No need to wait until 2022 to take advantage of a new maximum conventional conforming loan limit. You can now increase your real estate purchase power by 14% ($95,000) while still enjoying the low rates and simplified approval process of a conventional mortgage.
The new loan limit for the following year isn't typically announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) until November, but some lenders to include Simplicity Mortgage, have raised their conforming limits ahead of the FHFA announcement to support qualified borrowers ready to purchase a home while interest rates are still low.
A conventional loan limit is the maximum loan amount allowed on a conventional purchase or refinance.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are restricted by law to only purchase single-family mortgages below a specific amount, which is known as the "conforming loan limit". This limit for single-family, one-unit properties started around $33,000 back in the early 1970's and steadily increased to $417,000 in 2006. For specific high-cost areas outside the continental United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the US Virgin Islands) the maximum loan is capped at 150% of the loan limit. Over the years, the loan limit was raised in more expensive counties within the continental United States through various legislative acts, while other legislation established temporary limits for loans originated in certain time periods. A permanent formula for calculating the conforming loan limits was established in The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.
2022 = Largest dollar increase on record.
Over the years, maximum conventional loan limits have climbed to the highest yet in 2021 at $548,250. The annual limit increase has varied depending on the economy and current home prices. Some years the increases were slight, or had no increase at all - most notably from 2006 to 2016, where it remained constant for 10 years straight. 2017 saw around a 2% increase, 2019 a 7% increase, and in 2021, the largest percent increase to date at 7.4%.
For the 6th year in a row, the loan limit has increased quite significantly, which isn't surprising based on today's competitive housing market. Each year since 2008, the loan limit has been calculated based on the average home price increase from Q3 of the previous year to Q3 of the current year. For 2022, home prices are estimated to have respectively increased by 14% so the 2022 loan limit will increase by approximately 14%.
Previously the largest dollar increase on record was in 2006 when the loan limit jumped $57,000 to $417,000. 2006 still holds the record for highest % increase at 15.95%.
What does an increase of conventional loan limits mean for you?
The opportunity of more purchase power! The loan limit is the maximum loan amount you can receive while still qualifying for a conventional loan. As an example - if you put 20% down, as many do on conventional loans, you can now purchase a home with a purchase price up to $780,000. Keep in mind, first-time homebuyers may qualify to put only 3% down payment and previous/current homeowners may secure a conventional loan with 5% down payment. However, there is monthly mortgage insurance for loans when less than 20% is put down.
A conforming conventional mortgage at this point is extremely advantageous! Previous home purchases this large required a jumbo loan, which often comes with a more intricate qualification process and a slightly higher interest rate.
When can I take advantage of this new conventional loan limit?
Today! These new limits are now available at certain lenders to include Simplicity Mortgage.
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