Is German American Bank An Expensive Mortgage Lender?

We compare mortgage interest rate and loan related closing costs at German American Bank with other lenders for mortgages with similar borrower characteristics:

Interest Rate: lower than average (-0.05%)
Loan Related Closing Costs: similar to average (-$32)
Assessment: this lender tends to be a cheap lender.

This scoreboard is based on data reported to FFIEC. In the data, German American Bank originated 1723 mortgages, a national market share of 0.0%. It was most active in IN (1.1% market share), KY (0.1% market share), and IL (0.0% market share).

On average, German American Bank’s interest rates were lower than those of comparable mortgages at other lenders (-0.05%).1The comparable mortgages control for German American Bank’s distribution of loan term (e.g. 30 year vs 15 year), loan-to-value (LTV), debt-to-income (DTI), loan amount, loan program (e.g. Conforming/FHA), loan purpose (e.g. purchase/refinance), and county. Interest rate and loan related closing costs are estimated based on fixed rate mortgages only, whereas market shares include all purchase or refinance mortgages. Its average total loan related closing cost was $2476, which was similar to those of comparable mortgages at $2508, with a difference of -$32. Overall, we estimate that German American Bank tends to be an cheap lender, with a cost-adjusted-rate difference of -0.06% compared to comparable mortgages at other lenders.2Cost adjusted rates were computed based on each percent of the loan amount in loan related closing costs being worth 1/6 of a percentage point in interest rate. Nevertheless, we recommend comparing your rate and fees with at least a few other lenders before signing with German American Bank.

German American Bank originated Conforming, FHA and USDA mortgages for new home purchases. It also originated Conforming mortgages for refinances. We breakdown its interest rate and total loan related closing cost on by each of the mortgage types it originated below:

Home Purchase Mortgages from German American Bank compared to other lenders

Conforming FHA USDA
Interest Rate Difference -0.02% -0.37% -0.21%
Loan related Closing Cost Difference +$19 -$121 -$144
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference -0.02% -0.38% -0.24%

Based on the table above, German American Bank is cheap for FHA and USDA purchase mortgages. It is similar to other lenders for Conforming purchase mortgages.

Mortgage Refinancing from German American Bank compared to other lenders

Conforming
Interest Rate Difference -0.01%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference -$119
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference -0.03%

Based on the table above, German American Bank is similar to other lenders for Conforming mortgage refinance.

Other information about German American Bank:

Regulator: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) 
Top holder: GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.
Registered city and state: JASPER, IN, 47546

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1. The comparable mortgages control for German American Bank’s distribution of loan term (e.g. 30 year vs 15 year), loan-to-value (LTV), debt-to-income (DTI), loan amount, loan program (e.g. Conforming/FHA), loan purpose (e.g. purchase/refinance), and county. Interest rate and loan related closing costs are estimated based on fixed rate mortgages only, whereas market shares include all purchase or refinance mortgages.
2. Cost adjusted rates were computed based on each percent of the loan amount in loan related closing costs being worth 1/6 of a percentage point in interest rate.