A 30 year fixed rate conventional loan is one of the most popular home loan options available, especially if you want your monthly payments to be low and never change. If you’d like to pay your home off earlier, a low rate 15 year fixed rate conventional loan may be right for you.
In many cases, a conventional home loan is less expensive than a FHA or VA mortgage. This is because conventional loan programs do not carry a mandatory upfront fee for mortgage insurance and the annual mortgage insurance rate is cheaper than a typical 30 year fixed rate FHA loan.
Mortgage rates are comparable; closing costs vary depending on your credit score and loan to value. You can go conventional with as little as 5% down. If you have the traditional 20% down you can eliminate mortgage insurance.
Unlike conventional loans FHA loans give borrowers far more flexible down payment options.
Conventional loans typically require a 10%-20% down payment to qualify for financing, while FHA borrowers can come in with as little as 3.5% down. Take a typical home with a purchase price of $200,000. To qualify for a conventional loan you would have to bring in between $20,000-$40,000 in the form of a down payment, which is quite high when compared to just $7,000 if you qualified on an FHA loan. This is especially big for first time homebuyers who may not have a large downpayment
FHA allows you to use a monetary gift from a family member to use for your down payment.
The government’s loan guarantee leads to a more lenient underwriting experience. Borrowers can typically get approved with slightly lower credit and a much lower down payment than conventional financing.
In order to purchase a home using a FHA loan, the property must be “FHA Approved”- Be sure to ask your loan officer how to get your home approved through our in-house FHA approval department. FHA loans require an up front Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) of 1%, and 1% to 1.15% annually that you pay monthly.
Loans through the Veteran’s Administration enable more than 25.5 million eligible active-duty service members, veterans, and their families – as well as surviving spouses – to purchase a home with no money down. These loans were created to boost lending to military homebuyers to build a solid financial foundation due to frequent relocation and deployments.
All VA loans are offered by private lending institutions and are fully backed by the government for loan amount up to $417,000 and even more in some high-cost areas.
The VA home mortgage loan doesn’t require a down payment, as compared to a 10% – 20% down payment with a Conventional loan.
Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is not required on a VA loan. PMI is an added monthly expense of .2% – .9% required for conventional loans when the borrower puts less than 20% down.
Qualification guidelines are less restrictive for VA loans, allowing higher debt-to-income ratios. Additionally, VA loans won’t be denied solely based on a low credit score: the program typically looks at the previous 12 months of credit history.
Borrowers can often refinance (without re-qualifying) to a lower rate within the VA program through the VA Streamline Refinance Loan.
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Most people are familiar with the phrase “bundle and save” when it comes to home and auto insurance. It’s a great concept; build discounts for those who do multiple lines of business with our company.
At Eastman Financial Group, we’ve taken this theory to heart and we are rewarding our customers for their loyalty. We’ve structured our company to help our clients save thousands when bundling services in three significant areas: Insurance, Home Loans, and Real Estate.
Buying a home is costly, time consuming and often times a little overwhelming. A prospective home buyer must find a skilled realtor whom they trust, they hope to find a mortgage company that has the knowledge and product line to offer the best service and the lowest possible price, and they must select an insurance company that has the professionalism to build a custom policy unique to their needs.
When you work with Eastman Financial Group, you will notice a major difference in our consultative process and ability to give you deep discounts on each transaction. Owning a mortgage company gives us the ability to price our mortgage products at a discount which, on average, saves our typical client .75% - 1.25% in closing costs compared to our competition.
In addition to the savings from our mortgage team, you’ll receive up to 1.0% commission credit towards your closing costs when you hire an EFG approved real estate agent.
Our Insurance agency operates very differently than our competitors through a consultative, education approach to building our customers account. We are aligned with Nationwide Insurance who is known to have the most competitive Home, Auto, Business and Life insurance rates in Utah. We’re here to serve and we’re here to save! “Service You Deserve, Transparency You Trust” is not just our slogan; it’s a code we live by.Start Saving Now »