Know Your Options
Mercantile offers a variety of mortgage programs aimed at providing you the right mortgage to fit your needs. After getting to know your needs, one of our lenders will help you find the features, rate and type of mortgage that works best for you.
With a Pre-Qualification, one of our experienced Mortgage Lenders will review several mortgage options based on your budget. A Pre-Qualification consultation is free and may help you make the best decisions when looking for a home.
First Time Home Buyer Programs
There are several mortgage programs available to First Time Home Buyers.
Low Down Payment: Many programs allow low down payments and can range from 0% of the purchase price to 5% of the purchase price. In some cases, down payment funds may also be gifted to you.
Down Payment Assistance: Mercantile Bank works with several agencies which may be able to assist with a down payment (qualifications required, see Mortgage Loan Officer for details).
HomeBoost Down Payment Assistance Program: HomeBoost is a minority down payment assistance program that provides up
to $15,000 in grant funding to first-time homebuyers purchasing a home in Michigan. First-time homebuyers intending to purchase a primary residence in Michigan who identify as Black or African American, Asian, Hispanic, Indian American or Alaska Native, and/or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and have a household income at or below 120% of the local Area Median Income qualify for this program. Learn More
Reduced Closing Fees: Depending on the mortgage program and your income, you may qualify for reduced closing fees if you are a first time home buyer.
Reduced or Waived Private Mortgage Insurance: You may qualify for reduced or waived Private Mortgage Insurance, depending on the mortgage program. Talk to a Mortgage Lender today to learn more.
Michigan First Time Home Buyer Savings Account Program: The Michigan First-Time Home Buyer Savings Program assists first-time home buyers with the purchase of their Michigan principal residence. Accounts created in connection with the First-Time Home Buyer Savings Program may be used for the payment or reimbursement of eligible costs for the purchase of a single-family residence in Michigan by a qualified beneficiary designated on the account. Learn More
Traditional Mortgage Programs
Conventional Mortgage: This is the most commonly used program that follows the requirements set by Freddie Mac, and may require as little as 3% down.
FHA Loans: The Federal Housing Administration offers affordable financing through the FHA Mortgage program and may require as little as 3.5% down (down payment funds can be gifted).
Rural Development (RD) Loan: If you are purchasing in a rural area, you may want to consider an RD Loan, which is a special mortgage program which requires little to no money down.
Veteran Affairs (VA) Home Loan: If you are a military veteran, reservist, active duty personnel, or surviving spouse of a military veteran, you are eligible for a VA Home Loan, which offers low to no down payment, attractive interest rates, and favorable credit terms.
Portfolio Loans: Portfolio Loans are mortgages designed by Mercantile Bank to help promote homeownership in the markets we serve.
Construction Mortgage Programs
Construction Loan: Typically, when you build a home, your builder will ask you to obtain a Construction Draw Loan, which will allow your builder access to funds as they build your home. Mercantile Bank offers One-Time Close Construction loans, which means you only have to close one time with us. That means you pay just one closing fee, and have a mortgage program that will convert from a construction loan to a mortgage without any additional fees.
Self Build Program: If you are looking to build or renovate a home and act as the General Contractor, we offer some limited options.
End Loan: Your builder may provide temporary financing for your new home while they build it, and ask you to obtain a mortgage when the house is completed. We can help with this!
Renovation Loan: Looking to renovate your current home or purchasing a home that may need some tender-loving care? We can assist with a Renovation Loan.
Lot and Land Mortgage Programs
Lot Loan: If you are purchasing less than 11 acres, you can obtain a Lot Loan. This property does not need to be in a subdivision.
Land Loan: Land Loans are for parcels over 11 acres. These loans require a larger down payment. Connect with one of our Mortgage Lenders for more information.
Pole Barn: Not quite land you're looking for? Found that pole barn to store your toys? We can help finance these as well.
All loans subject to credit and collateral approval.