Posts tagged Conventional Loan
LLPA: Loan-Level Pricing Adjustment in Regards to Home Loans

Loan-Level Pricing Adjustment (LLPA) is a type of risk-based fee imposed on conventional mortgage borrowers.

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What are Interested Party Contributions?

Interested Party Contributions are costs or fees paid by a party other than the seller, who has a stake of interest in the sale of the property.

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Is a VA loan Better Than a Conventional Loan?

If you’re a veteran or surviving spouse who qualifies for a VA loan, you might be wondering if it’s really the most cost-effective way to buy a home. Since VA loans do have a wide variety of benefits, most people would say yes. But, in reality, the truth can be more complex; while VA loans are often the best option for eligible borrowers, they aren’t always the smartest choice. Keep reading to learn when to use a VA loan and when to stick to a conventional mortgage, and why.

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What do you need to qualify for a conventional loan?

Qualifying for a conventional loan varies by lender. Many different factors come in to play, such as credit score, employment history, debt to income ratio, how much you are willing to spend on a down payment, and even the amount you are trying to borrow.

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What is the best type of mortgage for me?

As a future homeowner, choosing the best mortgage for you is like choosing the best career path: there are tons of options, but only a handful that you’ll qualify for, and even fewer that will really make you happy. The good news is that by asking yourself which mortgage is best for you, you’re already thinking like a savvy consumer -- you recognize that you have a choice between many different mortgage products, and it’s just a matter of narrowing them down.

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What Is the Difference Between a Conventional Loan and an FHA Loan?

A conventional home loan and an FHA loan are both mortgage products that make it possible for home buyers to finance the purchase of a house. While they both help prospective home buyers to get the funding they need to buy a house, they have very different qualities, requirements, and terms.

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Can you refinance a VA loan to a conventional loan?

If you have a VA loan on your current home, you can refinance it into a conventional loan-- but it might only make sense in a few, very particular situations. Since conventional loans typically have higher interest rates and charge monthly private mortgage insurance (PMI) premiums, you probably wouldn’t want to refinance your VA loan just to save money on your mortgage payments.

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What credit score do you need to qualify for a conventional home loan?

Everyone’s heard tales of how difficult it is to qualify for one of the most coveted products in the mortgage world: the conventional loan. Although there’s nothing particularly exciting about these mortgages, they do offer lower mortgage insurance rates and fewer fees at closing than other types of home loans.

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How do you calculate mortgage insurance?

Mortgage insurance is a type of insurance policy that covers the lender in case the borrower defaults on the loan. It is usually required in the form of private mortgage insurance (PMI) when borrowers don’t make a down payment of at least 20% on most conventional loans. For FHA loans, it’s called a mandatory mortgage insurance premium (MIP).  If you fit into either of those categories, then mortgage insurance is something you’ll have to deal with.

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Is It Worth It to Take on a Loan with PMI?

Taking on a loan with PMI can often increase the amount of options you have, meaning that you may be able to take on a larger or riskier loan than you would regularly qualify for. Often, this means you can buy a home earlier, and start building up its equity without having to save up the full 20% of the home’s purchase price before doing so.

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Conventional Home Loans

A conventional loan is a loan that is not insured or guaranteed by the government. A conventional loan may be a fixed rate mortgage, variable rate mortgage or a hybrid ARM. Conventional loans are either conforming or non-conforming loans.

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