Bank of America Mortgage Interest Rate and Cost Review

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

Review ItemBank of America
Interest Ratelower than other lenders (-0.19%)
Loan Related Closing Costslower than other lenders (-$636)
National Rate and Closing Cost Star Rating(4.5)

On average, Bank of America’s interest rates were lower than those of other lenders (-0.19%). Its loan related closing costs were also lower than those of other lenders, with a difference of -$636. Overall, combining interest rates and closing costs we estimate that Bank of America 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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Bank of America’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 Bank of America was most active in:

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Jersey City, NJ
  4. New York, NY
  5. Seattle, WA

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

  1. Jersey City, NJ, for FHA mortgages
  2. New York, NY, for FHA mortgages
  3. Seattle, WA, for FHA, and Jumbo mortgages
  4. Chicago, IL, for FHA mortgages
  5. Phoenix, AZ, for Jumbo mortgages
  6. Boston, MA, for Jumbo mortgages
  7. Charlotte, NC, overall
  8. Houston, TX, for FHA, and Jumbo mortgages
  9. Dallas, TX, for FHA, and Jumbo mortgages
  10. Miami, FL, for FHA, and Jumbo mortgages
  11. Tampa, FL, for FHA, and Jumbo mortgages
  12. Philadelphia, PA, for FHA mortgages
  13. Sterling Heights, MI, for FHA, and Jumbo mortgages
  14. Las Vegas, NV, for FHA, and Jumbo mortgages
  15. Orlando, FL, for FHA, and Jumbo mortgages
  16. Baltimore, MD, for FHA mortgages
  17. Portland, OR, for Jumbo mortgages
  18. Sacramento, CA, for Jumbo mortgages
  19. Raleigh, NC, overall
  20. Yonkers, NY, overall

Bank of America’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, Bank of America originated Conforming, FHA, Jumbo 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 MortgagesConformingFHAJumboVA
Interest Rate Difference-0.27%-0.22%-0.18%-0.02%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$717-$937-$708-$37
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference-0.32%-0.30%-0.19%-0.02%
National Star Rating(5)(5)(4.5)(3.5)
Refinance MortgagesConformingFHAJumboVA
Interest Rate Difference-0.10%-0.01%-0.11%+0.01%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$430-$73-$1036-$25
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference-0.12%-0.02%-0.13%+0.01%
Average Star Rating(4)(3.5)(4)(3.5)

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

Registered name: Bank of America
Registered city and state: Westlake Village, CA, 91361
Regulator: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

* 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 Bank of America’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.