August 4, 2004
HUD/FHA INCREASES MORTGAGE LIMITS IN PITKIN COUNTY, COLORADO
DENVER - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development raised the Pitkin County mortgage limit to a new high for the area as of August 3, 2004. The action is in direct response to the current upward trend in home prices.
Purchasers may now borrow up to $290,319 for a one-unit, single family home in Pitkin County using a loan insured
by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The previous limit was $170,362 for a one-unit, single family home.
Median home prices in Pitkin County have increased dramatically within the last few years. In many cases, we find that purchasers are well qualified from the standpoint of income and credit, but they lack sufficient funds for the
size of down payment required on a conventional loan. Since the FHA program requires less of a down payment, it affords more consumers the opportunity to purchase their dream home. The increased loan limits effectively open
the market to more of those consumers. Local housing and mortgage professionals were instrumental in gathering
data on Pitkin County housing prices and delivering the research to HUD to effect the change in the loan limit.
HUD Regional Director John Carson said, "Homeownership plays a vital role in creating strong communities by giving families a stake in their neighborhoods and helping them to build wealth. Increasing mortgage limits and providing
more relaxed requirements for FHA loans removes two major obstacles for many first-time homebuyers."
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as
enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet