Is Smart Financial Credit Union a cheap or expensive mortgage lender? To help you shop for a mortgage, we compare the interest rates and closing costs charged by Smart Financial Credit Union to those of other lenders for a comparable set of borrowers. Here is our review of Smart Financial Credit Union nationally:
|Review Item||Smart Financial Credit Union|
|Interest Rate||similar to other lenders (-0.09%)|
|Loan Related Closing Costs||lower than other lenders (-$509)|
|National Rate and Closing Cost Star Rating||(4.5)|
On average, Smart Financial Credit Union’s interest rates were similar to those of other lenders (-0.09%). On the other hand, its loan related closing costs were lower than those of other lenders, with a difference of -$509. Overall, combining interest rates and closing costs we estimate that Smart Financial Credit Union 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 Smart Financial Credit Union, check out its website at: https://www.smartcu.org.
Smart Financial Credit Union’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 Smart Financial Credit Union was most active in:
Smart Financial Credit Union’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, Smart Financial Credit Union originated Conforming and Jumbo 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 Mortgages||Conforming||Jumbo|
|Interest Rate Difference||-0.08%||-0.01%|
|Loan Related Closing Cost Difference||-$294||-$55|
|Cost Adjusted Rate Difference||-0.12%||-0.01%|
|National Star Rating|
|Interest Rate Difference||-0.09%||+0.02%|
|Loan Related Closing Cost Difference||-$652||+$3|
|Cost Adjusted Rate Difference||-0.19%||+0.01%|
|Average Star Rating|
As a summary, Smart Financial Credit Union is cheap for Conforming purchase mortgages. It is similar to other lenders for Jumbo purchase mortgages. For refinancing, Smart Financial Credit Union is cheap for Conforming mortgage refinance. It is similar to other lenders for Jumbo 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 Smart Financial Credit Union:
Registered city and state: Houston, TX, 77072
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 Smart Financial Credit Union’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.