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Volume 5 - Number 27

December 21, 2012

2013 FHA, VA Loan Limits Vary in Many Markets

The FHA and VA have announced loan limit adjustments in many counties even as disparities with conventional loan limits persist in 2013, according to a new analysis by Inside FHA Lending. FHA loan limits for forward mortgages will increase in 2013 for 19 counties, 10 of which are part of the Houston metropolitan area. In those counties, the one-unit limit is going up just $1,500 to $272,550. The remaining counties are in Alaska. Congress authorized the “emergency” loan limits for high-costs markets – still $729,750 for FHA and $625,500 for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac –to run through Dec. 31, 2013. The base loan limit nationwide and in ...

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