The conventional 3% down mortgage is the best low down payment financing option available for homebuyers in today’s market. You can also remove the monthly mortgage insurance “PMI” from the mortgage payment so you can obtain an even lower monthly payment. This Conventional 3% down program is a great alternative to FHA financing, as there is no option to remove the monthly FHA monthly mortgage insurance from the mortgage payment. Homeowners can also use this program to refinance up to 97% of their property value with No monthly PMI. Here is how to qualify for this program.
The Best Low Down Payment Mortgage Option Available to Homebuyers
The conventional 3% down mortgage is helping many buyers obtain home ownership, who may have not been able to otherwise. It also allows ALL of the down payment to be gifted, so now buyers can reach out for a gift instead of having to wait and save up the full 3% down payment.
You can also remove the monthly mortgage insurance “PMI” from the mortgage payment, so this is helping buyers obtain an even lower monthly payment.
Let’s compare the conventional 3% down mortgage with No PMI to other low down payment options, which require monthly mortgage insurance to purchase a home.
Compare the savings on a $400k home purchase with and without monthly mortgage insurance “PMI”
On this $400k home purchase example, we will compare the savings on a conventional 3% down loan, with and without monthly mortgage insurance, and a FHA 3.5% down loan with monthly mortgage insurance.
To calculate property taxes, we will also use 1.2% of the purchase price, so $400 a month, and $75 a month for a homeowner’s insurance policy, so we can calculate what the total monthly PITI (principal and interest, taxes and insurance) payment is for each scenario.
Option #1. The figures on the first column, is a conventional 3% down loan with No PMI. The rate on a conventional 30 year fixed with No PMI is 4.375%. The total monthly PITI payment is $2,412.
Option #2. The figures on the second column, is a conventional 3% down loan with PMI. The rate on a conventional 30 year fixed with monthly mortgage insurance is lower at 3.99%, but there is also monthly mortgage insurance of $354. The total monthly PITI payment is $2,680.
Option #3. The figures on the third column, is a FHA 3.5% down loan with monthly mortgage insurance. The rate on a FHA 30 year fixed is 4%, but there is also monthly FHA mortgage insurance of $278. There is also a FHA funding fee of 1.75% due on all FHA loans, this fee of $6,755 was added to the loan amount in this example. The total FHA monthly PITI payment is $2,628.
As you can below, option #1 with the conventional loan and No PMI will help you obtain the lowest monthly payment and save you the most money. It will save you $269 a month over the conventional loan with PMI, and saves $216 over the FHA loan.
Over the next 15 years the conventional loan with no PMI will save $15,889 over the conventional loan with PMI, and $39,022 over the FHA loan
In Summary. Instead of taking the conventional or FHA loan option and paying the mortgage insurance each month, the conventional loan with No PMI will give the buyer the lowest monthly payment.
Remember too, if you put down less than 10% with FHA, you have to pay the monthly mortgage insurance for the life of the loan, click HERE for a summary of the current FHA mortgage insurance rules.
Frequently Asked Questions for the Conventional 3% Down Mortgage
Here are the most frequently asked questions that buyers and real estate agents have in regards to the conventional 3% down No PMI loan option.
1. What is the maximum loan amount with 3% down?
The maximum loan with 3% down is $424,150, which is the conventional loan limit. if you need to finance over $424,150, the minimum down payment is 5%.
This No PMI option is also available with 5% down financing on conventional jumbo loans. For example, in San Diego a buyer can finance a jumbo loan up to $612,950 and only put down 5% to eliminate the PMI. In Orange County and Los Angeles County you can finance a loan up to $636,000 and only put down 5% to eliminate the monthly PMI, which are the Fannie Mae jumbo loan limits for these respective counties. See HERE for more information on the 5% down Conventional Jumbo option with No PMI.
2. Can I receive the 3% down payment as a gift?
Yes, all of the 3% down payment can be gifted. Closing costs and reserves can also be gifted if needed.
3. What credit score is required to qualify for this program?
We only require a 620 credit score to qualify for this loan program. Please note, the lower the credit scores the higher the interest rate will be.
