Conventional Loans are for buyers with good credit, savings and the ability to put down a larger payment. With 20% down a borrower avoids Mortgage Insurance costs associated with other loans, therefore saving money. This is good for borrowers looking to purchase an investment property.

Pros

  • Easy approval process based on automated underwriting system findings.
  • 1 year taxes allowed.
  • Ability to have a single pay or monthly on mortgage insurance, or lender paid.
  • Most condos qualify and depending on down payment allow a limited review.
  • You can remove the Mortgage Insurance after proof of equity of 20%.

Cons

  • Higher Down payment.
  • Harder to qualify with low credit score.
  • Longer waiting periods after bankruptcy, loan modification, short sale and foreclosure.
  • Mortgage insurance and rate determined by Fico Score and loan-to-value.

Types of Conventional Loans

Direct Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer
DU Refi Plus
High Balance
Home Renovation


What is a Conventional Loan?

A conventional loan meets certain guidelines as set forth by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The best-known of these guidelines is the size of the loan; in most counties in the United States, the current maximum size of a conventional loan is $417,000, though super-conforming loans with higher price limits are available in more expensive counties.

Conventional LP

Freddie Conforming purchase, rate and term, cash out

Conventional DU

Fannie conforming purchase, rate and term, cash out

Conventional High Balance LP

Freddie conforming high balance purchase, rate and term, cash out

Conventional W2 Only

Fannie conforming w2 no tax return purchase, rate and term, cash out


Jumbo Non-Delegated

Jumbo loans are too large to meet the guidelines of a conforming loan. For example, if you are buying a home in a county in which the conforming loan limit is $417,000, and you are taking out a single mortgage for $500,000, you’ll need a jumbo loan.

As jumbo loans do not meet the standards of a conforming loan, they are more difficult to sell on the secondary market. Lenders are less confident in their ability to resell this type of mortgage, so they will offset their financial risk by charging the borrower a higher interest rate.