Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FHA Loan Limits....Key Factor for Buyers




FHA MORTGAGES TO SHRINK IN 2014


Know Your Loan Limits

For any home buyer seeking a loan down payment, the FHA Loan
must be considered.  With the financial market changes, the FHA has 
altered the size of loans permitted in numerous markets.

Attempting to ensure home buyers, especially 1st Time Hom Buyers, the
FHA establishes the maximum loan values by Market Area.  As you may know
the home values in Las Vegas or California are much different the Des Moines, IA.
Thus, the maximum loan value will be lower in Des Moines than in California.

Though numerous areas(including Hampton Roads) saw no change in this maximum 
loan value, a large number did change.   You will want to read this article from Al Clark's
HomeAgain Newsletter.  It provids a quick overview of the issue.

Most importantly, there is a link to the FHA site with loan limits for every market.
So whether you read this blog and live outside of Hampton Roads or you will move
into or out of this area, you will find the data very helpful.




FHA Loan
 Size Cut By Half In Some Markets


The size of the biggest mortgage the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) can guarantee is going to drop by as much as 50 percent in some areas of the U.S. in 2014.

Homeowners living in the highest-cost areas of the country will find their FHA loans capped at $625,500, down from $729,750 in 2013.

To get a larger mortgage, you'll have to turn to the jumbo mortgage market, where you'll likely pay a higher interest rate because your jumbo loan lacks a government guarantee.

The National Association of Realtors? predicts the maximum FHA loan amount will fall 20 percent or more in 146 U.S. counties and 10 percent or more in 300 counties. In some counties, the maximum size FHA loan will fall by more than 50 percent.

FHA's website lets you check the loan limits in your county. Be sure to select the 2014 limits if you visit the site.

NAR recently wrote to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan pleading with him to reverse FHA's decision.

"While the housing market has improved in many areas of the country, the recovery remains fragile and uneven, especially in many of the areas where HUD has most severely reduced FHA loan limits," NAR's letter said.

"Many borrowers in areas affected by the reductions rely on FHA-insured products and would not have qualified under the low loan-to-value and tight credit standards currently required by the private market," the letter continued.

"These conditions leave the American dream of home ownership out of reach for many families. Without access to affordable low down payment financing, families are unable to purchase orrefinance homes, and those who wish to sell find it more difficult, all of which will continue to prolong our housing crisis. As proposed, the turbulence these reductions will create runs the risk of reversing progress being made in the economic recovery."
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