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loanDepot is a large national mortgage lender based in Southern California's Foothill Ranch. Its founder, Anthony Hsieh, founded two prior successful mortgage operations which he later sold to E*Trade and LendingTree. Hsieh founded loanDepot in 2010, and the company's business model relies primarily on working directly with consumers over the Internet. Since its founding, loanDepot has funded over $200+ billion loans.
loanDepot's business model is simple – the company advertises its services on rate comparison websites such as RateZip.com, where consumers are able to compare offers from multiple mortgage lenders. Many times, loanDepot discloses the rate that it can offer a borrower up front. An interested borrower then reaches out to loanDepot and begins the process of applying for a loan. Although it's unlikely that you'll be able to meet your loan officer in person before closing your mortgage or refinance, you can easily verify loanDepot's credentials via the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or through reading the types of reviews that you'll find here. loanDepot offers a wide array of products, including 15 and 30 year fixed rate mortgages, ARMs, and VA home loans. In 2012, loanDepot officially became a licensed mortgage lender in all 50 states.
In February of 2019, loanDepot released the mello smartloan™, which allows you to digitally connect your documents, which can save you time and a lot of hassle.
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