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Valley National Bank is a full-service bank and mortgage lender with more than 200 locations across Alabama, Florida, New Jersey and New York. The bank is part of publicly traded holding company Valley National Bancorp. In addition to personal and business banking, Valley National Bank offers home mortgage loans and refinancing.
Founded in 1927 under the name Passaic Park Trust Company, it is now headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey. The financial company holds approximately $30 billion in assets. According to the company’s website, the bank has never produced a losing quarter.
Available in all U.S. states; not available in U.S. territories
Minimum credit score
According to a Valley National company representative, “Credit scores are one part of the qualification process. We are not bound by absolute numbers.” The company doesn’t publish or disclose minimum borrower credit requirements. Prospective borrowers must connect with a mortgage consultant or begin the loan application process to determine creditworthiness.
Conventional, jumbo, fixed-rate, adjustable-rate (ARM), FHA, VA, USDA and construction; refinancing options include cash-out refinancing and no-cash out refinancing; home equity lines of credit (HELOCs)
Offers $499 flat fee for refinancing
First-time homebuyers can receive $250 off of closing costs when they set up automatic mortgage payments through a Valley checking account
Offers $899 flat fee cash-out refinance program in New Jersey and New York
Has proprietary Community Loan program for low- to moderate-income borrowers purchasing their first home
Offers loans in all states, but only has offices in Alabama, Florida, New Jersey and New York
Because minimum credit scores aren’t disclosed, borrowers need to start the application process to determine if they qualify
Some programs have limited availability for certain states
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Refinancing options include cash-out refinancing and no-cash out refinancing
Home equity lines of credit (HELOCs)
Valley National does charge origination fees, but they vary according to the loan and the borrower’s qualifications.
Valley National is known for its $499 refinance program and its $899 cash-out refinance program (available in New Jersey and New York). The bank also offers relationship pricing and perks based on the size and value of the customer’s relationship with the company.
Minimum borrower requirements
According to a Valley National company representative, “We have numerous low-down payment programs which offer relaxed qualifying requirements, including those below 5 [percent down].”
For government-sponsored loans, Valley National follows Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s underwriting guidelines, which means borrowers can put as little as 3 percent down on some loans.
According to the Valley National SVP and head of content strategy and public relations, “In addition to programs offered in conjunction with GSEs [government-sponsored enterprises], we have our own Community Portfolio products which offer special pricing and low-down payments for LMI [low- to moderate-income] households seeking their first home.”
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Borrowers can apply in person or online.
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