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Volume 7 - Number 6

March 14, 2014

Bill Seeking Revamp of 2014 Loan Limits Introduced

Legislation seeking a recalculation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s loan limits for 2014 was introduced this week in the House of Representatives. Authored by Rep. Gary Miller, R-CA, H.R. 4208 (The Stabilizing FHA Loan Limit Calculation Act of 2014), would address credit availability problems caused by the statutory change in the way FHA loan limits are calculated and by revised median housing prices. More than 650 counties throughout the country saw their median house prices drop, some by as much as 20 percent to 50 percent, because of the 2014 calculation. Approximately 93 percent of California’s housing market or 54 counties have experienced severe declines in their FHA loan limits in 2014. For example, in Miller’s Riverside-San-Bernardino-Ontario district, the median price for a one-unit property fell from $500,000 in 2013 to $355,350 in 2014 – a 30 percent difference. In 2013, an estimated 8,000 home sales with ...

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