What is a conventional loan?

A conventional loan is a mortgage that is not guaranteed or insured by any government agency such as FHA, VA, or USDA. Conventional loans are either conforming or non-conforming. Conforming mortgages are required to conform to underwriting guidelines and loan limits set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, whereas non-conforming mortgages have loan amounts higher than the loan limits set by Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac.

Conventional loans can offer the best interest rate and lowest fees, which can result in lower monthly payments. Most home buyers also choose a fixed-rate over an adjustable-rate mortgage to avoid any rising mortgage rates, which makes budgeting much easier. They are typically considered to be the most common, stable, and safest type of loan.


Who can take advantage of conventional loans?

Conventional loans are great for many home buyers because of faster home loan process, low costs, and added flexibility. When applying for a conventional loan, you must meet three initial requirements:
  1. Be able to make a down payment
  2. Meet the minimum FICO credit score (often 620 or above)
  3. Prove a stable income
Another benefit to taking out a conventional loan is the flexibility it provides for different types of local properties. Eligible properties for conventional loans include single-family homes, condominiums, multi-unit properties, and planned unit developments. So, if you have a decent credit score and available funds to make a down payment on an eligible property, it is likely you can qualify for a conventional loan.

Tips for taking out a conventional loan

Most importantly: RESEARCH. Before taking out a loan, make sure to speak with a licensed Loan Officer about the perfect loan for you, and look into mortgage loan mistakes. Some of the most common mistakes people make when applying for a conventional loan is not checking their credit beforehand and ignoring the real expenses of homeownership. Contact The Forester Team today for any further information or questions about conventional loans!


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