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Loan Programs

FHA Loan

A mortgage issued by federally qualified lenders and insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA loans are designed for low to moderate income borrowers who are unable to make a large down payment. FHA loans allow the borrower to borrow up to 96.5% of the value of the home. The 3.5% down payment requirement can come from a gift or a grant, which makes FHA loans popular with first-time buyers.

What Is An FHA Streamline Refinance?

If you already have an FHA mortgage then you might qualify for a FHA Streamline Refinance. An FHA Streamline Refinance is a great way for a borrower with an existing FHA backed mortgage to reduce their interest rate, reduce their payment or possibly both.

Here are some really cool facts about an FHA Streamline Refinance:

  • No Appraisal is Required – because your loan is already guaranteed by your existing FHA loan, the FHA will allow you to use your home’s original purchase price as your home’s current value.
  • You can still refinance even if you are underwater – even if you owe more than your home is worth, you might still be able to get an FHA Streamline Refinance loan.
  • There is no FHA prepayment penalty to worry about.
  • FHA Streamline refinance rates are the same as “regular” FHA loan rates.
  • Employment verification is not required with an FHA Streamline Refinance – in other words, no paystubs, no W-2s or tax returns are required for approval.
  • Income verification is not required with an FHA Streamline Refinance
  • Credit score verification is not required with an FHA Streamline Refinance – instead of checking your credit, your payment history is used to determine fi you qualify or not. You must have no late payments in the last 90 days and only one or less late payment within the last 12 months.

The Refinance Must Have A "Purpose"

Streamline Refinance applicants must demonstrate that there's a Net Tangible Benefit in the refinance or in other words a legitimate reason for refinancing. For Example:

  • Refinancing from an Adjustable Rate Mortgage to a Fixed Rate Loan.
  • or Reducing your principal + interest + mortgage insurance 5 percent or more.

Your Loan Balance May Not Increase To Cover The New Loan Costs

The FHA prohibits increasing a Streamline Refinance's loan balance to cover associated loan charges. The new loan balance may increase but only by the cost of the Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium. All other costs -- origination charges, title charges, escrow -- must either be paid by the borrower as cash at closing, or credited by the loan officer in full.

These materials are not from HUD or FHA and were not approved by HUD or a government agency.

 

FHA 203k Renovation Loans

Turn a Fixer Upper into Your Dream Home

When shopping for a home, you may come across properties that aren’t quite what you’re looking for but have the potential to be your dream home with some repairs or renovations. With a renovation loan, you can roll the cost of financing or refinancing a home and repairs into one loan – saving you time and money.

 

Limited 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage

In addition to funding your new home, an FHA Limited 203(k) can provide up to $35,000 (including a contingency reserve) in additional funds to help make a few non-structural repairs or renovations such as updating a kitchen or bathroom, adding new flooring, purchasing new appliances, or repairing the roof.

 

Standard 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage

If your potential dream home needs more than $35,000 in renovations or the repairs are structural, the Standard FHA 203(k) might be the right solution. This program removes the restrictions of the limited option to allow for major home remodeling. A Standard FHA 203(k) can provide additional funds* to help with eligible repairs including moving or removing walls, minor pool repairs, and landscaping.
*Final disbursement of funds is subject to final inspection.

 

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VA LOANS

A mortgage loan program established by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans and their families obtain home financing. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not directly originate VA loans; instead, they establish the rules for those who may qualify, dictate the terms of the mortgages offered and insure VA loans against default. VA loans offer up to 100% financing on the value of a home. To apply for a VA loan, borrowers must present a certificate of eligibility, which establishes their record of military service, to the lender.

 

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REVERSE LOANS

Many homeowners have found that a reverse mortgage loan is a great way for them to take advantage of the equity they have built up in their homes.

A reverse mortgage loan is different than a traditional mortgage. With a traditional mortgage loan you make monthly mortgage payments, but with a reverse mortgage loan the lender pays you money through monthly installments, a one-time lump sum payment, a line of credit or a combination of a line of credit and monthly installments. The money that you receive is dependent on your age, the value of your home and the current interest rate.

