Jumbo Loan Limits for 2021: Shop with Confidence

Earlier this year, jumbo loan limits increased to $548,250 in most of the U.S. and up to $822,275 in high-cost areas. Why does this matter? Jumbo loan limits put mortgages in two distinct buckets: conforming home loans and non-conforming home loans. Depending on your homeownership goals, you might want to shop within conforming limits so […]

Primary Residence: The Real Definition and Why it Matters

First, primary residence and principal residence mean the same thing. So when we talk about mortgages, primary residence and principal residence are interchangeable terms. What is a Primary Residence? In short, a primary residence is the main location where a person lives. It could be a home, condo, apartment, or even a boat. The main defining criteria are simple: […]

How to Apply: No Income Verification Loan in 2021

If you’re self-employed, have a high net worth, or want to apply for a mortgage without having to verify your income, then the no income verification loan might be worth considering. Just like it sounds, a no income verification loan doesn’t require proof of regular income to qualify. Qualifying criteria are much more stringent, but […]

Jumbo Mortgage Rates are Rising – Should I Refinance?

Some of my clients are asking, should I refinance my jumbo mortgage now or wait? It might not be the right move for every homeowner but it could be a smart financial decision depending on your financial goals. Yes, mortgage rates are starting to rise. Mortgage interest rates are still low, but as mortgage rates […]

What’s a Two-Step Mortgage?

Here’s another loan program you might not have heard of before but could be an attractive option for you. It’s referred to by lenders as a “two-step” mortgage. It’s so called because the interest rate on the mortgage changes once at a predetermined point in the future. There’s the initial rate, or the first step, […]

What The New Loan Limits Mean for Jumbo Loans

Mortgage loan limits for conforming loans will take effect on January 1 of next year. For 2020, the conforming loan limit for a single family home will be $510,400, up from $484,350 in 2019. Higher limits will also apply to a duplex, triplex and fourplex. What, exactly is a conforming loan? Conforming Loan Explained A […]

Eliminating the VA Loan Limit

It didn’t get a whole lot of publicity last week, but there was a major change for VA Home Loans. More specifically, the VA loan limit, or loan cap. Over the years, the VA loan limit has changed and the changes have always been favorable to the veteran. The most recent adjustment eliminates the VA […]

Four Characteristics of a Jumbo Borrower

Mortgages are typically divided into two categories- conforming and jumbo. A conforming loan is one where the maximum loan amount is $484,350 for most parts of the country. In higher cost areas where the median home value is higher than the norm, the conforming limit rises as high as $726,525. Conforming loans are by far […]

What Are the Differences: Jumbo Loan vs. Conforming

Okay, the main difference between a conforming home loan and a jumbo loan is simply the loan amount. Conforming loans are labeled conforming because they conform to guidelines set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. For most parts of the country the maximum loan amount to still be considered a conforming loan is $484,350. Anything […]