Tag: conventional loan

How New FICO 10 Credit Score Changes Affect Home Buyers

Credit Score Updates

A brand new FICO credit scoring model will be used in the summer of 2020. These credit changes will affect millions of home buyers. Every 5 years or so FICO rebuilds their score model. This new scoring model will look at your credit history for the last 24 months, whereas the current model only looks… Read more »

New Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for 2020

2020 Conforming Loan Limits

Conventional Loans are now bigger and better. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced the new conforming loan limits for mortgages sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2020. In most of the U.S., the new 2020 maximum conforming loan limit for one-unit properties will be $510,400. This is an increase from $484,350 in… Read more »

2020 FHA Loan Limits

FHA Loan Limits Increased for 2020 On December 3, 2019, FHA issued Mortgagee Letter 19-19 to increase the FHA Loan Limits for new case numbers assigned on or after January 1, 2020. The FHA loan limits have increased from 2019 FHA loan limits of $314,827 to the new floor of $331,760 for 1 UNIT properties. Related:… Read more »

How to get the Best Mortgage Loan

When it comes to home loans, there are hundreds of loan programs and options that you may want to consider. Many first time home buyers do not know where to start when they want to buy a home. It is overwhelming to most people who do not have experience buying a home or getting a… Read more »

How to avoid or get rid of PMI

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) protects the lender in case you default on your loan. In most cases, unless you have a 20% down payment, you would have to pay PMI. But if that sounds like one more expense you can’t afford, here are some ways you can avoid PMI or get rid of it if… Read more »

How can I lower my monthly mortgage payments?

So, you’ve had a home for awhile, but you feel like your budget is just too tight. You scrimp and save, but it’s never enough. If the biggest expense you have is your mortgage, maybe it’s time to refinance your mortgage. Refinance to a lower rate Rates are very low. Right now, for a 30-year… Read more »

Why You Shouldn’t Buy The Cheapest Home

If you don’t have a lot of money and you’re in the market for a new house, you may be tempted to buy the cheapest home you find with the intention of fixing it up. However, just because a house is cheap doesn’t mean it’s a wise investment. Here are a few things to watch… Read more »

Invest in Property with a Minimum Down Payment

Two weeks ago, we discussed how first-time home buyers and those with little money could buy a house with a small down payment. For those of you who have a large savings account and excellent credit, here are some options for investing in property, whether it’s a new home or a second home, with a minimum… Read more »