BankIowa Mortgage Interest Rate and Cost Review

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

Review ItemBankIowa
Interest Ratesimilar to other lenders (-0.05%)
Loan Related Closing Costssimilar to other lenders (-$130)
National Rate and Closing Cost Star Rating(4)

On average, BankIowa’s interest rates were similar to those of other lenders (-0.05%). Its loan related closing costs were also similar to those of other lenders, with a difference of -$130. Overall, combining interest rates and closing costs we estimate that BankIowa tends to be an average cost lender, and give it a National Rate and Closing Costs Rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

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BankIowa’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 BankIowa was most active in:

  1. Cedar Rapids, IA
  2. Waterloo, IA
  3. Des Moines, IA
  4. Newton, IA
  5. Orlando, FL

BankIowa’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, BankIowa originated Conforming, FHA, USDA and VA mortgages for new home purchases. It also originated Conforming, FHA and VA mortgages for refinances. Its average interest rate and total loan related closing cost difference relative to other lenders for comparable borrowers by mortgages type is as follows.

New Purchase MortgagesConformingFHAUSDAVA
Interest Rate Difference-0.04%-0.10%-0.04%-0.03%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$92-$151-$77-$64
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference-0.05%-0.12%-0.05%-0.04%
National Star Rating(4)(4)(3.5)(3.5)
Refinance MortgagesConformingFHAVA
Interest Rate Difference-0.05%-0.02%-0.04%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$175-$32-$110
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference-0.07%-0.02%-0.05%
Average Star Rating(4)(3.5)(4)

As a summary, BankIowa is cheap for Conforming and FHA purchase mortgages. It is similar to other lenders for USDA and VA purchase mortgages. For refinancing mortgages, BankIowa is cheap for Conforming and VA mortgage refinance. It is similar to other lenders for FHA 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 BankIowa:

Registered name: BankIowa of Cedar Rapids
Registered city and state: CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, 52402
Regulator: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

* 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 BankIowa’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.