HUD Archives: News Releases

Jane Goin
Public Affairs
(303) 672-5440
For Release
January 10, 2005


DENVER - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development raised the Eagle and Lake Counties mortgage
limits to a new high for the area as of Jan. 10, 2005. This is in direct response to the current upward trend in home prices.

Purchasers may now borrow up to $312,895 for a one-unit, single family home in Eagle and Lake Counties using a
loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The previous limit was $261,609 for a one-unit, single
family home.

Median home prices in Eagle and Lake Counties 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 Eagle and Lake Counties 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


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