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Purchase Loans

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The sea of different loan options can seem overwhelming, but we have good news for you. It’s easier than you think. We’re here to simplify the process for you, and your new home will be in your hands before you know it. We just have to find you the right loan.

Below you will find some of our most popular home loans. Each one has its own page with helpful information on it to get you started. Once you’ve gotten some preliminary information, give us a call. You’re also welcome to call us directly for a complimentary consultation and we can go through them together.

Conventional Loans

Conventional loans are the most common, and most frequently used loan programs. Conventional loans are not insured by a federal agency, such as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Conventional loan options come in many varieties, fixed rate, adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), conforming and non-conforming, jumbo etc.



The 30-Year Fixed Rate Home Loan:

The 30-year fixed rate home loan is the gold standard of the industry. It gives homeowners long term stability with one predictable monthly payment amount over 30 years. The fixed interest rate guarantees the monthly payment over the life of the loan, free of the fear of rising interest rates. These are the most popular loans in the industry and appeal to homeowners who expect to settle down in one house for a long period of time. The Conventional 95% program requires a minimum credit score, which varies by down payment source. Unlike a FHA loan, the Conventional 95% program does not require upfront mortgage insurance premiums. It offers options to eliminate the monthly mortgage premium altogether.

Your loan officer can help you obtain your credit score, which will be based on the middle of three credit scores as reported by the major credit bureaus.

The 15-Year Fixed Rate Home Loan:

The 15-year fixed rate home loan, provides the same stability as the 30-year fixed rate loan, however with higher monthly payment amortized over 15 years instead of 30 years. While the 15-year mortgage has a higher monthly payment, it builds equity faster, and you pay less interest over the entire term of the loan.

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage:

An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) gives borrowers the advantage of a low introductory rate for the first few years of the home loan. ARMs can be a good option for short-term homeowners or those who can reasonably expect to have a higher income over time.

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Government-Insured Loans


FHA Loan

HUD Sets 2018 FHA Loan Limits

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets Federal Housing Administration loan limits (FHA) and has announced that new loan limits will apply for case numbers assigned on and after Jan 1, 2018. The down payment is 3.5% and requires 3 years from a foreclosure and 2 years from a Chapter 7 BK.

High Cost Areas

Effective 12/7/2017: In high cost areas across the United States, FHA’s loan limit ceiling was increased from $636,150 in 2017, up to $679,650 for 2018.

Low Cost Areas

The housing agency also increased it’s “floor” from $275,665 to $294,515.

Area Loan Limits

Effective 1/1/2018  new loan limits take effect. The formula for calculating area loan limits between the floor and the cap will be reduced from 125% of area median value to 115%.

Loan Limits

The loan limits may have increased, decreased or stayed the same in the counties you serve. This means sales prices for FHA loans could change.

Did loan limits go up, down or stay the same in your county?

To check your area for 2018 maximum loan limits, visit

FHA “Back to Work” Home Loans

With this program, the FHA has waived time restrictions for responsible homeowners who lost their homes due to temporary job or income loss during the Great Recession. Those homeowners looking to re-enter the market can do so early if they have restored the lost job/income and rebuilt their credit history.

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Expand your territory with the USDA Guarantee Rural Housing Program offered by PrimeLending. This is a great program if you’re looking to finance a new home.

USDA Purchase Loan Benefits:

*Eligible properties must be located in a rural area as defined by USDA Rural Development and cannot produce income.

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VA Loan

A Loan Worth Saluting

The Veteran’s Administration loan, or VA loan, is a terrific home mortgage for qualified veterans with benefits that outweigh those of conventional or FHA mortgages. Whether you are active duty military, have retired from service or have an existing VA loan, we can help you get the most from your benefit. More than any other home mortgage, the VA loan includes guidelines to protect the veteran or service person’s rights and pocket book.

VA Loan Benefits:

  • 1.5 million max loan amount
  • 100% financing
  • No mortgage insurance premiums
  • Option to keep current VA home loan and buy second home without selling or refinancing first property

Eligible Persons

Active duty, discharged and retired service persons from any of the following areas are eligible if you meet basic qualifying criteria for a VA home loan:

  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Marines
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

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Down Payment Assistance**

Grant Programs:

CHF Platinum Program

This is sponsored by the CRHMFA Homebuyers Fund and offers up to 5% of the loan amount. It includes Conventional, FHA, USDA and VA mortgages and does not require you to be a first-time homebuyer. This program is good for properties in California only.


This is sponsored by the National Homebuyer’s Fund (NHF) and available to assist with down payments on properties in various states.

NHF Platinum Program

This is a second program sponsored by the National Homebuyer’s Fund (NHF) and is available to assist with down payments on properties in various states. This program offers up to 5% of the loan amount, includes Conventional, FHA, USDA and VA mortgages and does not require you to be a first-time homebuyer.

Click here for more details on each program

**Certain restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Please contact your PrimeLending loan officer for more details.

MCC Mortgage Credit***

The MCC credit allows individuals to claim a portion of their mortgage interest as tax credit and can also help with qualifying for the actual mortgage loan. There are two types of mortgage credit certificates (MCC) available for those purchasing a property in California. The MCC tax credit for both programs is 20%.

Click here for more information such as income and purchase price limits or to read about common questions about the MCC credit.

***PrimeLending is not authorized to give tax advice. Please consult your tax adviser for tax advice for your specific situation.



The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) is a great refinancing option for those who are unable to get traditional refinancing because their home value has decreased. To be eligible for the HARP loan, your mortgage must be owned or guaranteed by Freddie Mae or Freddie Mac. Look up your property through the following links to see if your property qualifies.

