What is a Jumbo Mortgage Loan?
A Jumbo Mortgage Loan refers to mortgage loans above conventional conforming limits. In most places the conventional loan limits are $417,000. In some places, where the cost of living is higher, the jumbo loan limits are higher.
What are Conforming & Non-Conforming Loans?
Conforming loans follow the terms and conditions set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) sets the criteria for what constitutes a conforming loan limit that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can buy. Currently, the conforming limit set by OFHEO is $417,000 for most areas of the United States. Loans in excess of $417,000 are considered jumbo mortgage loans.
Jumbo Mortgage Loan Rates
Historically, jumbo mortgage loan rates have been higher than conventional mortgage loan rates. Recently, the gap between conforming and jumbo loan rates has decreased. Jumbo loans have become more affordable.
The Perks of Jumbo Loans
While jumbo loans typically require a higher down payment and have a higher credit score and reserves requirements than conforming mortgage loans, the perks of the jumbo loan are numerous. Jumbo loans have no private mortgage insurance and savvy borrowers are sure to recognize the tax benefits gained by deducting interest payments (on loans up to 1 million dollars*).