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Wells Fargo vs. Bank of America mortgages

Both are big names in the banking industry, but we take a look at how their home loan programs, fees and requirements stack up.

How do Wells Fargo and Bank of America compare?

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  • Choose this lender for down payments as low as 3%
  • Watch out for hidden fees and scandals
  • A good option for borrowers who want to automate their payments
  • Choose this lender for low interest rates
  • Watch out for bad customer reviews
  • A good option for borrowers without much credit history

Loans offered

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

Minimum credit score

Conventional: 600

Conventional: 620

States available

Available in all states

Available in all states

Pros

  • Low down payment
  • Use gift funds
  • Easy application process
  • Accessibility
  • Low interest rates
  • Alternative credit data
  • Discounts for existing clients

Cons

  • Fees
  • Slow customer service
  • High volume of consumer complaints
  • Limited coverage in the Midwest
  • History of irresponsible mortgage lending
  • Less personalized approach

Customer reviews

Reviews for this lender are mixed, but trend toward negative. First-time homebuyers recommend Wells Fargo for its thorough guidance through the home loan process. Other borrowers praise its mortgage specialists for their professionalism and helpful advice over the phone. Of the complaints, the most frequent was of customer service's slow response time and the excessive documents needed to assess loan applications. As of September 2019, Trustpilot gives Wells Fargo a rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars based on 157 ratings. The Better Business Bureau doesn’t give Wells Fargo a rating, but it gets a customer score on the site of 1 out of 5 stars based on 442 reviews, and the BBB has recorded over 1,000 complaints closed in the last year alone.
Bank of America has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1949, boasting an A+ rating for its operations after closing almost 5,500 customer complaints over the last three years. However, it falls short in the customer service department, earning slightly over a one-star rating from 405 customer reviews. It’s a similar story on Trustpilot, where the bank has a 1.4 rating based on 438 reviews as of December 2020. 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.

Compare mortgage lenders and brokers

Compare these lenders and lender marketplaces by the type of home loan you're searching for, state availability and minimum credit score (for a conventional loan). Select See rates to provide the company with basic property and financial details for personalized rates.
Name Product Loan products offered State availability Min. credit score
Morty
(NMLS #1429243)
Morty
Conventional, Jumbo, Refinance
AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, VA, WA, WI, WV
660
Preapproval in minutes and closing in as little as 3 weeks with no origination fees.
SoFi
(NMLS #1121636)
SoFi
Conventional, Home equity, Refinance
Not available in: HI, MO, NM, NY, WV
620
No hidden fees, multiple loan terms, and member discounts available.
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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