Mortgage Lending Advisory: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA Conforming Loan Limits Dropping On Sept. 30th!

by Rich Vetstein on August 15, 2011 · 0 comments

in Fannie Mae, FHA, Massachusetts Real Estate Law, Mortgages, Refinances

Fannie Mae and FHA Conforming Loan Limits Dropping.  Close by 9/30/2011 or sooner!

A guest post by David Gaffin, Senior Mortgage Lender, from Greenpark Mortgage.

David Gaffin, Greenpark Mortgage

As Congress lets the temporary increase in conforming loan limits expire October 1st, we have received word that some investors will require that all loans affected by these limits close on or before September 30, 2011. Other investors will have their own timelines and will require closings earlier, perhaps weeks earlier.

I have attached a chart below indicating the new loan limits for 1-4 family residences through 12/31/2011 for some investors. 2012 Loan limits for Fannie and Freddie have yet to be announced. For Massachusetts this reduction will impact the these areas as follows: Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket: Reduced from $729,750 to $625,500; , Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk Counties reduced from $523,750 to $465,750; Bristol county will be reduced to $426,650; Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester Counties will remain at $417,000.

Please follow the attached chart for the max loan amounts. It is indicated by county.

                                               1 Family 2 Family 3 Family 4 Family

BRISTOL MA

$426,650

$546,200

$660,200

$820,500

DUKES

MA

$625,500

$800,775

$967,950

$1,202,925

ESSEX

MA

$465,750

$596,250

$720,700

$895,700

FRANKLIN

MA

$417,000

$533,850

$645,300

$801,950

HAMPDEN

MA

$417,000

$533,850

$645,300

$801,950

HAMPSHIRE

MA

$417,000

$533,850

$645,300

$801,950

MIDDLESEX

MA

$465,750

$596,250

$720,700

$895,700

NANTUCKET

MA

$625,500

$800,775

$967,950

$1,202,925

NORFOLK

MA

$465,750

$596,250

$720,700

$895,700

PLYMOUTH

MA

$465,750

$596,250

$720,700

$895,700

SUFFOLK

MA

$465,750

$596,250

$720,700

$895,700

WORCESTER

MA

$417,000

$533,850

$645,300

$801,950

You can also access other states via the website: http://www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx?Page=185 and click on the HERA Loan Limits at the bottom of the page.

With respect to FHA, more pain is ahead as FHA seeks to lower its market share and reduce exposure. Loan limits decreases will affect Massachusetts dramaticaly, as the chart below indicates:

Continuing HERA Median
Appropriations Limit House Year
Act of Price of Median
Limit 2011 2011 for House
(1-unit) (1-unit) Difference Area Price
MA BarnstableCounty

$462,500

$405,950

($56,550)

$353,000

2008

MA BristolCounty

$475,000

$426,650

($48,350)

$371,000

2008

MA DukesCounty

$729,750

$625,500

($104,250)

$626,000

2010

MA EssexCounty

$523,750

$465,750

($58,000)

$405,000

2008

MA FranklinCounty

$318,750

$274,850

($43,900)

$239,000

2010

MA HampdemCounty

$318,750

$274,850

($43,900)

$239,000

2010

MA HampshireCounty

$318,750

$274,850

($43,900)

$239,000

2010

MA MiddlesexCounty

$523,750

$465,750

($58,000)

$405,000

2008

MA NantucketCounty

$729,750

$625,500

($104,250)

$1,325,000

2009

MA NorfolkCounty

$523,750

$465,750

($58,000)

$405,000

2008

MA PlymouthCounty

$523,750

$465,750

($58,000)

$405,000

2008

MA SuffolkCounty

$523,750

$465,750

($58,000)

$405,000

2008

MA WorcesterCounty

$385,000

$285,200

($99,800)

$248,000

2008

 

Worcester County will get killed! With Loan Limits dropping by almost $100,000, FHA will be effectively increasing the down payment requirements for buyers, if they wish to purchase a home over $298,000. This will have an impact on home prices. FHA is also good for buyers who have less than 740 credit scores. Fannie has price adjustments for lower Ficos and these raise the interest rates to borrowers. The towns of Milford, Westborough, Northborough, Shrewbury, Northborough, among others could be hard hit.

Bottom line, Take advantage of the low interest rates and higher loan limits now. Greenpark is currently accepting purchase loans for the higher limits until 8/25/2011, to close by 9/30/2011.

Please send me an email me, dgaffin@greenparkmortgage.com with any questions and thank you for reading.

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