By Marina LocksMar 5, 2013
If you are looking for a home loan, considering a conventional loan is a great place to start. As America recovers from its’ economic turmoil, equity is slowly returning to the average homeowner. You might want to again consider a conventional loan as your vehicle of choice to the American Dream.
A conventional mortgage refers to a loan that is not insured or guaranteed by the federal government. A conventional, or conforming, mortgage adheres to the guidelines set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It may have either a fixed or adjustable rate. The maximum limit for a conforming loan depends on the county and state you live in and can be found here: Fannie Mae Loan Limits.
Conventional loans can be either Fixed or an adjustable rate. Fixed-rate mortgages have a set interest rate for the entire length of the mortgage term which can be between 10 and 30 years. An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) has a term of 30 years with a low introductory rate for a fixed period followed by periodic adjustments according to a specific benchmark, typically a specific LIBOR or a T-Bill index.
If you in income and credit qualify and want to purchase a new home or merely lower the rate or term of you existing home, a Conventional loan may be what is best for you. Conforming loans require a down payment/equity as little as 3%* for a fixed rate term or 10%* for an Adjustable rate.
If you need to take cash out for any purpose Conventional financing will allow you to borrower up to 85%* of your home’s value. You can apply for pre-approval of a loan which helps you determine what you can afford to borrow (pre-approval is not guaranteed) or you can apply for a loan after you find a property you are interested in buying. Always check with your Loan Officer for specific guidelines.
Getting the Loan
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These blogs are for informational purposes only. Make sure you understand the features associated with the loan program you choose, and that it meets your unique financial needs. Subject to Debt-to-Income and Underwriting requirements. This is not a credit decision or a commitment to lend. Eligibility is subject to completion of an application and verification of home ownership, occupancy, title, income, employment, credit, home value, collateral, and underwriting requirements. Not all programs are available in all areas. Offers may vary and are subject to change at any time without notice. Should you have any questions about the information provided, please contact us.