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CitiMortgage vs. Bank of America mortgages

Both lenders are available nationwide, but is one better for your next home loan?

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How do CitiMortgage and Bank of America compare?

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  • Choose this lender for discount programs if you don’t qualify for government-backed loans
  • Watch out for the upfront application fee
  • A good option if you are a current Citibank customer
  • Choose this lender for low interest rates
  • Watch out for bad customer reviews
  • A good option for borrowers without much credit history

Loans offered

  • Purchase
  • Refinance
  • Jumbo
  • Home Equity
  • FHA
  • VA
  • USDA
  • Purchase
  • Refinance
  • Jumbo
  • Home Equity
  • FHA
  • VA
  • USDA

Minimum credit score

Conventional: 620

Conventional: 620

States available

Available in all states

Available in all states

Pros

  • Specialty program available
  • Nationwide availability
  • Closing cost and rate discounts available
  • In-person accessibility
  • Lower than average interest rates
  • Alternative credit data accepted
  • Discounts for existing clients available

Cons

  • Full loan details unavailable online
  • Application fee
  • High volume of consumer complaints
  • Limited coverage in the Midwest
  • History of irresponsible mortgage lending

Customer reviews

Citibank, the parent company of CitiMortgage, isn't accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and receives an F rating from the site. Its BBB profile has almost 4,000 complaints and over 150 customer reviews as of September 2019, with an average customer rating of just over 1 out of 5 stars. On top of its negative reviews and complaints, in 2018 Citibank was subject to a $100 million settlement over manipulating benchmark interest rates. It's not all bad reviews for Citibank, though — its average score from the over 2,300 customer ratings on Zillow as of September 2019 is 4.85 out of 5 stars.
Bank of America has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 1949, and boasts an A+ rating for its operations and interaction. It falls short in the customer service department, though. As of August 2019, the BBB recorded 5,561 complaints, and Bank of America has earned a one-star rating from 280 customer reviews. It's a similar story on TrustPilot, where the bank has a 3.9/10 rating based on 61 reviews. While customers praised the savvy online experience and diversity of mortgage products, many were frustrated with the service they received. It's worth noting that these consumer reviews are for Bank of America as a whole — and not for its mortgages specifically.

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