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Conforming Loan Limits In California 2022

 

Conforming Loan Limits In California 2022

The U.S. Median Home Price has increased over 15% year over year – so it is no surprise that the Federal Housing Financing Agency (FHFA) has increased the Conforming Loan Limits significantly for 2021.

Conforming Loan Limits refer to the maximum loan amounts that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will allow for financing for one, two, three, and four-unit properties.

The two tables below show the new 2022 Conforming Loan Limits for high and low cost areas.

2022 Conforming Loan Limits In California

Low Cost Counties

NUMBER OF UNITS:1 Unit2 Units3 Units4 Units
LOAN AMOUNT:$647,200 $828,700 $1,001,650 $1,244,850

High Cost Counties

NUMBER OF UNITS:1 Unit2 Units3 Units4 Units
LOAN AMOUNT:$970,800$1,243,050 $1,502,475 $1,867,275

California Conforming Loan Limits By County

CountyOne-UnitTwo-UnitThree-UnitFour-Unit
ALAMEDA$970,800$1,246,050$1,502,475$1,867,275
ALPINE$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,867,275
AMADOR$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,867,275
BUTTE$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,867,275
CALAVERAS$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,867,275
COLUSA$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,867,275
CONTRA COSTA$970,800$1,243,050$1,502,475$1,867,275
DEL NORTE$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
EL DORADO$675,050$864,200$1,044,600$1,298,200
FRESNO$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
GLENN$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
HUMBOLDT$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
IMPERIAL$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
INYO$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
KERN$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
KINGS$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
LAKE$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
LASSEN$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
LOS ANGELES$970,800$1,243,050$1,502,475$1,867,275
MADERA$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
MARIN$970,800$1,243,050$1,502,475$1,867,275
MARIPOSA$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
MENDOCINO$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
MERCED$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
MODOC$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
MONO$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
MONTEREY$854,450$1,093,850$1,322,200$1,643,200
NAPA$897,000$1,148,350$1,388,050$1,725,050
NEVADA$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
ORANGE$970,800$1,243,050$1,502,475$1,867,275
PLACER$598,000$765,550$925,350$1,150,000
PLUMAS$675,050$864,200$1,044,600$1,298,200
RIVERSIDE$647,200$828,700 $1,001,650$1,244,850
SACRAMENTO$675,050$864,200$1,044,600$1,298,200
SAN BENITO$970,800$1,243,050$1,502,475$1,867,275
SAN BERNARDINO$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
SAN DIEGO$879,750$1,126,250$1,361,350$1,691,850
SAN FRANCISCO$970,800$1,243,050$1,502,475$1,867,275
SAN JOAQUIN$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
SAN LUIS OBISPO$805,000$1,030,550$1,245,700$1,548,100
SAN MATEO$970,800$1,243,050$1,502,475$1,867,275
SANTA BARBARA$783,150$1,002,600$1,211,900$1,506,100
SANTA CLARA$970,800$1,243,050$1,502,475$1,867,275
SANTA CRUZ$970,800$1,243,050$1,502,475$1,867,275
SHASTA$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
SIERRA$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
SISKIYOU$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
SOLANO$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
SONOMA$764,750$979,000$1,183,400$1,470,700
STANISLAUS$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
SUTTER$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
TEHAMA$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
TRINITY$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
TULARE$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
TUOLUMNE$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850
VENTURA$851,000$1,089,450$1,316,900$1,636,550
YOLO$675,050$864,200$1,044,600$1,298,200
YUBA$647,200$828,700$1,001,650$1,244,850

What Is A Conforming Loan?

Conforming mortgages are institutional mortgages that are not insured by the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) or guaranteed by the VA (Veterans Administration) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FHA and VA mortgages are sometimes informally referred to as “government loans.” In other words, conforming mortgages are most institutional mortgages other than government loans. Conforming mortgages include conforming loans, but they also include jumbo and portfolio loans.

Calculating the conventional loan limit in California is easy using JVM Lending's resources.

Why Conforming Loan Limits Matter In California

Here are some of the reasons why “Loan Limits Matter:”

  1. Lower Down Payments. Competitive jumbo financing (required for any loan that exceeds the conforming loan limit) requires at least 20% down. In sharp contrast, the most competitive conforming financing is available with as little as 5% down.
  2. Appraisal Waivers and/or Limited Appraisal Requirements. Appraisal waivers are becoming more and more common for conforming financing, as more and more properties end up in Fannie and Freddie’s database (a requirement for an appraisal waiver). In addition, Fannie and Freddie are becoming more flexible with respect to appraisal inspections in general in our post-COVID world.
  3. More Flexible Underwriting Guidelines. Conforming loan guidelines are much more flexible in general than jumbo guidelines, allowing for high debt ratios, less reserves, lower credit scores, smaller down payments, and much else.
  4. Faster Closes. Because conforming loans have less stringent underwriting and appraisal requirements, we can close them in 14 days. In contrast, we need at least 21 days to close every jumbo loan.
  5. Lower Interest Rates. While it is true that some jumbo lenders, including JVM, now offer jumbo rates as low as their conforming rates, many (if not most) loan officers do not have access to the most competitive jumbo investors. When that is the case, conforming interest rates are much lower than the available jumbo rates.

What Is A Conforming Loan?

A conforming mortgage “conforms” to Fannie Mae (Fannie) and Freddie Mac (Freddie) underwriting guidelines and is therefore eligible for purchase by Fannie and Freddie. Fannie and Freddie are the quasi-governmental organizations set up to create a secondary market for mortgages (outside of banks alone). The majority of all mortgages obtained in the United States are conforming. Conforming loans must comply with the loan limits in your county.

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