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Everything You Need to Know About Jumbo Loans

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Is your dream home a little more expensive than most lenders will agree to? Well, have no fear, a jumbo loan is the best way to get the financing you need for your dream home. Jumbo loans were created to help people move into a dream home, even if it was more than most lenders would agree. Because of the amount of money involved, the risk of this type of loan is high. Jumbo mortgages typically exceed conforming loan limits to get buyers into luxury properties. More recently, jumbo mortgage rates have been historically low, which is attractive to people wanted to borrow large amounts. In addition to low rates, interest on jumbo loans — up to $1 million— can be tax deductible, but you’ll need to check with a qualified accountant. If you want a loan amount over the conforming limit, it is possible to use a non-jumbo conventional loan plus a second mortgage to make up the difference.

When & How are Jumbo Loans Helpful?

If you’ve heard the term “Jumbo Loan” before and have been confused as to what it means, that’s understandable. The “Jumbo” in “Jumbo Loan” doesn’t refer to the size of the house, rather, the price. A Jumbo Loan is a mortgage loan exceeding the loan limits established by government regulation. The jumbo loan limit is $424,100. However, it does go up to as much as $625,000 in more high-cost areas of the country. Jumbo loans do not fit the typical standards of mortgage loans, so they are a great way for qualified buyers to purchase a luxury home. The ideal bowers will have low debt-to-income ratios, high credit scores, and the ability to put down a large down payment. If you fit these requirements, you may find that a jumbo loan will get you into the house you desire. If this fits your situation, let us know. We’ll get you the financing you need at payments you can afford!

What Does My Credit Score Need to be to Qualify for a Jumbo Loan?

The higher, the better. Typically, to get approved for a Jumbo loan you need a credit score of 700 or above. However, this may vary with lenders. Typically, lenders will require a down payment of at least 20 percent. This price range is because there are no private mortgage insurance options for Jumbo loans. As with the mortgage, interest rates will vary depending on the lender. However, due to the amount involved, interest rates can exceed $1 million. The good news is that this amount is tax deductible. If the price of the home you want to buy is over $424,100, then this loan is for you. Anything above this range is beyond government regulations, so there are not private insurance options.

If your dream home required you to apply for a jumbo loan, contact one of our home loan experts today! We will help you get everything you need to get approved as quickly as possible.

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