Many consumers have recently faced higher rates or have been forced to put down larger downpayments due to a change to the way loans are classified.
The maximum size of a loan that can be financed by the FHA was reduced forcing some borrowers to make larger downpayments.
The minimum size for jumbo loans (i.e., loans not eligible for FHA, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac financing) may also have been lowered, forcing many prospective buyers to increase their downpayments and/or pay higher mortgage rates.
16% of respondents with a buyer-client who was impacted by the lower loan limits indicated that their client chose to abandon the home search. The chart above lists the major reasons why they chose to do so.
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Ken Fears is the Manager of Regional Economics and Housing Finance Policy. He focuses on regional and local market trends found in the Local Market Reports and the Market Watch Reports . He also writes on developments in the mortgage industry and foreclosures.