Conventional Home Loans
Any mortgage loan that’s not insured or guaranteed by the government is considered a conventional loan. Conventional home loans are issued by private lenders, such as banks or credit unions.
Who It’s For
Borrowers with strong credit, a solid income, and at least 3% for the down payment are the best candidates for a conventional home loan. Both first-time and experienced home buyers can qualify if they meet the requirements.
A Reward for Good Credit
The better your credit score, the better your interest rate with a conventional home loan.
Low Down Payment
You can put as little as 3% down when purchasing a home using a conventional loan.
Often Preferred by Sellers
Conventional loans tend to be appealing to sellers and can give you an edge over the competition.
Affordable Closing Costs
Conventional home loans don’t have the funding fees that all government loans require, making them cheaper to close.
- Credit score of 620 or higher
- Debt-to-income ratio no higher than 45%
- Minimum down payment of 3% (or 20% for no PMI)
- Appraisal that verifies the home’s value and condition
What do conforming and non-conforming mean?
Conventional loans are considered either conforming or non-conforming.
A conforming loan meets the standards of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (government-sponsored enterprises that invest in mortgage loans).
Non-conforming loans do not meet Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac standards—usually because they either don’t meet a requirement set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) or the loan amount is too large.
What types of homes can I purchase with a conventional loan?
You can purchase many types of homes with a conventional home loan, including a:
- Single-family home
- Manufactured home
- Vacation home
- Investment, such as a multi-unit property (2, 3 or 4 units)
What documents will I need to provide?
You’ll need to provide the following when applying for a conventional home loan:
- A copy of your driver’s license
- 2 years of W2s (or 2 years of full tax returns if you’re self-employed)
- 2 of your most recent pay stubs
- A copy of your mortgage statement (if you currently own a home)
Do I need a certain income to qualify?
No. Lenders look more at your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio than your income. That tells them whether you can afford a mortgage within your budget.
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FHA loans are backed by the Federal Housing Administration and are especially popular with first-time home buyers.
VA loans offer great benefits, such as low interest rates and no money down, for active-duty military members, veterans, or sur viving spouses.
Private lenders offer conventional loans designed for those with good credit scores and a low debt-to-income (DTI) ratio.
USDA loans are designed for those interested in purchasing an affordable home that’s located in a rural area.
Some homes are priced above conventional conforming loan standards, and that’s where the jumbo loan comes in.