Conventional loans use Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to establish guidelines for borrowers.

The guidelines include minimum allowable credit scores, income requirements and minimum down payments. A conventional loan can be conforming or nonconforming and have either fixed or adjustable rates.


  • No mortgage insurance required (with 20%+ down payment)
  • No upfront mortgage insurance premium (UFMIP)
  • Great for purchases and refinances
  • Mortgage insurance is removed automatically as applicable
  • Lower cost than other loan products
  • Makes for a stronger purchase offer than FHA or VA
  • Monthly Mortgage insurance (if required) is less than that of an FHA loan


  • Restrictions on gift funds for down payment and closing costs
  • Minimum credit score required
  • Generally requires larger down payments than federally insured loans
  • Requires private mortgage insurance (PMI) when the down payment falls below 20%.
  • Interest rates are typically higher than that of FHA or VA loans


Conventional Loan Checklist

When you’re applying for an FHA loan, the following list of documents will help expedite the process. We can help you understand any part of the FHA loan process so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Employment Info

  • Past two years’ completed tax returns.
  • Past two years’ W-2s, 1099s and any other necessary tax forms.
  • Most recent 30-day’s pay stubs.
  • Self-employed borrowers may need three years’ tax returns and YTD Profit & Loss Statement.

Savings Info

  • Past two months’ full bank statements for all accounts.
  • Most recent statements from investment accounts (retirement, 410k, mutual funds, etc.).

Personal Info

  • Driver’s License or other official state identification.
  • Any Divorce, Palimony, Alimony documents.
  • Green card or work-permit (if/as applicable).

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