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U.S. Bank Mortgage Review 2022

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At a glance

U.S. Bank

4.9

Rating: 4.9 stars out of 5
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Mortgage Percent

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; investment property; interest-only

Location

Nationwide Availability

Available in all U.S. states

Credit Good

Min. credit score required

620 for conventional loans; 740 for jumbo loans

Pros and cons

Checkmark Pros

  • Gives eligible existing customers a closing cost credit up to $1,000
  • Borrowers can apply online, in person or over the phone, depending on their preference

Close X Cons

  • Requires a higher credit score to qualify
  • Refinance timeline can be lengthy

U.S. Bank overview

Founded in 1863 in Minneapolis, U.S. Bank is one of the biggest lending institutions in the country and has brick-and-mortar locations in more than 25 states, plus loan officers in the majority of states and the ability to lend in all 50. You can get prequalified on the same day as your application, and the typical closing takes 30 days for a purchase or 45 days for a refinance. U.S. Bank also offers eligible customers with an existing first mortgage or personal checking package a discount of up to $1,000 on closing costs.

U.S. Bank is good for

Borrowers looking to work with a traditional bank with nationwide lending capabilities

Breakdown of U.S. Bank overall score

  • Affordability: U.S. Bank’s rates are comparable to Bankrate’s averages. Note that the rates you see on the bank’s website assume you’re making a 25 percent down payment and have a credit score of 740 or higher, among other factors. If that doesn’t describe your situation, you’ll likely get a higher rate quote than what’s advertised.

  • Availability: U.S. Bank provides mortgages to borrowers nationwide for a range of needs, including purchases, refinances and new-construction.

  • Borrower experience: U.S. Bank stands out for its app, which features some e-closing capabilities.

Methodology

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Affordability: 5/5

U.S. Bank publishes mortgage rates on its website and updates them regularly. Generally, its loan offers are in line with Bankrate’s averages. The bank’s mortgage fees vary by loan type, but eligible existing customers can get a discount of up to $1,000 on closing costs.

Availability: 5/5

One of U.S. Bank’s strengths is its loan offerings, which include financing for home purchases and refinancing, but also loans for different circumstances, such as brand-new build or investment property. The bank operates across the U.S.

Borrower experience: 4.7/5

U.S. Bank is one of the biggest depositories in the nation and has been in business for more than 150 years. The bank is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has an B+ rating from the organization (as of the date of this review). On Trustpilot, it scores 1.3 out of five stars, but many of the complaints there aren’t mortgage-related. It ranked below average, however, in J.D. Power’s 2022 report on mortgage customer satisfaction.

If you’re interested in working with U.S. Bank for your loan, you can apply for a mortgage online, in person or over the phone. The bank offers both prequalifications and preapprovals to applicants. On the U.S. Bank app, you can shop for financing options, track your application progress, complete some e-closing steps and make payments. 

Refinancing with U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank offers refinances, and its rates are generally competitive compared to the national average. Your costs will vary based on loan type and amount, and whether you’re an existing U.S. Bank customer. The process for applying for a refi is similar to that for a purchase loan. 

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Written by

Ruben Caginalp

Associate writer

Ruben Çağınalp is an associate writer for Bankrate, focusing on mortgage topics.

Edited by

Suzanne De Vita

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Mortgage editor