Conventional Loan Eligibility


A conventional loan tends to follow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines. Banks and other financial institutions issue a conventional loan – sometimes referred to as ‘regular loans.” A conventional loan is privately backed – unlike the government-issued FHA, VA and USDA loans. Because it’s the banks that put their “necks on the line,” guidelines and eligibility requirements tend to be more stringent than some of the federal loan programs.

There are many advantages for those that qualify for a conventional loan. Call 610-345-9100 to learn more about why a conventional loan might be right for you.

Below are some of the general eligibility requirements of a conventional loan. Because each case is different, make sure to call us to determine if you qualify.

  • Credit scores
    Guidelines will vary – please contact me for details.
  • Income requirements
    Your mortgage payment cannot be more than 31% of your monthly gross income and your monthly debts (house, car, student loans, etc.) cannot exceed 45% of your monthly gross income.
  • Down payment
    Most loans require between a 3% and 20% down payment. Mortgage insurance may be an option for those who cannot put down the full 20%.
  • Documentation
    You’ll need to provide proof of your:
    • income stability
    • job history
    • residences from the past two years
    • income tax filings
    • paystubs

(This is just an initial list of paperwork that will need to be provided. Based on your income, assets, liabilities and profits more paperwork may be requested.)


Also, if you are not a U.S. citizen, residency or visa paperwork may be required.

Why such a big process to apply for a conventional loan?

If you think about it – the banks are taking a big risk to loan you enough money to buy a house. They receive thousands of applications each week from hopeful homeowners and investors requesting to borrow funds. To determine who is likely to repay the loans, the banks must set eligibility requirements. Unlike the FHA, VA loans and USDA loans that are backed by the government, there is more risk to the private lenders when they issue a conventional loan. Therefore, stricter guidelines apply.

While a conventional loan may have the strictest eligibility guidelines, they often prove to be the most advantageous loan option for those who qualify.

The conventional loan experts at Leader One will be with you step-by-step to walk you though the process. If there is any way that you may be eligible for a conventional loan, they will make it happen.

To learn more and see if you meet conventional loan eligibility requirements, contact me at 610-345-9100.


Ken and his team we awesome to work with. You all made this process so easy. Thank you for all you did to make our dreams come true. I will recommend them to everyone I know.

dtpaint018 on 2018-02-01

Ken and his colleagues were very easy to work with to finance the purchase of our new house. Everyone was friendly and efficient and Ken was a great resource for questions about the process. He was able to get our pre-qualification letter out the same day we needed it. Once we were under contract, at his recommendation, we locked in our rate at a great time and there was no drama in the closing process. We were able to do all the paperwork online--no messing with fax machines or dropping physical papers off anywhere. We would definitely work with Ken again.

jessifails on 2018-02-01

Ken and his team are a pleasure to work with! He was always happy to help and answer any questions we had and keeping in contact every step of the way.

MMM1117 on 2017-05-01

We only had just over a month for have our loan ready. Ken assured us it would be ready. From start of the process to the closing, the process was seamless. Ken's team was efficient, knowledgable and helpful the enter time. They assisted us with everything that was needed and kept us informed the entire time. I would recommend Ken and his team to anyone needing a mortgage.

LynneFlatleyOliver on 2017-05-01

Ken and his team have been great throughout my house purchase. They are always available and help you understand every step of the process. I would highly recommend!

steviep232005 on 2017-05-01

My husband and I just purchased a house, we are first time home buyers, and Ken was excellent to work with. He was very professional and timely in providing us with the information we needed to successfully secure our mortgage. There were no last minute surprises, everything went very smoothly. I would definitely recommend Ken.

hakeber123 on 2017-01-01

Mr. Pitts and his team were swift to support my fiance and I during every step of our housing process. He was courteous and swift to get in touch with us whenever we had questions, and professional even during negotiation over interest rates. If you go to the table with Ken, he will make sure you have the necessary financial backing to complete your purchase, without awkward issues arising during closing.

joshuanlarson on 2017-01-01

Ken recently assisted us with the purchase of our first home. Ken and his team were extremely helpful and informative throughout the entire process. I can not think of one negative thing to be said and very grateful for the professionalism, knowledge and experience that Ken brought to the table. Ken and his team assured that all necessary steps were completed well before settlement and the morning of settlement went through without a hitch. Ken also personally attended settlement with us and answered any questions that we had. A truly great guy and professional!

eric 12 on 2016-11-01

Ken and his team did a great job for my family on a very tight closing deadline. They kept us on track throughout the process. I would recommend them 100%!

ian24k on 2016-11-01

Ken and his team worked tirelessly to ensure my primary and swing loan took place as promised. Each step in the mortgage process was explained and then executed. Ken was in personal touch with us the whole process. Ken created very informative and entertaining videos to help explain portions of the mortgage process. Definitely a 5 ⭐️Team.

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