About Movement Mortgage
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Movement Mortgage (NMLS# 39179) is a direct mortgage lender with an annual loan volume of $30 billion. It doesn’t have Wall Street investors and contributes nearly 50% of its profits to national and global initiatives. The company’s highlights include six-hour underwriting, seven-day processing and one-day closing. It is headquartered in South Carolina and has over 775 loan officer locations in 49 states.
- Claims quick closings
- App syncs with bank and tax software
- More than 775 locations nationwide
- No rates or fees posted online
- Limited home equity products
Movement Mortgage is a licensed mortgage lender in all states and offers several down payment options. It also offers new construction loans with a 360-day rate lock and up to a 90-day rate lock for other mortgages.
Movement Mortgage doesn’t list its rates online. It does have a simple rate request form, but a loan officer will need to contact you directly to give estimates. Its home purchase rates were lower than the national average in 2020 and only slightly higher in 2019 and 2021. Overall, its home purchase rates seem to stick close to national averages.
Your mortgage rate will depend on several factors, including current market conditions, your credit score, the loan type and your location.
The company offers adjustable-rate (ARM) and fixed-rate mortgages. With an ARM, the interest rate is fixed for a period of time (usually three to 10 years), and then it adjusts regularly. An ARM can be a good choice if you aren’t planning on staying in your home for long or if you’re comfortable with the chance of your payment increasing after the rate adjusts.
In years with low interest rates (such as 2020 and 2021), borrowers are less likely to apply for an ARM. However, in 2022, with rates on the rise, an adjustable-rate option might make sense, as they usually start with a lower interest rate than a fixed-rate loan.
Movement Mortgage average home purchase rate vs. national average
|Year||Difference from national average|
At Movement Mortgage, you’re connected with a loan officer within minutes of calling or submitting your information online. The company says it has a streamlined mortgage application process:
- Talk with a loan officer about mortgage types and general information.
- Submit your application.
- Submit W-2, pay stubs, bank statements and employment history.
- Schedule an appraisal.
- Go through underwriting.
- Receive an approval with conditions.
- Wait up to seven days for processing.
- Go through final underwriting.
- Close on the home.
Movement Mortgage pledges a fast timeline from application to closing. The company says it strives to underwrite a loan in six hours, process the loan within seven days and complete closing in one day.
You can submit an application through the mobile app or online, and sync data from your bank and tax software for easier documentation. You can also upload documents yourself. The company’s website offers several videos on the process and calculators to estimate how much you can afford for a home.
Movement Mortgage application features
|Mobile document upload|
|Physical branches||49 states|
|Publishes minimum rate on website||X|
|Rate lock||90 days (360 days for new construction)|
|Pre-qualification (no hard credit pull)|
|Certified approval letter|
Movement Mortgage offers conventional, government-backed and specialty loan products. It works with borrowers with a variety of credit scores and down payment abilities. Its mortgage offerings include the following:
- Conventional loans
- FHA loans
- VA loans
- USDA loans
It also offers more unique mortgage options:
- New construction loans with a 360-day rate lock
- Jumbo loans up to $3 million
- Reverse mortgages
- Fannie Mae HomeReady mortgages
- Freddie Mac Home Possible and Home Possible Advantage
- FHA 203(k) renovation mortgages
- Fannie Mae HomeStyle Renovation loans
In 2021, Movement Mortgage received 97,574 home purchase loan applications. Of those, it closed 75,022 (77%) and denied 2,914 (3%).
Loan applications for home purchases only by year
|Home purchase applications||97,574||86,956||72,285|
|Home purchase loans closed||75,022||66,135||55,294|
|Home purchase applications denied||2,914||3,354||4,115|
|Home purchase preapprovals denied||0||0||0|
The majority of the loans Movement Mortgage closed between 2019 and 2021 were home purchase loans, but it also originated a significant number of refinance loans. In 2020 and 2021, around one-third of its loans were rate-and-term or cash-out refinance loans.
The decision to refinance depends on many factors, including:
- Current interest rates
- Your home equity
- How long you plan to stay in the home
You might choose to refinance if you want to take advantage of lower interest rates, change the length of your loan, cash out on your home equity or switch from an adjustable-rate to a fixed-rate mortgage.
In general, more borrowers tend to refinance when interest rates are low. In 2022, while rates are rising, fewer people are expected to refinance.
Home purchase vs. refinance loans by year
|Home purchase loans||67.32%||60.25%||79.76%|
Movement Mortgage doesn’t list its requirements for specific loans online. Usually, conventional mortgage requirements are greater than government-backed loan qualifications — often, you need a minimum credit score of 620 for a conventional loan. These loans allow for down payments as low as 3%, but if you put down less than 20%, you’re required to get private mortgage insurance (PMI).
Government-backed loans, like FHA, VA and USDA loans, have lower credit score thresholds and require little to no down payment. Your loan officer can walk you through the specific requirements of each government-backed option.
Jumbo loans, which allow you to borrow higher amounts, have higher credit score thresholds, often requiring a minimum score of 680 and a larger down payment.
Movement Mortgage also offers low-down-payment programs through Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
National mortgage requirements by type
Cost and fees
Movement Mortgage doesn’t provide a breakdown of its closing costs or fees online. If you apply for a loan, you’ll get a Loan Estimate within three business days. The company will also provide a Closing Disclosure before your closing that details all the terms of your loan, including costs and fees.
Typically, closing costs total 2% to 5% of the loan amount. On its website, Movement Mortgage provides an overview of the industry standards for closing costs, but the actual amounts will vary based on your loan.
- What is Movement Mortgage?
Movement Mortgage is a mortgage lender that was founded in 2008. It’s based in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and services loans in all 50 states. Its annual loan volume is $30 billion, according to the company.
- Is Movement Mortgage legit?
Movement Mortgage is a legit lender with over 775 loan officers across 49 states. It closed over 75,000 home purchase loans in 2021.
- Where is Movement Mortgage available?
Movement Mortgage originates loans in all 50 states. It has loan officers in 49 states.
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Numerous different people asking repeatedly for duplicate documentation. Rushed timelines to get things back to them (that they already have) and to sign documents for them but no time for phone calls or to explain any of the paperwork they are so eager for you to sign. Told my co-borrower flat-out wrong information on numerous occasions and then backtracked when called out. Asked them to speak with us together multiple times to avoid any misunderstanding or miscommunications and they continued to pester her without looping me in. I never leave bad reviews because I know how important they are to businesses, but the experience we had was inexcusable and closing cost us $10k more than it should have because they couldn't be bothered to go through any paperwork with us.
Unbelievable experience. I am helping a friend buy a home. She is a single Grandmother, raising her 2 grandchildren and a first time home buyer. We have been working on getting this loan for almost 1 mo. Our first house we really wanted we were told we couldn't get. Second house we were told we were approved, then later told we needed to do something else before being approved, Manager has been so rude on the phone, and belittling. Closing date has been changed because on not scheduling it on time. Now not sure when we close and She works 13 hrs a day. It doesn't look like there will be a Christmas this year. Have to cancel movers now. Now told we could have had 1st house but Manager says 2nd house is better.
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