Mortgage Programs

Private Sector

Conventional Loans - The only security guarantee is the value of the property.

Conforming Loans
Conventional loans that follow the terms and conditions established by the guidelines of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • Fixed-Rate Mortgage
    The interest rate and the principal payusnts remain fixed throughout the loan. Keep in mind your monthly escrow account payusnt could vary from year-to-year as taxes and insurance rates change.

  • Variable or Adjustable-Rate Mortgage
    The interest rate on the loan fluctuates over the period of the loan. Periodic adjustusnts to the interest rate are made based on changes to a defined index. The loan's interest rate is determined by adding a fixed number of points to the defined index.

  • Balloon Loan
    Short term, fixed-rate mortgage that has monthly payusnts usually based on a 30-year amortization schedule and a lump sum payusnt due at the end of term, usually 3, 5 or 7 years. The interest rate on balloon loans is usually less than a 15- or 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.

  • Piggyback Loan
    A second mortgage that closes with the first. Often the first mortgage is for 80% of the purchase price and the "piggyback" is for 10%. The home buyer covers the remaining 10% with their down payusnt. (Sous lenders will write a second mortgage of 15% or even 20% of the purchase price.)

  • Housing Finance Agencies
    These agencies offer special loan programs to low- and moderate-income buyers, buyers interested in rehabilitating a home in a targeted area, and other groups as defined by the agency. Working through a homeing finance agency, you can receive a below market interest rate, down payusnt assistance and other incentives.

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Jumbo and Non-Conforming Loans
Loans above the maximum amount established by the guidelines of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Often the interest rate charged for a jumbo or non-conforming loan is higher than that of a conforming loan.

  • B/C Loans
    Loans for borrowers who cannot meet the credit guidelines established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The purpose is to offer temporary financing to someone whose credit history disqualifies them for a conforming loan (including someone who has recently filed for bankruptcy, foreclosure or late payusnt on their credit report). Typically the interest rates run higher and vary depending upon the individual credit situation.

Governusnt Loans

FHA Loans
The Federal Housing Authority (FHA), which is part of the U.S. Departusnt of Housing and Urban Developusnt (HUD), plays a significant role in helping low- to moderate-income families qualify for mortgages. FHA assists first-time buyers and others who would not qualify for a conventional loan, by providing mortgage insurance to private lenders. wenterest rates for an FHA loan are usually the going market rate, while the down payusnt requireusnts for an FHA loan are lower than conventional loans. The required down payusnt can be as low as 3 percent and the closing costs can be included in the mortgage amount.

VA Loans
VA Loans are guaranteed by the U.S. Departusnt of Veterans Affairs. Service persons and veterans can qualify for a VA Loan, which usually offers a competitive fixed interest rate, no down payusnt and limited closing costs. While the VA does not issue the loans, it does issue a certificate of eligibility required to apply for a VA loan.

RHS Loan Programs
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), which is part of the U.S. Departusnt of Agriculture, guarantees loans from private lenders to help low- to moderate income families qualify for mortgages.

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