Via Tim O'Leary, Honolulu Home Loans: 

HUD previously had announced that Fannie & Freddie would be discontinuing HIGH BALANCE Loans.  Now Fannie & Freddie have decided otherwise.

The CONFORMING Loan limit will remain at $625,500 and instead of cancelling the HIGH BALANCE, they lowered it.  This is great news for the Oahu housing market, especially in higher markets like Hawaii Kai, Diamond Head, Manoa, and Kailua, where high balance loans are very common.  Prices in these neighborhoods start around $700k and go up to $15 million.

The new loan limits effective 9/1/2011 are:

Conventional Loan Limits - Starting 09/03/11
County 1-Unit 2-Unit 3-Unit 4-Unit
Honolulu $721,050 $923,050 $1,115,800 $1,386,650
Hawaii $625,500 $800,775 $967,950 $1,202,925
Kauai $713,000 $912,750 $1,103,350 $1,371,150
Maui $626,750 $802,350 $969,850 $1,205,300
Kalawao $626,750 $802,350 $969,850 $1,205,300
VA Loan Limits - Starting 10/01/11
1-Unit
Honolulu $721,050
Hawaii $368,000
Kauai $713,000
Maui $626,750
Kalawao $626,750

Interest Rates for today from Honolulu Home Loans:

Loan Program Rate Points APR% Loan Maximum
30 Yr. Conventional 4.375% 1.25 4.515% $625,500
15 Yr. Conventional 3.375% 2.00 3.708% $625,500
High Balance Conv. 4.500% 1.75 4.662% $793,750
30 Yr. FHA 4.250% .50 4.314% $625,500
30 Yr. VA 4.250% .50 4.314% $625,500
VA Jumbo 4.625% .50 4.489% $1,500,000
FHA High Balance 4.50% 0 4.523% $793,750

 

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