HUD Archives: News Releases

Dwight Peterson
Field Office Director
(801) 524-6071
For Release
April 9, 2007


SALT LAKE CITY - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will raise the Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele County mortgage limits to a new high for the area as of April 19, 2007. 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 Salt Lake City, Utah MSA using a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The previous limit was $232,750 for a one-unit, single family home.

Median home prices in Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele Counties 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 and providing more relaxed requirements for FHA loans removes two major obstacles for many first-time homebuyers."

Salt Lake City MSA 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.

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