What are Conventional Loans?
Conventional loans are not guaranteed or insured by the Veteran's Administration (VA) or Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The majority of conforming conventional loans abide by the mortgage guidelines established by the government-sponsored entities known as Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation).
Conventional mortgages with less than 20% down require private mortgage insurance. Since conventional loans are not insured by the federal government, there is no guarantee for the lender should the borrower default. These loans are considered higher risk for lenders and generally have more restrictive underwriting guidelines.
You can put as low as 3% down* on a conventional mortgage on a primary residence. Conventional loans allow down payment an closing costs to be gifted. Team SG at Cornerstone Home Lending in Bozeman can help you with conventional or jumbo home loans. Call 406-551-4016 or email [email protected] with any questions you may have. We are here to help you decide if a conventional loan is the right fit for you and to simplify your conventional home loan process.
Conforming conventional loans:
- Loan amounts up to $766,550
- Credit score affects mortgage interest rate
- No mortgage insurance required with 20% or more down payment
- Can put down as low as 3% (private mortgage insurance required)
- Guidelines differ slightly between Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
- Loan amounts greater than $766,550
- Credit score affects ability to obtain mortgage
- Jumbo guidelines vary from Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac and are typically more restrictive
- Can require more documentation
- As low as 10% down
- Most require a manual underwrite, which is the most conservative underwriting approach
A few benefits of a conventional mortgage:
- Credit does not have to be pulled on a disclaiming spouse. FHA loans require the lender to pull the disclaiming spouse's credit and count obligations in the buyer's debt-to-income ratio.
- Ask your Loan Officer to see how to qualify for PMI (private mortgage insurance) removal
- Allows for down payment and closing costs to be gifted by a family member
- Conventional mortgages offer a loan limit of $766,550
- As low as 3% down* conventional loans
*Homeownership education may be required, and at least one borrower may have to be a first-time homebuyer.