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Five Common Types of Home Loans

Five Common Types of Home Loans

    CONVENTIONAL LOANS

  • CONFORMING LOAN
    These loans conform to the loan amount and underwriting guidelines set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who are Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs). Offer more financing options than government-backed loans.
  • NON-CONFORMING LOAN
    These loans do not conform to the loan amount (also called “Jumbo”) and/or underwriting guidelines set by the GSEs. Offer unique guidelines not found for conforming and government-backed loans.

  • GOVERNMENT-BACKED LOANS

  • FHA LOAN
    Insured by the Federal Housing Administration
    FHA loans are currently the most popular home financing option, because of the low down payment requirement and easier qualifying guidelines. Recently, the mortgage insurance premiums were reduced aking these loans even more attractive.
  • VA LOAN
    Guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Available to Veterans and active duty military personnel and, in certain circumstances, widowed spouses. The lack of down payment and mortgage insurance requirements make this the number one choice for eligible individuals. The loan is assumable by a non-Veteran, which can be a great selling point when it comes time to move.
  • USDA RURAL HOUSING LOAN
    Guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Properties must be in USDA-defined rural areas. Borrower's income is limited based on geographic location and family size. In cases where the appraised value exceeds the sales price, the borrower may have no out-of-pocket costs.