You may have heard the term Jumbo Mortgage and thought to yourself “It’s a loan for a home…of course it’s huge!” but what exactly is a jumbo home loan?
What is a Jumbo Mortgage?
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A jumbo loan is a type of conventional loan that exceeds the conforming loan limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In 2023, single-family mortgages with balances higher than $726,200 in most U.S. counties (and $1,089,300 in high-cost areas) will be considered jumbo.
What Requirements Do They Have?
So what requirements come with jumbo loans? Not surprisingly they are more stringent when approving them as there is a lot more risk involved with such high loan amounts but here are some of the common requirements:
Credit Score: Your credit score generally will need to be above 700 to qualify for this size of loan.
Down Payment: You should expect to put down a 20% minimum downpayment, and many lenders will require even more.
DTI Ratio: Your debt to income ratio needs to be below 45%. Even if on paper you have a large income and think that will be suitable for a large loan, if you have a lot of debt it will not be approved.
Closing Costs: Expect to have higher closing costs when it comes to jumbo loans than you would have with a conventional mortgage.
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