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USDA Refinance Loans

Expand Your Territory

Expand your territory with the USDA Guarantee Rural Housing Program offered by PrimeLending. This is a great program if you’re looking to refinance your current home. To cultivate the best loan possible based on today’s low interest rates, now may be the perfect time to refinance your current USDA loan with the refinance program.

USDA Refinance Loan Requirements:

  • Be a current Section 502 guaranteed loan borrower
  • Meet the applicable adjusted income eligibility limit
  • Reside in an eligible rural area, or an area that was eligible at the time of original loan closing
  • Have made timely mortgage payments for the previous 12 months at the time of the loan application

2018 USDA Loan & Eligibility Resource

USDA Loan Calculator

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FHA Streamline Refinance Loan

What are you going to do with all that extra money?

The FHA Streamline Refinance Program is designed to lower the monthly principal and interest payments on a current FHA-insured mortgage.

Reduce your interest rate

Take advantage of recent government action to lower interest rates. This will save you thousands of dollars over the life of your loan. You can use the savings to lower your monthly payments, reduce the number of payments, and have more money for other things you’ve been waiting to purchase or save towards.

No appraisal

Once qualified, very little is required to convert your current FHA loan into one with a lower rate. We only need to verify you are currently employed, and are in good standing with your current FHA mortgage.

FHA Streamline Program Details:

  • Primary residence
  • Second homes
  • Investment properties allowed
  • One to four units
  • Minimum credit score: 620

With loan officer and lending team support – such as in-house processing, underwriting and closing – we offer fast turn around times, and can usually close loans in less than 40 days! 2

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VA Streamline Refinance Loan

Watch your budget grow

If your home is currently financed by a VA home loan, refinancing with an IRRRL can reduce your monthly payments, giving you more flexibility in your budget.

VA Streamline Refinance Loan benefits:

  • Appraisal may not be needed
  • Income verification not required
  • No assets required
  • Lower your current fixed rate
  • Convert your adjustable rate mortgage to a fixed rate
  • No prepayment penalties
Get VA Streamline Refinance loan


Turn the old into new

It’s exciting to get a new home, but even more exciting to make it exactly the way you want. With our wide selection of renovation loans, you can finally get started on the renovations you have had in mind, whether it’s an open kitchen or a more energy-efficient household. Our renovation loans offer options for first homes, investment or second properties.

With loan officer and lending team support – such as in-house processing, underwriting and closing – we offer fast turn around times. On average, PrimeLending can close a loan in fewer than 40 days. 2 You’re closer to your goal than you think. Browse among the different renovation loans below to see which fits your situation the best.

Homestyle Loan

Raise the roof on your home

The HomeStyle® renovation loan is a great option for renovations that add value to your property. It’s a simple loan with flexible use that fits a lot of different situations. They apply to first homes, investment and second properties.

Highlights Of The HomeStyle® Renovation Loan:

  • An affordable option to renovate or improve a home
  • Funds are for repairs/renovations that are permanent to the property and add value
  • Flexible use, for purchase and refinance
  • Simplified documentation
  • Primary, secondary home and investment property allowed
  • Max renovation costs 50% of the “as-completed” appraised value of the home.
  • *Homestyle® is registered trademark of Fannie Mae.

Get a Homestyle loan

Escrow Holdback

How about rolling home repairs into your mortgage?

With the USDA Escrow Holdback home loan program, USDA homebuyers can conveniently finance and make repairs without paying fees twice for two separate loans. You can also avoid the higher interest rates associated with short-term lending. Using this program, a USDA buyer may finance the cost of repairs into their mortgage and complete the reparis after the close on their new USDA mortgage.

USDA Escrow Holdback Program Financing Features:

  • 100% financing for a purchase or refinancing in USDA designated rural area*
  • 102% financing for first-time and repeating homebuyers
  • 30-year fixed rate
  • Self-employed income accepted
  • No mortgage insurance required
  • No maximum loan amount
  • No reserve requirements
  • Fast Closings! 2

Additional Features:

  • Up to 120 days completion time
  • Loan WILL NOT have to be locked thru completion. Only needs to be locked thru Loan Funding date.
  • Use for USDA eligible properties in foreclosure and short sales needing repair
  • Allows for a maximum of up to 2 contractors. (contractor(s) cannot be borrower, family member, realtor/loan officer related to the transaction or borrowers employer) be
  • Eligible repairs are any/all repairs listed by the USDA appraiser and/or underwriter as a violation of USDA’s minimum property standards.

If you want to buy a fixer upper or give your home a total makeover, we have covered! Give us a call and we'll discuss all of your loan options!

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203K Loan

Buy and upgrade at the same time

Guess what? You can now buy and renovate your home with one loan and one monthly payment. With the FHA 203K renovation loan, you can purchase or refinance a home and also include additional money for repairs or renovations. Take a look at the loan advantages below:

203K Full Program Advantages:

  • Repair/renovation costs can be rolled into the loan
  • Major items are allowed (i.e. foundation)
  • Low down payment (3.5%) and seller can pay up to 6% toward closing costs
  • Close before repair/renovation begins
  • Only one closing. Money disbursed on a draw basis after closing, as construction is completed
  • Loan amount can go up to 110% of the “after-improved value” from the appraisal
  • Buyer can include optional renovations/upgrades

203K Streamline Program Advantages:

  • Same as advantages above in the full program with two exclusions: neither repair/renovation costs nor major items such as a property foundation can be included in the loan.

203K Full Program Advantages:

  • Repair foundation
  • Replace roof
  • Paint interior & exterior
  • Remodel kitchen/bath
  • Upgrade to central heat/air
  • Energy efficiency improvemnts
  • Landscaping/exterior repairs
  • New built-in appliances
  • Mold repairs or mold remediation
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