Did you know that from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021, the number of mortgage originations dropped by thirteen percent? As the real estate market continues to stay hot, and the overall economy starts to falter, it’s becoming increasingly harder for people to meet conventional mortgage requirements.

However, it’s important to realize that there’s more than one way to secure financing to buy a home. If you feel that you can’t get a loan, we might be able to help you.

So keep on reading, and we’ll take you through the alternative mortgages and options that you need to know about if you can’t meet conventional loan requirements.

FHA Loans

FHA loans are some of the most popular alternatives to the traditional mortgage. These are loans that are secured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). This loan is so popular because of the low down payment requirements.

If your credit score is at least 580 then you can get an FHA loan while putting down as little as 3.5 percent.

If you have a credit score that lands between 500 and 579 then you’ll be able to get an FHA loan while putting down ten percent. 

You can also use grants, money from family members, and funds from savings to pay the down payment. 

It’s important to point out that the FHA doesn’t lend money to people for a mortgage. Instead, a bank that’s approved by the FHA issues the loan, and the FHA guarantees the loan. 

This means that the bank is taking on a lot less risk.  

It’s important to know that if you buy a home with an FHA loan, you’re required to have that home as your primary residence for at least one year. You can’t use an FHA loan to buy an investment property or a vacation home.


A USDA is a lot like an FHA loan, except it’s handled by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture). In fact, the USDA is an even better option for some people, as you can secure a loan with zero percent down. 

With that said, you need to buy a home in an area that’s deemed eligible by the USDA. This is going to be a rural area and no major US cities are likely going to be eligible. 

With that said, if you’re someone who likes to live among farmland and greenery, this might be the perfect loan for you. You don’t need to own a farm or have livestock to be eligible for this loan.

Like the FHA loan, you need to live in the home for at least one year if you take out a USDA loan. Also, the USDA doesn’t actually issue any loans. Instead, it’s done by approved banks.

VA Loan 

A VA loan is meant for veterans and active-duty members of the military. These loans are administered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

A big benefit of this loan is that you can get it while putting no money down. These loans can also put you in a house near a military base so that you can get constant interaction with other members of the armed forces. 

Seller Financing

Seller financing is becoming an increasingly popular option that is beloved by sellers and buyers. With this arrangement, the seller is the source of funds instead of the bank.

This form of financing allows buyers to bypass the conventional mortgage requirements that they might not be able to meet. Sellers love it because they can collect passive income with interest.

However, it should be noted that this form of financing tends to come with higher interest rates. 

Also, many sellers might not know about this form of financing. If you’d prefer it over a traditional mortgage, then you should pitch it to the seller and see if they will get on board. 

Jumbo Loans

If you’re looking for an unusually large loan, it will probably be too big for Freddie Mac or Fannie Mac to back. This is where jumbo loans come into play.

It’s helpful to know that the interest rates for jumbo loans tend to be similar to those of traditional loans. In order to qualify for a jumbo loan, you’ll need to meet stricter loan requirements that your lender sets. 

If you’re interested in applying for you, you should consider checking out this guide to getting jumbo loan

Private and Hard Money Lenders

Hard and private money are two popular options among real estate investors these days. This method involves finding an investor who will finance your property and act as a lender.

As the buyer, you would need to pay the loan back with interest straight to the lender. This is an unconventional form of financing and lets you get around strict mortgage requirements. 

Get Around Conventional Mortgage Requirements

Hopefully, after reading the above article, you now have a better idea of how to get around conventional mortgage requirements. As we can see, there are many alternative options at your disposal. 

Just because you don’t qualify for a traditional mortgage doesn’t mean that you can’t buy a house. And even if you do qualify, one of these other options might still be a better choice for your situation.

Just make sure that whatever you decide, financially makes sense for you.

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