2020 marks the 4th year in a row that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is raising the maximum conforming loan limit. The conventional loan limit will increase to $510,400, which is $26,050 higher than the 2019 conventional conforming loan limit of $484,350. Data from the FHFA shows that home prices have increased by 5.38% from Q3 of 2018 to Q3 of 2019 therefore, the maximum loan limit will increase by the same percentage.
In the current market, it may seem that these increases are automatic and expected, but it wasn’t too long ago that the loan limit held steady for an entire decade. The housing and economic recovery act of 2008 established a baseline loan limit at $417,000 and mandated that after a period of declines, the baseline cannot be raised until homes prices return to pre-decline levels. In 2016, the loan limit was raised by $7,100, which was the first time there was an increase in 10 years. Over the past 4 years it has gone up by at total of $93,000.
There are some higher cost areas where 115% of the local median home value exceeds the baseline conforming loan limit. These areas have a higher loan limit, which is established as a multiple of the area median home value. The maximum loan limit, regardless of the location, is set at $765,600 - or 150% of the baseline loan limit. This limit of $765,600 applies to the highest cost areas, as well as, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the US Virgin islands.
How does this apply to you and your mortgage situation?
A higher conventional loan limit allows you to utilize a conventional loan on a property that may not have qualified for a conforming conventional loan in 2019. While High Balance and Jumbo Loans are great financing options for higher price properties, conventional loans are typically the better option. They are often faster, easier and have lower interest rates and closing costs.
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