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Conventional. Conforming. Non-conforming. Do you know the difference?
When you’re evaluating home loan categories, it’s easy to get confused by the terms "conventional" and "conforming." As similar as these two terms may sound, their definitions are worlds apart, so it’s important to understand the distinctions. We’re here to clear the air.
With interest rates at historic lows, many homeowners or buyers may be tempted to choose a 15-year fixed rate mortgage over the more typical 30-year mortgage. The 15-year enables you to pay off your loan faster and likely lock in a lower interest rate, but will come with higher payments. To make a smart decision, you need to determine what’s most important to you: financial flexibility or paying off your mortgage faster.
In 2009, the U.S. government introduced the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) to assist homeowners in refinancing their mortgages–even if they owe more than the home’s current value. HARP isn't the only refinance program available to borrowers. But, it's the only one that allows homeowners with little or no equity to take advantage of refinancing's benefits.