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You’ve found the perfect home. Now it’s time to finance it. We offer mortgage loans for purchases and refinances. Our home loan programs consist of fixed and variable rate options, with financing up to 100% loan-to-value. Fees will vary and interest rates can change daily.

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In-House Finance up to 100% loan-to-value. Great pricing, local decisions, and local service. Learn More Apply
Conventional Various loan-to-value options available, including 97%, 95%, 90%, and 80%. Learn More Apply
FHA Loan-to-value up to 96.5%. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) program. Learn More Apply
Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

Put your home’s value to work for you! Use a HELOC for home improvements, debt consolidation, extra cash or as an emergency funding source. Learn More

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USDA Loan-to-value up to 100%. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. Learn More Apply
VA Loan-to-value up to 100%. U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) program. Learn More Apply
THDA Tennessee Housing Development Agency down payment/closing costs assistance program. Learn More Apply
Medical Professional Loan-to-value up to 100%. Available to a variety of medical professionals, not just M.D.s. Learn More Apply
Bridge Transition into your next home using current home's equity, prior to current home's sale. Learn More Apply
Home Equity Loan With our Equity Advantage Home Equity Loan, this second mortgage gives you the ability to lock in your rate with up to 100% combined loan-to-value. Contact a Mortgage Champion to learn more. Apply
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In-House Loans

You don't have to choose between low cost pricing and local service at Leaders.

No Down Payment Option: Saving your funds for the transition from homebuyer to homeowner makes sense for many people. Leaders can help you become a homeowner, without upending your finances. In some instances, you can even avoid monthly private mortgage insurance (PMI).

Common Sense Underwriting: Our in-house mortgage loans are underwritten by Leaders, locally. While the majority of our in-house loans meet standard guidelines, we understand not every situation fits into a neat box.

Quicker Loan Closing: Making the leap to homeownership is often a matter of timing, and speed counts. We've eliminated many of the "hurry up and wait" hurdles of the traditional mortgage process.

Local Loan Servicing: Most lenders don't perform long term loan servicing on mortgages they originate. Our in-house home loans are serviced by Leaders. We'll be here to help on the first day and last day of your mortgage.

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Conventional Loans

At Leaders, you don't need 20% down to obtain the benefits of conventional financing.

Down Payment Options: Many believe conventional loans require 20% down. At Leaders conventional mortgage down payment options actually start as low as 3% or 5%.

Down Payment Source: Another misconception is that the down payment must come from your savings. Actually, it can come from many sources, including a family gift, retirement account(s), and an equity loan on other property.

Faster Loan Processing: Once in the process of closing your home, speed becomes important. Conventional mortgages typically present less hurdles and can be closed quickly.

Less Mortgage Insurance: Mortgage insurance can be avoided on 20% down conventional loans. Fortunately, smaller down payment conventional mortgages typically require less monthly mortgage insurance than government programs like FHA.

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FHA Loans

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) home loans are affordable and accessible.

Low Down Payment: One of the biggest mortgage challenges is down payment. FHA mortgages only require 3.5% down, making homeownership affordable for the masses. Since its inception, over 47 million Americans have achieved homeownership with FHA financing.  

Low Interest Rates: FHA mortgages offer low interest rates, often even lower than conventional loans. How? Because FHA is a government backed mortgage program, lenders are exposed to less loan risk and in turn can offer lower interest rates to consumers.

Reasonable Underwriting: FHA mortgages make homeownership accessible through reasonable underwriting criteria. Along with lower credit score minimums, FHA allows higher debt-to-income ratios than other programs.

Cost Solutions: Purchasing a home cost money, it’s a reality. Fortunately, FHA allows family gifts toward down payment and/or closing costs. FHA also allows sellers to pay toward buyers closing cost, which is common.

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USDA Loans

USDA home loans offer 0% down payment and great interest rates.

No Down Payment: Available in roughly 97% of the geographic United States, the USDA mortgage offers a large percentage of the population access to 0% down home financing.

Low Interest Rates: USDA home loan interest rates are among the lowest. As a government backed program, approved lenders can offer the USDA mortgage with reduced loan risk. In turn, lenders can offer competitive fixed interest rates to homebuyers.

Reasonable Credit Criteria: The USDA home loan program was created to make homeownership accessible, not unobtainable. Relative to many mortgage programs, USDA credit qualifications are less rigid.

