What are Conventional Loans and Conforming Loans?

By definition, a Conventional Loan is any mortgage that’s not guaranteed or insured by the federal government. Idaho conventional loans may be either “conforming” and “non-conforming”, although ‘conventional loans’ generally refer to ‘conforming loans’. Therefore Idaho conventional loan limits are the same thing as Idaho conforming loan limits.

Idaho Conventional Loan Limits

What is the maximum amount that I can borrow?

Conventional loan limits in Idaho are determined by:

  • Idaho Conventional Loan LimitsMaximum LTV Ratio:  The maximum financing loan-to-value ratio for conventional mortgages is 80% – 97% of the appraised value of the home or its selling price, whichever is lower. Learn how to calculate loan-to-value.
  • Maximum Loan Amount: Conventional loan limits in Idaho are set at the floor amount of $424,100 across nearly the entire state. Metro areas in ID with a conforming limit of $424,100 include Boise, Idaho Falls and Pocatello.

Search all Conventional Loan Limits in Idaho:

County Name
Area
1-Unit
2-Unit
3-Unit
4-Unit
ADABOISE CITY, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
ADAMSNON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
BANNOCKPOCATELLO, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
BEAR LAKENON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
BENEWAHNON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
BINGHAMBLACKFOOT, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
BLAINEHAILEY, ID$625,500$800,775$967,950$1,202,925
BOISEBOISE CITY, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
BONNERSANDPOINT, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
BONNEVILLEIDAHO FALLS, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
BOUNDARYNON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
BUTTEIDAHO FALLS, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
CAMASHAILEY, ID$625,500$800,775$967,950$1,202,925
CANYONBOISE CITY, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
CARIBOUNON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
CASSIABURLEY, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
CLARKNON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
CLEARWATERNON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
CUSTERNON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
ELMOREMOUNTAIN HOME, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
FRANKLINLOGAN, UT-ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
FREMONTREXBURG, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
GEMBOISE CITY, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
GOODINGNON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
IDAHONON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
JEFFERSONIDAHO FALLS, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
JEROMETWIN FALLS, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
KOOTENAICOEUR D'ALENE, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
LATAHMOSCOW, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
LEMHINON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
LEWISNON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
LINCOLNNON-METRO$625,500$800,775$967,950$1,202,925
MADISONREXBURG, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
MINIDOKABURLEY, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
NEZ PERCELEWISTON, ID-WA$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
ONEIDANON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
OWYHEEBOISE CITY, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
PAYETTEONTARIO, OR-ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
POWERPOCATELLO, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
SHOSHONENON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
TETONJACKSON, WY-ID$765,600$980,325$1,184,925$1,472,550
TWIN FALLSTWIN FALLS, ID$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
VALLEYNON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
WASHINGTONNON-METRO$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700

Idaho conforming limits can change anytime. Check back often to ensure accuracy.

What factors determine if i’m eligible for a Conventional Loan in Idaho?

Conventional conforming loans follow the terms and conditions set forth by government sponsored enterprises (GSE’s) like Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. To be eligible for a Conforming Loan in Idaho, your monthly housing costs (mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, and insurance) must meet a specified percentage of your gross monthly income. Your credit background will be considered. A FICO credit score of 620 or above is generally required to obtain a conventional loan approval. You must also have enough income to pay your housing costs plus all additional monthly debt.

How much money will I need for the down payment and closing costs?

Conventional home loans require the home buyer to invest between 3% and 20% of the sales price towards the down payment and closing costs. If the sales price is $100,000 for example, the mortgage applicant must invest at least $3,000 – $20,000 to meet conventional mortgage down payment requirements, depending on the program.

Minimum Idaho Conventional Loan Down Payment:

Residence UsageFixed-Rate Mortgage (FRM)Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM)
1 Unit Primary3% Down Payment10% Down Payment
2 Units Primary15% Down Payment25% Down Payment
3 Units Primary25% Down Payment35% Down Payment
4 Units Primary25% Down Payment35% Down Payment
1 Unit Second Home10% Down Payment20% Down Payment
1 Unit Investment15% Down Payment25% Down Payment
2 Units Investment25% Down Payment35% Down Payment
3 Units Investment25% Down Payment35% Down Payment
4 Units Investment25% Down Payment35% Down Payment

What property types are allowed for Conventional Conforming Mortgages?

Idaho Conventional Loan RequirementsConventional mortgage guidelines allow you to purchase
warrantable condos, planned unit developments, modular homes, manufactured homes, and 1-4 family residences. Conventional loans can be used to finance primary residences, second homes and investment property.

Learn more about conventional mortgages.

What types of mortgage and refinance programs do Conventional Loans offer in Idaho?

There are several varieties of standard home purchase, first-time home buyer and conventional refinance loans available in Idaho:

  • Conventional Purchase Loans – Conventional loans offer a variety of programs for applicants with good credit ratings to buy a home. Both 3% down mortgage and 5% down mortgage options are available, however 20% down is the minimum amount required to avoid private mortgage insurance.
  • Conventional Rate/Term Refinance: Conventional Rate/Term refinancing loans are for borrowers who currently have an FHA, VA, USDA or conventional fixed rate mortgage or ARM loan and wish to refinance into a conventional mortgage with a lower interest rate. If you’re a homeowners considering a stable, conventional fixed-rate mortgage, this program may also eliminate your mortgage insurance if you have at 20% equity in your home.  If not, Conventional 97% loan programs may also work for you.
  • Cash-Out Refinance: A Conventional Cash Out Refinance is perfect for the homeowner who wants to access the equity that they have built up in their home. This program is beneficial to homeowners whose property has increased in value since it was purchased.

What factors determine if I am eligible for a Conventional Refinance Loan?

To meet conventional refinance mortgage requirements in Idaho, your monthly housing costs (mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, and insurance) must meet a specified percentage of your gross monthly income. Your credit background will be considered. You must be able to cover closing costs and have enough income to pay your monthly debt.

Conventional Loan Requirements

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