Last year, the conforming loan limit was set to increased to $424,100 for this year (2017). Now, most of the United States will see an increase for single unit properties to $453,100 for 2018.
The HERA (Housing and Economic Recovery Act) indicates that the baseline conforming loan limit should be adjusted with the change in the average home price in the United States every year.
According to the FHFA (Federal Housing Finance Agency):
According to FHFA’s seasonally adjusted, expanded-data HPI, house prices increased 6.8 percent, on average, between the third quarters of 2016 and 2017. Therefore, the baseline maximum conforming loan limit in 2018 will increase by the same percentage.
A loan is considered “conforming” when it conforms to Government-Sponsored Enterprise (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) guidelines.
In light of the recent announcement of the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price NSA Index increase from last year, and FHFA’s seasonally adjusted, expanded-data HPI increase, this conforming loan limit adjustment is a welcome change for home buyers in high valuation markets.
To learn more about this increase, you can read the press release from the FHFA by going to https://www.fhfa.gov/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/FHFA-Announces-Maximum-Conforming-Loan-Limits-for-2018.aspx.