As of 2015, top mortgage and refinance loan companies include Lending Tree, CitiMortgage and Quicken Loans, according to Top Ten Reviews. Lending Tree ranks first on the list, with Citi and Quicken Loans coming in second and third, respectively.
Top Ten Reviews bases rankings on the rates and fees that each company charges, as well as on mortgage services, refinance options and the application process, states the company’s website. Top Ten Reviews places Lending Tree first overall based these categories and gave the company its gold award.
To find the best mortgage lender, many experts recommend starting with a local bank or credit union with which an account is already opened, explains Bankrate. With the amount of banks and lenders offering services online, the challenge lies in finding the bank or lender offering the best deal, not simply finding an option. Bankrate notes that referrals for the most popular mortgage companies often come from friends and family members who have already used the lender's mortgage services. Real estate agents often recommend the most popular mortgage companies with the best rates and services. Real estate agents do not limit their referrals to one or two mortgage companies, but instead refer their clients to several lenders.