Homeowners who are facing foreclosure can mainly blame a bad economy for their misery. With decreasing property values, rising interest rates, and layoffs, much of this has contributed to high levels of foreclosure. But not all people are victims of recession. Some borrowers are delinquent who have lived far beyond their means. These are the people who are ignorant to the various types of mortgages that are available. The big bailout plan isn't just one solution to fit all when it comes to foreclosures. Before you decide on the right color to paint your home, decide how much you really can afford. It's the same with a mortgage.
Adjustable Rate Mortgages - These adjustable rate loans will vary in their rates, and will depend on several factors that affect the market. These loans can be more beneficial to their lenders because the margins are intact, no matter which way the market goes. Interest rate caps are applied to protect borrowers against too much of an increase in their monthly payments.
Fixed Rate Mortgages - FRMs are loans that are highly favored due to the fixed rate. The advantage of these loans is their shorter term and lower rate of interest added into the principal.
FHA Loans - These loans are granted by the FHA under the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, which is 'HUD'. Generally, FHA loans will have lower qualifying standards than conventional loans. One very positive feature of these loans is their low down payment requirement. All U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for these loans.
Jumbo Loans - These are loans that are greater than what the set maximum limit is that has been established by Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae. They are limited to a select few borrowers, and their rates of interest are greater than even conforming loans.
VA Loans - The Dept. of Veterans Affairs are your guarantors for these loans. It's a benefit of having served in the army, air force, marines, or navy. All honorably discharged personnel may apply for these types of loan, and the qualifications again, are much lower than conventional loans. The VA does not make the loan itself, but guarantees the loan. There is a set limit of $203,000 for each loan application.
State/Local Housing Loan Programs - If you are a first time buyer, you ought to check your local housing programs. These loans come with fixed rates requiring less of a down payment, with lower interest rates than the current market.
Conforming Loans - Conforming loan applicants will have to follow terms and conditions pre-set by corporations, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The maximum amount of these loans will be greater than what the government loans are, and set at $417,000 per family.
Homeowners should all do some personal research and get educated in regard to mortgages and with financial planning. This can help deter foreclosure threats. If more people were equipped with the right knowledge many of the dream house owners would still have their homes, and any bailout plan unnecessary.