Loan Programs

The following is a partial list of programs offered by Affinity Mortgage with a brief description of the key elements of each. For a complete list of the programs that we offer, please contact us at 510-748-4458.

These materials are not from HUD or FHA and were not approved by HUD or a government agency.

Conventional

What are Conventional Loans?

Conventional Loans are mortgage loans that are not insured by the government (like FHA, VA, USDA Loans), but they typically meet the lending guidelines that have been set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Typically, conventional loans have better rates, terms and/or lower fees than other types of loans. However, conventional loans typically require a borrower to have good-to-excellent credit, reasonable amounts of monthly debt obligations, a down payment of 5-20% and reliable monthly income. Conventional loans are ideal for borrowers with excellent credit and at least a 5% down payment.

Most Common Types of Conventional Loans

Fixed Rate Mortgages: Your rate and payment never change.

  • 30 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lowest fixed monthly payments
  • 20 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Low fixed monthly payments
  • 15 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lower rate than the 15 or 20 Year Fixed; Pay less interest and pay your home off more quickly.
  • 10 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lower rate; Pay off your loan and build equity faster.
  • 5 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lowest rate; Pay off your loan and build equity the fastest

Adjustable Rate Mortgages: After the initial period your interest rate can change once a year.

  • 3/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 3 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 27 years
  • 5/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 5 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 25 years
  • 7/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 7 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 23 years

What are the Conventional Down Payment Requirements?

For Purchase transactions Conventional Loans require the home-buyer to put down at least 5% - 20% of the purchase price of the home. For a Refinance transaction, most lenders require at least 10% equity in the property.

What types of property are eligible?

Most conventional loan programs allow you to purchase single-family homes, warrantable condos, planned unit developments, and 1-4 family residences. A conventional loan can also be used to finance a primary residence, second home and investment property.

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Refinance Loans

Refinancing a home mortgage can be a big decision for many homeowners. Your situation and needs change over time so why shouldn’t your mortgage? Now might be the right time for you to refinance into a lower rate mortgage. You should take the time to consider the following questions to see if refinancing makes sense for you.

 
  • Are you tired of your adjustable-rate that never seems to stop adjusting?
  • Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) getting you down when it doesn’t need to?
  • Has the time come to save more money every month?
  • Are mortgage rates currently lower than what your rate is?
  • Will other financial opportunities present themselves as you refinance?

Refinancing is an easy way to solve many of your mortgage worries. Getting a lower monthly rate and paying less over the life of your loan just makes sense. At Affinity Mortgage we’re ready to find the right refinancing solution for you. Our staff of refinance experts will help you evaluate your mortgage needs and draft a refinancing plan that will save you money.

Be sure to check out our mortgage refinance center to get the information you need so you can make a sound decision for you and your family.

 
 

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Flex 97%

Similar to FHA, but without maximum mortgage amount limitations. Must be a single family, owner occupied home and borrower must have a credit score of over 680.

Investor Loans

Used to finance 1-4 family properties that will be for investment with as little as a 10% down payment. Aggressively priced, these programs have many variations, including: No Doc, Limited Doc, and Full Doc. Program may not be available in some states.

Construction Loans

Building a new home can be an exciting prospect - unless you get caught up in a construction loan approval process that is overly complicated and time consuming. With this loan, we will finance up to 90% of the cost of land plus the costs of construction. We offer a one-time fixed rate closing or traditional ARM products.

Second Mortgage Loans

Subordinate to the first mortgage, these loans offer the borrower the ability to get money for home improvement, debt consolidation, or many other reasons without disturbing their first mortgage. Convenient when you have a low interest first mortgage.

High Debt Ratio Loans

A ratio of monthly bills to monthly income higher than 50% is considered a high debt ratio. Loan programs are available for borrowers in this situation, allowing them to finance the purchase of a home or property.

Jumbo Loans

Offers 30 and 15 year fixed rate mortgage and competitive ARM products with full document, alternate documentation and limited documentation.

Cash out and No cash out refinance are allowable. Single family detached, Condo's, PUD's and single-family second homes can be financed with no prepayment penalty.

80/15/5

This is a loan which carries a second mortgage for up to 15% of the purchase price of the property. It is usually used when wishing to avoid PMI insurance or to keep your first mortgage under the FNMA/FHLMC limit to avoid Jumbo rates. The borrower puts down a 5% down payment and then finances a first mortgage up to the FNMA/FHLMC limit and a second mortgage of up to 15% of the purchase price. Other variations are 80/10/10 or 75/15/5.

Credit Problems

Troubled credit? Bankruptcy? Been turned down somewhere else? We offer loan programs for customers with credit problems.