Is SEFCU a cheap or expensive mortgage lender? To help you shop for a mortgage, we compare the interest rates and closing costs charged by SEFCU to those of other lenders for a comparable set of borrowers. Here is our review of SEFCU nationally:
|Interest Rate||lower than other lenders (-0.16%)|
|Loan Related Closing Costs||similar to other lenders (-$239)|
|National Rate and Closing Cost Star Rating||(4.5)|
On average, SEFCU’s interest rates were lower than those of other lenders (-0.16%). On the other hand, its loan related closing costs were similar to those of other lenders, with a difference of -$239. Overall, combining interest rates and closing costs we estimate that SEFCU 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.
We maintain our independence by not accepting any money from the mortgage lenders we review. To visit SEFCU, check out its website at: https://www.sefcu.com.
SEFCU’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 SEFCU was most active in:
In addition, SEFCU is our top ranked/best mortgage lender in terms of interest rate and closing costs in:
- Albany, NY, overall
- Syracuse, NY, for FHA mortgages
- Buffalo, NY, for Conforming mortgages
- Binghamton, NY, overall
- Johnstown, NY, overall
SEFCU’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, SEFCU 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 Mortgages||Conforming||FHA||USDA||VA|
|Interest Rate Difference||-0.11%||-0.12%||+0.01%||-0.04%|
|Loan Related Closing Cost Difference||-$183||-$270||+$28||-$262|
|Cost Adjusted Rate Difference||-0.12%||-0.15%||+0.01%||-0.05%|
|National Star Rating|
|Interest Rate Difference||-0.34%||-0.07%||-0.00%|
|Loan Related Closing Cost Difference||-$343||-$392||-$58|
|Cost Adjusted Rate Difference||-0.37%||-0.11%||-0.01%|
|Average Star Rating|
As a summary, SEFCU is cheap for Conforming, FHA and VA purchase mortgages. It is similar to other lenders for USDA purchase mortgages. For refinancing mortgages, SEFCU is cheap for Conforming and FHA mortgage refinance. It is similar to other lenders for VA 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 SEFCU:
Registered city and state: Albany, NY, 12206
Regulator: National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
* 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 SEFCU’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.