What are CONVENTIONAL Mortgage Loans?
A Utah conventional mortgage is a home loan that is not insured by the government (like FHA, VA, or USDA loans), they typically meet the guidelines set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. These loans are also referred to as conforming loans. Conventional loans have good mortgage rates and loan terms and, lower closing costs than other types of loans. Conventional home loans usually require you to have good-to-excellent credit and credit scores, lower monthly debt payments, and steady income.
When buying a home with a conforming mortgage you will need a minimum down payment of 3%. Currently, Advanced Funding offers a loan with only a 1% down payment. Contact us for further information, 801-272-0600.
These loans allow you to buy a primary residence, a second home, or rental properties, other loans often limit you to buying a primary residence. Most Utah conventional loans allow you to purchase single-family homes, warrantable condos, planned unit developments (PUDs), and one to four-family residences.
If you have at least a 20% down payment you are not required to buy private mortgage insurance (PMI). In the event you do not have a large down payment there may be options to reduce your monthly mortgage insurance payment or eliminate it by increasing your mortgage rate or paying for it in a lump sum. The cost of mortgage insurance on these loans usually cost less than an FHA loan and are cancelable when your home equity reaches 20%.
A conventional home loan can refinance any loan type, there are many reasons you may want to consider refinancing to this type of loan.
Fixed Rate Mortgages: Your interest rate and principal and interest payment doesn’t change. You are able to choose from multiple loan terms when choosing a fixed rate loan. The most common loan lengths are 30 year fixed and 15 year fixed. Other loan terms are available, such as 20, 10, or 5 year options. The shorter your loan term the higher your payment will be. As your Utah mortgage broker, we can help you choose the option that is best for your loan needs.
Adjustable Rate Mortgages: Just like a fixed rate loan, an ARM loan as many options to choose from. Today the majority of these loans come with an initial fixed period before your interest rate and mortgage payment can change. After the initial period, your mortgage interest rate can change once a year. Adjustable rate loans are available with the following terms: