“Jumbo Loans” Is About The Worst Name Ever

November 06, 2020 by Dan Green

Did you know that you don’t have to have a jumbo loan size to use a jumbo loan.

By definition, jumbo loans are loans that are too big to be backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, that exceed your local conforming mortgage loan limits.

But, much like Kleenex, Band-Aids, and Kitty Litter, the term “jumbo” has become generic.

“Jumbo” now describes a whole group of loans that once were known as portfolio loans, as in “these are loans were not doing through the government, they’re loans we’re keeping in our own portfolio.”

It’s important to buyers that portfolio loans aren’t done through the government because lenders freedom to make their own rules.

So they do.

  • 100% loans for doctors that never require mortgage insurance
  • Loans for buyers who are the first in a condo building
  • Loans for cashing out a home after paying for it with cash

Regardless of size, these are each jumbo loans. It doesn’t matter if you borrow three million dollars or a hundred thousand — you can use a jumbo loan to get it done.

So, if you’ve got a large or small loan, or a slightly bizarre scenario, talk to your lender and see what you can get done.

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