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 Reverse Mortgage Loan Costs You Should Know

July 17, 2024 - What fees and expenses can you expect from an FHA reverse mortgage, also known as an FHA home equity conversion mortgage (HECM)? There are a number of important costs to save for. We examine them in this article.

Home Loan Options: Types, Rates and Terms

July 16, 2024 - There are many options to consider when planning your home loan. One good example? Some borrowers wonder if they should choose a 15-year FHA loan over a 30-year mortgage. Those who want to save as much money might consider the 15-year FHA loan, but there are other choices.

FHA Updates 203(k) Rehabilitation Loan Policy

July 13, 2024 - According to HUD, the changes announced in early July 2024 modernize the program and enhance its usefulness for individuals and families seeking affordable financing for renovating or rehabilitating a single-family home when purchasing or refinancing it.

When Is an Appraisal Required for an FHA Refinance?

July 11, 2024 - Appraisals and home inspections are two separate but very important processes. For the purpose of this article, we focus on the mandatory FHA appraisal process the lender uses to establish the fair market value of the home.

What is an FHA Reverse Mortgage?

July 9, 2024 - The FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan program is an option for qualifying borrowers 62 or older. These loans require no monthly payment and feature a cash out option for the borrower.

Credit Qualifications for FHA Loans

July 8, 2024 - The FHA loan FICO score requirement is easy to understand. If your FICO scores fall between 500 and 579, FHA loan rules say you must pay 10% down, assuming lender standards allow loan approval for those scores.

FHA Fixed Rate Loan or FHA ARM?

July 6, 2024 - The FHA single-family home loan program includes both a fixed-interest rate option and an adjustable-rate home loan (ARM). In a housing market where mortgage rates are higher than they have been in many years, the adjustable-rate FHA loan is an option many consider.

FHA Loans to Buy, Install, or Repair Your Dream Home

July 3, 2024 - Borrowers sometimes assume things about home loan programs that aren’t true. For example, the USDA home loan option requires that the homes purchased with such loans must be in a rural area. But the USDA’s definition of rural is often quite different than you might think.

FHA Loan Questions: True or False?

July 2, 2024 - What do new homebuyers need to know about FHA home loans, and how they can help? We examine some facts and fiction below. If you have never purchased a home, the information below can help you get off to a better start.

FHA Home Loan Do's and Don'ts

July 1, 2024 - There are things a new house hunter should do when planning a home loan, especially an FHA mortgage. There are also some crucial things house hunters should NOT do. We cover some essentials in this article.

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!