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From Barboursville to Williamstown, West Virginia has some wonderful communities to call home. You've chosen to hang your hat, now you need to find the best rate mortgage available. can assist you throughout the mortgage search, with reliable content, accurate mortgage calculators, and current interest rate tables. When you're ready to start shopping for your loan needs, you can access our thorough directory of qualified West Virginia brokers. Or simply ask for a no-obligation quote online, and have competing offers delivered to you. Here's your roadmap to shopping for low rate mortgage loans:

  • Educate yourself about the options.
  • Clarify your objectives.
  • Shop around.
  • Crunch the numbers.

Conforming Mortgages

The U.S. government supports the mortgage industry by providing mortgage lenders with a source of funding. Two entities do this primarily: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Fannie and Freddie are chartered to support only a certain segment of the population-low- and middle-class households. To ensure that these households receive the benefit of Fannie and Freddie's activities, the government maintains a set of criteria defining the mortgages it will support. These are called conforming mortgages. These mortgages carry lower interest rates than non-conforming mortgages. The qualification criteria include maximum borrower debt-to-income ratio, maximum loan-to-value, and maximum loan amount, among other things.

Second Mortgages

If you have sufficient equity and income, you can take out a second mortgage to convert your home equity into cash. There are two forms of second mortgages-a fixed-rate loan or an adjustable-rate line of credit. Common uses for home equity loans include home improvement projects and business start-up costs. The home equity line of credit (HELOC) can be used to cover timing differences between household bills and household income. Lenders set your maximum approved loan limit by applying a percentage of the value of your home, less the balance on your first mortgage. The percentage used varies by lender and by economic conditions, but generally ranges from 75 percent to 125 percent.


As a prospective mortgage borrower, you should compare financing options at each stage of your mortgage search:

  • Before you begin contacting lenders, you can read up on mortgage types available and market interest rates. See's News & Advice page for further information.
  • As you start collecting mortgage rate quotes, compare your offers against market rates and each other. You can generate quotes by contacting lenders in our West Virginia directory, or by using's rate quote service.
  • Once you receive several mortgage offers, analyze them in detail with mortgage calculators. Use's free calculators to compare the fixed-rate offer to the adjustable-rate offer, or to decide if now really is the right time to refinance.

With resources to guide you, your efforts will lead you to a competitively priced mortgage loan.