The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that the maximum baseline conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2023 will rise to $726,200, an increase of $79,000 from $647,200 in 2022.
The conforming loan limits are required by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) to reflect the percentage change in the average U.S. home price during the most recent 12-month or four-quarter period ending before the time of determining the annual adjustment. In 2023, the conforming loan limit will rise 12.21% because FHFA has determined that the average U.S. home value increased by that amount between the third quarters of 2021 and 2022.
Higher loan limits will be in effect in higher-cost areas as well. The new ceiling loan limit in high-cost markets will be $1,089,300, which is 150% of $726,200. The previous ceiling was $970,800.
In its news release, FHFA said that due to rising home values, the ceiling loan limits will be higher in all but two U.S. counties or county equivalents in 2023.
A list of the 2023 maximum conforming loan limits for all counties and county-equivalent areas in the country may be found here.