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CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
"New" 2009 Conforming Loan Limit Unchanged From $417,000; High-Cost Areas Now Max Out at $625,500
November 29th, 2008
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that the "new" conforming loan limit for 2009 will remain at $417,000 for most areas in the U.S., unchanged since 2006. Loan limits for high-cost areas, including California, are capped at $625,500, down from the previous $729,750 limit. Loan limits for many areas of the state do not reach this lower threshold and are dramatically reduced from 2008.
"Although price declines mean that the total number of homes eligible for conforming financing has increased, we're disappointed that the $729,750 limit stipulated in the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 signed in February was not made permanent," said C.A.R. President William E....
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Source: Investment Weekly News (2008-11-29)