Conforming and FHA high balance loan limits set to be reduced effective October 1, 2011. Banks and lenders have different cut-off dates in order to assure they're able to deliver loans without being stuck with a "jumbo" loan priced at a conforming rate.
If mortgage transactions are currently taking 30 days to close and mortgage companies are setting their own deadlines to make sure they can deliver before time runs out, borrowers need to act fast IF their loan amount is in the gap between the current and reduced limits. In King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties, loan amounts between $506,001 and $567,500 for single family dwellings will be impacted by reduced loan limits. This post I wrote a few weeks ago contains a complete list of reduced loan limits for conforming and FHA mortgages by county in Washington.
If you are refinancing or buying a home and your loan amount is "in the gap" between current and pending loan limits AND you're closing in late September, contact your mortgage originator as soon as possible to make sure that everything is in place so that your transaction closes in time (which may require closing prior to September 30 depending on your lender's guidelines). Be aware that you will most likely NOT be able to extend your rate lock commitments at the end of September if the loan amounts are in "the gap" range.
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