Federal Loan Limits Reduced for 2009 for LA & Orange Counties: Another Good Reason to Buy Now UPDATED

UPDATE: FEB 15, 2009

The newly passed $787.2 billion stimulus package will have an effect on Sylmar real estate in several ways. According to the California Association of Realtors, the legislation resets the conforming loan limit cap in Los Angeles County to $729,750, up from $625,500, and this will now be effective until December 31, 2009.


On Friday the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which regulates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks, announced that the national conforming loan limit for 2009 will remain $417,000 in most areas of the United States, except for certain “high-cost” areas, including Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

The conforming loan limit is the maximum size of loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can purchase in 2009, and is generally based on local median home prices.

The Economic Stimulus Act enacted earlier this year temporarily increased the loan limit for Sylmar real estate and other local areas up to a maximum of $729,750 for loans originated before December 31, 2008. Because the median home prices have dropped in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the conforming loan limit has been reduced for 2009 accordingly.

These new conforming loan limits for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area (Los Angeles & Orange Counties) will apply to loans purchased between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009:

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For more in-depth information about the announcement, please visit the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.

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