2024 FHFA Mortgage Loan Limit Increase: Maximize Your Home Buying Potential

Nov 28, 2023 • Our Blog
2024 FHFA Mortgage Loan Limit Increase: Maximize Your Home Buying Potential

Hello from your friends at Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation! We're excited to demystify some mortgage terminology and share news that could significantly impact your home-buying plans in 2024. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has made a notable announcement for the upcoming year: they're raising the loan amount limits for certain types of mortgages. Let's explore what this means for your journey to homeownership.

2024's Big Change: Higher Loan Limits

Conforming loans, which are conventional loans adhering to FHFA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac standards, are a cornerstone in the world of mortgages. Used by many borrowers, these loans tend to offer more favorable interest rates and terms compared to their larger, non-conforming counterparts.

For 2024, the FHFA has decided to increase the maximum amount you can borrow with these loans to $766,550 for a single-family home in most areas. This $40,350 hike from the previous year directly responds to the upward trend in housing prices, reflecting an effort to make home financing more attainable for a broader range of buyers.

Why This Matters to You

Your loan limit is more than just a number—it's a key determinant in your home-buying process, influencing everything from the types of homes you can consider to the terms of your mortgage.

With these elevated limits in 2024, you gain enhanced financial flexibility, potentially bringing those slightly out-of-reach homes within your grasp.

The Scoop on High-Cost Areas

If you're house hunting in a high-cost area, such as major cities or unique locations like Alaska and Hawaii, you're in for even more promising news. These areas boast even higher limits, in some cases going up to $1,149,825. This increase is crucial in places like Los Angeles, where housing costs far exceed the national average.

Each area's specific conforming loan limit is based on median home values and can be as much as 150% of the standard limit. Are you curious about the limit in your county? The FHFA offers an interactive map to guide you.

Advantages of Staying Within Agency Guidelines

These raised limits are more than just numbers; they're opportunities. They enable more borrowers to stay within the comfortable confines of agency loan guidelines, avoiding the more demanding terrain of jumbo loans.

If the home you're considering is priced above these limits, consider boosting your down payment to keep within the conforming loan range. This maneuver helps you steer clear of the jumbo loan category, known for its stricter credit score and underwriting requirements and larger down payments.

Beyond Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

While the recent FHFA loan limit updates affect Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming loans, it's important to look at the broader picture in the mortgage landscape.

Other lending programs such as FHA (offering lower down payments, ideal for first-time buyers), VA (providing benefits for veterans and service members), and USDA (tailored for rural and suburban home purchases) loans are also expected to increase their limits for 2024.

Much like the increase to the FHFA limits, these changes are aimed at enhancing homeownership accessibility, giving buyers more choices to suit their specific needs.

How This Benefits You as a Buyer

These new limits can open doors (literally!) for you in many ways:

  • More Home Choices: You now have a wider range of homes eligible for a conforming loan.
  • Better Loan Terms: Potential savings on interest over the life of your loan versus nonconforming loans.
  • Easier Qualification: Conforming loans may be easier to qualify for than larger, non-conforming loans, making the home-buying process smoother.

We're Here to Help

At Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation, we're committed to making your path to homeownership as seamless as possible. We offer diverse loan products to suit various needs and scenarios.

If you have questions or need guidance on how these changes might benefit you, we're only a call or click away.

For more detailed information, you can also visit the FHFA's website at www.fhfa.gov/CLL.

Programs, rates, terms, and conditions are subject to change without notice. Residential Mortgage Corporation is not affiliated with or acting on behalf of or at the direction of FHA, VA, USDA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or any governmental body or agency.