2015 Conforming Loan Limits for Washington State

Earlier this month, the FHFA announced the 2015 conforming loan limits for homes located in Washington state. A conforming loan is a conventional loan (ie Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac). Loan amounts that exceed the conforming loan limit are considered jumbo loans (or non-conforming) and have different underwriting guidelines and rates.

The FHFA increased the loan limits in three counties (King, Pierce and Snohomish) effective 2015. All other counties will have the same loan limits as 2014.

2015 Conforming Loan Limits for Homes Located in Washington State

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BREAKING NEWS: 2015 Conforming Loan Limits HIGHER for King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties

I just received notice from FHFA that overall, 2015 loan limits will remain the same for most counties except for a few counties with higher loan limits. In Washington state, the counties with higher loan limits in 2015 are King County, Snohomish County and Pierce County.

2015 Conforming Loan Limits for King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties:

  • One Unit: $517,500 (increased from $506,000)
  • Two Unit: $662,500 (increased from $647,500)
  • Three Unit: $800,800 (increased from $783,000)
  • Four Unit: $995,200 (increased from $973,100)

All other counties in Washington state have the same loan limits as 2014.

Stay tuned for announcements on FHA and VA loan limits for 2015.

2014 VA Loan Limits for Washington State

2014 VA loan guarantee limits for Washington State have been released.  VA loans do not have “limits” like conforming or FHA loans. They do have limits as to the amount VA loans will guarantee. The loan amounts below reflect what VA will lend up to 100% loan to value. Loan amounts above the limits below have reduced down payments for Veterans who qualify for this benefit.

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2014 FHA Loan Limits Reduced in Washington State

Last week, HUD announced the FHA loan limits for 2014 with most counties in Washington having loan limits reduced from 2013 levels. In the Seattle/King County area, FHA loan amounts for a single unit dwelling will be reduced by $61,500 from $567,500 to $506,000 in 2014. Kitsap County was hit the hardest with a reduction of $167,950 for single unit dwellings. The higher loan limits that we have appreciated over the past few years were intended to be “temporary” and HUD has been attempting to shrink FHA’s footprint, so we shouldn’t be too surprised over the lower loan limits.

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2014 FHA Loan Limits for Washington State

FHA loan limits for 2014 have been reduced from 2013. For a home located in greater Seattle, the new FHA loan limit is reduced from $567,500 to $506,000 in 2014. The reductions are across the board for Washington state counties and some loan limits are below 2014 conforming loan limits.

FHA streamline refinances without appraisals and with loan amounts over the the 2014 loan limits will not be subject to the new loan limits.

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Reduction to 2014 Conforming Loan Limits May Be Delayed

Edward DeMarco, Acting Director of the FHFA, pretty much confirmed that we can anticipate lower conforming loan limits next year. This is from his prepared remarks for “Getting Our House in Order”:

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Conforming Loan Limits may go DOWN in 2014

iStock_000015167058XSmallThere’s been a lot of recent chatter about the possibility of conforming loan limits being reduced in 2014 that home buyers in the greater Seattle area and home owners should be aware of.

Reuters reports that Denise Dunckel, a spokes person for the FHFA recently stated “a gradual reduction in loan limits is an appropriate and effective approach to reducing taxpayer’s mortgage risk exposure”.

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2013 VA Loan Limits for homes in Washington State

VA has published the loan limits for 2013.  The loan limits listed below are not the maximum loan amounts that an eligible veteran may borrower; the loan amounts below are used to calculate the VA’s maximum guaranty amount in a specific county.  

King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties went up a little while San Juan County was adjusted slightly lower. VA loan limits are based on the county’s median home values as estimated by FHA (Federal Housing Adminstration).


King County: $500,000

Pierce County: $500,000

San Juan County: $468,750

Snohomish County: $500,000

All other counties remain at $417,000

This means that in King County, a qualified Veteran can finance a home with zero down with a sales price up to $500,000.   

Any sales price/loan amount above this amount is considered a “VA Jumbo”.  VA does not have a loan limit for VA jumbos, however most lenders have “overlays” limiting loan amounts for VA Jumbos.  VA Jumbos allow the Vet to buy a home with reduced down payment. A simple formula to estimate the minimum down payment required is sales price minus loan amount x 25% = minimum down payment.

For example, home in Seattle with a sales price of $600,000 would have a down payment requirement of $25,000 for an eligible veteran.  $600,000 sales price less the $500,000 loan limit = $100,000. $100,000 x 25% = $25,000.

If you’re considering a VA mortgage loan to buy or refinance a home located anywhere in Washington state, I’m honored to help you.

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