Benefits of conforming loan for homebuyers

The 2022 Conforming Loan Limit

November 30, 2021
FHFA increases conforming loan limits for 2022.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently increased the conventional conforming loan limit for one-unit single-family homes from $548,250 in 2021 to $647,200 for 2022.

The conforming loan limit has increased by nearly $100,000 an unprecedented amount. This is the largest loan limit increase in recent years.

Homebuyers can now purchase a home with a conventional loan amount up to $647,200, whereas loans of this amount would previously require a jumbo loan. Jumbo loans serve as an excellent option for those with a higher budget, but they often require a larger down payment and have more stringent credit requirements.

FHFA conforming loan limit increase over time 

Benefits of Conventional Conforming Loans

Conventional loans, or loans that can be purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, provide a more accessible, flexible option for homebuyers. Some benefits include:

  • Down payment requirement as low as 3%
  • Credit score requirement as low as 620
  • Fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgage options
  • No mortgage insurance required with 20%+ down payment

Conforming Loan Limit Definition

The conforming loan limit is the largest mortgage amount allowed for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – the two major mortgage investors – to purchase.

After your mortgage loan is funded, your lender will often sell the mortgage to a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) like Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. These are private companies that receive support from the federal government. Selling the loan to them allows lenders to free up their funds so they can fund more mortgage loans.  

The conforming loan limit is determined by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and fluctuates annually to reflect the average home price in any given area. Some high-cost areas of the United States have a larger conforming loan limit amount.  

The notion of conventional loan limit was established by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 in an effort to set boundaries on the types of loans GSEs could purchase (and ultimately prevent another housing market crash).

Is 2022 the year you achieve your homeownership goals? Find a home loan expertin your area today to get started with a pre-approval.