Sebonic Financial Mortgage Review 2022
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At a glance
State License: MC-1825
Conventional, jumbo, FHA, VA, USDA, fixed-rate; rate-and-term refinancing; interest-only
Available in all U.S. states
Min. credit score required
620 for conventional loans; 550 for FHA loans
Pros and cons
- Proprietary system streamlines the loan process
- Offers interest-only jumbo ARMs
- No information about rates or costs online
- Limited customer service hours
- No home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) or home equity loans
Sebonic Financial overview
Sebonic Financial is a privately held lender based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a division of Cardinal Financial. Octane, the lender's innovative proprietary technology, aims to transform mortgage lending into a seamless experience. Loans processed through this technology are quick to close, according to the lender, with drag-and-drop document capability, e-sign and real-time status updates for maximum convenience and transparency. Sebonic doesn't disclose how long it takes to get preapproved or to close on your loan, but applicants will know their loan status at every critical checkpoint through the Octane platform.
Borrowers looking for standard mortgage options or who prefer an online experience and quick closing
- Rate-and-term refinancing
Sebonic Financial does not provide lender fee information on its website.
Sebonic Financial doesn’t publicly advertise interest rates on its website. While you can request a rate quote online, you won’t receive it until after you’ve spoken with a loan officer. In some cases, other lenders allow you to view rates online and get a quote without needing to consult with a rep.
Sebonic Financial has a rating of 3.8 out of five stars on Trustpilot, and more than 70 percent of customers gave it an “Excellent” review.
You can request a free rate quote online through the Sebonic Financial website, but you’ll need to speak with a loan officer to actually receive the quote and submit an application. Once you get started with a loan officer, the lender offers an online application that allows you to upload documents, e-sign your disclosures and get real-time status updates. The lender does not offer a mobile app.
If you have questions throughout the process, the lender also offers a chat function on its website, or you can reach a customer service agent via email. (If you already have a loan in progress, it might make sense to contact your loan officer directly, however.)
If you need to run some numbers, you can use the lender’s online calculators — it doesn’t provide any other resources online.
Minimum borrower requirements
Sebonic Financial 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), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
For conventional loans, key requirements include a FICO score of 620 or higher and a minimum down payment of 5 percent. The down payment on an FHA loan can be as low as 3.5 percent, and you’ll need a credit score of 550 or higher. VA loans and USDA loans have no down payment requirement. The maximum jumbo loan limit is $3 million, and interest-only jumbo loans are available.
Refinancing with Sebonic Financial
Sebonic Financial offers mortgage refinancing but doesn’t disclose refi rates upfront online. The lender also doesn’t share refinance costs, so you’ll need to speak with a loan officer to get a quote and those details.
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Breakdown of Sebonic Financial overall review score
- Affordability: 3/5
- Availability: 4.8/5
- Borrower experience: 4.3/5
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Sebonic Financial consumer reviews
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