Illinois REALTORS® push for higher FHA loan limits

IAR leaders meet with Assistant Majority Leader U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Illinois REALTORS® met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week to generate solutions for the challenges facing today’s real estate market and the overall economy. Among the issues discussed were reforming the secondary mortgage market so that financing remains available and affordable for people who want to buy a home, ensuring that the Federal Housing Administration continues to help first-time buyers become homeowners and making the higher loan limits established for FHA loans and mortgages purchased on the secondary mortgage market permanent.

In Illinois specifically FHA and GSE (government-sponsored enterprise) loan limits have not been raised despite the fact that select areas in Chicagoland have very high housing costs. This has closed the door on homeownership opportunities for many with the Chicagoland region capped at $417,000 for GSE conforming loans and $410,000 for FHA loans.

IAR delegation meets with Congressman Mark Kirk (Illinois, 10th District)

Another major issue for the real estate industry is improving liquidity in the commercial real estate market. Commercial real estate is the basis for much of the growth in the American economy, and right now many property owners are underwater. REALTORS® are asking lawmakers to increase the cap on credit union business lending to help commercial real estate owners refinance their properties.

2010-05-13T11:17:02+00:00 May 13th, 2010|Government Affairs, Housing Market, Uncategorized|34 Comments

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  15. Commercial Property May 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    In addition, FHA mortgage insurance requires an annual fee of up to 0.5 percent of the current loan amount, paid in monthly installments. Commercial Property

  16. Commercial Property May 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    In addition, FHA mortgage insurance requires an annual fee of up to 0.5 percent of the current loan amount, paid in monthly installments. Commercial Property

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  19. Andrea Geller May 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    It is great to see the Illinois Association of Realtors finally using their voice about this issue. The Chicago Association of Realtors has been hearing from its members about how the $417,000 conforming loan limit for the Chicagoland Region has been negatively impacting Chicago’s middle market for sometime now. This limit is lower than in many competing markets nationwide. Thanks to IAR leadership for listening to us and pushing to move this issue forward.

  20. Andrea Geller May 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    It is great to see the Illinois Association of Realtors finally using their voice about this issue. The Chicago Association of Realtors has been hearing from its members about how the $417,000 conforming loan limit for the Chicagoland Region has been negatively impacting Chicago’s middle market for sometime now. This limit is lower than in many competing markets nationwide. Thanks to IAR leadership for listening to us and pushing to move this issue forward.

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