Spencer Haymond

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Spencer Haymond Sr. Loan Officer
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Conventional Loans

What are Conventional Loans?

Conventional loans are by far the most common loan type. If your credit profile is strong (and you don’t qualify for a VA loan), consider getting a conventional loan. You can put down as little as 3% of the purchase price with a credit score of at least 620, depending on certain factors.

There is an additional cost to your monthly payment in the form of private mortgage insurance (PMI) if you put less than 20% down. You, the borrower, are required to pay for this insurance policy in case you default or stop paying on the loan. But the good news is you can have this extra cost removed when you build up 20% equity in the home, unlike an FHA loan that will always include PMI. 

You can later remove PMI by refinancing into a brand-new loan. You can also have PMI removed from your existing loan by paying down your loan enough that you have 20% in equity or through your property appreciating by 20%. You would need to pay for an appraisal to verify the higher property value, and then you can request that the lender remove the PMI from your monthly payment. 

Tip: Equity is the dollar difference between how much your property is worth and how much you owe on it. For example, if your home is worth $200,000 and you owe $150,000, you have $50,000 in equity. 

You can use conventional loans for a second home or investment property with up to 4 units, not just for a primary residence. Conventional loans can offer the choice of an ARM or a fixed interest rate loan. And some types of conventional loans can be used for “fixer upper” properties.

You can also get a larger loan amount, based on your qualifications of course, called a jumbo loan. (Loan size limits vary by county.)


Most Common Types of Conventional Loans

Home Loans

Fixed Rate Mortgages: Your rate and payment never change.

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

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.

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