Sat09202014

Business & Real Estate

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Realtors applaud FHA loan limit

The U.S. Congress last week passed a “minibus” appropriations measure that will continue to fund the government and includes a provision to reinstate the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan limit in high-cost areas for two years.

The higher Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA conforming loan limits of $729,750 expired Oct. 1, when it was reduced to $625,500. The passage of H.R. 2112 provides an extension of FHA-insured mortgages at the higher level through December 2013.

“(The California Association of Realtors) is pleased the Senate and House were able to come to a reasonable compromise on extending the FHA loan limit to ensure affordable home financing for middle-class buyers,” said association President LeFrancis Arnold. “However, we are disappointed that the Senate and House could not agree on increasing the loan limits for Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-insured loans, especially since the Senate bill included a premium on high-cost loans that protected U.S. taxpayers from footing the costs.”

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