LoanDepot - Reviewed & Compared

Summary

LoanDepot is a newer name in the loan industry. So how do they stack up against better known names? Quite well, to be honest. Read on…

Company Overview

The first thing I noticed about LoanDepot is their decidedly "old-school meets modern day" approach to lending. What I mean by that is besides the bevy of online mortgage and loan types available, there's always an option to call them (or stop by one of their locations). In an age where many companies would rather never talk to someone, I find this refreshing.

LoanDepot has been in business since 2010. They have a large website, plenty of loan options, and more importantly for many people, they operate about 200 brick and mortar branches nationwide. For thousands of borrowers, it's that personal touch that makes the difference.

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What LoanDepot Does Best

They satisfy every kind of loan customer – that's their big strength. They have a nice enough website for online customers. You can apply for a loan digitally or if you'd rather pick up the phone and talk to a human, they'll happily comply. And if you'd rather sit across the desk from your loan officer in person, they can satisfy that need as well, with about 200 brick and mortar branch locations nationwide.

The other thing that really struck me was the wealth of loan types. They have all of the mortgages you'd expect – adjustable rate mortgages (10/1, 7/1, 5/1), Fixed rate mortgages in 10, 15, 20, and 30 year terms, VA, FHA, Jumbo loans… everything a home buyer is looking for. But they also offer home equity loans. In fact, LoanDepot seemed to be tops when it comes to the sheer volume of mortgages and other loan types. So if these "other" kinds of loans are important to you, LoanDepot is a solid choice.

Rates are competitive. Really, I don't like to put definitive rates in these reviews because they are always changing, and all of these companies are competitive.

One last thing – the company is clearly looking for repeat business from satisfied customers. They have a "lifetime guarantee" on mortgages where they will not charge fees for future refinances (which is good, because the average person refinances every seven years). I find this approach refreshing – they want you to come back (LoanDepot Lifetime Guarantee: Terms and Conditions apply. Please refer to the website www.loandepot.com/MyGuarantee for the most current terms and conditions as they are subject to change without notice)

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Any Negatives?

The biggest negative I found was simply "time in business". LoanDepot is not a household name, and has been in business since 2010. This is not really a negative to a lot of folks, since every company has to start somewhere. But some people, when thinking about a mortgage, value longevity. There's nothing LoanDepot can do about that except wait for more time to pass.

One more thing - while I found their website decent, it's a solid B in my mind. In other words, I have found other company's websites a little easier to navigate when looking for specific information.

What Others Are Saying

They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, which is always reassuring. You can find reviews on CreditKarma, Bankrate, and you can find reviews on YELP for their various branch locations. In general terms, the public seems pretty happy with them overall.

Our Final Verdict: 9.8/10

For a more recent entrant into the loan and mortgage industry, LoanDepot is a fine example of a newer company doing it right. They cater to online customers, as expected, but they also have taken steps to ensure that phone and in-person customers feel comfortable as well. And they have a ton of loan types too. LoanDepot should be in the mix when looking for a mortgage, especially if things like home equity loans are important as well.

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FAST FACTS
  • An emerging name in the loan industry.
  • Brick and Mortar presence as well as Online.
  • A+ BBB Rating
  • All manner of mortgage types (VA, FHA, etc.)
  • Provides quotes in minutes
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