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. Montana conventional loans may be either “conforming” and “non-conforming”, although ‘conventional loans’ generally refer to ‘conforming loans’. Therefore Montana conventional loan limits are the same thing as Montana conforming loan limits.

Montana Conventional Loan Limits

What is the maximum amount that I can borrow?

Conventional loan limits in Montana are determined by:

  • Montana 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 Montana are set at the floor amount of $424,100 across the entire state. Metro areas in MT with a conforming limit of $424,100 include Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls and Helena.

Search all Conventional Loan Limits in Montana:

County Name
Area
1-Unit
2-Unit
3-Unit
4-Unit
BEAVERHEADNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
BIG HORNNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
BLAINENON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
BROADWATERNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
CARBONBILLINGS, MT$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
CARTERNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
CASCADEGREAT FALLS, MT$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
CHOUTEAUNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
CUSTERNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
DANIELSNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
DAWSONNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
DEER LODGENON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
FALLONNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
FERGUSNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
FLATHEADKALISPELL, MT$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
GALLATINBOZEMAN, MT$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
GARFIELDNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
GLACIERNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
GOLDEN VALLEYBILLINGS, MT$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
GRANITENON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
HILLNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
JEFFERSONHELENA, MT$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
JUDITH BASINNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
LAKENON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
LEWIS AND CLARKHELENA, MT$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
LIBERTYNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
LINCOLNNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
MADISONNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
MCCONENON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
MEAGHERNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
MINERALNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
MISSOULAMISSOULA, MT$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
MUSSELSHELLNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
PARKNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
PETROLEUMNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
PHILLIPSNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
PONDERANON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
POWDER RIVERNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
POWELLNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
PRAIRIENON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
RAVALLINON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
RICHLANDNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ROOSEVELTNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ROSEBUDNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
SANDERSNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
SHERIDANNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
SILVER BOWBUTTE-SILVER BOW, MT$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
STILLWATERNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
SWEET GRASSNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
TETONNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
TOOLENON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
TREASURENON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
VALLEYNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
WHEATLANDNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
WIBAUXNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
YELLOWSTONEBILLINGS, MT$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650

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

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

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 Montana, 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 Montana 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?

Conventional 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 Montana?

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

  • Conventional Loan Down Payment - MTConventional 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 Montana, 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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