LEARNING YOUR LOANS: Conventional vs. Unconventional

Posted by DB Wilson on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 at 3:07pm.

Home loans can be confusing, and finding the right type of home loan for your particular circumstances can be a frustrating process. Knowing the difference between the two basic home loan types can help you make a confident decision, and ensure your buying process goes smoothly.

Conventional Loans

A conventional loan—also known as a conforming loan—is one not insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or guaranteed by the Veterans Administration (VA), both of which make homeownership affordable and accessible.

Conventional loans require a higher credit rating, and even for those who do qualify for a conventional loan may be better off with an unconventional one.  This is because the lower your credit score, the higher your interest rate will be.

Unconventional Loans (FHA)

An unconventional loan, or non-conforming loan or FHA loan, can be obtained through a bank or private lender. The FHA has helped millions of homeowners purchase property who would have been otherwise unable to do so. These loans are ideal for lower-income borrowers or those with less than perfect credit. However, unconventional loans have insurance requirements, which tend to be relatively inexpensive and can be built into your loan.

In general, unconventional loans are a great choice for homeowners.  The main drawback is that the loan limit is lower, and if a higher price is needed for a home loan, then the buyer must put down a larger down payment.

If you’re on the fence about which loan is right for you, try making a list of the pros and cons. Conventional loans carry more restrictions, and generally unconventional loans are often more attainable. However, the circumstances are different for every homeowner. Take time to think about which loan option is best for you.

For more information on financing your home purchase, please contact any of our 90 Realtors® at RE/MAX of Boulder 303-449-7000, or RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc..

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1 Response to "LEARNING YOUR LOANS: Conventional vs. Unconventional"

Willie Bidiford wrote: Very helpful

Posted on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 8:55pm.

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