If you’re buying your first home or looking for extra space, a conventional loan may be right for you.
  • The general rule of thumb for conventional loan down payments is 20%, but you can put down as little as 3%.
  • Your down payment requirement and rate will depend on your lender and your credit history.
  • You will have to cover appraisal and origination costs and pay mortgage insurance if your down payment is less than 20%.
  • In order to qualify for a conventional loan, you will have to provide proof of income and employment, authorize your lender to run a credit report, and provide proof of assets and your down payment information.
Conventional Home Loan Requirements Today At a minimum, you will need a 620 credit score to qualify for a conventional mortgage. However, it’s best to raise your credit score to at least 740 so you can lock in the best rate.
  • Lengthening your loan term can result in paying more interest.
  • Cashing out a portion of your equity will result in a higher loan amount on your new mortgage loan, which could increase your monthly payment.
  • There’s no guarantee you’ll get better terms on the new loan.
  • If market rates have increased enough since you got your first loan, a better credit score may not be enough to help you score a lower interest rate.
First Time Home Buyer

Depending on their particular situation, first time home buyers have a number of different options to choose from.

Conventional Loans

A conventional mortgage has its advantages for buyers with great credit and a larger available down payment.

FHA Mortgage

An FHA loan is a good choice for first time homebuyers with less than exceptional credit and have a lower down payment.

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