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Learn lending lingo fast with INHP

Lending lingo may seem foreign, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. Here are the definitions of four homeownership terms to help you learn home lingo fast:

What’s a home lender?
A home lender is a bank or other financial institution, like INHP, that loans money to people to buy a house – the loan is often called a mortgage.

What’s a down payment?
A down payment is the amount of the home’s purchase price that a buyer must pay using their own money. The remaining purchase price is typically funded by a mortgage loan.

• What’s the principal?
When talking about mortgage loans, the principal is the amount of money borrowed to buy a house.

What’s an interest rate?
An interest rate is the amount a home lender charges for borrowing money. It’s how the lender makes money from doing a transaction with you.

Still intimidated? View a full list of homeownership terms on INHP’s website. Or, sign up for one of INHP’s classes online. Most are free.

Can’t afford a large down payment? An INHP home loan only requires a 1 to 3% down. Get started today!

INHP offices closed in
observance of Thanksgiving

All INHP office locations will be closed starting at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 26. We will resume normal hours of operation at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.


All online services are still available, including:

  • Completing a registration form for INHP home purchase/repair programs
  • Enrolling in a virtual/in-person education class
  • Completing an online education course

INHP will respond to any inquiries or form submissions made via our website or email system in the order they were received after we reopen. 



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