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What is a Conventional Loan?

A conventional mortgage is a loan that “conforms” to the Federal Finance Housing Agency (FHFA) guidelines and are guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Conventional mortgages are sometimes called conforming mortgages.

Types of Conventional Loans

What is a Conventional Fixed-Rate Mortgage?

A fixed-rate mortgage has a rate that is locked in for the life (or term) of the loan. The interest rate will not change.

What is a Conventional Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?

An Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM) has an introductory period with a lower interest rate that will adjust up or down with the market once the introductory period is up. Depending upon current interest rates – an ARM’s rate can be lower than a fixed-rate mortgage. That’s especially true for a Jumbo or Super Jumbo mortgage.

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Benefits of a Conventional Loan with PenFed

PenFed understands how important buying a home is. We’re committed to making the process as simple and stress-free as possible. When you get a mortgage with PenFed, you're getting a partner who's with you step by step. Here are a few of the top benefits:

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Up to $2,500 in lender credits assisting you with closing costs (only applies to purchase loans)1

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No lender fees2

How Do I Get a Conventional Loan?

You'll need the following to qualify for a conventional loan for all borrowers:

  • Satisfactory credit score (typically 650 or higher)
  • Proof of income - typically 1 - 2 months of paystubs
  • At least 1 year of W2s

Possible additional financial verification like:

  • Self-employment income
  • Current debts information (auto, alimony, credit card, etc.)
  • Acceptable debt-to-income ratio (DTI)

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1For eligible fixed rate, ARM, and VA loans PenFed offers to all members who submit a completed home purchase mortgage application on or after March 1, 2020. Members can receive the lender credit upon closing with PenFed, subject to qualification and approval. For loans $0-$199,999 the lender credit will be: $500. For loans $200,000-$699,999 the lender credit will be: $1,000. For loans $700,000 and up the lender credit will be: $2,500. Pre-Approvals and refinance applications are not eligible for the lender credit. The seller and/or other credits must be reduced if the loan has reached the maximum allowable credit limit per the loan product. Please contact your PenFed Mortgage Loan Officer for more details. The lender credit is available for all funded purchase mortgages in all states, including District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

2Other fees may apply, such as discount points to buy down your rate.

3Qualified veterans with their full entitlement can borrow up to the country limit with no down payment. Veterans who have one or more active VA loans or who defaulted on a previous VA loan may be required to make a down payment.

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