Areas We Serve
Whether you want to take advantage of the affordable, lush retirement communities, or make one of the state’s infamous beaches your permanent home, Griffin funding can help you find the Florida home loan that best suits your needs. We serve a vast number of communities throughout the state including:
- St. Petersburg
- Fort Lauderdale
- Daytona Beach
- Vero Beach
- Cape Coral
If you are ready to apply for a Florida home loan, contact us at (855) 394-8288 or request a quote online.
How Do Home Loans Work in Florida?
You might assume that the steps to buying a house in Florida are different than in other states, but the mortgage process is typically more or less the same.
Home Loan Qualifications
- Find a Florida mortgage broker / lender you want to work with.
- Submit an application.
- Provide any requested documentation to verify that you qualify for the loan.
Once you receive the funds for your Florida home loan, you can move forward with buying your home. In most cases, we can complete this entire process within 30 days or less.
Florida Mortgage Programs
Depending on your personal circumstances, there are a variety of Florida mortgage programs to consider including:
Types of Loans We Offer
- USDA Loans: USDA loans are available for low-to-moderate-income individuals or families who are looking to purchase a home in a designated rural area.
- FHA Loans: FHA loans are available for first-time buyers and typically allow for a 3.5% down payment because these loans are insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
- VA Loans: VA loans are offered as a benefit to veterans (or current service members) and their families. These loans require zero down because they are backed by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
We strive to provide diverse Florida mortgages to accommodate all borrowers, so we also offer recent credit event loans and non-QM loans that might better suit your needs. If you want more information about the benefits of the various loans we offer, our loan specialists are happy to help you narrow down your options to find the best fit.
First-Time Buyer Programs in Florida
If you are a first-time homebuyer, you should be aware of special programs that are designed to make it easier for you to purchase a home. Some of the home loan programs available for first-time buyers in Florida include:
However, it should be noted that some of these programs have fairly strict qualifications pertaining to income level and credit score that may prevent some borrowers from being able to take advantage of these programs.
At Griffin Funding, we are committed to helping you find the most advantageous Florida home loan solution for your situation.
Buying a House in Florida
If you are considering buying a house in Florida, there are probably a few pressing questions at the top of your mind including what steps you need to take, how much homes cost, what the typical down payment is, and what credit score you need to buy.
What Are the Steps to Buying a House in Florida?
There are a few crucial steps you need to take in order to buy a house in Florida, or any other state for that matter:
- Determine your housing budget
- Find a home in your desired area
- Secure a Florida mortgage
- Close on your home
The key advisors that can help you through this process are your realtor and mortgage broker.
How Much Do Houses in Florida Cost?
According to Zillow, the current median sale price for homes in Florida is $243,700. Since this is considerably low for a coastal region, the state’s current housing market is hot, driving more people to consider Florida as a place to buy. However, it is important to note that the housing costs vary significantly depending on location.
How Much Is a Down Payment on a House in Florida?
There is no statewide standard for down payments in Florida. That said, the traditional recommended down payment is 20% of the purchase price.
For example, using the median sale price for Florida homes of $243,700, a 20% down payment would be $48,740. But, if you qualified for a first-time buyer program or another type of loan that requires a much lower down payment, you would need to put down a much smaller amount.
It should be noted that down payments vary significantly and typically depend on the type of loan you qualify for as well as the price of the home you are planning to purchase.
What Credit Score Is Needed to Buy a House in Florida?
The credit score you need in order to buy a house in Florida depends on several factors, including the type of loan you are applying for and your mortgage broker’s requirements. At Griffin Funding, you may be able to secure one of our Florida mortgages with a credit score as low as 580.
Apply for a Florida Home Loan Today
If you are ready to take advantage of the competitive interest rates, streamlined process, and customer-centric Florida home loans we offer, complete an application online today, or call us at (855) 394-8288. As your Florida mortgage lender, Griffin Funding takes pride in making the mortgage process straightforward and stress-free.