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

South Carolina Conventional Loan Limits

What is the maximum amount that I can borrow?

Conventional loan limits in South Carolina are determined by:

  • South Carolina 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 South Carolina are set at the floor amount of $424,100 across the entire state. Metro areas in SC with a conforming limit of $424,100 include Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg and Hilton Head.

Search all Conventional Loan Limits in South Carolina:

County Name
AIKENAUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY, GA-SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
ANDERSONGREENVILLE-ANDERSON, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
BEAUFORTHILTON HEAD ISLAND-BLUFFTON, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
BERKELEYCHARLESTON-NORTH CHARLESTON, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
CALHOUNCOLUMBIA, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
CHEROKEEGAFFNEY, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
CHESTERCHARLOTTE-CONCORD-GASTONIA, NC-SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
CLARENDONSUMTER, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
DARLINGTONFLORENCE, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
EDGEFIELDAUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY, GA-SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
FAIRFIELDCOLUMBIA, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
FLORENCEFLORENCE, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
GEORGETOWNGEORGETOWN, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
GREENVILLEGREENVILLE-ANDERSON, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
GREENWOODGREENWOOD, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
JASPERHILTON HEAD ISLAND-BLUFFTON, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
KERSHAWCOLUMBIA, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
LANCASTERCHARLOTTE-CONCORD-GASTONIA, NC-SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
LAURENSGREENVILLE-ANDERSON, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
LEXINGTONCOLUMBIA, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
MARLBOROBENNETTSVILLE, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
NEWBERRYNEWBERRY, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
OCONEESENECA, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
ORANGEBURGORANGEBURG, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
PICKENSGREENVILLE-ANDERSON, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
RICHLANDCOLUMBIA, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
SALUDACOLUMBIA, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
SPARTANBURGSPARTANBURG, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
SUMTERSUMTER, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
UNIONUNION, SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700
YORKCHARLOTTE-CONCORD-GASTONIA, NC-SC$510,400$653,550$789,950$981,700

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

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

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 South Carolina, 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina?

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

  • Conventional Loan Down Payment SCConventional 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 South Carolina, your monthly housing costs (mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, and insurance) must meet a specified percentage of your gross monthly income. In addition, your credit background will be considered. Finally, you must be able to cover closing costs and have enough income to pay your monthly debt.

Conventional Loan Requirements

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