Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Will Back Even Bigger Mortgages



A contractor installs trim on a home under construction in Sycamore, Illinois.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
  • Jumbo mortgage threshold rises to $424,100 for most of U.S.
  • Change will help first-time buyers, Realtors and brokers Say

The definition of a jumbo mortgage is changing for the first time in more than a decade.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 will back mortgages of up to $424,100 in most of the U.S., an increase from $417,000, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said Wednesday. The change, which will increase the limit for areas with the most expensive homes to $636,150 from $625,500, comes after home prices in the third quarter pushed past their level of a decade ago.

The increases in the so-called conforming loan limits could make it much easier and cheaper for some first-time homebuyers to enter the market, as the down payment and credit requirements for government-backed mortgages are often looser than those of jumbos…

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Will Back Even Bigger Mortgages

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