Previously, getting a conventional mortgage meant making a 20% down payment. Which wasn’t an Ideal situation for first-time home buyers. Recent changes have made things different today; several conventional loan programs that require less money down (e.g. 3% or 5%) and compete directly with traditional low down payment programs like FHA. What’s more, some conventional mortgages are specifically designed for low and moderate-income borrowers.
Conventional loans are mortgages made by private lenders that meet the underwriting requirements of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, two of the largest acquirers of mortgages on the secondary market. In fact, nearly 70% of all home loans made in the United States are conventional.
Conventional loans cannot exceed the conforming loan limits set by the FHFA. Loans that exceed the limits are called Jumbo Loans and carry a slightly higher interest rate.
Conforming Loan Limits for the Richmond, Virginia area:
- 1 unit – $647,200
- 2 unit – $828,700
- 3 unit – $1,001,650
- 4 unit – $1,244,850