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2017 Conventional Loan Guidelines

What Is A Conventional Loan?

Conventional loans (aka conforming loans), is a mortgage that is not insured or guaranteed by any government agency, included the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA), the Federal Housing  or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A conventional loan is typically fixed in its terms, have lower costs, have great rates, and offer home buying flexibility. Approximately 60% of mortgage applicants prefer conventional loans, since there are standards set by the two giants of the mortgage industry; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Highlights of Conventional Loans

  • These loans can be used to buy a primary residence, a rental property, or a vacation/second home.
  • Down payments offer can be as low as 3%
  • Available in fixed rates, and many offer loans ranging from 10 to 30 years
  • Lower mortgage insurance costs (PMI)  than FHA
  • When the home’s  equity reaches 20%, the mortgage insurance becomes cancelable

Conventional Loan Limits For 2017

Generally, for 2017, the conventional loan limit is $424,100. However, higher limits are set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for high-cost areas. For example; a single-family home located in Seattle, could have a loan limit of $592,250 and in Los Angeles, California a loan amount for the same home could go for up to $636,150.

Standard loan limits set for 2-, 3-, and 4-unit homes are as follows.

  • $424,100 for a 1-unit home
  • $543,000 for a 2-unit home
  • $656,350 for a 3-unit home
  • $815,650 for a 4-unit home

Properties Eligible for Conventional Financing

  • Single family homes
  • 2-, 3-, and 4-unit properties
  • Some co-op properties
  • PUDs, or Planned Unit Developments (detached homes)
  • Condominiums
  • Manufactured homes

Income And Asset Documentation Required To Qualify For Conventional Loan Program

Just like with most other loan types, you need to provide the following things:

  • 30 days of pay stubs
  • 60 days of bank statements
  • 2 years of W2s
  • 2 years tax returns, documentation if you have rental properties, a profit and loss if  you are self-employed, or non-salary income like pension, retirement statements, etc.
  • Rental agreements for properties currently owned by you
  • 2 years of 1099s, retirement, social security, or pension award letters

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To find out more information: Ultimate Facts About 20% Down Payment Conventional Mortgages

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