Closing Cost Options: The USDA mortgage program sets closing cost thresholds and provides various ways to address them. Beyond out of pocket, options include family gifts, seller concessions, and financing when appraised value supports.

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VA Loans

Veteran Affairs (VA) home loans are reserved for veterans and active duty service members.

No Down Payment: VA mortgages offer our veterans 0% down payment home financing. The VA home loan is the only federally backed no down payment mortgage program, with the exception of USDA.

No Monthly Mortgage Insurance: VA mortgage loans do not require monthly mortgage insurance. While the terminology varies by program, most home loans require it and avoiding it is a huge savings.

Limited Closing Costs: The VA loan program limits certain closing costs. As a not-for-profit financial institution, Leaders Credit Union is already extremely competitive, but obtaining a VA mortgage maximizes veterans' savings.

Seller Concessions: Even with the low cost VA mortgage, financing a home cost money. Fortunately, VA home loans allow sellers to pay toward veterans' closing costs. Negotiating “seller concessions” is common.

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THDA Loans

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) offers two down payment/closing cost assistance options. Below are highlights of the THDA Great Choice Plus Loan program.

Deferred Option (No Payment): Qualified applicants may receive $6,000 in assistance in the form of a forgivable second mortgage. The loan has a 0% interest rate and payments are deferred and forgiven at the end of the 30 year term. The loan must be repaid in full if the home is refinanced or sold. 

Amortized Option (Payment): Qualified applicants may receive 6% of the home sale price in assistance in the form of a second mortgage that is paid monthly over 15 years at an interest rate equal to that of the first mortgage. 

Not Just for First-Time Homebuyers: Repeat homebuyers in 43 targeted Tennessee counties, and designated areas of 15 additional counties, may qualify for the program. Repeat homebuyers can check targeted counties and areas here.

Household Income and Purchase Price Limits: While relevant limits are generous, eligibility for this THDA program requires current income and home purchase price to be under certain maximum amounts which vary by county and household size. You can check your county's limits here.   

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Medical Professional Loans

This unique mortgage program is designed to serve emerging medical professionals that have sacrificed to serve the health of our communities. 

Not Just for M.D.s: Along with Medical Doctors (M.D.), eligible medical professionals include: Doctors of Dental Sciences (D.D.S), Dental Surgeons specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery (D.M.D), Doctors of Optometry (O.D.), Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.), Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.), Doctors of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), and Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

No and Low Down Payment Options: Purchase financing options begin at 100% loan-to-value. Rate and term refinance options begin at 95% loan-to-value. Cash-out refinance maximum loan-to-value of 80%.   

Loan Term Choices: 15-year, 20-year, and 30-year fixed rate term options. Balloon loans also available.

Closing Costs Options and Ongoing Savings: No closing cost option available. Gift funds and/or seller contributions may be applied toward closing costs. No private mortgage insurance required. No prepayment penalty. 

Initial Employment and Student Loans: Closing may occur up to 45 days before beginning employment. Student loan debt may be calculated using current repayment plan, including income-based and graduated plans.

0.25% Interest Rate Discount: Sign-up for direct payroll deposit into your Leaders account and your interest rate will be discounted by 0.25%. Ask your Loan Officer for more details, terms, and conditions.

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Bridge Loans

The Leaders Bridge Loan program allows homeowners to bridge the divide between their current home and their next home.  

What is a bridge loan?  A bridge loan is short term financing used by homeowners to access their current home's equity prior to sale for use toward the purchase of their next home. When the previous home is sold, an applicable portion of the proceeds are used to modify the bridge loan into a traditional permanent mortgage on the new home. Remaining proceeds from the sale are retained by the homeowner.

Leaders Bridge Loan Features:
Fixed Interest Rates Interest Only Payments
Up to 6-Month Terms $1M Max Loan Amount
Up to 90% Combined Loan-to-Value Up-front Rate Lock on Permanent Loan

Why choose a bridge loan? Transitioning from your current home to the next can be difficult. Market conditions and/or personal circumstances can add to the challenge. Leaders bridge loans help homeowners span the transitional divide by offering access to your current home's equity for down payment, avoiding the need to make a contigent offer on your next, expediting your next home purchase, and/or simply avoiding the logistics of selling before buying.    

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