One of the great advantages of a reverse mortgage loan is that you are not required to pay the loan back until the home is no longer your primary residence or you fail to maintain the home, or fail to pay property taxes and/or homeowner's insurance or do not otherwise comply with the terms of the loan. For more information on when a reverse mortgage loan comes due click the following link: What about Repaying a Reverse Mortgage Loan.

If you’re aged 62 or older and own your home you might be eligible for a reverse mortgage loan. Contact us to find out more about reverse mortgage loans and ways to make it work for you, or apply now and start the process of tapping the equity in your home.

Check out these pages for more information about reverse mortgage loans.

 

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Conventional Fixed Rate Loans

Mortgages that are not government-backed are known as conventional home loans.

They include:

  • Conforming loans
  • Non-conforming loans
  • Jumbo loans
  • Portfolio loans

Conforming loans conform to guidelines established by government-sponsored enterprises (GSE) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They buy mortgages from lenders and sell them to investors to make mortgages more available.

Non-conforming loans are loans that do not conform to the GSE guidelines.

Jumbo loans are loans that are larger than the loan limits set by the GSEs.

Portfolio loans are loans that are held by mortgage lenders on their own books. These types of loans may have features that other loans do not because lenders can set their own guidelines.

Conventional Fixed Rate loan have interest rates that don’t change for the life of the loan.

Benefits of a Fixed Rate loan include:

  • The interest rate does not change for the life of the loan which provides protection from rising interest rates.
  • Usually there is less documentation required than for FHA or VA loans decreasing the overall processing time.
  • Typically the interest rate and APR are lower than other types of fixed-rate loans.
  • These loans are available for refinancing.
  • Different fixed rate period options are available, such as 15, 20 or 30 years.

Adjustable Rate Loans

With an adjustable rate loan, the interest rate changes periodically, usually in relation to an index and payments may go up or down accordingly.

Benefits of an Adjustable Rate loan include:

  • Lenders generally charge lower initial interest rates, initially, making payments lower.
  • The loan could be less expensive over a long period than a fixed-rate mortgage if interest rates remain steady or move lower.

Considerations of an Adjustable Rate loan include:

  • There is the risk that an increase in interest rates would create higher monthly payments.
  • The length of time the loan is held should be considered. If the loan will not be held for a long time, rising interest rates may not pose a major problem.

 

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Refinance Mortgage Loans

Homeowners looking to decrease their interest rate, change their loan term, or take cash out may consider refinancing. A refinance calls for the homeowner to obtain another mortgage loan. Those funds are then used to pay off the original mortgage loan and the homeowner is then bound by the terms of the new mortgage. Depending on your situation a refinance loan could be a great option.

Along with decreasing your interest rate, refinance loans can also help you switch from an ARM to a FRM, and in some cases reduce your loan term.

 

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FOREIGN NATIONAL LOANS

Want to buy a home in the United States, but you're not a US Citizen?

No problem, Our Foreign National Loan Program makes buying a home in the US easier for non-US citizens. While the guidelines on these loans are different than conventional, conforming or other federally insured loan programs, we are confident that our loan program can meet your needs.

Here are some of the key details:

  • Our Foreign National Loan program offers competitive interest rates.
  • You can borrow up to $750,000 per property (minimum amount borrowed is $100,000).
  • Multiple Fixed rate terms to choose from (10, 15, 20, 25 & 30).
  • Multiple Adjustable rate terms available as well (5/1, 7/1, 10/1).
  • You can use our Foreign National Loan Program to Purchase a New home or refinance your current home.
  • Debt-to-income ratios are 50% ("Assets for income" option).
  • No pre-payment penalties.
  • We can finance up to 75% loan-to-value (if the home is worth $500,000 then we can lend up to $375,000).
  • This program is eligible for multiple property types including: single-family homes, condos and townhouses.
  • All Loans are manually underwritten.
  • The Foreign National Loan Program is available to Self-employed foreign national borrowers as well.
  • Some seller concessions are allowed (Max 6% up to 65% LTV)
  • Escrows: Taxes and insurance escrows are required

 

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CONSTRUCT TO PERM LOANS

What are they?

