If you are looking for a home loan, considering a conventional loan is a great place to start. As America recovers from its’ economic turmoil, equity is slowly returning to the average homeowner. You might want to again consider a conventional loan as your vehicle of choice to the American Dream.
A conventional mortgage refers to a loan that is not insured or guaranteed by the federal government. A conventional, or conforming, mortgage adheres to the guidelines set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It may have either a fixed or adjustable rate. The maximum limit for a conforming loan depends on the county and state you live in and can be found here: Fannie Mae Loan Limits.
Conventional loans can be either Fixed or an adjustable rate. Fixed-rate mortgages have a set interest rate for the entire length of the mortgage term which can be between 10 and 30 years. An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) has a term of 30 years with a low introductory rate for a fixed period followed by periodic adjustments according to a specific benchmark, typically a specific LIBOR or a T-Bill index.
If you in income and credit qualify and want to purchase a new home or merely lower the rate or term of you existing home, a Conventional loan may be what is best for you. Conforming loans require a down payment/equity as little as 3%* for a fixed rate term or 10%* for an Adjustable rate.
If you need to take cash out for any purpose Conventional financing will allow you to borrower up to 85%* of your home’s value. You can apply for pre-approval of a loan which helps you determine what you can afford to borrow (pre-approval is not guaranteed) or you can apply for a loan after you find a property you are interested in buying. Always check with your Loan Officer for specific guidelines.