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A balloon payment refers to a loan that has a large, final payment due at the end of the loan. For example, there are currently fixed-rate loans which allow homeowners to make payments based on a 30-year loan, even though the entire balance of the loan may be due (the balloon payment) after 7 years. As with some hybrid loans, balloon loans may be attractive to homeowners who do not plan to stay in their house more than a short period of time.
Time as a factor in your loan choice
As has been discussed, the length of time you plan to own a property may have a strong influence on the type of loan you choose. For example, if you plan to stay in a home for 10 years or longer, a traditional fixed-rate mortgage may be your best bet. But if you plan on owning a home for a very short period (5 years or less), then the low introductory rate of an adjustable-rate mortgage may make the most financial sense. In general, ARMs have the lowest introductory interest rates, followed by hybrid loans, and then traditional fixed-rate mortgages.
FHA and VA loans
U.S. government loan programs such as those of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are designed to promote home ownership for people who might not otherwise be able to qualify for a conventional loan. Both FHA and VA loans have lower qualifying ratios than conventional loans, and often require smaller or no down payments.
Bear in mind, however, that FHA and VA loans are not issued by the government; rather, the loans are made by private lenders. FHA loans are insured to the actual lender and VA loans are guaranteed in case the borrower defaults. Remember too, that while any U.S. citizen may apply for a FHA loan, VA loans are only available to veterans or their spouses and certain government employees.
A conventional loan is simply a loan offered by a traditional private lender. They may be fixed-rate, adjustable, hybrid or other types. While conventional loans may be harder to qualify for than government-backed loans, they often require less paperwork and typically do not have a maximum allowable amount.
El Paso Bond Money
EL PASO - Home financing and down-payment assistance are now available to low- and moderate-income El Paso families through a $24.5 million bond-financing program announced Wednesday. The El Paso Housing Finance Corp., an independent agency created by the El Paso City Council, has issued new bonds to provide mortgage loans at 5.25 to 5.375 percent interest. Down-payment and closing costs assistance of 3 percent of a loan amount are part of the program.
Buyers cannot have owned a home in the last three years, unless a home is in a targeted area. The annual income limit is $66,010 for a family of three or larger, and $80,360 if a home is in a targeted area.
The financing is available through GECU and Patriot Mortgage.
Interested borrowers should e-mail or call El Paso Housing Finance Corporation Executive Director Adrian Duran at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-4476.
Teacher Home Loan Program
The Teacher Home Loan- Initiative offers HUD-acquired, single family homes to public school teachers with the following significant benefits:
Homes offered for sale in the program were previously insured through the FHA and then foreclosed. HUD also reduces the downpayment requirement to just $100 if the home is purchased with an FHA insured mortgage.
Following are the requirements that Teachers must meet to use the program:
Once your offer has been accepted, you will have only 48hrs. to provide the required deposit and begin your loan approval process. Get started before making your offer to insure a smooth, stress free, transaction.
If you are interested in purchasing a Teacher Home Loan, take a moment to learn about real estate financing and FHA Qualifying.