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USAA vs. Chase Bank mortgages

How do USAA's mortgage lending services compare to a big-name bank like Chase Bank?

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How do USAA and Chase Bank compare?

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  • Choose this lender for access to a variety of VA loans
  • Choose another lender if you’re not a USAA member
  • A good option for military members and veterans
  • Choose this lender for great in-person help at branches in 22 states
  • Watch out for frustrating customer service online and over the phone
  • A good option for borrowers who want a mortgage from a well-known bank.

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

  • Highly-rated customer service
  • Specialized help for military members
  • Simplified mortgage process
  • Flexible application process
  • Online tracking
  • Other banking products
  • Member discounts

Cons

  • Available only to former & current members of the military and their families
  • Multiple fees
  • Requires fair to excellent credit
  • Limited branches for in-person service

Customer reviews

USAA home mortgages is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), where it earns a B- rating. And with more than 430 reviews left on the site, it earns just over 1/5 stars. Customers complain of paperwork beyond what they expected and poor communication and transparency. On Trustpilot, USAA gets 2/5 stars, with some customers praising its excellent customer service and low fees while others complain of fraudulent account activity and higher APRs than promised. Though these reviews are for USAA as a whole, and not necessarily its mortgage products. For unfiltered feedback, check out USAA’s Member Community online. USAA responds to most inquiries on the forum, even forwarding negative reviews to more senior departments to sort out any issues.
Chase Bank has a B+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, where it receives 1/5 stars from customers as of September 2019. It gets just slightly better marks on Trustpilot, where it gets 1.7/5 stars. But those reviews are for the bank as a whole, and not necessarily its mortgage products. Happy customers praise the app, online access and personal service in branches. Most of the negative reviews focus on frustrating customer service, with customers having trouble getting ahold of someone, being passed around on the phone or just never getting the help they need.

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