What is a Conventional Mortgage?

Unlike FHA or VA mortgage loans, conventional mortgage loans are not insured against losses by the U.S. Government. Rather, conventional mortgage loans are underwritten based on guidelines issued by the Federal National Mortgage Association, also known as Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, also known as Freddie Mac.

What are the benefits of a Conventional Mortgage?

What are some of the requirements for a conventional mortgage?

What is Private Mortgage Insurance?

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is a policy that protects lenders against losses that result from defaults on home mortgages and is required on every conventional mortgage loan with an LTV of 80% or higher. Unlike FHA mortgage loans, the amount of the monthly mortgage insurance payment is not based on a percentage of the loan amount but rather is determined by a private mortgage insurance underwriter. The private mortgage insurance underwriter will review your credit score, LTV, and DTI in order to determine the total monthly mortgage insurance payment.

Under what circumstances will I be required to pay PMI?

Private mortgage insurance is required on any conventional mortgage loan with an LTV of 80% or higher.

How long would I have to pay PMI?

Once a borrower’s mortgage loan balance reaches 80% or less of the current value of their home, they can request that the PMI component of their monthly payment be removed. Provided that the value of your home can be confirmed, the PMI Company will remove the PMI requirement from your loan.

Can I get rid of the PMI if I refinance?

Yes, but only if the LTV on your new mortgage loan were 80% or less.

What is the maximum loan amount for a Conventional mortgage?

The maximum loan amount for a conventional mortgage varies by county and property type.

CountySingle FamilyDuplexTri-plexFour-plex
La Paz$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
Santa Cruz$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850