In a Nutshell
- Check your credit score and how it affects your loan offers
- One form and information is sent to multiple lenders
- Get loan offers within minutes
- High number of phone calls and emails
- Dealing with a lot of lenders vying for your business
- Rates only shown after entering your Social Security number
LendingTree at a Glance
Purchase, refinance, home equity, reverse
FHA, USDA, VA, jumbo, conventional
10-,15-, 20-, 30- years fixed-rate, 5/1, 7/1 ARM
0%-20% minimums based on loan type
HELOC with low closing costs
LendingTree is an online marketplace connecting borrowers to a broad network of lenders, and has aided over 55 million loan requests since it was founded in 1998. Its website is easy to navigate, and its credit score function is top notch. When you qualify for a loan, you can see the offer immediately and view additional details to help you make a decision. You must enter a Social Security number to view loan offers, and the average rates are not available on the site, which may not be ideal for every potential borrower.
Who Is LendingTree Best for?
LendingTree offers consumers several offers from multiple lenders for:
- Busy borrowers who want to see several loan options at a glance
- Borrowers with poor credit or unconventional income looking for flexible lenders
- HELOC, where you are paid out as needed from your home equity
Since there are hundreds of lenders competing for your business, LendingTree is able to provide a custom-tailored selection of offers to choose from based on your specific criteria. In addition, LendingTree lets you compare different loan terms side by side in order to find the best monthly rate.
- No user fee
- Free credit scoring
- One form sent to many lenders
- Network of over 350 lenders
- Easy-to-use website
- Possible loan offer within minutes
- Easy to find offer details
The Application Process
The entire application process should take approximately 10 minutes. Go to LendingTree’s home page, select the type of loan you want, and complete an online request. If you need help, look for the calculators, a home valuation tool, and tips to help you along the way. You can also contact LendingTree Customer Care by phone with questions.
Knowing your credit score is the first step in securing a loan. LendingTree allows you to check your credit score for free and tells you how it will affect your ability to secure a loan. As a loan broker, LendingTree is a viable option for borrowers with a vast array of credit scores. Since the company is partnered with all types of lenders, you may have a better chance of finding one that works with individuals that have bad, or even limited, credit.
Types of Loans
- Fixed-rate mortgages
- Adjustable-rate mortgages
- Reverse mortgages
- Home equity loans and HELOC
- Jumbo loans
- FHA loans
- VA loans
- HARP loans
Within minutes of submitting an application, you'll receive loan offers from several different lenders. If you're not exactly sure where your credit stands or what kind of offers to expect, this will help you wade through lots of options and get an idea of what loan terms you could be receiving. Once you understand how LendingTree works, you can evaluate the quotes you'll receive in the My LendingTree portal to find the best offer for you.
Pros and Cons
Some users complain about the large number of phone calls and emails they've received from lenders almost immediately after filling out the form. Because LendingTree passes your information to lenders, there's no real way to limit this contact. You are agreeing to it when you decide to apply for a mortgage loan.
If you do not want to deal with many lenders vying for your business, a broker like LendingTree might not be a great choice for you. Although LendingTree allows you to compare multiple offers at one time, this may be overwhelming for some.
Rates and Terms —The Bare Basics
Hundreds of lenders competing for your business allows you to choose your terms, based on specific criteria. You decide the amount you want to put down, an APR, and repayment term, and LendingTree sends you offers.
Terms are not set by LendingTree, but by individual lenders based on your criteria.
Since LendingTree’s network consists of more than 350 partners, there are a wealth of fixed and adjustable terms available. The most common offers you can expect to find are for:
- 15-year fixed
- 30-year fixed
- 5/1 ARM
- 30-year 5/1 ARM
You can compare the different terms to see how they would impact your monthly rate, lifetime investment, and other factors.
Help & Support
LendingTree offers calculators and tips to help you through the application process. You can also contact LendingTree Customer Care at 1-888-555-8733 with questions.
Q: Where can I find my loan offers?
A: As part of your quote retrieval, you'll be signed up for LendingTree's My LendingTree portal. In the online portal, you'll find individual lenders loan offers there, often in only minutes. As the quotes are added to your account, you'll receive a notification.
Q: What are LendingTree's closing costs?
A: LendingTree does not charge you any fees. Every lender sets its own fee structure regarding closing costs and the final fees are determined between you and your finalized lenders.
Q: Can I email, mail or fax in my LendingTree application?
A: LendingTree does not accept any applications outside of it's online form or phone line. This reduces the possibility of errors and unnecessary costs and delays.
Q: What if I have bad credit?
A: Bad credit is not an obstacle to owning a home with LendingTree. Because it has a range of lenders, borrowers with poor credit will be matched with loan providers who are happy to consider your application.
If you want to learn more about your credit score and start browsing lenders in an intuitive, user-friendly fashion, LendingTree is a respectable choice. While the number of available loan offers is surprisingly limited for a lender network of this size, they come with very competitive APR and interest rates
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