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Jumbo Loans

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both have limits on the value of homes that these associations protect. Homebuyers who can afford to take out a loan on homes with a value higher than the conforming loan limits can utilize jumbo loans to make their purchase.

Benefits of a jumbo loan

The only benefit of a jumbo loan is that one allows you to purchase a home that exceeds the mortgage limit of the region of the United States where that home is located.

If a borrower needs to borrow more than that mortgage limit, then their only option is to apply for a jumbo loan, which is not backed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Who qualifies for a jumbo loan?

Because there is no federal backing for jumbo loans, there is a much more comprehensive set of requirements or a borrower to get one. Here are the criteria that most lenders require for a borrower to qualify for a jumbo loan:

  • A borrower must have a credit score of at least 700.
  • A borrower must have a debt-to-income ratio of at least 43% or less (usually less).
  • Income requirements depend on the total value of the home being purchased, but only high-income individuals are usually considered for jumbo loans.
United States loan limits

For most of the United States’ nearly 3,000 counties, the loan limit that is covered by the government

  • The vast majority of United States counties have a loan limit of $424,100 (as of 2017).
  • A little over 100 counties classified as expensive markets, such as San Francisco or New York, have increased conforming loan limits of $636,150.
  • 115 counties in the mainland United States have a loan limit that falls between $424,100 and $636,150.
  • States and territories that are not a part of the continental United States, such as Hawaii, Guam, and Alaska, (among others) have a maximum loan limit of up to $721,050.

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