Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Push for Conforming Loan Limit Extension

In 2008, Congress allowed Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration to guarantee or buy mortgages worth as much as $729,750 in most neighborhoods. The limits will expire Oct. 1 and drop to $600,000 or more, varying by county. (The darker areas in the map show counties that will face the biggest drops.)

Housing Wire is reporting that Mortgage Bankers Association CEO David Stevens, the former director of the FHA, said he would like to see the limits extended through the end of 2012.

"While we had hoped improved economic conditions could warrant a return to the loan limits established by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, the reality is that the temporarily higher loan levels are still needed. A number of bills have been introduced that would extend these limits and we urge Congress to address this important issue," Stevens said in the letter to Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) introduced just such a bill last week, which would extend the limits for another two years.

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