Choosing the best loan option during the home buying process is important – that’s why we are here to guide you. This may be different from the best program for your neighbor, cousin or anyone else you know that has recently gotten a loan. We pride ourselves in fixed rate financing so your loan is secure.
Here is a just a brief snapshot of the loan programs we offer. There are literally thousands of options, rules and just plain crazy that we can get into once we know a little more about your situation. When you are ready for more info, just contact one of our experienced loan officers!
Rural Development Loans
The Rural Development loan (sometimes referred to as RD or USDA) offers fixed rate financing with zero money down. It is available in communities with a population of less than 25,000, which happens to be the majority of the cities in the State of Iowa. Some examples of eligible communities include North Liberty, Tiffin, Solon, Williamsburg, Newton, Mt. Pleasant, Nevada and many, many more! Contact RMN to see if your area of interest is eligible.
These loans are guaranteed by the Veteran’s Administration for men and women who have served or are serving in our armed forces. If you have at least 2 years of active duty service or 6 years in the National Guard or Reserves, you may qualify for this program. Your loan officer can look at your DD 214 or NGB 22 and help you decide if you qualify.
These loans typically require 5% down payment. If you have less than 20% down payment Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is required. This can be paid monthly, dropping off once you get to 80% loan to value; or up-front as a lump sum. Don’t be scared of PMI! It is less expensive with good credit and often keeps your interest rate lower.
These loans are guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration and not limited to first time home buyers. FHA loans also have monthly and upfront mortgage insurance. This program requires 3.5% down payment. There are still credit requirements, but it is typically more lenient than other loan programs.
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