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When you’re evaluating home loan categories, it’s easy to get confused by the terms “conventional” and “conforming.” As similar as these two terms may sound, their definitions are different so it’s important to understand the distinctions. We’re here to clear the air.
Read more about Conforming vs. Non-conforming Loans: Which Is Best for You?
A conventional loan is a type of mortgage that is not part of a specific government program, such as Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) loan programs. However, conventional loans are commonly interchangeable with "conforming loans", since they are required to conform to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s underwriting requirements and loan limits.
During the mortgage underwriting stage, your application moves from the desk of the loan processor to the mortgage underwriter. The mortgage underwriter will ensure your financial profile matches your lender’s guidelines and loan criteria and he or she will ultimately make the final decision: to approve or deny your loan request.
Read more about Explaining the Loan Process Part 4: Underwriting Mortgage
Generally speaking, people file for bankruptcy during extreme financial hardships: the inability to repay large debts, have outstanding mortgage payments or they are facing foreclosure. Bankruptcy can offer some people a clean financial slate, but should only be considered as a last resort in resolving loan debt. Here is everything you need to know before filing bankruptcy.
More and more companies are offering remote work, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No commute, greater flexibility and higher performance from employees are just some of the work-from-home benefits. Employers will likely continue to hire remote workers, even across state lines.
Read more about Working remotely? Enjoy the freedom to buy anywhere and find out if you need a remote work letter.
Buying your first home can be a very exciting time. You’re finally going to have your own space, and you’re ready to start a new chapter in your life as a homeowner. However, purchasing a property can be quite the process. We’ll walk you through the loan qualification requirements, various first-time homebuyer programs, and loan options available.
Establishing good credit takes time, and The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) loan program is designed to help our service members and veterans achieve homeownership. With a government-insured VA home loan, eligible service members, veterans and their families can enjoy low interest rates and no down payments on qualified mortgages, while also eliminating the need to purchase private mortgage insurance (PMI).
Read more about Everything You Need to Know About the VA Funding Fee
Purchasing a home can be an exciting journey. Of course, before you get to experience the joy of unlocking your front door for the very first time, there are some tasks that you’ll need to take care of along the way. For most homebuyers, this includes securing a home loan. As you prepare to purchase a mortgage, one of your first steps might be to pre-qualify for a home loan.