Is SEFCU a cheap or expensive mortgage lender? We compare the interest rates and closing costs charged by SEFCU with other lenders for comparable mortgages. Nationally, here is what we find:
|Interest Rate||lower than average (-0.16%)|
|Loan Related Closing Costs||similar to average (-$239)|
|National Rate and Closing Cost Rating||(4.5)|
On average, SEFCU’s interest rates were lower than those of other lenders (-0.16%) for a comparable set of borrowers. Its average total loan related closing cost was 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 5.0 stars.
SEFCU’s Rates by Area
Mortgage lenders often set different rates in different geographical markets. In particular, among the markets we track SEFCU was most active in:
Furthermore, SEFCU is our top ranked 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
You can click through to check out SEFCU’s mortgage rate competitiveness by area. Or, for our data driven ranking of all the top mortgage lenders by area, click here.
SEFCU’s Rates 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. We breakdown its interest rate and total loan related closing cost difference relative to other lenders for comparable mortgages by type in the table below.
|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%|
|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%|
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, and we always recommend shopping among several 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.