Conventional Mortgage Loan

A Conventional Home Mortgage Loan is a loan that is not insured by  FHA (Federal Housing Administration), or guaranteed by the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs).

Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of a 620 in order to purchase a home through the Conventional Loan process. There are many different terms and products available when it comes to Conventional home loans, and for a lot of people it can be quite overwhelming. This is why I take the time to answer all of your questions from the beginning so that you can feel comfortable throughout the process.

Types of Conventional Loans:

A loan that meets and conforms to the guidelines set by both Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac. Additional guidelines include: size of down payment, debt-to-income ratio, and credit history.

A loan that exceeds the lending limits set by both Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, typically referred to as “Jumbo Loans”. These could come with higher interest rates, additional upfront costs and even insurance requirements.

Types of Mortgages:

Fixed Rate Mortages
Conventional Loans are typically “fixed-rate” loans that have terms set to 10-30 years in which it has a set Interest Rate for the life of the loan. Payments will not change unless your taxes or Homeowners Insurance fluctuates up or down. A fixed-rate mortgage loan could be the best option for a borrower who would prefer the comfort of a stable (principal and interest) payment for a fixed period of time.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages
These are loans with a variable interest rate that change based on a “mortgage index” such as the Libor, COFI, or MTA. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM) are a little more complex than Conventional in determining which is best suited for your needs.

Down Payment Options for Conventional Mortgage Loans

During our initial consultation, we will discuss multiple options available to you when it comes to making a down payment on a property you are looking to purchase.

  • Down payment options: 5% – 19.99%
    • Borrower paid up-front mortgage insurance (One time payment)
    • Lender paid up-front mortgage insurance (One time payment)

*Please note that the interest rate is typically higher for a loan with lender paid mortgage insurance than a comparable loan with borrower paid mortgage insurance.

  • Monthly mortgage insurance
  • Option to put 20% or more down and not have any mortgage insurance
  • Three active trade lines of 12 months or more. (May also provide alternative trade line for 12 months. ex. cell phone bill, cable bill, electric bill in your name)

Home Buying Process for Conventional Mortgage Loans

When it comes to buying a home, the process can be very. If you have questions about anything at any time, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact me.

Step 1

To start the process, you will need to provide me with the following information:

  • Name
  • Current address
    • Rent or own?
    • How many years you have lived at the property?
    • Will need at least two years of history
  • If you own your property
    • Purchase price
    • Year purchased
    • How much you paid
    • How much you owe
  • Contact phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Name of the company you work for
  • Title
  • Years of experience (Need at least two years of history)
  • How you are paid? (Hourly, salary, bonus, commission)
  • Financial Reserves
    • Checking Account
    • Savings Account
    • Money Market Account
    • Mutual Funds
    • IRA
    • 401k
  • Do you own any other property? If so, please provide the following:
    • Primary residence
    • Second home
    • Investment property


Step 2

Next, I would need your permission to pull and review your credit report. We will go over your credit report in detail before proceeding to the next step.

Also, during this call I will explore the different scenarios regarding down payment, monthly payments, and the term of the loan. There are also closing costs, prepaid items, and other inspections that we will discuss as well. I will make sure to explain everything thoroughly so you can understand the full extent of the process and are comfortable moving forward.

Step 3

Once I complete filling out the necessary paperwork, I will send a pre-qualification letter to you and/or your realtor to make an offer on the home you are looking to purchase.

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Required Documents for Purchasing a Home

Please make copies of the following items:

  • W-2s for the last two years
  • One month most recent pay stubs
  • Two months most recent bank statements (All pages included)
  • Color copy of driver’s license
  • Copy of social security card, or valid passport
  • Most recent statements for other reserves

Please make copies of the following if you own any property:

  • Current mortgage statement
  • Current tax bill
  • Current homeowner’s policy (Declarations pages)
  • Flood insurance policy (If applicable)
  • Self-Employed and/or Ownership of Investment Properties: Full Tax Returns for 2 years


  • Home Inspection
  • Termite Certification
  • Survey (If applicable)
  • Appraisal

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