4. Is private mortgage insurance “PMI” required with the 3% down mortgage program?
Yes, borrowers are required to pay private mortgage insurance “PMI” on the 3% down mortgage. The amount of monthly mortgage insurance you pay will depend on your credit score. There is also an option to eliminate the monthly PMI from the mortgage payment.
5. How do you eliminate the monthly mortgage insurance “PMI’ option on this program?
It’s very simple. All you have to do is take a slightly higher interest rate than normal, say from 4% to 4.25%, and we use a lender credit with the higher interest rate to eliminate the PMI from the mortgage payment. This is also known as lender paid mortgage insurance.
6. Can I get 3% down with No PMI on 2nd homes or Investment Properties?
No, the 3% down is for Primary Residences only. On 2nd homes, you only have to put down 10% to obtain the No PMI payment option. On investment properties this program is not available, as you have to put down 20%, which eliminates the Mortgage insurance anyway.
7. Are co signers allowed on this program?
Yes co-signers are allowed on this program, the co-signer does NOT have to reside in the home.
8. Is this program for first time buyers only?
No this program is available to all home buyers.
9. Are there income limits for this program?
No, any buyer can qualify for this program regardless of income.
10. Do condos qualify for this program?
Yes, you can also purchase a condo using this program with only 3% down and get the No PMI option.
11. Can I use an adjustable-rate mortgage with the 3% down mortgage?
No, the 3% down mortgage requires a 30-year fixed rate mortgage only.
12. What is the maximum number of units for a home with the 3% down payment mortgage?
The 3 percent down mortgage is for single-unit homes only. This includes single-family detached homes and single-family attached homes such as condominiums and town homes. 2-unit homes, 3-unit homes, and 4-unit homes cannot be financed with the conventional 3% down mortgage.
13. But FHA mortgage rates are lower than this program?
Yes FHA interest rates are lower, but when you factor in the very expensive FHA monthly mortgage insurance, the FHA overall monthly payment will always be higher than this 3% down No PMI option.
14. What if i put down 5% or 10%, will I get a lower rate?
Yes, if you put down 5% or 10% for the down payment, you will get a lower interest rate. Essentially the larger the down payment, the lower the interest rate you will get with conventional financing.
4 Other Reasons the Conventional 3% Down Program Will Benefit Buyers vs Using FHA financing
There are some other great benefits to using this conventional program with no monthly mortgage insurance vs FHA financing, so you have have more available homes to choose from.
1. This conventional program is a great option for buyers in complexes that are NON FHA approved, so now you have more inventory to choose from and agents have more homes to show them!
2. This conventional program will help you afford to purchase a single family home instead of a condo, as it frees up having to pay monthly mortgage insurance and HOA dues, which can amount to roughly $600-$700 a month on a typical condo. This will open up a lot more inventory you to purchase.
3. Conventional does NOT have an anti-home flipping policy, which means conventional buyers are allowed to purchase homes that are being fixed up and flipped by investors with less restrictions. So now you don’t have to worry about the FHA’s strict anti-home flipping policies either, which requires that you cannot go into contract for 90 days on a home that was flipped.
4. Compared to conventional financing, FHA appraisals can be a little more strict in terms of asking sellers for repairs on a property, so this is another benefit of going conventional.
It is important to get creative to find a home and get into contract these days, and this 3% down conventional program is one way to help you do that!
*Refinance Tip For homeowners – Refinance up to 97% of Your Property Value with No PMI
This 3% down conventional program also works the same for refinances, as homeowners with limited equity can now refinance up to 97% of their home without having to pay any monthly mortgage insurance.
For example, many homeowners who bought a home over the past 12-24 months using a FHA loan and a minimum down payment of 3.5%, have probably gained at least 8%-12% equity again due to appreciation. So this 3% down conventional loan program is a great option to help them refinance out of their current loan with mortgage insurance, and into this conventional loan option with No PMI, so they can save some extra money and get a lower monthly payment.
We have been able to help many of our clients who bought over the past few years with FHA, refinance into conventional programs with limited equity and No PMI, and save on average $200-$300 a month.
If you would like to get approved for this program, or you have any questions about any of this information above, please feel free to contact me directly at 858-442-2686. I look forward to chatting soon.