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3% down loans are back (for some)

December 10, 2014

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Fannie Mae has brought back 3% down payments for some home buyers. As of the date of this post, Fannie Mae is allowing the change starting next week, and lenders are currently updating their systems to accommodate the change. Soon home buyers can qualify for a purchase with as little as 3% down.

What is the catch for buyers? The 3% minimum down payment is limited to first time home buyers purchasing a primary residence. A first time home buyer is defined here as either:

  • a buyer who has never owned a property
  • a buyer who has not owned property in the past 3 years

Refinances are also included in the change. Current home owners can refinance with as little as 3% equity to cover closing cost rolled into the new loan (5% equity is required if closing costs are not rolled into the new loan).

Are you a first time home buyer with little down looking to buy a home? Are you looking for the smallest down payment available without having to use an FHA loan and pay ridiculously high up front and monthly mortgage insurance payments?

If the answer is yes to either of those questions, and you are buying the home in the state of Georgia, I can help you get started! Contact me today, and I’ll get you prequalified and on your way to owning your first home.

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You don’t need 20% down to buy a home

November 6, 2013

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I’ve often wondered why many people who talk with me about buying a home assume they need a 20% down payment. Since staring in the mortgage industry in 2007, I’ve always been able to offer a conventional loan with a 5% down payment to my clients. The only exception was a couple of months in early 2009 when the minimum down payment for conventional loans in Georgia was 10%.

From the sound of this CNN Money article published yesterday, it seems 5% down conventional loans are something new. The article says that several large banks are loosening the purse strings, offering loans with down payments that are as low as 5%.

What is frustrating about this article is that I can and have been able to offer conventional loans with as little as 5% down. Guess what? So have those same large banks. I don’t understand why media news and broadcast stories make it sound as if the only way to get a conventional loan is to come with a 20% down payment.

So we are all on the same page, here are some standard guidelines when it comes to the minimum down payment:

Conventional Loan: you need a 5% down payment and a 620+ credit score. There is PMI on the loan, but the down payment is only 5%.
Lender Paid PMI Conventional Loan: you can also qualify for this program with a 5% down payment and a 620+ credit score. There is no PMI monthly payment, but the interest rate is going to be higher than a 5% down conventional loan with monthly PMI payments.
FHA loans: you need a 3.5% down payment. Most lenders prefer a 640+ credit score though a few will still do as low as 600. The monthly PMI payments are significantly higher each month for FHA loans.

Did you notice the credit score requirements listed above? From news reports, it sounds as if you must use an FHA loan if you have an average or below average credit score. That’s not true. Lenders will now approve a 5% down conventional loan with a lower credit score than what most lenders will allow for FHA loans.

In short – don’t believe everything you see on TV or read on the internet. Contact a mortgage professional to get accurate information for the home loan process.

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3% down going away (for now)

November 5, 2013

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What does a dinosaur, a Dodo bird, and a 3% down payment conventional loan have in common? They are all extinct.

Beginning on November 16, 2013, conventional loans with a 3% down payment will go the way of the dinosaurs and no longer be available. And just like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, 3% down conventional loans will come back at some point in time. More on that in a moment.

For those wanting to take advantage of a 3% down conventional loan now, you need to be under contract and have the loan application process started prior to the 15th. You then need to be closed by the end of January 2014. If you meet both of those criteria, and qualify for the loan program, you can still use this program.

Why would someone want to use a 3% down conventional loan? There are several reasons actually:
1. the 3% down payment is less than the minimum down payment for FHA loans.
2. the monthly mortgage insurance payment is roughly 25% less each month for 3% down conventional versus FHA loans.
3. the monthly mortgage insurance is not permanent on conventional loans. FHA mortgage insurance is now permanent under most circumstances.
4. there is no upfront mortgage insurance premium rolled into the loan amount on conventional loans like there is on FHA loans.

As you can see, there are lots of advantages going with a 3% down conventional loan versus an FHA loan if you need a loan with a small down payment and have a qualifying credit score.

About 3% down payment loans coming back from extinction… this loan program has come and gone at least 3 separate times since the housing crisis. More than likely, it will come back again. I don’t know when it will come back, but my guess is it will take less time for 3% down conventional loans to reappear again that it did the Jurassic Park dinosaurs to come back.

If you are looking to buy a home and planned on using a 3% down conventional loan to buy that home, there is still time to use it. Contact me today, and we can get started and get you into that new home with only 3% down.

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