Howard Bank Mortgage Interest Rate and Cost Review

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

Review ItemHoward Bank
Interest Ratelower than other lenders (-0.13%)
Loan Related Closing Costslower than other lenders (-$388)
National Rate and Closing Cost Star Rating(4.5)

On average, Howard Bank’s interest rates were lower than those of other lenders (-0.13%). Its loan related closing costs were also lower than those of other lenders, with a difference of -$388. Overall, combining interest rates and closing costs we estimate that Howard Bank tends to be a cheap lender, and give it a National Rate and Closing Costs Rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. This is an excellent rating and places it among the top 15% of lenders nationwide.

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Howard Bank’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 Howard Bank was most active in:

  1. Baltimore, MD
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Frederick, MD
  4. Middletown, DE
  5. Easton, MD

Howard Bank’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, Howard Bank originated Conforming, FHA, Jumbo, USDA and VA 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 MortgagesConformingFHAJumboUSDAVA
Interest Rate Difference-0.09%-0.27%+0.04%-0.02%-0.07%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$260-$313+$54-$62-$304
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference-0.11%-0.29%+0.04%-0.02%-0.08%
National Star Rating(4)(5)(3.5)(3.5)(4)
Refinance MortgagesConformingFHAJumboUSDAVA
Interest Rate Difference-0.07%-0.12%+0.02%-0.01%-0.04%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$768-$447-$40-$24-$466
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference-0.11%-0.15%+0.02%-0.01%-0.06%
Average Star Rating(4)(4)(3.5)(3.5)(4)

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

Registered name: Howard Bank
Registered city and state: BALTIMORE, MD, 21224
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 Howard Bank’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.