February 6, 2008
HUD/FHA INCREASES MORTGAGE LIMITS IN SUMMIT COUNTY, COLORADO
DENVER - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will raise the Summit County mortgage limits to
a new high for the area as of February 18, 2008. This is in direct response to the current upward trend in home
prices in the area.
Purchasers may now borrow up to $362,790 for a one-unit, single family home in Summit County using a loan
insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The previous limit was $327,750 for a one-unit, single family home. The FHA loan limit in Summit County was last adjusted October 17, 2006.
Median home prices in Summit County have increased dramatically within the last few years. In many cases, HUD
has found 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.
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 ensures that
more families will qualify for homeownership through a reliable FHA mortgage."
Summit County local housing and mortgage professionals were instrumental in gathering data on local housing prices and delivering the research to HUD to effect the change in the loan limit, Carson noted.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. You can read more information about HUD programs on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.