Big news! The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) just announced their 2019 loan limits.
In most of the U.S., the 2019 maximum conforming loan limit for one-unit properties will be $484,350, an increase from $453,100 in 2018.
According to FHFA’s Home Price Index, home prices rose 6.9 percent, on average, between the third quarters of 2017 and 2018. As a result, the baseline maximum conforming loan limit in 2019 was adjusted to increase by the same percentage.
Median home values generally rose in high-cost areas in 2018, driving up the maximum loan limits in these areas. The new ceiling loan limit for one-unit properties in high-cost areas will be $726,525 — up from $679,650. A high balance mortgage loan is a conventional loan that is made in a designated high-cost loan area. Click here for a map showing loan limits nation wide.
Also, loan limits increased for multi-unit properties. For a more in-depth look at multi-unit property loan limits please click here.
Helpful in higher priced areas-
Locations like Orange County, CA have a higher number of homes that are valued above the conforming loan limit. This increase by the FHFA means it will be easier as well as less expensive to finance a home loan with a balance below $726,525. Why? A loan that does not fall within the conventional loan limits is considered jumbo. Jumbo guidelines are generally more restrictive.
These new loan amounts can be originated beginning December 1, 2018 with funding/ fulfillments beginning after January 1, 2019. This is great news for those who would like to take advantage of the holiday housing market! So let’s get started today!
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