Conventional Loan Requirements and Conventional Mortgage Guidelines | 2018

Conventional Loan Requirements

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

FHA Loan Requirements Review | 2017

FHA Loan Requirements

FHA loans are a terrific option for home buyers with lower incomes, imperfect credit ratings or limited cash available for a down payment. In fact, FHA loan requirements feature a certain flexibility which makes them the only option available for millions of American mortgage applicants with “average” qualifications. That’s why FHA loans jumped in popularity after the 2008 financial crisis when subprime mortgage options were eliminated. Read More

FHA Mortgage Insurance

FHA Mortgage Insurance

Mortgage insurance is a protecton that guards lenders in case of applicant default.  Mortgage insurance is usually required on mortgages with a down payment that’s 20 percent or less.

Plainly stated, FHA MI is required for all FHA loan programs including FHA purchase loans, FHA refinance loans and FHA Streamline refinance loans. FHA guidelines for it’s insurance programs are what lenders use to determine if applicants are eligible for a loan.  These requirements are usually less demanding than other, non-insured mortgage programs. Read More

USDA Refinance Program

USDA Refinance

The USDA Refinance Pilot Program was originally introduced in 2012 to give rural home owners a chance to take advantage of record low interest rates. This pilot program was a success, therefore the program has permanently matured into the USDA Streamline Refinance. Read More

Ups and Downs: 6 Years of FHA Mortgage Insurance Volatility

History of FHA Mortgage Insurance

FHA mortgage insurance rates have just been reduced in an unexpected move that offers the housing market a much needed boost. This .5% across the board MIP reduction will help more home shoppers become homeowners in 2015 and also reduce costs for thousands of borrowers looking to refinance. Read More

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