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Higher FHA Mortgage For California Start Tomorrow, March 6th

by Peter G. Miller
March 5th, 2008

Speaking in California, HUD Sec. Alphonso Jackson has announced higher loan limits beginning tomorrow, March 6th, for California. As well, says a news release issued by HUD with the hour, “new limits for the entire nation will be announced tomorrow

“Beginning tomorrow, HUD will offer temporary FHA loan limits that will range from $271,050 to $729,750. Overall, the change in loan limits will help provide economic stability to America’s communities and give nearly 240,000 additional homeowners and homebuyers a safer, more affordable mortgage alternative. The maximum amount of $729,750 will only be applicable to extremely high-cost metropolitan areas such as: Los Angeles County, San Francisco County, Orange County, and Santa Barbara County. Previously, FHA’s loan limits in these very high-cost areas were capped at $362,790.

The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 permits FHA to insure loans on amounts up to 125 percent of the area median house price, when that amount is between the national minimum ($271,050) and maximum ($729,750). The new minimum and maximum loan limits are based on 65 percent and 175 percent of the conforming loan limits for Government-Sponsored Enterprises in 2008, which is $417,000. The FHA used a combination of existing government data sets and available commercial information to determine the median sales price for each area. The change in loan limits are applicable to all FHA-insured mortgage loans endorsed after HUD publishes the increased loan limits tomorrow, and it lasts until December 31, 2008.”

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