Washington Federal Mortgage Interest Rate and Cost Review

Is Washington Federal a cheap or expensive mortgage lender? To help you shop for a mortgage, we compare the interest rates and closing costs charged by Washington Federal to those of other lenders for a comparable set of borrowers. We maintain our independence by not accepting any money from the mortgage lenders we review. Going by historical data, here is our review of Washington Federal nationally:

Review ItemWashington Federal
Interest Ratesimilar to other lenders (+0.03%)
Loan Related Closing Costshigher than other lenders (+$644)
National Rate and Closing Cost Star Rating(3)

On average, Washington Federal’s interest rates were similar to those of other lenders (+0.03%) for a comparable set of borrowers. On the other hand, its loan related closing costs were higher than those of other lenders, with a difference of +$644. Overall, combining interest rates and closing costs we estimate that Washington Federal tends to be an average cost lender, and give it a National Rate and Closing Costs Rating of 3 out of 5 stars. To visit Washington Federal, its website is located at: https://www.wafdbank.com.

Washington Federal’s Rate Review by City

Mortgage lenders often set different rates in different geographical markets. In particular, among the cities we track Washington Federal was most active in:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Boise City, ID
  3. Phoenix, AZ
  4. West Jordan, UT
  5. Portland, OR

You can click through to check out Washington Federal’s mortgage rate relative to those of other lenders within each city. Or, for our entire list of the top mortgage lenders by city, click here.

Washington Federal’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, Washington Federal 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.

Purchase/Refinance:
New Purchase MortgagesConformingJumbo
Interest Rate Difference+0.03%+0.01%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference+$769+$548
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference+0.08%+0.02%
National Star Rating(3)(3.5)
Refinance MortgagesConformingJumbo
Interest Rate Difference+0.02%+0.01%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference+$429+$616
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference+0.03%+0.02%
Average Star Rating(3.5)(3.5)

As a summary, Washington Federal is similar to other lenders for Jumbo purchase mortgages. It is more expensive than other lenders for Conforming purchase mortgages. For refinancing, Washington Federal is similar to other lenders for Conforming and 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 Washington Federal:

Registered name: Washington Federal
Registered city and state: Seattle, WA, 98101
Regulator: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
Top holder: WASHINGTON FEDERAL, INC.

* 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 Washington Federal’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.