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A fixed-rate loan is one of the most common types of home loans. Benefits include a consistent rate, predictable monthly principal and interest payments and a flexible down payment. If you have good credit and a low debt-to-income ratio (the ratio of total monthly debt payments – not including utilities, cell phone or cable service – compared to gross monthly income), a conventional fixed-rate loan may be a good option for you.
A fixed-rate loan is a type of loan that comes with an interest rate that won't change for the life of the loan. Check out today’s rates for a conventional fixed-rate loan or compare mortgage rates for a variety of loan options. Connect with your mortgage loan officer to learn more about how fixed-rate loans work.
Monthly principal and interest payments on a conventional fixed-rate mortgage remain the same for the life of the loan, making it an attractive option for those who plan to stay in their home for several years. With an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) the interest rate may change periodically, based on a pre-determined index, for example the U.S. Treasury, and margin set by the bank. The initial interest rate is fixed for a set period, typically three to 10 years depending on the loan product, and then becomes variable. An increase or decrease depends on the market conditions at the time of the conversion to the variable rate and during the adjustment period thereafter. This may be a good option for those who plan on moving within a few years. Consider the benefits of each to determine which makes the most sense for your situation.
Depending on your home-ownership goals, there are several options for first-time home buyer loans Some examples include Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Veterans Affairs (VA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loans, which allow for low to zero down payments for qualified buyers. Conventional loans are another option, and you could qualify with a credit score as low as 620 but you’ll need a more substantial down payment (up to 20% depending on your situation). It’s important to consider the benefits of different loan options before deciding which one is right for you.
To qualify for mortgage loans that are best suited for first-time home buyers, there are general requirements that can include:
Your mortgage loan officer can work with you to see if you qualify for any first-time home buyer loans
If you have not owned a home in the last three years, you may be eligible to apply for a first-time home buyer loan and down payment assistance. The requirements for each loan type vary, but they typically are based on your credit score and down payment amount. Contact your mortgage loan officer to see if you qualify.
A Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan is a government-backed loan that’s insured by the Federal Housing Administration. FHA loans typically have lower credit and down payment requirements for qualified home buyers. For example, the minimum required down payment for an FHA loan is only 3.5% of the purchase price.
If you’ve decided a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan may be right for you and you meet the general qualifications, including:
You can start your application on your own, or with the help of your mortgage loan officer, who can work with you to see if you qualify for a FHA loan.
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans are available to all qualified buyers, regardless of income level. They often have more flexible lending requirements than conventional loans. All FHA loans require mortgage insurance which protects the lender against any loss if mortgage payments are missed. To learn more about how FHA loans work, speak with your mortgage loan officer.
Yes. You don’t have to be a first-time home buyer to take advantage of a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan. FHA loans are available to all qualified buyers, regardless of income level, and they often have more flexible credit and down payment requirements.
Generally, the more you put down, the lower your interest rate and monthly payment. There are also low or no-down payment options available on certain types of mortgage products, to qualified home buyers. Our down payment calculator can help you understand the costs and benefits of different down payment amounts so you can decide what makes the most sense for you.
A jumbo loan is a non-conforming loan for single-family homes with loan amounts greater than $647,200. In certain high cost areas, such as Alaska and Hawaii, the conforming limit is up to $970,800. To qualify for a jumbo mortgage loan, you must meet the established guidelines for credit score, income and other personal financial information.
Jumbo loans are mortgages that exceed conforming loan limits. The limit on conforming loans is $647,200 in most areas of the country, but jumbo mortgages can exceed these limits. The limit can be as high as $970,800 in certain high cost areas, including Alaska and Hawaii.
A VA jumbo loan is a Veterans Affairs (VA) loan that exceeds the conforming loan limit of $647,200 and up to $970,800 in high-cost areas such as Alaska and Hawaii. If you’re an active-duty service member, veteran or eligible surviving spouse, and you meet the income and credit requirements, a VA jumbo loan could be an option for you.
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