FHA Announces New Loan Limits for 2024

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The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has recently made a significant announcement that will impact many homebuyers and homeowners across the United States. As we step into the calendar year 2024, the FHA has updated its loan limits for both Single Family Title II forward and Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) insurance programs. This change, driven by the persistent rise in home prices throughout 2023, brings new opportunities and considerations for borrowers.

Reflecting on the Housing Market Trends

Julia Gordon, the Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner, highlighted the changes as a response to the continuous upsurge in home prices witnessed nationwide in 2023. With affordability becoming a growing concern, these increased loan limits aim to make FHA’s low-down-payment financing more accessible, ensuring that well-qualified borrowers can still enter the market.

Understanding the New Loan Limits

The FHA adheres to a formula prescribed in the National Housing Act for setting annual loan limits. This involves analyzing county or Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) home sale data to adjust loan limits across different cost categories. For 2024, the loan limits are as follows:

One-Unit Properties: The low-cost area “floor” is set at $498,257, with the high-cost area “ceiling” at $1,149,825. For Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the ceiling is $1,724,725.
Two-Unit Properties: Limits range from $637,950 in low-cost areas to $1,472,250 in high-cost areas, and up to $2,208,375 in the special exception areas.
Three-Unit Properties: These start at $771,125 and go up to $1,779,525 and $2,669,275 in high-cost and special exception areas, respectively.
Four-Unit Properties: The limits are set at $958,350 for low-cost areas, $2,211,600 for high-cost areas, and $3,317,400 for the special exception areas.
These adjustments, particularly for the special exception areas, account for the higher costs of construction in regions like Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The changes will be effective for FHA case numbers assigned on or after January 1, 2024.

HECM Loan Limits on the Rise

The HECM maximum claim amount is also seeing an increase. From $1,089,300 in 2023, it will rise to $1,149,825 in 2024, applicable to all areas including the special exception regions.

The Calculation Process

The process of setting these limits is detailed and follows specific guidelines. The FHA sets Single Family forward mortgage loan limits at 115 percent of area median house prices, subject to established floor and ceiling limits. These are based on the national conforming loan limit set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) for conventional mortgages.

For 2024, the national conforming loan limit for a one-unit property is $766,550. The FHA’s minimum national loan limit floor for a one-unit property is 65 percent of this, equating to $498,257. High-cost areas are those where the loan limit exceeds this floor, and the maximum loan limit ceiling for such areas is $1,149,825.

Accessing Detailed Information

For those seeking more information or a complete list of FHA loan limits, including areas at the FHA ceiling and between the floor and ceiling, the FHA’s Loan Limits Page offers comprehensive details.

As we navigate through these changes, it’s essential for borrowers, real estate professionals, and lenders to stay informed and understand how these new limits might influence their decisions and opportunities in the housing market. The FHA’s adjustments for 2024 are a clear response to the dynamic housing market and aim to support sustainable homeownership in a diverse range of economic environments. If you want to see what you can qualify for in the coming year please fill our our quick mortgage analysis on our website!