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What is a Conventional Loan?

Conventional Loans in Houston

In Texas, if you are applying for a home loan for a single residence that is both below $484,350 and fits inside the criteria of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (both are quasi-government agencies), then you are seeking a “conforming” loan or “conventional” loan.”

Conventional Loan Quick Facts

Factors such as down payment, interest rate, and reserves vary depending on your credit score and the Conventional program offered by each lender.

Requires higher FICO score than FHA.

All types of mortgage insurance products on Conventional Loans are cheaper than FHA Loans.

Allowed to finance Primary Residence, Vacation Property, Second Home, and Rental Property.

Many different types of down payment programs are available, starting at 3%, 5%, 10%, 15%, or 20%+.

Conventional Loan Limits in Houston

Each year, the conventional loan limits are set for each county. For 2020. the conventional loan limits for all Texas Counties are:

One Unit:


Two Units:


Three Units:


Four Units:


Financing which does not exceed these thresholds can be obtained through a conventional home loan. If you require more financing, you can apply for a Jumbo loan in Houston instead.

Note that the loan limits above are also the loan limits for the city of Houston, as Houston is the Harris County seat.

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Minimum credit score could start at 620; however, each Lender can have different FICO score requirements.

With a 20% or more down payment there is no private mortgage insurance requirement.

Total Debt to Income Rations can be above 43% if underwriting shows that you have compensating factors like excellent Credit Scores, and High Reserves.

There are may different types of Conventional Loan Programs, from loans for first time home owners to loans for landlords creating a Rental Portfolio. Each has unique qualifying criteria.

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The Conventional Loan Process

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1 How's My Credit 2 Loan Options 3 Approval Process 4 Steps To Closing

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If you use our realty affiliate Texas Property Realty on a closing transaction of a home, then your final home loan interest rate in combination with all expenses, will be lower on the same loan product than any competitor by at least 1/8 percent APR, or we Texas Property Lending, Inc. will pay $1,000 towards your closing costs when you close Texas Property Realty.

*This Guarantee applies only to Products and Programs that Texas Property Lending offers, and only includes Jumbo, and Conventional, and, any claim for reimbursement must be made in writing no later than 30 days prior to closing. In all cases Texas Property Lending must have the opportunity and right to beat the rate and expense of any competitor. This guarantee does not apply if your family member, extended family member, fiancé or significant other is doing your loan, as our competitor.

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