What a mortgage loan is?

In order to understand government-backed loans, it’s important to understand a mortgage loan. A mortgage loan is a secured type of loan for buying a house. Therefore, a financial institution lends money to a borrower to help them purchase a home if they are unable to pay in cash. Over time, the borrower repays the institution with interest.

What is a government-backed mortgage loan?

Government-backed loans are mortgage loans that are insured by government agencies. Typically, there are three types of government-backed mortgages that buyers can take advantage of. Sometimes, these programs can make it easier for homebuyers to qualify for a mortgage in the future.

Which loans are guaranteed by the federal government?

Government loans are usually not applied for directly from the government agency and are applied for through private lenders offering government-backed mortgages. The three most common federally funded loans are VA loans, USDA loans, and FHA loans.

What are the benefits of government-backed mortgages? 

The main benefit associated with government-backed home loans is that they’re generally more accessible to those who may not be in a perfect position to buy. Government-insured loans are secured by the government, which eliminates the risk of repayment. These types of loans are a great option for those who may not be approved for a conventional loan. 

  • Require lower down payments 
  • Build equity and credit 
  • More accessible to those who may not in a perfect position to buy 

How do I know if my mortgage is backed by the government? 

If you want to find out if your loan is a federally backed mortgage, then there are a few different ways to determine this information. You can either call your lender or send a written request to your mortgage provider requesting this information. By law, your lender has an obligation to provide you with the name, address, and telephone number of the person who owns your loan, to the best of their knowledge. Furthermore, use the Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae lookup tool online to see if your mortgage is backed by the government.  

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