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Conventional Loans

Lower Rates & Better Terms

Conventional Loans

Lower Rates & Better Terms

Texas Conventional Home Loans

Who they’re for: Conventional mortgages are ideal for borrowers with good or excellent credit and offer rates based on credit.  These are conforming loan which are different than FHA and VA home loans in Texas.  The conventional home loan limits are up to $417,000, for Jumbo Loans in Texas with a loan value over $417,000.

How they work: Conventional mortgages are “plain vanilla” home loans. They follow fairly conservative guidelines for:

  • Borrower credit scores.
  • Minimum down payments.
  • Debt-to-income ratios.

What’s good: Conventional mortgages generally pose fewer hurdles than Federal Housing Administration or Veterans Affairs mortgages, which may take longer to process.

What’s not as good: You’ll need excellent credit to qualify for the best interest rates.

Cost: Closing costs, down payments, mortgage insurance and points can mean the borrower has to show up at closing with a sizable sum of money out of pocket.

More About Conventional Mortgages  – A conventional mortgage is a loan guaranteed by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (unlike an FHA loan which is guaranteed by HUD or a VA loan which is guaranteed by the Veterans Administration).

Because these loans have more options and flexibility they are a little more difficult to qualify for.  Several factors will determine whether you qualify for a conventional home loan: financial history, income, credit score, down payment and the price of the home. You will be required to provide proof of income and the lender will check your credit score to determine best loan options.Your credit report will tell the lender several things: your debt to income ratio and your payment history. A history of late or missed payments and a high debt to income ratio will make it more difficult to get approval.

Conventional home loans typically offer the better terms with lower mortgage insurance costs and rates based on credit rating. Additionally, conventional home loans offer the ability for borrowers to finance multiple properties including second homes as well as investment properties. The amount you want to finance may play a role in whether you get financing. Because many mortgage companies choose to sell loans to Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae on the secondary market, they must make sure the loan conforms to their guide lines. Still have questions about Texas Home Loans and available options? Give us a call today to speak to one of our local Texas conventional mortgage experts!

Quick Facts

  • Down Payment
  • – 3% (Restrictions Apply)
  • – 5% to 20% is Typical
  • Up to $417,000 Loan Value
  • Lower Mortgage Insurance
  • Primary, 2nd Homes & Investment Properties
  • Lower Rates & Better Terms

Texas Conventional Mortgages

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More About Conventional Loans

The qualifying criteria for a government-backed loan and a conventional loan aren’t much different, but conventional Texas home loans are likely to be harder to get and more stringent on qualifications. The standard down payment for a conventional loan is 20 percent of the cost of the home. If you are unable to put down this amount, there are many ways around the requirement. One is purchasing mortgage insurance, which is tacked onto your monthly payment until the amount you owe on the home is less than 80 percent. Another is to choose a loan program that requires a smaller down payment or no down payment at all. You will probably have to have a great credit score to qualify for such a loan. But putting down a sizable down payment is the best way to create equity in your home.

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Texas,TX Branch Manager, Russel StoutRussell Stout NMLS#4567432

Texas, TX Branch Manager
(800) 960-4565
rstout@lonestarfinancing.com
Russell is a University of Texas finance graduate and has been helping people with their mortgages for more than a decade.  Let Russell and his team help you with your next home loan or mortgage refinance and learn why more Texans are choosing Lone Star Financing!

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