FHFA Increases Conforming Loan Limits for 2021
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Tuesday, November 24th, that the 2021 maximum conforming loan limit (CLL) for one-unit properties will be $548,250 for most of the U.S.— a significant increase from the 2020 maximum CLL of $510,400. The maximum CLL will be higher for areas in which 115 percent of the local median home value exceeds this new baseline.
This is great news for buyers planning to take advantage of the historically low rates in 2021. Here are a few other details you should know about conforming loan limits and how increasing these limits increases your buying power.
Q. What is a conforming loan?
A. A conforming loan is a mortgage that is equal to or less than the loan limits established by the FHFA and meets the funding criteria of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Borrowers who meet the criteria often have excellent credit and a low DTI, and because of this, are traditionally offered more competitive rates*.
Q. How often do conforming loan limits change?
A. Each year, the FHFA extensively reviews the fluctuation of home prices across the U.S. According to their most recent data, house prices increased 7.42 percent on average between the third quarters of 2019 and 2020, so the loan limits were adjusted accordingly. Though the FHFA reviews loan limits on a yearly basis, the limits are not guaranteed to change.
Q. How do higher limits increase my buying power?
A. Higher loan limits allow homebuyers to borrow up to an amount that reflects the housing market around them. Keep in mind that some counties in high-cost areas require a higher loan limit. You can find the maximum loan limit for your county here.
Q. Can I borrow more than this limit?
A. Yes! There are home loans, other than conforming loans, with higher loan limits. Read more about it here.
Q. Does PacRes offer other loan types?
A. Of course we do! At PacRes, we offer an array of loan solutions to meet your unique financial needs. You can read more about these solutions at any time, but don’t forget that a licensed Mortgage Advisor will be able to walk you through which loans would work best for your long-term goals. Get in touch with a Mortgage Advisor at any time.
Q. I’m thinking about buying my first house. Are there resources for first-time buyers?
A. We love guiding first-time homebuyers through the home loan process! Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions you’ll make, which is just one reason we work hard to make sure our borrowers leave the process educated and confident in the loan they received. Check out these helpful resources to learn more.
- The Home Loan Timeline
- Loan Solutions at PacRes
- The Benefits of Owning vs. Renting
- How to Lock-In a Low Interest Rate
- Understanding the Pre-Approval Process
- Questions Your Lender Might Ask
- How to Save for a Down Payment
Interested in how these loan limit increases impact your buying power in 2021? We can help! Contact a Mortgage Advisor today using the form below for a no-commitment consultation.