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PNC vs. Ally mortgages

One lender has low down payment options, but beware of poor service.

How do PNC Bank and Ally compare?

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  • Choose this lender for low down payment options
  • Watch out for poor customer service
  • A good option for commercial real estate loans
  • Choose this lender for clear time estimates
  • Not ideal if you’re looking for in-person support
  • A good option for first-time homebuyers

Loans offered

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

Minimum credit score

Conventional: 620

Conventional: 620

States available

Available in all states

Not available in: AK, HI, MD, MA, MN, NV, NH, NY, VT, VA, WY

Pros

  • Multiple loan choices
  • Low down-payment options
  • Online application tracking
  • Clear timeline
  • Customer discount
  • First-time buyers guide

Cons

  • Limited branch locations
  • Customer complaints
  • No government-backed loans
  • No branch locations
  • No home equity line of credit (HELOC) options

Customer reviews

PNC isn't credited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), but receives an A- rating from it as of September 2019. On average, customers give PNC a low 1 out of 5 stars on the BBB site. Of the over 1,500 complaints on the BBB website, only two are unanswered and one is unresolved. Many customers report having issues with customer service, unexpected fees and poorly handled fraud cases.
Reviews across Trustpilot and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) are overwhelmingly negative. But they number relatively fewer compared to bigger-name financial institutions — with only 82 and 274, respectively. As of January 2021, Ally is not accredited with the BBB and has a D- rating for failing to respond to complaints. The average customer rating is 1.25 out of 5 stars. Complaints generally focus on poor customer service experiences, misinformation and mishandling of funds. While the reviews are mostly negative, keep in mind that people generally aren’t as likely to go out of their way to leave positive reviews.

Compare mortgage lenders

Compare top brands by home loan type, state availability and credit score. Select See rates to provide the lender with basic property and financial details for personalized rates.

Name Product Loan products offered State availability Min. credit score
SoFi
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SoFi
Conventional, Home equity, Refinance
Not available in: HI, MO, NM, NY, WV
620
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Rocket Mortgage
(NMLS #3030)
Rocket Mortgage
Conventional, Jumbo, FHA, VA, Refinance
Available in all states
620
Streamline your mortgage from quote to final payment — all from your computer or phone.
Better
(NMLS #330511)
Better
Conventional, Jumbo, FHA, Refinance
Not available in: HI, MA, MN, NV, NH, VT, VA
620
Online preapproval in minutes and no origination fees with this direct lender.
LendingTree
(NMLS #1136)
LendingTree
Conventional, Jumbo, FHA, VA, USDA, Home Equity, HELOC, Reverse, Refinance
Available in all states
620
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