SoCal Group offers a wide variety of home loan programs. Below is a list of programs with a brief description of the program’s requirements and benefits.
These are loans that meet the terms and conditions determined by Fannie Mae (link to Fannie Mae, new window) and Freddie Mac (link to Freddie Mac, new window). These terms and conditions include the maximum loan amount, the requirements for the borrower to qualify for the loan, and what are considered suitable properties for mortgages. By looking at the average change in home price each year, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac set the loan limit. Loans that fall within these limits are conforming loans. Conforming loans interest rates are slightly lower than other loans; however, they are more difficult to qualify for as they require a large down payment and high FICO scores.
- Standard Loans: These are loans that must be under County limits.
- High Balance Loans: These loans are only available for loan amounts above the Conforming Standard Loan limits.
- Check Loan Limits in your area.
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loans
FHA loans are government-insured loans that are only available from approved lenders who use guidelines set up by the Federal Housing Administration. FHA loans have slightly higher interest rates but less strict qualification requirements. The FHA charges mortgage insurance, on every loan, regardless of how large the loan is compared to the home’s purchase price.
- Standard FHA Loans are loans for amounts under county limits.
- High Balance FHA Loans are loans are for amounts over the standard FHA limit.
FHA Streamline is a refinancing option available for homeowners with an FHA loan. It allows the homeowner to obtain a lower interest rate without going through the process of a full refinance.
- Check Loan Limits in your area.
California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) Loans
CalHFA was established in 1975 as the state’s “affordable housing bank.” Its focus is on assisting first time home-buyers that are within specific lower and moderate income range brackets. CalHFA loan programs can be great for the first time homebuyer allowing them to borrow up to 100% financing for their home. CalHFA loans can be paired with down payment assistant loans to finance the majority of the cost of a home. These loans have slightly higher interest rates but lower FICO requirements.
Veteran Affairs (VA) Loans
A VA loan is a mortgage loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and is available for all current or past military employees. The basic intention of the VA direct home loan program is to supply home financing to eligible veterans in areas where private financing is not generally available and to help veterans purchase properties with no down payment. VA loans have very competitive interest rates and less strict qualification requirements.
- Standard VA loans are for loan amounts under the VA loan limit.
- VA High Balance loans are available for loan amounts over the VA Standard limit.
- VA Streamline or Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan (IRRRL)is a way for veterans to refinance their mortgage at a very low interest rate.
- Check VA loan limits in your area.
CRHMFA Homebuyer Fund (CHF) Platinum Program
The CHF Platinum Loan Program is designed to assist low–to-moderate income homebuyers with the purchase of a home by providing down payment assistance currently in the form of a 3%-sized grant from CHF combined with up to a 96.5% first mortgage. The program is available for the purchase of either a new or existing home as long as the home will be the primary residence of the homebuyer. Income limits do apply, however, the program does not require that the homebuyer be a first-time homebuyer. Individuals and families who may have owned a home in the past are eligible to apply for the CHF Platinum Program.
Southern California Home Financing Authority (SCHFA) Loans
SCHFA is a first time home buyer program in which the buyer receives a 3% gift to help offset closing costs or help with the down payment.
Rates and Terms
The loan programs to the left have one or more of the below terms and interest rate options.
Fixed Rate Mortgages
A Fixed Rate Mortgage is a mortgage in which the monthly payments do not change throughout the term of the loan. These loans often have 30, 20, or 15-year term. Semi Fixed Mortgages Semi Fixed Mortgages are generally fixed for 3, 5, 7, or 10 years. After the initial fixed term the mortgage adjusts annually based on market conditions.
Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs)
Adjustable Rate Mortgages allow the interest rate on your home loan to fluctuate during its term based on market conditions.
This is a special type of home equity loan for persons 62 and older. Reverse mortgages allow owners to convert some of the equity in their homes to cash. The loan does not usually have to be repaid during the homeowner’s lifetime. Loan advances are not taxable and do not affect the homeowner’s Social Security or Medicare benefits. The money from a reverse mortgage can be used for anything from daily living expenses to home repairs and home modifications.
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There are a lot of different types of loans and options available. We can help you weed through them to find one that is just right for you.