U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
WASHINGTON, DC 20410-8000
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HOUSING – FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER
Date: December 14, 2018
All FHA-approved Mortgagees
All Direct Endorsement Underwriters
All FHA Roster Appraisers
All FHA Roster Inspectors
All FHA-approved 203(k) Consultants
All HUD-approved Housing Counselors
All HUD-approved Nonprofit Organizations
All Governmental Entity Participants
All Real Estate Brokers
All Closing Agents
2019 Nationwide Forward Mortgage Limits
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) calculates forward mortgage limits based on the median house prices in accordance with the National Housing Act. FHA’s Single Family forward mortgage limits are set by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and county and are published periodically. FHA publishes updated limits effective for each calendar year. FHA sets these limits at or between the low-cost area and high-cost area limits based on the median house prices for the area.
Forward mortgage limits for calendar year 2019 are effective for case numbers assigned on or after January 1, 2019.
Any request for a change to high-cost-area loan limits must comply with the existing guidance in HUD Handbook 4000.1, Section II.A.2.a.ii (A). Such requests must be received by FHA’s Santa Ana Homeownership Center no later than January14, 2019. Any changes in area loan limits because of valid appeals will be in effect retroactively for case numbers assigned on or after January 1, 2019.
This guidance will affect HUD’s Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1 (Handbook 4000.1), section II.A.2.a.ii(B) – Low-cost Area; section II.A.2.a.ii(C) – High-cost Area; and section II.A.2.a.ii(D) – Special Exceptions for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
As stated in HUD Handbook 4000.1, Section II.A.2.a.ii, FHA forward mortgage limits for individual MSAs and counties are available on the internet at https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/hicostlook.cfm. In addition, downloadable text files with complete listings of all county loan limits are available at http://www.hud.gov/pub/chums/file_layouts.html.
There are no jurisdictions with a decrease in loan limits from the 2018 levels. To enable Mortgagees to easily identify areas with loan limit increases, FHA has published a separate list of counties with loan limit increases. Mortgagees may view this list along with a list of areas at the ceiling and a list of areas between the floor and ceiling on the Maximum Mortgage Limits web page at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/sfh/lender/origination/mortgage_limits.
Nationwide Mortgage Limits (II.A.2.a.ii(B))
The FHA national low-cost area mortgage limits, which are set at 65 percent of the national conforming limit of $484,350 for a one-unit property, are, by property unit number, as follows:
Nationwide Mortgage Limits (II.A.2.a.ii(C))
The FHA national high-cost area mortgage limits, which are set at 150 percent of the national conforming limit of $484,350 for a one-unit property, are, by property unit number, as follows:
Nationwide Mortgage Limits (II.A.2.a.ii(D))
Special Exceptions for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the Virgin Islands
Mortgage limits for the special exception areas of Alaska (AK), Hawaii (HI), Guam (GU) and the Virgin Islands (VI) are adjusted by FHA to account for higher costs of construction. These four special exception areas have a higher ceiling as follows:
Paperwork Reduction Act
The information collection requirements contained in this document are approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520) and assigned OMB control numbers 2502-0059 and 2502-0302. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection displays a currently valid OMB control number.
For additional information on this ML, please visit www.hud.gov/answers or call FHA’s Resource Center at 1-800-CALLFHA (1-800-225-5342). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may reach this number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
Brian D. Montgomery
Assistant Secretary for Housing – Federal Housing Commissioner