So Just Tell Me What’s Better Already. FHA or Conventional? FHA used to be a much more expensive option than conventional. But after FHA MIP reductions in early 2015, it’s now a real competitor. FHA and the Conventional 95 start out with about the same payment. The main benefit to FHA is the lower down payment: $3,750 less on a $250,000 home.
Conventional Loan Lenders A conventional mortgage is a conforming loan because it meets the standards set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A conventional loan is not a Government backed mortgage such as FHA, VA, USDA, and FHA 203k Loans. These mortgages are offered by private mortgage lenders and are usually sold to the largest buyer of mortgages, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Both conventional and FHA loans accept the use of a cosigner to strengthen the mortgage application. However, conventional loans require that the occupying borrowers meet certain debt-to-income (DTI) ratios. FHA loans consider the financial strength of all parties on the loan, both occupying borrowers and non-occupying cosigners, under a single DTI.