Zillow Home Loans overview
Zillow Home Loans is a direct mortgage lender affiliated with Zillow Group. The digital lender provides mortgages in most states, but doesn't generally operate from branch locations. To apply for a loan or refinance, you can call or fill out a form on the lender’s website. With conventional, FHA and VA loans on its roster, Zillow Home Loans has fewer options compared to other lenders, but also boasts competitive interest rates on both purchases and refinances. Often, you can get approved in two business days and close in just over 40, which is in line with the average application-to-closing timeline today (as of this review). Zillow Home Loans was renamed in 2019 following Zillow Group’s acquisition of Mortgage Lenders of America the previous year. The lender now has more than 300 employees, including dedicated, experienced loan officers who assist borrowers throughout the home loan process. It’s headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.
Borrowers who appreciate the convenience of online lending or the opportunity for discounts
- Rate-and-term, cash-out and streamline refinancing
Zillow Home Loans’ lender fees can vary by loan type or other factors. Keep in mind there are typically other expenses associated with getting a mortgage, such as an appraisal or credit check fee, that are included in your closing costs. These are charged by third parties involved in the transaction, not the lender.
Zillow Home Loans does offer opportunities for you to save, however. If you’re interested in Zillow Offers — be it buying a Zillow-owned home or selling your home through the program — you could receive a $1,500 credit from the lender, according to a spokesperson. In addition, if you’re in an eligible market and working with a Zillow Premier Agent, you could save up to 1 percent on the transaction, up to $7,000.
Zillow Home Loans does not display mortgage rates on its website. You’ll need to complete an application online in order to get a quote.
Zillow Home Loans has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is designated as an accredited business.
Zillow Home Loans is an online-based mortgage lender, so its website is designed to be easy to navigate. As far as features, the lender’s website contains homebuying educational resources and calculators you can use to estimate costs and learn more about the mortgage process.
Minimum borrower requirements
In general, conventional loans require at least 3 percent down. If you’re borrowing a conventional loan and your down payment is less than 20 percent, you’ll need to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI), which adds to your monthly mortgage payment. FHA loans require at least 3.5 percent down plus FHA mortgage insurance. VA loans, for military members and veterans, don’t have down payment or mortgage insurance requirements, but do come with a funding fee.
Refinancing with Zillow Home Loans
Zillow Home Loans offers refinancing options whether you want to take equity out of your home, reduce your interest rate or lower your monthly payment. The lender doesn’t advertise its refinance rates or fees, however, so you’ll need to connect with a loan officer to determine how much it will cost to refinance and whether it’s worth doing.
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Breakdown of Zillow Home Loans overall review score
- Affordability: 14.75/15
- Availability: 17/20
- Borrower experience: 9/10
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