Guaranteed Rate Mortgage Interest Rate and Cost Review

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

Review ItemGuaranteed Rate
Interest Ratesimilar to other lenders (-0.05%)
Loan Related Closing Costssimilar to other lenders (-$31)
National Rate and Closing Cost Star Rating(4)

On average, Guaranteed Rate’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 -$31. Overall, combining interest rates and closing costs we estimate that Guaranteed Rate 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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Guaranteed Rate’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 Guaranteed Rate was most active in:

  1. Chicago, IL
  2. Boston, MA
  3. Los Angeles, CA
  4. Philadelphia, PA
  5. San Francisco, CA

In addition, Guaranteed Rate is our top ranked/best mortgage lender in terms of interest rate and closing costs in:

  1. Peoria, IL, for Jumbo mortgages
  2. Jackson, WY, overall
  3. Owatonna, MN, for FHA, and VA mortgages
  4. Marion, IL, for VA mortgages
  5. Ottawa, IL, for VA mortgages

Guaranteed Rate’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, Guaranteed Rate 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-0.05%+0.01%+0.08%-0.00%-0.03%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference+$179+$114+$218+$46-$217
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference-0.04%+0.02%+0.09%+0.00%-0.04%
National Star Rating(3.5)(3.5)(3)(3.5)(3.5)
Refinance MortgagesConformingFHAJumboUSDAVA
Interest Rate Difference-0.11%-0.03%+0.05%-0.00%-0.08%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$332-$154-$309-$2-$676
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference-0.12%-0.04%+0.04%-0.00%-0.10%
Average Star Rating(4)(3.5)(3.5)(3.5)(4)

As a summary, Guaranteed Rate is similar to other lenders for Conforming, FHA, USDA and VA purchase mortgages. It is more expensive than other lenders for Jumbo purchase mortgages. For refinancing, Guaranteed Rate is cheap for Conforming and VA mortgage refinance. It is similar to other lenders for FHA, 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 Guaranteed Rate:

Registered name: Guaranteed Rate Inc
Registered city and state: CHICAGO, IL, 60613
Regulator: United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

* 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 Guaranteed Rate’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.