NO CHANGE FOR CONFORMING LOAN LIMITS IN ’08

MARCH 6, 2008.   NEW CONFORMING LOAN LIMITS ARE HERE!  READ NOW!

The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) announced Tuesday it will keep conforming loan limits at current levels of $417,000 for single-family mortgages in 2008, and also hinted it could lower the limits in 2009 if home prices continue to decline.

The conforming loan limit determines the maximum size of a mortgage that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can buy or guarantee. Non-conforming or jumbo loans typically carry a higher mortgage interest rate than a conforming loan, increasing the monthly payment and negatively impacting affordability for households in California.

“At more than $568,000, the median price of a home in California is more than 2.5 times the U.S. median of $221,000, yet California is not recognized by OFHEO as a high-cost state,” said C.A.R. President William E. Brown. “California still has the third highest home price in the nation, compared with Hawaii at seventh, and Alaska, which ranks 39th in terms of median home price. Yet Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are recognized by OFHEO as high-cost areas.”

“Now is the time for the U.S. Senate to pass legislation allowing regional adjustments to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan limits and to modernize FHA loan programs,” Brown said. “This critical legislation is a key step to allowing families in California an opportunity to climb the first rung of the homeownership ladder.”

For more information, go to http://www.car.org/index.php?id=MzgwMTE=. To read the OFHEO press release, go to http://www.ofheo.gov/newsroom.aspx?ID=397&q1=1&q2=None .

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