Cathay Bank Mortgage Interest Rate and Cost Review

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

Review ItemCathay Bank
Interest Ratehigher than other lenders (+0.40%)
Loan Related Closing Costslower than other lenders (-$439)
National Rate and Closing Cost Star Rating(1.5)

On average, Cathay Bank’s interest rates were higher than those of other lenders (+0.40%). On the other hand, its loan related closing costs were lower than those of other lenders, with a difference of -$439. Overall, combining interest rates and closing costs we estimate that Cathay Bank tends to be an expensive lender, and give it a National Rate and Closing Costs Rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. We maintain our independence by not accepting any money from the mortgage lenders we review. To visit Cathay Bank, its website is located at: https://www.cathaybank.com.

Cathay Bank’s Rate Review by City

Mortgage lenders often set different rates in different geographical markets. For our list of the top mortgage lenders in your area, click here. In particular, among the cities we track Cathay Bank was most active in:

  1. New York, NY
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Jersey City, NJ

Cathay Bank’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, Cathay Bank 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+0.39%+0.06%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$384-$15
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference+0.37%+0.06%
National Star Rating(1.5)(3)
Refinance MortgagesConformingJumbo
Interest Rate Difference+0.48%+0.11%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$607+$97
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference+0.46%+0.11%
Average Star Rating(1)(3)

As a summary, Cathay Bank is more expensive than other lenders for Conforming and Jumbo purchase mortgages. For refinancing, Cathay Bank is more expensive than 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 Cathay Bank:

Registered name: Cathay Bank
Registered city and state: LOS ANGELES, CA, 90012
Regulator: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
Top holder: CATHAY GENERAL BANCORP

* 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 Cathay Bank’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.