The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced that 2020 conventional loan limits would be raised to $510,400 for single-family homes. This increase in conforming loan limits has gone up almost $100,000 since 2016. These limits may be exceeded if the property is located in a high-cost area. Read More
Low to moderate income home shoppers represent a large group of 21st century first time buyers. Regrettably, they’re a group that was also sidelined in the recent housing recovery due to overly strict loan requirements and limited low down payment mortgage options offered. Read More
Conventional loans are the most popular type of loan to purchase a home. If you have a good credit score and a solid down payment, a conventional loan may work for you. But how much money will you need to meet the minimum down payment for conventional loan programs? Read More
The concept of conventional loans dates back to 1938 during the depths of the Great Depression. That’s when The Federal National Mortgage Corporation, also known as ‘Fannie Mae‘, was founded by the United States Government. Read More
What is a Conventional Loan?
A conventional loan by definition is any mortgage not guaranteed or insured by the federal government. Conventional loans can be either “conforming” or “non-conforming”, although conventional loan requirements generally refer to mortgage guidelines that ‘conform’ to government sponsored enterprises (GSE’s) like Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Therefore, when you’re searching for more information on ‘conventional loans’, ‘conforming loans’ or ‘conventional conforming loans’, you’re likely referring to the same thing. Read More
During the financial and housing crisis that gave birth to the so-called “great recession,” millions of homeowners found themselves underwater on their mortgages. Many more lost their homes to foreclosure, had to declare bankruptcy, or both. Read More