FHFA Loan Limit Increase To More Than $510,000
Fannie Mae has issued Lender Letter LL-2019-09 to confirm the general and high-cost area loan limits announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The new loan limit in most of the country will be $510,400, which represents a 5.38% increase over the 2019 limit. All but 43 counties (or county equivalents) will see a loan limit increase.
The new limits are effective for whole loans delivered to Fannie Mae and loans in MBS pools with issue dates on or after Jan. 1, 2020. Detailed information and updated resources, including the Loan Limit Look-Up Table, are available on the Loan Limits page. For best practices on committing or pooling loans that fall between the old and new loan limits, call the Capital Markets Sales Desk at 1-800-752-0257.
High-cost area loan limits are derived from median home prices estimated by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). FHA will permit a 30-day appeals period during which requests for individual area median home price increases will be evaluated. FHFA will issue a subsequent announcement if any individual high-cost area loan limit is increased as a result of the appeals process. Updates resulting from subsequent FHFA announcements will be posted on our website. Loans subject to the high-cost area limits are referred to as high-balance loans and must comply with the high-balance loan requirements described in the Selling Guide.