BMO Harris Mortgage Interest Rate and Cost Review

Is BMO Harris a cheap or expensive mortgage lender? To help you shop for a mortgage, we compare the interest rates and closing costs charged by BMO Harris to those of other lenders for a comparable set of borrowers. Here is our review of BMO Harris nationally:

Review ItemBMO Harris
Interest Ratehigher than other lenders (+0.11%)
Loan Related Closing Costslower than other lenders (-$427)
National Rate and Closing Cost Star Rating(3)

On average, BMO Harris’s interest rates were higher than those of other lenders (+0.11%). On the other hand, its loan related closing costs were lower than those of other lenders, with a difference of -$427. Overall, combining interest rates and closing costs we estimate that BMO Harris tends to be an average cost lender, and give it a National Rate and Closing Costs Rating of 3 out of 5 stars.

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BMO Harris’s Rate Review by City

Mortgage lenders often set different rates in different geographical markets. For our list of the top mortgage lenders by city, click here. In particular, among the cities we track BMO Harris was most active in:

  1. Chicago, IL
  2. Milwaukee, WI
  3. Phoenix, AZ
  4. Indianapolis, IN
  5. Kansas City, MO

BMO Harris’s Rate Review by Mortgage Type

Mortgage lenders also tend to charge different interest rates and closing costs depending on the type of mortgage. In our data, BMO Harris originated Conforming, FHA and Jumbo mortgages for new home purchases and refinances. Its average interest rate and total loan related closing cost difference relative to other lenders by mortgages type is as follows.

New Purchase MortgagesConformingFHAJumbo
Interest Rate Difference+0.05%+0.01%+0.00%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$508-$95-$224
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference-0.00%-0.00%-0.00%
National Star Rating(3.5)(3.5)(3.5)
Refinance MortgagesConformingFHAJumbo
Interest Rate Difference+0.22%+0.02%-0.02%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$407-$52-$84
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference+0.15%+0.01%-0.02%
Average Star Rating(2.5)(3.5)(3.5)

As a summary, BMO Harris is similar to other lenders for Conforming, FHA and Jumbo purchase mortgages. For refinancing, BMO Harris is similar to other lenders for FHA and Jumbo mortgage refinance. It is more expensive than other lenders for Conforming mortgage refinance. Nevertheless, individual circumstances can matter a lot for mortgage rates, and we always recommend shopping among several of our top mortgage lenders in your area before signing.

Other information about BMO Harris:

Registered name: BMO Harris Bank
Registered city and state: Chicago, IL, 60656
Regulator: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

* Source of the data is Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) and is for mortgages originated in the past year. Our comparable mortgages analysis controls for BMO Harris’s distribution of loan term (e.g. 30 year vs 15 year), loan-to-value (LTV), debt-to-income (DTI), loan amount, loan program (e.g. Conforming/FHA), loan purpose (e.g. purchase/refinance), and commuting zone. Cost adjusted rates were computed based on each percent of the loan amount in above average loan related closing costs being worth +0.15 of a percentage point in interest rate. Furthermore, the amounts are regularized using a Bayesian approach to control for small samples.