consult and educate clients as much as possible during the process. There are no origination or hidden fees, nor does it offer any gimmicky specials or limited-time offers. It is licensed in 17 states, and according to Ryan Wiebe, CEO of First Mortgage Solutions, is expected to be available in 37 states by the end of 2020. Even as the company expands, however, Wiebe values the “Midwestern spirit” on which it was founded. “We honestly care about our clients and by expanding we hope to touch the lives of everyone across the United States.” Once borrowers complete an online application, they should hear from a loan officer and be pre-qualified within 24 hours. Borrowers will then work with the loan officer to complete the loan application and upload necessary financial documents. Most borrowers close within 30 days.

Nationwide availability

Available in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington

Minimum credit score

620 for conventional loans, though most borrowers have a credit score of 740 or above; 580 for FHA and VA loans

Loan types

Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA

Pros

  • Borrowers are assigned a readily available loan officer to work with via phone or email
  • No origination fees or hidden fees
  • Loans for purchases, first-time homebuyers and refinancing

Cons

  • Currently only available in a small number of states
  • No brick-and-mortar locations
  • Limited call center hours for general inquiries

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First Mortgage Direct overview

Loan types

  • Conventional
  • FHA
  • VA
  • USDA

Lender fees

First Mortgage Direct does not charge an origination fee. Borrowers may choose to pay discount points for a lower rate.

Minimum borrower requirements

Following Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines, borrowers must have a credit score of at least 620 for a conventional loan and must have at least 3 percent available for a down payment. Borrowers must have a maximum debt-to-income ratio (DTI) of 50 percent or less for a conventional loan and a maximum DTI of 57 percent for FHA loans.

Get started with First Mortgage Direct

Borrowers can apply online. If you apply online, a representative will contact you.

Hours

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CST

First Mortgage Direct consumer rating and reviews

4.9 reviews
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97% recommended

First Mortgage Direct, is licensed in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington as well as with the FHA, the VA, and the USDA. Specializing in both purchases and refinances, it is our goal to get all of our customers through our quick and painless lending process, and into the very best loan program possible.

  • Direct Mortgage Lender with closings in less than 30 days.
  • Free online quotes with ultra-competitive rates.
  • Quick, no hassle, online mortgage process.

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Frank
CA

10/21/2019

Easiest Refinance Ever

I can't imagine a smoother refinance process. The was complete transparency from the very beginning and the communication was excellent. I kept waiting for hidden fees or other types of unexpected surprised to show up and they never did. Yes the banking industry has conditioned me to expect the w...

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Phil P.
Austin, Tx

10/21/2019

Amazing process thanks to Jake

There were a few hurdles in our process but Jake handled them with patience and focus. It was absolutely as painless as humanly possible. I HIGHLY recommend Jake Longhta to anyone looking for a superb Loan Consultant

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Al
TN

10/27/2019

Easy and communicate refinance process!

My husband and I were looking to refinance and found First Mortgage Direct through Bankrate. After shopping around, we decided to go with FMD, because Tamara was very quick to respond and get things moving along. Once the process started, Tamara and Apple kept us informed every step of the way. From...

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Faith T
Connecticut

12/2/2019

Excellent costumer service

I was very impressed with the entire process. Jake Longhta and his team answered every phone call and email in a timely fashion and got everything done on time. I will definitely be calling him for any future mortgage needs. Highly recommend.

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Roland
North Carolina

12/2/2019

First time using an online lender

Jake and the team at First Mortgage Direct were great to work with. My wife and I were very skeptical about using an online lender, but it was super easy and pretty much the same process as using a brick-and-mortar company. Jake was super responsive - always getting back to me very quickly if there ...

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5.0
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Paul
Florida

12/19/2019

Couldn't Ask For a Better Refinance Experience!

I saw really low rates via Bankrate.com so I took a chance and inquired with First Mortgage Direct. Tamara contacted me within a couple of days during which I submitted an application. The process working with Tamara and her team was smooth despite an unexpected issue with our title report which the...

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5.0
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Nick W.
Clarksville, TN

12/31/2019

Easiest Closing Ever!

From the first call to closing....information, communication, and closing was the most convenient closing I have ever completed, this was my 4th...Jake set up the portal for loading documents and communicated every step along the way. They even sent a professional notary to me to sign the final doc...

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Edward W. Slavin
Morehead City, NC

1/17/2020

Perfect Transaction

This was the most professional and simple process I have ever used. Jake Longhta of First Mortgage Direct was a pleasure to deal with. He stayed connected from the first call until after the closing, a true professional.

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MikeR
IL

1/27/2020

Very easy, and the best deal out there

Working with Jake Longhta at First Mortgage Direct was our best decision regarding our home we've ever made. The process was clear, with guidance always available on demand. The rate and costs were also the best in the market!

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Ryan
Fairfield, CA

2/1/2020

Felt reassured the whole time

I switched to First Mortgage Direct with Jake and Christa midway through the escrow process. We were able to complete everything and close in 21 days. Jake and Christa always explained everything, was always available even in the evenings, and I felt really assured working with both throughout the w...

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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