A construction loan is a short-term loan—usually about a year—used to fund the construction of your home, from breaking ground to moving in. With a Fairway Funding Group construction-to-permanent loan, your construction financing simply converts to a permanent mortgage when your home is complete. During construction, you only pay the interest on your loan, and your payments may be tax-deductible. And with one upfront closing and one set of closing costs, you'll save time and money. For construction loan rates, please consult with Shawn Stevens.

 

Construction Loan Rates

Conventional Loans

  • Up to $484,350 loan amount
  • Up to 95% Loan to Value

FHA Loans

  • Maximum loan amount varies by location
  • Up to 96.5% Loan to Value

VA Loans

  • 100% LTV up to $484,350 loan amount

Second Homes

  • 85% LTV up to $484,350 loan amount

Jumbo Construction

  • 90% Loan to Value up to $484,350 loan amount with BPMI (buyer paid motgage insurance)
  • 80% Loan to Value up to $750,000 loan amount
  • 70% Loan to Value up to $1.25M loan amount (can go higher on loan amount, case by case)
  • Primary residence only
  • Residential knock-downs, custom builds, and new construction

 

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RENOVATION LOANS

Turn a Fixer Upper into Your Dream Home

When shopping for a home, you may come across properties that aren’t quite what you’re looking for but have the potential to be your dream home with some repairs or renovations. With a renovation loan, you can roll the cost of financing or refinancing a home and repairs into one loan – saving you time and money.

HomeStyle Renovation Loan

You can use a HomeStyle renovation loan to cover costs of repairs, remodels, renovations or energy-efficient improvements on a primary residence, a second home or an investment property. There are no required improvements or restrictions on the types of repairs allowed or a minimum dollar amount for the repairs. However, repairs or improvements must be permanently affixed to the real property, add value to the property, and be completed by a licensed contractor.

Limited 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage

In addition to funding your new home, an FHA Limited 203(k) can provide up to $35,000 (including a contingency reserve) in additional funds to help make a few non-structural repairs or renovations such as updating a kitchen or bathroom, adding new flooring, purchasing new appliances, or repairing the roof.

Standard 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage

If your potential dream home needs more than $35,000 in renovations or the repairs are structural, the Standard FHA 203(k) might be the right solution. This program removes the restrictions of the limited option to allow for major home remodeling. A Standard FHA 203(k) can provide additional funds* to help with eligible repairs including moving or removing walls, minor pool repairs, and landscaping.

*Final disbursement of funds is subject to final inspection.

 

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USDA LOANS

A USDA Loan is a mortgage loan that is insured by the US Department of Agriculture and available to qualified individuals who are purchasing or refinancing their home loan in an area that is not considered a major metropolitan area by USDA.

Benefits of USDA Loans

  • 100% Financing - you can buy a home with no money down. In some cases you can even finance your closing costs.
  • You can refinance your home up to 100% of the value of your home.
  • Low Fixed Rate Mortgage Options.
  • They are usually easier to get because the Government insures the loan so that there is much less risk to the lender.
  • They can be used for Existing Homes, Foreclosures or New Construction.
  • Simple Loan Process.
  • No Loan Limit. No Acreage Limit.
  • There is No Prepayment Penalty.
  • You can use the loan to repair or add on to your home.
  • Flexible Credit Requirements.

Who is eligible for a USDA Loan?

Generally these loans are available to anyone who meets minimum credit guidelines and local area income requirements and is purchasing a home or refinancing their home in an area that is not considered a major metropolitan area by USDA.

Some common misconceptions of USDA Loans:
  • They are just for farmers - USDA Loans are not "just for farmers," millions of people from all walks of life already qualify.
  • FHA or Conventional Loans are better - USDA Loans often offer better terms than an FHA or conventional loans.
  • They aren't flexible - Actually, USDA Home Loans can be used to buy a new home or refinance to a lower rate.
  • Only certain people can qualify - Anyone who meets the income and credit guidelines can qualify for a USDA Home Loan.
  • They are only for rural areas - Actually, USDA Loans are available in many areas that most people would not consider rural. For example, many small communities just outside of metropolitan areas qualify as rural areas according to the US Department of Agriculture.
  • They are harder to get than FHA or Conventional Loans - This just isn't true. In many cases USDA Loans are actually easier to get because the loans are guaranteed by the government.

 

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NON-QM / NON-PRIME LOANS

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