Friday, June 16, 2023

Understanding Your Mortgage Options: A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to financing your dream home, understanding the different types of mortgages available is crucial. Team Lasson, located at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, offers a wide range of mortgage options tailored to meet your unique needs. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the differences between conventional loans, fixed-rate mortgages, adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), jumbo loans, VA loans, FHA loans, and USDA loans. For a personalized recommendation, contact our Lake of the Ozarks mortgage lender today!

Conventional Loans:

Conventional loans are mortgages that are not insured or guaranteed by a government agency. These loans typically require a higher credit score and a down payment of at least 3%. With a conventional loan, borrowers have more flexibility in terms of loan amounts and property types. Additionally, private mortgage insurance (PMI) may be required for borrowers who make a down payment of less than 20%.

Fixed-Rate Mortgages:

Fixed-rate mortgages are the most common type of home loan. With a fixed-rate mortgage, the interest rate remains constant throughout the loan term, providing stability and predictability for homeowners. This means that your monthly mortgage payments will stay the same over the life of the loan. Fixed-rate mortgages are available in various terms, typically ranging from 15 to 30 years, allowing borrowers to choose the repayment schedule that best fits their financial situation.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs):

Unlike fixed-rate mortgages, adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) have interest rates that can fluctuate over time. Typically, ARMs have a fixed rate for an initial period, often 3, 5, 7, or 10 years, after which the rate adjusts periodically based on market conditions. The initial fixed-rate period provides an initial period of stability, followed by potential adjustments in the interest rate. ARMs are suitable for borrowers who expect their financial circumstances to change in the future or plan to sell the property before the rate adjustment period begins.

Jumbo Loans:

Jumbo loans are designed for homebuyers who need to borrow amounts exceeding the conforming loan limits set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These loan limits vary by location but are generally higher than the standard loan limits. Jumbo loans often require a higher down payment and have stricter eligibility criteria due to the larger loan amounts involved. However, they offer flexibility for purchasing high-value properties or financing properties in areas with higher real estate costs.

VA Loans:

VA loans are available exclusively to eligible veterans, active-duty service members, and surviving spouses. These loans are guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and offer numerous benefits, including no down payment requirement and no private mortgage insurance (PMI) requirement. VA loans also have more flexible qualification guidelines, making homeownership more accessible for veterans. If you meet the eligibility criteria, a VA loan can be an excellent option for financing your home purchase.

FHA Loans:

Federal Housing Administration loans are designed to assist homebuyers with limited downpayment funds and/or a lower credit score. These loans are backed but the U.S. Government. The FHA loan program offers more flexible eligibility requirements and lower down payment options compared to conventional loans. This means that borrowers may be able to qualify for an FHA loan with lower than average credit scores, and a down payment as low as 3.5% of the home's purchase price. Additionally, FHA loans typically have more lenient income and debt-to-income ratio requirements. Overall, an FHA loan can be an attractive option for homebuyers who may face challenges qualifying for a conventional loan due to credit or financial constraints.

USDA Rural Development Loans:

A USDA Rural Development loan is offered to help individuals and families purchase homes in rural and certain suburban areas. This mortgage program is offered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The primary objective of the program is to promote homeownership in rural communities by providing affordable financing options with attractive terms. While our area may not be seen as rural with the hustle and bustle of the summer season, our area still qualifies as "rural" for this type of loan. One of the key benefits of a USDA Rural Development loan is that it allows eligible borrowers to finance the entire purchase price of a home without requiring a down payment. Additionally, these loans often offer competitive interest rates and flexible credit requirements. It's a great loan option if you meet the qualifications!

Choosing the right mortgage can be an intimidating step in the home buying process. Our mortgage lenders at Lake of the Ozarks offer a diverse range of mortgage options tailored to meet your specific needs. Whether you prefer the stability of a fixed-rate mortgage or the flexibility of an ARM, are drawn to the lower financial requirements of an FHA or USDA loan, or if you're a veteran interested in the benefits of a VA loan, our experienced team is ready to assist you. Our clear communication, expertise, and dedication to client satisfaction will guide you through the entire mortgage process with ease and help you make an informed decision for your purchase.

Contact Team Lasson today to begin your journey toward homeownership at Lake of the Ozarks. Visit or give us a call at (573) 746-7211 to explore the mortgage options that best suit your needs. 

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Michael Lasson
Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #: 493712

First State Bank Mortgage – Michael Lasson 
2751 Bagnell Dam Blvd Suite B 
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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