Great Western Bank Mortgage Interest Rate and Cost Review

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

Review ItemGreat Western Bank
Interest Ratesimilar to other lenders (+0.03%)
Loan Related Closing Costssimilar to other lenders (-$189)
National Rate and Closing Cost Star Rating(3.5)

On average, Great Western Bank’s interest rates were similar to those of other lenders (+0.03%). Its loan related closing costs were also similar to those of other lenders, with a difference of -$189. We maintain our independence by not accepting any money from the mortgage lenders we review. To visit Great Western Bank, check out its website at:

Great Western Bank’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 Great Western Bank was most active in:

  1. Sioux Falls, SD
  2. Omaha, NE
  3. Watertown, SD
  4. Lincoln, NE
  5. Des Moines, IA

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

  1. Watertown, SD, for VA mortgages
  2. Newton, IA, for FHA mortgages
  3. Fort Dodge, IA, for FHA mortgages

Great Western 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, Great Western Bank originated Conforming, FHA, Jumbo, USDA and VA mortgages for new home purchases. It also originated Conforming, FHA, Jumbo and VA mortgages for refinances. Its average interest rate and total loan related closing cost difference relative to other lenders for comparable borrowers by mortgages type is as follows.

New Purchase MortgagesConformingFHAJumboUSDAVA
Interest Rate Difference+0.00%-0.04%+0.01%-0.02%-0.04%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$213-$80-$20-$4-$29
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference-0.02%-0.05%+0.01%-0.02%-0.04%
National Star Rating(3.5)(4)(3.5)(3.5)(3.5)
Refinance MortgagesConformingFHAJumboVA
Interest Rate Difference+0.09%-0.02%+0.03%-0.01%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$219-$36-$20-$74
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference+0.03%-0.02%+0.03%-0.02%
Average Star Rating(3.5)(3.5)(3.5)(3.5)

As a summary, Great Western Bank is cheap for FHA purchase mortgages. It is similar to other lenders for Conforming, Jumbo, USDA and VA purchase mortgages. For refinancing mortgages, Great Western Bank is similar to other lenders for Conforming, FHA, Jumbo 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 Great Western Bank:

Registered name: Great Western Bank
Registered city and state: SIOUX FALLS, SD, 57104
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 Great Western 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.