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What is a Conventional Loan?

Conventional loans are those that are non insured or guaranteed by any government agency such as FHA or VA.


Conventional loans can be used to purchase a primary residence, a second home or an investment property.

What are the basic requirements to qualify for a Conventional loan?*

The qualifying guidelines for conventional loans are a bit more complex as they will vary depending on the lender and the loan program you are applying for.


Some of the program variations available include:

  • Standard  Agency Conventional Loans

    This refers to loans that fall under the standard FannieMae and FreddieMac guidelines which are followed by most mainstream lenders.

  • Jumbo Financing

    This refers to loans that exceed the county's set loan limits.

    Qualifying requirements tend to be much more restrictive than the standard conventional loans.

    However, this category of loans also offers a sub category: portfolio lending. These loans offer non traditional qualifying guidelines but usually at a higher interest rate.

  • Pledged Assets

    Rather than liquidating your investment accounts, this option allows you to leave the funds in your account and pledge them as collateral for the loan

    The funds will still be working for your while possibly  avoiding paying possible capital gains had they been liquidated

  • Asset Depletion

    Short on income but have plenty of assets?  This is the program for you!

    Your assets are used as income. By using an amortization schedule based on your age, a monthly figure will be calculated and applied as income on your application.

    The assets do not need to be liquidated or used on a monthly basis

  • First Time Homebuyer Programs

    These programs are geared specifically for those who have not own real estate in the previous 3 years


    Down payments as low as 3% are possible based on credit scores and other qualifying factors


    These programs are often paired with Down Payment Assistance programs to maximize the purchasing power of the buyer

Let's take a look at some of the basic guidelines of the standard agency conventional loans

Additional Helpful Information

2018 Conventional  Loan Limits

Conforming loans: All counties in the US


High balance loan limits

San Diego County: $649,750

Orange County: $679,650

Riverside County: $453,100- not eligible for higher loan amounts

Los Angeles County: $679,650


You can find the limits for other counties in the US here: High Balance Loan Limits by County

*This overview is not all inclusive and does not include all guidelines or potential qualifying situations. Contact us or your lender for additional information that applies to your situation.

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Laura Borja- Home Loan expert- NMLS 199107
Laura Borja- Home Loan expert- NMLS 199107
Laura Borja- Home Loan expert- NMLS 199107