Conventional Rate-and-Term Refinance
- Quick Facts
- Pros & Cons
- Occupancy & Property Type
- Income & Purchase Price Limits
- Key Features & Conditions
- Other Limitations
- Mortgage Insurance & Fees
- Similar Loan Programs
- Related Resources
Conventional Refinancing is one of the most popular mortgage programs in the United States due to its ubiquity and versatility. Conventional Loans are insured by private lenders instead of the federal or state government, like in the case of many other popular programs. While they often have higher credit score, income, and down payment requirements, Conventional Loans for refinancing a home offer a variety of attractive benefits to qualified homeowners interested in a 10-30 year term.
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Conventional Rate-and-Term Refinance
Min. Credit Score
Max Loan Amount
Qualification variables shown here are for 1-Unit Primary Residences, and loan amount ranges vary based on US County. Register Now to see if this loan program is a good fit for you, find your county limits, and find more options for purchasing a home.
Pros & Cons
- Flexible loan terms
- Loans often processed quickly with less “red tape”
- No prepayment penalties
- Available for a wide range of property types, including manufactured
- Higher credit score requirements
- Higher down payment requirements
- Conventional loan limits disqualify many borrowers who are seeking larger loan amounts
Conventional Rate-and-Term Refinances are available in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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“Conventional Rate-and-Terms are a simple and flexible way to adjust your loan term, get rid of mortgage insurance, or lower your interest rate."
Occupancy & Property Types
Qualification factors for this program can vary based on how you intend to occupy the property and what type of property you are purchasing. By registering for a free account , you can check program limits for all property and occupancy types.
Available Property Types for Primary Residence
Income & Purchase Price Limits
Your Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI), as well as purchase price and income limits, are important factors when qualifying for a home loan program. By registering for a free account , you can find the exact program limits for this program and others in your area and for your unique scenario.
Purchase Price Limit
Qualification variables shown here are for 1-Unit Primary Residences, and loan limit ranges vary based on US County. Amounts may be rounded. Exact amounts can be accessed by registering for a free account.
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- Mortgage insurance not required with 20% or more equity in your home
- Available for second homes and investment properties
- Offers loan terms between 10 & 30 years, as well as adjustable-rate options
- Private mortgage insurance is not required with retained equity in the home of 20% or more
- Some US Counties are considered "high cost" and have loan limits exceeding the limits shown here (see "High Balance Conventional Rate-and Term Refinances")
In some circumstances, there are specific requirements you must meet or homebuyer education courses you must attend in order to be eligible for the loan program.
No other program limitations
A Homebuyer Education Class is not required for this loan program.
Mortgage Insurance & Fees
Most mortgage programs require mortgage insurance when you are financing more than 80% of the purchase price or appraised value. Some programs may also have an associated funding fee, paid at the time of closing, or an annual fee. Learn all about the different fees here.
Required with less than 20% Down PaymentType: Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
This program requires Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) if you are putting down less than 20% on the home you are purchasing or refinancing.
Type: No Funding Fee
This program does not have a funding fee.
Type: No Annual Fee
This program does not have an annual fee.
Estimated Closing Costs: 2%
These amounts are just an estimate. Your closing costs include things like loan origination fees, discount points, appraisal fees, title insurance, taxes, deed recording fees, and other charges.
Similar Loan Programs
If you think this home loan program may be a good fit for you, you may also want to check out the following programs that share many similarities with the current program.
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