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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.

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So you have your eye on a new home, but the loan you need is bigger than the conforming loan limit—what are your options?

Read more about Big Possibilities: The Homebuyer’s Guide to Jumbo Loans


A Jumbo loan exceeds the limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency to help you finance a home in a higher price range. Is it right for you?

Read more about What is a Jumbo Loan and How Does It Work?


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.

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Buying your own home has many benefits: you can gain equity, have access to potential tax savings, and on top of it all, gain a sense of security and freedom that comes from homeownership. Owning a single-family home also comes with responsibilities that you would occasionally need to set time aside for, such as landscaping and home repair projects. However, if you are looking for the benefits of homeownership in a lower-maintenance package, then buying a condo might be the right choice for you.

Read more about Guide to Getting a Condo Mortgage: What You Need to Know


If you are like many American homeowners, your first mortgage may have been a loan with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Loans backed by the FHA are attractive to first-time homebuyers because FHA loans are easier to obtain financing for and require only minimal down payments and fair-to-good credit scores.

Read more about Refinancing FHA to Conventional Loan


With low down payments, low closing costs, and more flexible credit score requirements, it’s no wonder that nearly one in every five home purchases are made using an FHA Loan.

Read more about FHA Loans – Credit Score Requirements and More


A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, is a line of credit secured by your home. Learn about them and other home equity loans here.

Read more about Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC), Home Equity Loans, and Cash-Out Refinancing


A 30-year mortgage has long been the industry norm, and for good reason: It allows the homebuyer to spread the loan out over a long period to keep payments as low as possible. But now that interest rates have dropped to near-record lows, 15-year mortgages are becoming more popular. Is a 15-year mortgage right for you?

Read more about Is a 15-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Right for You?