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Conventional Loans

What is a Conventional Home Loan?

When the amount of the loan is within your county's loan limits and follows Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines, it is known as a "Conventional" or "Conforming" loan. The maximum permissible limit for a conforming loan varies by state and county and change yearly. To find out the limits in your area please click here.

Typically, mortgage insurance (PMI) is required when borrowers put down less than 20%* on their home purchase. Onshore Mortgage LLC has low down payment options that allow you to eliminate this monthly PMI.

Conventional loans often have fewer restrictions on property types that can be financed. Manufactured homes, multi-unit dwellings up to 4 units, and investment properties are all eligible as long as they meet certain requirements.

What are the Requirements for a Conventional Home Loan?

Along with staying below the loan amount limits mentioned above, the borrower must also meet the following requirements to qualify for a Conventional loan:

  • Must have a steady income (new salary income can be used immediately with an income letter, hourly wage earners must have their income averaged over 24 months)

  • Must have a good credit score, typically 600 or higher

  • Must have a low debt-to-income ratio below 50% of your gross income

A Conventional loan may be the ideal option for you if your credit profile and income meet the requirements and you wish to buy a new house in Fairhaven, Ma or the surrounding areas throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. A down payment as little as 3%* on a fixed rate term or 10%* on an adjustable rate are required for conventional loans.

What are the Benefits of a Conventional Home Loan?

Conventional home loans are the most common type of mortgage in the United States. Some of the benefits include:

  • A predictable interest rate and monthly payment for the entire term of the mortgage

  • Easy documentation requirements

  • Potentially faster closing times

  • Fewer restrictions on property “type” that can be financed with a conventional loan

  • Lower interest rates

  • High loan-to-value (LTV)

If you're looking for a low down-payment mortgage option in Massachusetts, a Conventional loan may be the right choice for you. Contact Grant Menard today to find out more about conventional home loans and how they can help you buy your dream home.

*Credit and income restrictions do apply. Please visit our Disclosures page for a detailed breakdown of all loan types.