USDA Loans were created to assist borrowers with low to moderate incomes living in rural areas to make homeownership a reality. The goal of this product is to allow lenders to provide financing in rural areas that will allow homebuyers to own adequate, modest, decent, safe, and sanitary homes as their primary residences.
- No down payment
- Closing costs and reasonable/customary expenses may be included
- Must meet income eligibility requirements
FHA loans have been in existence since 1934. What makes them attractive for many borrowers seeking a home mortgage is that because they are insured by the Federal Housing Administration, (FHA), the participating lenders, like Mortgage Equity Partners, can offer you a better deal.
- Lower down payments
- Lower closing costs
- Easier credit qualifying
FHA loan programs have a down payment option as low as 3.5% of the sale price. FHA loan programs are great for millennial borrowers who may be struggling to pay off student loan debt and other first-time homebuyers who have not been able to save the traditional 20% down payment. FHA loans are available for single-family residences and 1-4 unit properties. There is also an option to make your home more energy efficient by including the costs of energy improvement into an FHA Energy-Efficient Mortgage.
Learn more about FHA loans go to the Department of Housing and Urban Development or contact one of our experienced loan officers.
A VA loan is a mortgage loan guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and provided by a qualified lender, such as Mortgage Equity Partners, to be used by American veterans, current military members serving in US military, reservists and surviving spouses (who have not re-married).
VA loans were created to provide a 0% down payment option for veterans who may not have the required funds to make a traditional 20% down payment. VA loans require no mortgage insurance. Lenders usually require mortgage insurance if you make a down payment that is less than 20%. This is for the protection of the lender in the event that a borrower defaults on their loan. VA loans have flexible guidelines for qualification. All mortgages require an in depth review of specific documentation, an acceptable credit history, and an income that is large enough to cover payments and expenses. VA loans in comparison to other loan programs tend to be a lot more flexible in these areas. This is due to the fact that the loans are guaranteed by the VA. Most VA loans are “assumable”, which means you can transfer your VA loan to a future home buyer if that person is also VA-eligible.
This loan program was designed to make it easier for our veterans to qualify.
- 0% down payment
- No PMI
- Easier qualifying Ratios
- Lower minimum credit scores
- VA loans area assumable
For more information on VA Loans contact, US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Homes for Local Heroes
The South Carolina Local Heroes Program offers significant savings on mortgage lending fees to help out local heroes purchase or refinance his or her home. Local Heroes benefits are extended to:
- Teachers and school administrators
- University and College Faculty and Staff
- Law Enforcement
- Medical Personnel
- Military Active and Veterans
- Government and Municipal employees
- Employees of Local Non-Profits
Our local heroes can save on numerous fees usually associated with the loan process. Discounts are also offered by participating realtors.