Is Desert Financial Federal CU An Expensive Mortgage Lender?

We compare mortgage interest rate and loan related closing costs at Desert Financial Federal CU with other lenders for mortgages with similar borrower characteristics:

Interest Rate: lower than average (-0.16%)
Loan Related Closing Costs: similar to average (+$72)
Assessment: this lender tends to be a cheap lender.

This scoreboard is based on data reported to FFIEC. In the data, Desert Financial Federal CU originated 1572 mortgages, a national market share of 0.0%. It was primarily active in AZ, with a 0.8% market share.

On average, Desert Financial Federal CU’s interest rates were lower than those of comparable mortgages at other lenders (-0.16%).1The comparable mortgages control for Desert Financial Federal CU’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 $3888, which was similar to those of comparable mortgages at $3817, with a difference of +$72. Overall, we estimate that Desert Financial Federal CU tends to be an cheap lender, with a cost-adjusted-rate difference of -0.16% 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 Desert Financial Federal CU.

Desert Financial Federal CU originated Conforming 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 Desert Financial Federal CU compared to other lenders

Conforming
Interest Rate Difference -0.19%
Loan related Closing Cost Difference +$225
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference -0.17%

Based on the table above, Desert Financial Federal CU is cheap for Conforming purchase mortgages.

Mortgage Refinancing from Desert Financial Federal CU compared to other lenders

Conforming
Interest Rate Difference -0.12%
Loan Related Closing Cost Difference -$104
Cost Adjusted Rate Difference -0.14%

Based on the table above, Desert Financial Federal CU is cheap for Conforming mortgage refinance.

Other information about Desert Financial Federal CU:

Regulator: National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) 
Registered city and state: Phoenix, AZ, 85034

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1. The comparable mortgages control for Desert Financial Federal CU’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.

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