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At a Glance
Minimum Down Payment
Minimum mid-credit score
700 (for 90% total combined loan amounts on an Owner-Occupied Home)
720 (for 85% total combined loan amounts for a Second/Vacation Home)
PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance)
None, as long as the Conventional 1st loan is ≤ 80% of the purchase price
Owner Occupied and Second Homes Only
Min/ Max Loan Amount
$100,000 - $510,400 (1st Conventional Loan)
$50,000 - $500,000 (HELOC)
Loan Repayment Terms
30 Year Fixed Rate (1st Conventional Loan)Interest-Only Credit Line (HELOC)
Maximum Debt-vs-Income Ratio
45% of all debts, including the new home (Owner-Occupied Home)
43% of all debts, including the new home (Second/Vacation Home)
A COMBO loan is the combination of TWO different home loans to purchase a home. First, we finance the majority of the purchase price (75% - 80%) using a standard CONVENTIONAL loan, and then cover another portion (10% - 15%) with a second loan: a Home Equity Line of Credit. Your down payment (10%), plus both loans, adds up to 100% of the total purchase price Both loans close on the same day.
About HELOC Financing
The Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is an open-end revolving line of credit with interest-only payments for the first 10 years. The rate fluctuates monthly with the Prime rate. You may pay this line down as quickly as wish to reduce interest charges over time.
A HELOC functions for the first 10 years similar to a credit card, in that as you pay down the balance, the more funds become available to spend in emergency situations.
Why Use COMBO Financing?
Here are some common examples and their advantages:
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LOAN SIZE LIMITS
For most counties in Florida, the maximum loan size for a single-unit homes is currently $510,400. Click HERE for a map listing of all US Counties.
Loan size of the first Conventional loan is limited to the Conventional loan size limit. Currently $510,400.
The Home Equity Line of Credit minimum/ maximum line size:
GENERAL QUALIFICATION NOTES
The Underwriting approval for both loans generally follows the same conventional underwriting guidelines for both loans, but may have certain exceptions, such as:
Minimum middle credit score to qualify:
Primary Residences: 700
Second/Vacation Homes: 720
Maximum debt ratio limit:
45% for primary residences
43% for second/vacation homes.
Max Combined Loan-to-Value (both loans):
89.99% for primary residences
85% for second/vacation homes.
Owner-occupied, Second/Vacation Homes only
ACCEPTABLE HOME TYPES
NON-US Citizen Requirements
EXAMPLE 1: AVOID JUMBO FINANCING
Easier to Qualify vs Jumbo.
When it comes to qualifying, Jumbo financing can be much more challenging than Conventional financing. For example, if you have a recent housing event such as a foreclosure, bankruptcy, short sale, etc in your history, you may not qualify for a jumbo loan, depending on the event. With our COMBO loan, we use Conventional underwriting guidelines, which are less strict than Jumbo. If you have had a recent housing event, be sure to see our Waiting Period Chart for Conventional Financing before applying for a COMBO loan.
Lower down payment requirement & Fixed Rates. Jumbo financing often requires a higher down payment than 10%. Also with most Jumbo financing programs, the interest rate is usually only fixed for 5 - 10 years. With a COMBO, the majority of the financing is fixed for 30 years.
EXAMPLE 2: CONDOMINIUM FINANCING
Easier Qualification for Condominiums
When buying a condominium with Conventional financing, the condo association must qualify for the loan, in addition to the buyer.
Here is where COMBO Financing is helpful.
When it comes to Conventional financing, if the amount of the first loan is greater than 75% of the purchase price, then the condominium must provide a much more rigorous and time-consuming condominium approval process (this is a called a "Full Review"); however if the first Conventional loan is equal or less than 75% of the purchase price, the condominium approval is based on the answers of a short survey that is completed by the condominium association (referred to as a "limited review"), instead of a full review of hundreds or thousands of pages.
Sometimes, getting a limited review can mean the difference between successful loan approval or a denial.
TO AVOID JUMBO FINANCING
Example Home Purchase Price:
(68% of purchase price)
(~10% of purchase price)
Second Loan (HELOC)
(~22% of purchase price)
In this example, we've structured the first loan at $510,400 (the maximum conventional loan size) so that the majority of the financing is at a fixed interest rate. Then created a HELOC to fill the rest up to 90% of the purchase price. After that, the down payment completes the rest.
TO AVOID A FULL CONDO REVIEW
Example Condo Purchase Price:
(75% of purchase price)
(10% of purchase price)
Second Loan (HELOC)
(25% of purchase price)
In this example, we've structured the first loan at $262,500 (75% of the purchase price) so which means we can do a "limited" review of the condominium. Then created a HELOC to fill the rest up to 90% of the purchase price. After that, the down payment completes the rest.