Conventional Loans

What are Conventional Loans?

Conventional Loans are mortgage loans that are not insured by the government (like FHA, VA, USDA Loans), but they typically meet the lending guidelines that have been set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Typically, conventional loans have better rates, terms and/or lower fees than other types of loans. However, conventional loans typically require a borrower to have good-to-excellent credit, reasonable amounts of monthly debt obligations, a down payment of 5-20% and reliable monthly income. Conventional loans are ideal for borrowers with excellent credit and at least a 5% down payment.

Conventional LoansMost Common Types of Conventional Loans

Fixed Rate Mortgages: Your rate and payment never change.

  • 30 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lowest fixed monthly payments
  • 20 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Low fixed monthly payments
  • 15 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lower rate than the 15 or 20 Year Fixed; Pay less interest and pay your home off more quickly.
  • 10 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lower rate; Pay off your loan and build equity faster.
  • 5 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lowest rate; Pay off your loan and build equity the fastest

Adjustable Rate Mortgages: After the initial period your interest rate can change once a year.

  • 3/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 3 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 27 years
  • 5/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 5 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 25 years
  • 7/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 7 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 23 years

What are the Conventional Down Payment Requirements?

For Purchase transactions Conventional Loans require the home-buyer to put down at least 5% - 20% of the purchase price of the home. For a Refinance transaction, most lenders require at least 10% equity in the property. If you don't have enough equity to qualify for a conventional refinance - even if you owe more than your home is worth - you might be eligible for a HARP 2.0 Loan.

What types of property are eligible?

Most conventional loan programs allow you to purchase single-family homes, warrantable condos, planned unit developments, and 1-4 family residences. A conventional loan can also be used to finance a primary residence, second home and investment property.

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This is not a commitment to lend. Loan programs, rates and terms subject to change without notice and are subject to property and credit approval. For informational purposes only. Restrictions may apply. Your real estate professional is not a mortgage lender. Please contact your Loan Officer for information about mortgage products and your eligibility for home financing. PHH Home Loans, LLC, 1 Mortgage Way, 3rd Floor, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054. NMLS ID # 4256 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org). Arizona Residential Mortgage Licensee #BK 0907270; Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act; Illinois Residential Mortgage Licensee #MB.6759865; 100 W. Randolph, 9th floor, Chicago, IL 60601, 800-532-8785; Minnesota - This is not an offer to enter an interest rate lock-in agreement; Missouri in state office located at 2458 Old Dorset Road, Maryland Heights, MO; Ohio Certificate of Registration MB.804019. Equal Housing Lender.
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