PennyMac Loan Services Mortgage Interest Rate and Cost Review

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

Review ItemPennyMac Loan Services
Interest Ratesimilar to other lenders (-0.04%)
Loan Related Closing Costshigher than other lenders (+$337)
National Rate and Closing Cost Star Rating(3.5)

On average, PennyMac Loan Services’s interest rates were similar to those of other lenders (-0.04%). On the other hand, its loan related closing costs were higher than those of other lenders, with a difference of +$337. Overall, combining interest rates and closing costs we estimate that PennyMac Loan Services tends to be an average cost lender, and give it a National Rate and Closing Costs Rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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PennyMac Loan Services’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 PennyMac Loan Services was most active in:

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Phoenix, AZ
  5. Seattle, WA

PennyMac Loan Services’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, PennyMac Loan Services originated Conforming, FHA, Jumbo and VA mortgages for new home purchases. It also originated Conforming, FHA, Jumbo, USDA 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 MortgagesConformingFHAJumboVA
Interest Rate Difference-0.06%-0.10%+0.01%-0.06%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference-$292-$385+$45+$27
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference-0.07%-0.13%+0.01%-0.06%
National Star Rating(4)(4)(3.5)(4)
Refinance MortgagesConformingFHAJumboUSDAVA
Interest Rate Difference+0.04%-0.01%+0.02%-0.00%-0.12%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference+$494-$203+$58+$25+$800
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference+0.08%-0.02%+0.02%+0.00%-0.08%
Average Star Rating(3)(3.5)(3.5)(3.5)(4)

As a summary, PennyMac Loan Services is cheap for Conforming, FHA and VA purchase mortgages. It is similar to other lenders for Jumbo purchase mortgages. For refinancing mortgages, PennyMac Loan Services is cheap for VA mortgage refinance. It is similar to other lenders for FHA, Jumbo and USDA mortgage refinance. It is more expensive than other lenders for Conforming 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 PennyMac Loan Services:

Registered name: Pennymac Loan Services
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 PennyMac Loan Services’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.