FHA loans are designed to low to moderate income home-buyers afford a house with more lenient credit score requirements and a low down payment. FHA mortgage loans are guaranteed by the U.S. Government’s Federal Housing Administration.
Conventional loans have a higher bar for approval than other types of loans do. They tend to be good for borrowers with good credit and a low debt-to-income (DTI) ratio who can make a down payment of 20%, as this allows them to avoid paying for private mortgage insurance (PMI).
VA loans typically have lower interest rates than conventional mortgages, allow for higher debt-to-income ratios and lower credit scores, and they don’t require private mortgage insurance.
A USDA loan is a great option for buyers with moderate income. It lets you buy a house with nothing down and low mortgage rates — two huge benefits that only one other loan program (the VA loan) offers. If your home is in an eligible area, it’s worth exploring a USDA loan.
A variable-rate mortgage, adjustable-rate mortgage, or tracker mortgage is a mortgage loan with the interest rate on the note periodically adjusted based on an index which reflects the cost to the lender of borrowing on the credit markets.
Non-QM loans are also good for borrowers who might be interested in a riskier loan type. Consider interest-only mortgages. In these loans, borrowers only make interest payments for a set number of years, leaving the mortgage’s principal balance untouched.