The Federal Housing Administration increased the loan limits for 2024 in 3,338 counties across the country in order to keep up with escalating home prices. FHA limits inform borrowers of the maximum allowable loan amount available to purchase a home for every county.

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FHA loan limits were established to define how much you can borrow for a HUD-backed mortgage. Each state has different limits, so be sure to look up your state to understand what is available for your FHA home loan.

For 2024, the FHA floor was set at $498,257 for single-family home loans. This minimum lending amount covers most U.S. counties. The FHA ceiling represents the maximum loan amount and is illustrated in the table below.

FHA Limits (low cost areas)
SingleDuplexTri-plexFour-plex
$498,257$637,950$771,125$958,350

Also for 2024, the FHA ceiling was set at $1,149,825 for single-family home loans. This represents the highest amount that a borrower can get through the FHA loan program. It applies to high cost areas in the United States and is illustrated in the table below.

FHA Limits (high cost areas)
SingleDuplexTri-plexFour-plex
$1,149,825$1,472,250$1,779,525$2,211,600

Paying the upfront costs of buying a new home can be challenging. To help overcome this hurdle, many local and state agencies offer down payment assistance in the form of grants or second mortgages.

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FHA Loan Articles and Mortgage News

FHA Cash-Out Refinancing Instead of a Renovation Refinance?

June 13, 2024 - With an FHA rehab loan, known as the FHA 203(k) rehab loan, you can buy or refinance a home needing improvement. This type of loan is possible, but the house must be brought into compliance with FHA minimum standards and local building code.

Employment and Income Rules for FHA Mortgages

June 11, 2024 - When some look at their loan approval potential, they think more about FICO scores than any other aspect of home loan approval. But income and employment count, too. We examine how influential those factors are below.

Home Loan Variables and Options to Consider

June 10, 2024 - At every stage in the home loan process, there are choices, starting with the basic decision to own your own home instead of renting someone else’s property. What other choices await you on your home loan journey?

FHA Loan Tips for Buying Older Homes

June 9, 2024 - Not every house available for sale is new construction or ever recent construction. Appraisal issues for houses that haven’t existed very long can be much different than for houses a few decades old or older.

FHA Rehab Loans vs. Home Improvement Loans

June 7, 2024 - What’s the difference between FHA rehab and home improvement loans? Some people use the terms interchangeably, but an FHA 203(k) rehab loan is very different from a home equity line of credit or a home improvement loan.

Answers to Five Important FHA Loan Questions

June 6, 2024 - New borrowers have many questions about how the FHA loan process works. Whether you’re in the planning and saving stages of the loan or are ready to make an offer on a house, there are some important answers to get along the way to make the most informed decision.

Is Your Home in a Federal Disaster Area?

June 5, 2024 - If you have an FHA loan on a home that has been affected by a natural disaster in a federal disaster area, there are important options for you to know about. You should know more about the options below when trying to settle insurance claims.

Home Loan Interest Rate Tips

June 3, 2024 - An article published by Forbes Advisor notes various home loan interest rate predictions. Some of them might surprise you. Others might not. In general, the feeling among industry pros is that rates aren’t going to take a nosedive anytime soon.

What Affects Your Home Loan Application Before Closing Day?

June 2, 2024 - Once your home loan application is approved, it’s tempting to think you are “bulletproof” on the way to closing day, and nothing can stop your FHA loan now.  But there are some factors to be mindful of before closing day.

Avoiding Confusion with Your FHA Home Loan

June 1, 2024 - An FHA loan is intended for those who want to buy a house they will live in. It cannot be used for an investment property, which is a house the borrower purchases but does not live in, typically renting it out to others.

If you’re getting ready to shop around for mortgage options, it’s a good idea to brush up on some of the technical terms in our Mortgage Glossary. You’re going to be hearing a lot of them!