Thursday, November 29, 2007

Conforming Loan Limit Unchanged In 2008

The conforming loan limit, currently $417,000, will remain unchanged in 2008, announced OFHEO director James B. Lockhart. OFHEO is the entity that regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-chartered guarantors of home mortgages. Any loans above the $417,000 limit are considered “jumbo” and cannot be guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, so lenders usually charge higher interest on them. This limit only applies to one-unit properties; multiple-unit properties have higher limits. Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands have higher upper limits than other states. The maximum conforming loan limit is determined by analyzing October-to-October change in the average house price, which has declined more than 3% this year. The maximum limit hasn’t changed for the last 2 years, and it probably won’t get revised upwards anytime soon. The latest NAR report says the inventory of single-family homes on the market is at the highest level in 22 years (10.8 months’ supply), which can only drive home prices down.

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