We compare mortgage interest rate and loan related closing costs at Southern First with other lenders for mortgages with similar borrower characteristics:
Interest Rate: similar to average (-0.05%)
Loan Related Closing Costs: lower than average (-$344)
Assessment: this lender tends to be a cheap lender.
This scoreboard is based on data reported to FFIEC. In the data, Southern First originated 1016 mortgages, a national market share of 0.0%. It was most active in SC (0.8% market share), NC (0.0% market share), and GA (0.0% market share).
On average, Southern First’s interest rates were similar to those of comparable mortgages at other lenders (-0.05%).1The comparable mortgages control for Southern First’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 $3577, which was lower than those of comparable mortgages at $3921, with a difference of -$344. Overall, we estimate that Southern First tends to be an cheap lender, with a cost-adjusted-rate difference of -0.07% 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 Southern First.
Southern First originated Conforming, FHA and VA 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 Southern First compared to other lenders
|Interest Rate Difference||-0.04%||-0.24%||-0.03%|
|Loan related Closing Cost Difference||-$362||-$69||+$898|
|Cost Adjusted Rate Difference||-0.07%||-0.25%||+0.04%|
Based on the table above, Southern First is cheap for Conforming and FHA purchase mortgages. It is similar to other lenders for VA purchase mortgages.
Mortgage Refinancing from Southern First compared to other lenders
|Interest Rate Difference||+0.02%|
|Loan Related Closing Cost Difference||-$800|
|Cost Adjusted Rate Difference||-0.04%|
Based on the table above, Southern First is similar to other lenders for Conforming mortgage refinance.
Other information about Southern First:
Regulator: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Top holder: SOUTHERN FIRST BANCSHARES, INC.
Registered city and state: Greenville, SC, 29607