Loan Programs

Conventional or conforming loans refer to most mortgages not backed by the federal government. These loans follow the terms and conditions set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, government-sponsored institutions that are the largest purchasers of mortgages in the United States.

 

A conventional mortgage comes with stricter approval standards than government loans, so it’s generally best for borrowers that have a higher credit score, stable employment and income, and a debt-to-income ratio of less than 45%.

 

A common misconception about conventional mortgages is that a 20% down payment is required. However, down payment requirements may vary based on your situation. A lower down payment of 3% is possible in combination with paying for private mortgage insurance (PMI), which is included in your monthly mortgage payment.

Conventional or conforming loans refer to most mortgages not backed by the federal government. These loans follow the terms and conditions set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, government-sponsored institutions that are the largest purchasers of mortgages in the United States.