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Live Oak Bank SBA Loans & Small Business Loans Review

Live Oak Bank offers speed and convenience to prospective lenders in all 50 states. However, the convenience comes with some trade-offs, including a limited breadth of products available.

    Shannon Vissers
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Live Oak Bank

Total Rating 2.9
Rates & Fees2.1


Eligibility Requirements2.1


Sales & Advertising Transparency4.6

Customer Service3.9

User Reviews3.9

Live Oak Bank At A Glance

  • Live Oak Bank has a streamlined, competitive SBA loans process
  • Live Oak Bank also offers Ag loans and commercial business loans
  • Customers have good things to say about Live Oak Bank

Shannon Vissers

Shannon Vissers

Lead Staff Writer at Merchant Maverick
Shannon has been writing for Merchant Maverick about small business software and financing since 2015. She started writing professionally about business topics in 2005. Shannon has been featured in the Washington Post, Reader's Digest, US News, MSN, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider, and other publications. She has a bachelor's degree in English from San Diego State University and currently resides in San Diego, California.
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