Getting the right type of real estate home loan is an important part of the home buying process. In this section of my web site I have put together some basic information regarding the types of real estate home loans that are common in the market today.
Fixed rate mortgages are mortgages where the interest rate stays the same for the entire term of the loan. The advantage to a fixed rate mortgage is that if you lock a relatively low rate, your payment won’t go up when rates do.
With an adjustable rate mortgage, the rate of the loan can change throughout the term of the loan. The rate of the loan is based on adding points to a fixed base.
FHA real estate home loans
An FHA loan is a loan in the United States that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration.
VA real estate home loans
A VA loan is a loan in the United States guaranteed by the Veterans Administration. The loan may be issued by qualified lenders. The VA was designed to offer long-term financing to American Veterans or to their surviving spouses.
HUD 184 Loans for Native Americans
There is a special type of loan
know as the HUD 184 - Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program that is
available for qualified Native Americans. The loan has a lower down
payment requirement than an FHA loan Also there is no monthly Mortgage
Low Down-Payment Loans
There are other types of low down-payment loan programs offered by different lenders. One of these is the Home in Five program.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has created a Home Loan Toolkit
that explains the loan process and how to shop for loans. We suggest that you read this as a starting point.