A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is a home loan that maintains the same interest rate and monthly payment (excluding changes in taxes and insurance) over the 30-year loan period. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of mortgage because it provides the security of a fixed payment and the flexibility to afford a larger mortgage loan. A 15-year fixed rate mortgage can save you thousands of dollars in interest payments over the life of the loan, but your monthly payments will be higher.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is a government entity that offers mortgage insurance on loans made by FHA-approved lenders. This loan program requires a 3.5% down payment.
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) manages a program whereby a buyer can borrow up to 102% of the home’s appraised value, thus eliminating a down payment. This program is only available in certain non-urban geographic locations, but these sites can include small towns and villages close to larger cities.
Veterans are eligible for VA (Veterans Affairs) mortgage loans with zero down payments. Credit requirements are similar to those associated with FHA loans. The program is also available to the unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran who died on active duty or because of a service-related disability.
Refinancing your current loan can be very beneficial for many reasons including; shortening the length of a mortgage (i.e. refinancing a 30-year mortgage into a new 15-year mortgage), consolidating debt, or refinancing from an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) to a fixed rate mortgage (or vice versa).
SDHDA is a self-supporting, nonprofit entity that utilizes housing bonds, tax credits, and other federal and state resources to fund housing programs which provide mortgage and downpayment assistance, housing construction and and rehabilitation, homelessness prevention, and rental assistance.