Montana mortgage borrowing limits for 2023 vary by county

In Montana, conforming mortgage borrowing limits are the same in all counties. FHA mortgage limits are higher where homes are more expensive.

Montana mortgage borrowing limits for 2023 vary by county

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The amount you can borrow for a home in Montana depends on which type of mortgage you get. Two of the most common types of mortgages are conforming and FHA. Both limit how much you can borrow.Montana conforming and FHA mortgage borrowing limits by countyTo get a conforming mortgage — which is what most people think of as a "regular mortgage" — in Montana, you can borrow up to $726,200.

This is the limit set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and it applies to every county in the state.Borrowing limits for FHA mortgages are different in some counties. The table below shows how much you can borrow with an FHA mortgage: For FHA mortgages, borrowing limits are higher in counties where homes are more expensive.Note: To borrow more than $726,200 in Montana, you'll have to apply for a jumbo mortgage. Exact requirements for jumbo mortgages depend on the lender, but you'll typically need a minimum credit score of 700.How to determine what type of mortgage is best for you"When choosing a type of loan, it really comes down to what you are trying to accomplish," says Andy Taylor, vice president of home and new ventures at Credit Karma.

"If you are simply trying to get into a home, and there's only one loan type that's going to let you get into that home, then that's an easy decision."If you need to borrow more than an FHA loan allows, then a conforming or jumbo loan is the clear choice.Conforming and jumbo loans require higher credit scores — around 620 and 700, respectively. If you don't qualify for either, you'll probably need an FHA loan, which lets you buy with a credit score as low as 580. FHA loans are a little easier to get overall — you just need a 3.5% down payment, and your debt-to-income ratio can be higher than with other types of mortgages.

Conforming, jumbo, and FHA loans aren't the only types of mortgages out there, though. You also might be eligible for a VA mortgage, which is for active military members and veterans. Low-to-moderate income buyers in rural areas may qualify for a USDA mortgage."A lot of these programs are tailored for people in particular groups, and they do have extra benefits above and beyond that," says Taylor.

"For example, if you're a veteran, then you really should be looking at VA loans. They just have more favorable terms, generally speaking."A major benefit of VA and USDA mortgages is that there are no borrowing limits. But they typically come with additional perks, like lower insurance costs and no minimum down payment.

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