Conventional loans have been considered the garden variety mortgage program for over 80 years. The term ‘conventional loan’ is defined as any mortgage that isn’t guaranteed or insured by a government agency. Today’s conventional loans may be either “conforming” or “non-conforming”, although ‘conforming loan’ programs are often loosely referred to as ‘conventional loans’. Conventional conforming loans are conventional programs that meet or ‘conform’ to guidelines set forth by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as well as the funding criteria for either Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Snagging the lowest mortgage rate possible can mean saving thousands of dollars over the life of your loan. For example, if you locked in a 4.0% mortgage interest rate rather than a 5.5% rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage loan of $200,000, you could save more than $65,000 over 30 years. Read More
Your realtor may encourage you to get a mortgage pre-approval. But do you really need one? Read More
January of 2014 saw the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB for short) introduce a host new rules and guidelines for real estate mortgages. For the most part, these ‘new’ rules and guidelines have already been around for awhile. The financial industry suffered a crushing blow from the 2008 Financial Crisis and has been extensively regulated every since. Read More
Once thought of as the agile, exuberant cheerleader of home loans, the adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) accounted for as many as one in four mortgages in 2006. A few years later, when ARMs became branded one of the risky, greed-filled indulgences of the financial crisis, their number fell dramatically. Yet ARMs have seen a recent uptick in popularity, but with a much clearer view of what they really are and who can benefit from their flexibility. Read More
In today’s housing market, those wanting to buy a home with no down payment have limited options. The 2008 financial crisis led to the rapid demise of subprime lending and a harsh tightening of mortgage credit. Fortunately, USDA RD loans are still running strong offering 100% financing with low mortgage rates for home purchases.