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How Loan Amounts Affect Rates
Several factors determine your rate such as; credit score, down payment, type of property, type of loan, type of occupancy, loan amount and county you live in or are looking to purchase. In this blog, I will just concentrate on the loan amounts as they relate to rates.
There are basically two categories of loans that will determine your rate and loan program:
Conforming Loan: Loan amounts not exceeding $484,350 for Single Family Residence.
High Balance Loan: Loan amounts greater than $484,350, not exceeding $726,525 for Single Family Residence.
A loan amount exceeding $726,525 for Single Family Residence is called a Jumbo loan which is a totally different catergory and has its own sets of rulles.
There are 4 types of properties for residential loans - SFR, 2 Units, 3 Units, and 4 Units. The amount of loan limit is increased according to the number of units. Below is a table of the 2019 Loan Limits for LA and Orange Counties:
|LOAN LIMITS FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY & ORANGE COUNTY|
|Property Type||Conforming||High Balance|
These loan limits apply to Conventional, FHA and VA loans. So when rate shopping, remember Conforming Loan Rates are lower than High Balance Loan Rates.
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