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.
If you have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) or have thought about getting one, you may wonder how your loan balance is amortized. Designing an amortization schedule is an easy way to see how a mortgage payment is applied to paying down the balance over time. 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
If you are active or retired military, serious benefits may be available to you through the Department of Veterans Affairs home loan program. VA loans are designed to help active military personnel, veterans and certain spouses of veterans obtain very favorable mortgages, and they arguably offer the best mortgage benefits available today. Read More