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What Mortgage is best for me?

When it comes to determining the best mortgage product for your specific needs, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Every buyer's situation is unique, which is why it's essential to consult with a trusted Lender and Realtor who can guide you through your options and help you choose the best solution for you.

Here are some highlights of popular loan programs that you may consider:

  1. FHA Mortgages: These loans typically require a minimum down payment of 3.5% of the purchase price. Upfront mortgage insurance is required, as well as ongoing mortgage insurance as part of your monthly payment. The maximum loan amount is $472,030 (in 2023), and the minimum credit score required is 580.
  2. USDA Mortgages: This program offers 100% financing, meaning no down payment is required. However, you still need cash to cover closing costs and inspections. USDA mortgages have specific geographic restrictions and are only available in certain rural areas. The maximum loan amount varies by county, and the minimum credit score required is 580.
  3. Conventional Loans: Conventional loans require a down payment, which can range from 3% and up, depending on the lender and program. If the down payment is less than 20%, private mortgage insurance (PMI) will be added to your monthly payment. The maximum loan amount is $726,020 (in 2023), and the minimum credit score required is 620.
  4. VA Mortgages: These loans are guaranteed by the VA but funded by mortgage lenders and banks. No down payment is required, and there are no loan limits. However, a minimum credit score of 580 applies. VA mortgages do not include mortgage insurance in the monthly payment, but there is an upfront funding fee unless the applicant is determined to be VA disabled.

It's important to note that each loan program may have specific waiting periods after foreclosure or bankruptcy. Additionally, the guidelines mentioned above are program guidelines and can vary by lender. For instance, some lenders may offer VA loans with no minimum credit score requirement. Furthermore, some lenders cater to self-employed individuals or those without traditional W-2 income or tax returns. These loans, considered a higher risk, are often held in-house by lenders as they cannot be sold on the secondary market.

In conclusion, it's crucial to seek the expertise of a Realtor who can recommend reputable lenders based on your unique situation. Avoid trying to navigate the mortgage landscape on your own. Your Realtor's experience and knowledge can help you find the best lender and mortgage product that aligns with your needs and goals. They will provide valuable insights and ensure you make informed decisions throughout the process.


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