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Conventional & FHA Loans

What are Conventional Loans?

Conventional Loans are mortgage loans that are not insured by the government (like FHA, VA, USDA Loans), but they typically meet the lending guidelines that have been set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Typically, conventional loans have better rates, terms and/or lower fees than other types of loans. However, conventional loans typically require a borrower to have good-to-excellent credit, reasonable amounts of monthly debt obligations, a down payment of 5-20% and reliable monthly income. Conventional loans are ideal for borrowers with excellent credit and at least a 5% down payment.

Conventional LoansMost Common Types of Conventional Loans

Fixed Rate Mortgages: Your rate and payment never change.

  • 30 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lowest fixed monthly payments
  • 20 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Low fixed monthly payments
  • 15 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lower rate than the 30 or 20 Year Fixed Loans; Pay less interest and pay your home off more quickly.
  • 10 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lower rate; Pay off your loan and build equity faster.
  • 5 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lowest rate; Pay off your loan and build equity the fastest

Adjustable Rate Mortgages: After the initial period your interest rate can change once a year.

  • 3/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 3 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 27 years
  • 5/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 5 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 25 years
  • 7/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 7 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 23 years

What are the Conventional Down Payment Requirements?

For Purchase transactions Conventional Loans require the home-buyer to put down at least 5% - 20% of the purchase price of the home. For a Refinance transaction, most lenders require at least 10% equity in the property.

What types of property are eligible?

Most conventional loan programs allow you to purchase single-family homes, warrantable condos, planned unit developments, and 1-4 family residences. A conventional loan can also be used to finance a primary residence, second home and investment property.

FHA Loans

It's easy to understand why many people looking for a new home are turning to FHA insured loan programs. Because FHA Loans are insured by the Federal Housing Administration homebuyers have an easier time qualifying for a mortgage. Those who typically benefit most by an FHA loan are first-time home buyers and those who have less than perfect credit.

How FHA Loans Work

At Willow Financial we want to help you understand how a FHA mortgage loan works. In all actuality the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) doesn’t loan any money, they insure it. This means that you’re considered to be a less risky borrower than someone who might not have the backing of the federal government. Our role is to make sure that you qualify for an FHA mortgage and structure our loan to reflect it.

An important resource for considering a FHA loan is the official Housing and Urban Development website. There you can find even more answers to questions and learn more about insuring your loan through the Federal Housing Administration.

These materials are not from HUD or FHA and were not approved by HUD or a government agency.

FHA Qualifications

Qualifying for a home mortgage loan can be difficult, near impossible without a sizable down payment and a moderate credit report. If this describes you and you financial position, an FHA loan may be for you! There are fewer restrictions for FHA loan qualification in comparison to a standard mortgage loan. Qualifications for an FHA loan are:

  • Proven employment status of at least 2 years.
  • Steady or increasing income over a 2 year period.
  • History of on-time payment. No more than two missed payments on your credit.
  • If you've filed for bankruptcy you must wait at least 2 years and have good credit since you filed.
  • Those with foreclosures must wait at least 3 years since the most recent foreclosure.
  • Monthly mortgage payment should be roughly 30% of your gross income.
  • You must pay a minimum of a 3.5% down-payment.
  • Agree to 2.25% in closing costs
  • Only certain properties are eligible - single-family homes, condominiums, double-wide manufactured homes, modular homes and 2-4 unit properties.
  • The property must be your primary residence.

These are the basic qualifications for an FHA loan through Willow Financial, as you can see FHA loans can be to qualify for. To learn more contact us or apply online to get the process started.

These materials are not from HUD or FHA and were not approved by HUD or a government agency.

New Changes in FHA Loans

In response to the growing housing situation in the United States the loan limits for FHA Loans has been temporarily raised. Depending on where you live you might find it even easier to qualify for a FHA loan.

As FHA Loan specialists we can help you understand any new changes to the FHA loan program. We're here to create a customized solution that works best for you and your family. To learn more call us at 408-267-0562 or contact us via email by clicking here.

These materials are not from HUD or FHA and were not approved by HUD or a government agency.