Federal borrowing limits were increased for the first time in more than a decade last week because of rising home prices across the nation. The Federal Housing Financing Agency had capped the baseline loan limit since 2006 as home prices dropped during the recession.
The new rates, used for conforming loans acquired by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, will take effect Jan. 1. In general, federally backed loans allow for smaller down payments and, theoretically, help more people enter the home market.
In San Diego County, loan limits for a typical single-family home will be $612,950, up 6 percent from where they are now. Those limits are higher than the national baseline of $424,100.
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