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:
There were 46 Counties nationally that saw an increase in conforming limits for 2015, with maximum loan limits increasing for certain counties in California, Colorado, Massachussetts, Maryland, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Washington. Find the full list of the counties affected by the 2015 loan limit increases here:
The minimum down payment for a home purchase is 3% of the sales price. Previously, the minimum down payment for conventional loans was 5%, however it was announced December 8, 2014 that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will allow for a 3% down payment. This will allow for borrowers with limited down payment funds potential access to both conventional and FHA options for purchasing a home.
Compare that to many other lenders that require a 660 FICO score. Because of this, we can get more people qualified.
Unlike FHA, a conventional loan does not charge you upfront mortgage insurance and if you borrow over 80% of your value, your mortgage insurance can be removed once your balance gets down to 78% loan to value.
Conventional financing can be used for primary residences, second homes, and investment properties.
If you’ve had past credit issues such as bankruptcy or a foreclosure, the minimum waiting periods to qualify for a conventional loan are listed below. In certain cases, if there was an extenuating circumstance which caused the derogatory event (illness, loss of income, etc.) the waiting periods have been shortened. For reference, Short sales fall under “pre-foreclosures”.
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