Jumbo Loans are non-conforming. This means that they are types of loans that cannot be purchased by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, agencies that were established to help low-to-moderate income buyers purchase homes. To make sure the agency’s funds were being used for that purpose—not to help wealthy buyers—they established loan limits based on median home prices.
Home buyers with their sights set on a property that’s approaching a half-a-million dollars or more—and don’t have that kind of cash in the bank—are going to need a Jumbo Loan. These types of loans are designed to finance homes in competitive real estate markets and generally luxury properties. Jumbo Loans include underwriting requirements and tax implications that are unique to the home-buying market.
In most areas, any mortgage worth more than $484,350 counts as a jumbo loan. The limit varies based on county though, and some high-cost areas like New York City or Hawaii have a higher limit of $726,525.
Unsurprisingly, you must be in excellent financial standing to qualify for a jumbo loan. Usually a credit score of more than 700 is required, and you must show you have sufficient income via tax forms, bank account information, and pay stubs. A solid debt-to-income (DTI) ratio is also required, typically under 43%.
Even if your home doesn’t qualify for the maximum traditional loan, you can still get a great mortgage with competitive rates. If you’re shopping for a luxury home, we can help. Contact us today to get pre-qualified and get started making your dream home a reality.
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