With this change, a buyer considering a $766,550 property could still be eligible for a Conforming Loan, which may have a more competitive rate and less restrictive guidelines than a Jumbo Loan.
When a loan is Conforming, it meets GSE (Government Sponsored Enterprise) lending guidelines set in place by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A Non-Conforming Loan, like a Jumbo Loan, doesn’t conform to Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac guidelines and may have more stringent qualification and down payment requirements. All home loans fall into one of these two categories.
A Conforming Loan is often used interchangeably with a Conventional Loan. While they’re not one and the same, there are many similarities between the two. All Conforming Mortgages are Conventional, but not all Conventional Mortgages are categorized as Conforming. Your Loan Officer can explain the subtle differences.
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So, what does this mean if you’re a homebuyer?
- Your purchasing power could increase. When loan limits rise, your buying power does too. Higher Conforming Loan limits allow you to borrow more without crossing over into Jumbo Loan territory. Jumbo Loans can come with more restrictions, higher down payments, and even higher interest rates.
- You could now buy in a higher-cost area. Sometimes, homebuyers find that Conforming Loan limits aren’t high enough to compete in pricier parts of the country. This is the reason that limits have once again increased. You may now have more listings to choose from that are on par with the typically priced houses in your area.
- You may need less cash to close. Your down payment makes up a significant portion of your cash to close, along with closing costs, taxes, and other fees and charges. With the new Conforming Loan limits, a down payment may be much lower than when borrowing with a Jumbo Loan. This could free up extra funds for other important things, like moving and furnishing your new house.
Remember: Larger limits help homeowners and homebuyers. When limits increase, it enables homebuyers to stay in step with rising housing prices. The potential for a lower down payment at a higher price point may make the market more affordable to more buyers. Homeowners interested in a cash-out refinance may also have access to more funds, based on their current equity levels and up to the amount of the new loan limits.