Lender of the year: guaranteed rate

Guaranteed rate companies include Guaranteed Rate Inc., one of the top five retail mortgage lenders in the United States, Guaranteed Rate Affinity LLC and Proper Rate LLC. Based in Chicago, the guaranteed rate companies funded $116 billion in 2021 and have more than 11,000 employees at more than 500 branches across the United States.

Founded in 2000 and located in all 50 states and Washington, DC, Guaranteed Rate has helped homeowners nationwide with homebuyer loans and refinances. The company has established itself as an industry leader by introducing innovative technology, offering low rates and providing unparalleled customer service. In 2017, the company launched Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, a mortgage origination joint venture between Guaranteed Rate, Inc. and Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage.

Collectively, the guaranteed-rate companies have won numerous honors and awards, including: Forbes Advisor’s Top 10 Mortgage Lenders for 2021; Best Mortgage Lender for Online Loans and Best Mortgage Lender for Refinance by NerdWallet for 2021; 2018 Best Lender for Online Service by US News & World Report; HousingWire’s 2020 Tech100 Award for the company’s leading FlashCloseSM technology; ranked #3 in the Scotsman Guide’s 2021 list of top retail mortgage lenders; Chicago Agent Magazine’s Lender of the Year for five consecutive years; and the Chicago Tribune’s Best Workplaces list for seven consecutive years. Visit rate.com for more information.

Finalists
JPMorgan Chase
Wintrust Mortgage