Mortgage Resources

Mortgage Resources

We know the home loan process can be a complicated affair. Our Mortgage Resources are designed to help explain the most common concepts and questions.

Loan Types & Programs

There are many types of loans and loan programs out there, but don't be overwhelmed! Your First Interstate Bank loan originator will walk you through the available options and help you determine the best path for you.

If you have questions about loan types or loan programs, please consult your loan originator.

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Conforming Loans

Conforming loans are designed for borrowers who meet guidelines, limits, and parameters established by Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE's), also referred to as the Agencies.

Non-Conforming Loans

Unlike conforming loans, non-conforming loans extend beyond the guidelines and limits set by the Agencies and create opportunities for borrowers who don't meet some criteria of the conforming program.

Jumbo Loans

Jumbo loans provide the funding necessary for borrowers whose purchases extend beyond the limits set by the Agencies.

All of these loan types can include fixed or variable interest rates.

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loans

FHA loans are designed for borrowers who meet the guidelines, limits, and parameters set by the FHA.

FHA loans may include lower down payments and closing costs for homebuyers.

Veterans Administration (VA) Loans

VA loans are offered to veterans who served in active duty and received a Certificate of Eligibility from the military. VA sets the guidelines, limits, and parameters for these loans.

Rural Development (RD) Loans

RD loans are provided through the United States Department of Agriculture and provide financing for low to moderate income borrowers (income eligibility is determine by RD) with no down payment requirement. Properties must be located in an eligible rural area according to RD.

First-Time Homebuyers

The Montana Board of Housing (MBOH), the Wyoming Community Development Authority (WCDA), and the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) periodically sell tax-exempt revenue bonds. The proceeds fund mortgages for homebuyers, generally at interest rates lower than current market rates. MBOH, WCDA, and SDHDA do not normally lend directly to homebuyers but offer their programs to approved lenders, including First Interstate.

Montana Board of Housing (MBOH) Single Family Programs

Bond Program

  • For Montana first-time homebuyers
    • Borrowers who have not owned a primary residence within the past three years qualify.
    • Prior ownership of a manufactured home on a leased lot is acceptable.
    • Exceptions made if property is within a targeted area of Montana.
  • Loans are FHA insured, VA, or RD guaranteed.
  • Household gross annual income must meet MBOH requirements.
  • Maximum purchase price cannot exceed the limits established for each county.
  • Homes must be occupied by the owners.

Disabled Accessible Affordable Homeownership Program

  • Homeownership for people with disabilities
  • Participants acquire affordable homes
  • MBOH periodically sets aside money to fund this program

Recycled Single Family Mortgage Program

  • MBOH makes funds available through
    • Recycled mortgage prepayments
    • Funds under previous bond issues
  • MBOH partners with local, nonprofit agencies, and local government to target housing needs.

South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) Single Family Programs

  • For South Dakota first-time homebuyers
    • Borrowers who have not owned a primary residence within the past three years qualify.
  • Household gross annual income must meet SDHDA requirements.
  • Maximum purchase price cannot exceed the limits established for each county (depends on existing or new construction).
  • Homes must be occupied by the owners.
  • Customary closing costs and SDHDA bond fee apply.

Wyoming Community Development Authority (WCDA)

Single Family Program

  • For Wyoming first-time homebuyers
    • Borrowers who have not owned a primary residence within the past three years qualify.
  • Household gross annual income must meet WCDA requirements.
  • Maximum purchase price cannot exceed the limits established for each county (depends on existing or new construction).
  • Homes must be occupied by the owners.
  • Customary closing costs and WCDA bond fee apply.

Down Payment Assistance

  • Assists homebuyers who lack financial resources for a down payment
  • Usually a smaller down payment
  • Subject to program availability

Spruce-Up Wyoming

  • Program to help renovate existing homes that otherwise may not be acceptable collateral for a loan.
  • Generally carry an attractive interest rate.

First Interstate Bank offers constructions loans, vacation or second home loans, second mortgages, vacant land, and loans for other types of real estate purchases. Please consult a loan originator for more information.

Loans are subject to credit approval. Some restrictions and loan fees may apply.

Today's Featured Rate

Actual interest rates and annual percentage rates (APRs) may vary based on credit score, loan to value, property type and occupancy.

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