A conventional 97% loan is a Fannie Mae home loan that allows home buyers to purchase a home with a 3% down payment and get a loan amount up to $417,000. It is designed for 'first time home buyers' who may not have the resources for a large down payment. A 'first-time home buyer' is defined as a person who has not owned a home in the last three years.
Another great feature of this program is that the entire 3 % down payment can come in the form of a gift from a relative.
Closing costs can be paid by the seller with a limit of 3% of the sales price.
Compare the Conventional 97 to a FHA loan and you will find a lot of benefits to the Fannie Mae product. The FHA mortgage requires a 1.75% upfront mortgage insurance premium usually added to the loan amount, Conventional 97 does not. The monthly MI on a FHA loan stays on the mortgage for the life of the loan. The Conventional 97% MI will drop off after the loan balances reaches 78% of the original appraised value. FHA is restricted to $271,051 whereas the Conventional 97% program allows loan amounts up to $417,000. FHA does have some advantages, especially for borrowers with lower credit scores and past foreclosures and bankruptcies.
I can guide your clients through the advantages and disadvantages of both the FHA loan and Conventional 97% product.