- Conforming loans are conventional loans that meet bank-funding criteria set by Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FHLMC). Both of these stock-holding companies buy mortgage loans from lending institutions and secure them for resale to the investment community. Every year, form October to October, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac establish limits on what constitutes a conforming loan in a mean home price.Buying back mortgage loans allow these agencies to provide a continuous flow of affordable funding to banks that reinvest their money back into more mortgage loans. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac only buy loans that are conforming, to repackage into the secondary market – effectively decreasing the demand for non-conforming loans.
These loans are subsidized so the public obtains lower interest rates, than the open market.
Conforming Loan Limits: 2019
Number of Units Maximum original principal balance Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, and U.S. Virgin Islands only 1 $484,350 $762,525 (Ventura County $713,000) 2 $620,200 $930,300 3 $749,250 $1,124,475 4 $931,600 $1,397,400
NOTE: The conforming loan limit in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the Virgin Islands is 50% higher.