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Mortgage Lenders

Basic Understanding of Mortgages

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What you need to know: 

  • A mortgage is a loan

  • It helps you buy a home/asset 

  • Real estate, depending on the market and timing, can increase in value over time

  • Mortgages will be paid out by you in monthly fractions either with a 15 or 30 year loan

How to qualify for a mortgage: 

  • Good Credit -  Bare minimum 500 but preferably above 650

  • Save up - 10-20% is very ideal but certain mortgage programs approve as low as 3.5% and is very common. 

  • At least over 2 years of verifiable income with W-2s and Tax Returns.

  • Shop around or Contact us to refer you to a local partner

Types of Mortgages


What is it?

A mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration.


  • Minimum 3.5% down payment

  • Credit score of 580 or higher 

  • FHA loans are popular among first-time home buyers who have little savings or flawed credit.


Click for more details at: Nerd Wallet

Conventional Loans

A conventional mortgage or conventional loan is any type of home buyer’s loan that is not offered or secured by a government entity, but instead is available through or guaranteed by a private lender (banks, credit unions, mortgage companies) or the two government-sponsored enterprises, the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac).

For more details: Investopedia Conventional Loans


A VA loan is issued by a private lender and guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s a valuable benefit — offering a mortgage with a lower-than-most interest rate that usually requires no down payment — for qualified U.S. veterans, active-duty military personnel and certain surviving spouses. While the VA has only a few requirements for things like debt and sufficient income, VA lenders may add their own "overlays," or additional requirements.

For more details: VA Home Loans 


The U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) loans are zero-down-payment mortgages for rural and suburban home buyers. They’re mainly for borrowers who aren't wealthy and can’t get a traditional mortgage. No you don't have to live near a farm.

3 Types of USDA:

Loan guarantees: The USDA guarantees a mortgage issued by a participating local lenders, similar to an FHA loan and VA-backed loans, this will allow you to get low mortgage interest rates, even without a down payment. If you put little or no money down, you will have to pay a mortgage insurance premium.

Direct loans: Issued by the USDA, these mortgages are for low- and very low-income applicants. Income thresholds vary by region. With subsidies, interest rates can be as low as 1%.

Home improvement loans and grants: These loans or outright financial awards permit homeowners to repair or upgrade their homes. Packages can also combine a loan and a grant, providing up to $27,500 in assistance.

For more details: USDA Loans

15 Year Mortgage vs. 30 Year Mortgage

15 Year Mortgage


  • Lower interest Rate

  • Pay off home in 15 years

  • Build up equity fast


  • Payments are higher

  • Less cash-flow

  • Afford Less Payment

30 Year Mortgage


  • Required payment is lower 

  • Can be paid off anytime

  • More Flexibility

  • Less money tied up on equity

  • Qualify for larger loan


  • Higher interest rate

  • Slowly build equity

  • longer to pay off

You don't need to know everything. Mortgage lenders will determine your qualification.

We can help prepare you to make sure you qualify.

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