California Mortgage Loan Limits by County (2023)

California loan limits

California Loan Limits

California Conventional Loan Limits

California conventional loan limits cap the size of mortgages so that they meet Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines. Those two government-sponsored entities (GSEs) buy mortgages and securitize them, which in turn keeps the home financing market liquid. Most loans made between lenders and borrowers are ultimately delivered to Fannie or Freddie. Thus, loans must meet Fannie and Freddie's guidelines.

Loan limits are set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), a division of HUD that regulates the GSEs. The FHFA monitors the House Price Index (HPI) in local real estate markets and revises the loan limits annually. Limits are set on a regional basis, by county within California. Conventional loans come in two flavors, conforming and non-conforming.

  • Conforming loans meet do not exceed conforming loan limits.
  • Non-conforming loans exceed FHFA’s conforming limits and are called jumbo loans.

For one-unit properties, the California conforming loan limits are:

  • $726,200 in most counties
  • $1,089,300 in high-cost counties

California VA Loan Limits

California VA loan limits are identical to conventional/conforming loan limits. Most lenders will not make VA loans in amounts that exceed conforming limits. For one-unit properties in California, the VA typically guarantees 25% of a loan amount up to:

  • $647,200 in most counties
  • $970,800 in high-cost counties

California FHA Loan Limits

FHA loan limits are set by Federal Housing Authority (FHA), another division of HUD. FHA loan limits are set on a county-by-county basis, based on median home prices in the area. To qualify for FHA mortgage insurance, loans must not exceed the cap. For one-unit properties, the FHA loan limits are:

  • $420,680 floor in low-cost areas,
  • 115% of median home prices in the county, or a maximum of
  • $1,089,300 ceiling in high-cost areas.

California Conforming Loan Limits by County

Below, you can find conforming, VA and FHA loan limits by county in California. The loan limit shown is for a single-family residence. Multi-family units (like duplexes) go higher.

CountyOne-UnitTwo-UnitThree-UnitFour-Unit
ALAMEDA COUNTY $1,089,300 $1,394,775 $1,685,850 $2,095,200
ALPINE COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
AMADOR COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
BUTTE COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
CALAVERAS COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
COLUSA COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY $1,089,300 $1,394,775 $1,685,850 $2,095,200
DEL NORTE COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
EL DORADO COUNTY $763,600 $977,550 $1,181,650 $1,468,500
FRESNO COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
GLENN COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
HUMBOLDT COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
IMPERIAL COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
INYO COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
KERN COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
KINGS COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
LAKE COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
LASSEN COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
LOS ANGELES COUNTY $1,089,300 $1,394,775 $1,685,850 $2,095,200
MADERA COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
MARIN COUNTY $1,089,300 $1,394,775 $1,685,850 $2,095,200
MARIPOSA COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
MENDOCINO COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
MERCED COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
MODOC COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
MONO COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
MONTEREY COUNTY $915,400 $1,171,900 $1,416,550 $1,760,400
NAPA COUNTY $1,017,750 $1,302,900 $1,574,900 $1,957,250
NEVADA COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
ORANGE COUNTY $1,089,300 $1,394,775 $1,685,850 $2,095,200
PLACER COUNTY $763,600 $977,550 $1,181,650 $1,468,500
PLUMAS COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
RIVERSIDE COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
SACRAMENTO COUNTY $763,600 $977,550 $1,181,650 $1,468,500
SAN BENITO COUNTY $1,089,300 $1,394,775 $1,685,850 $2,095,200
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
SAN DIEGO COUNTY $977,500 $1,251,400 $1,512,650 $1,879,850
SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY $1,089,300 $1,394,775 $1,685,850 $2,095,200
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY $911,950 $1,167,450 $1,411,200 $1,753,800
SAN MATEO COUNTY $1,089,300 $1,394,775 $1,685,850 $2,095,200
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY $805,000 $1,030,550 $1,245,700 $1,548,100
SANTA CLARA COUNTY $1,089,300 $1,394,775 $1,685,850 $2,095,200
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY $1,089,300 $1,394,775 $1,685,850 $2,095,200
SHASTA COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
SIERRA COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
SISKIYOU COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
SOLANO COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
SONOMA COUNTY $861,350 $1,102,700 $1,332,900 $1,656,450
STANISLAUS COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
SUTTER COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
TEHAMA COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
TRINITY COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
TULARE COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
TUOLUMNE COUNTY $726,200 $929,850 $1,123,900 $1,396,800
VENTURA COUNTY $948,750 $1,214,600 $1,468,150 $1,824,550
YOLO COUNTY $763,600 $977,550 $1,181,650 $1,468,500

Contra Costa County includes cities of Concord, Richmond, Antioch, San Ramon, Walnut Creek and Danville.

Alameda County includes cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Livermore, Fremont and Pleasanton.

Fresno County includes cities of Fresno and Clovis.

Kern County includes city of Bakersfield.

Los Angeles County includes cities of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Glendale, Santa Clarita, Lancaster, Palmdale, Pomona, Torrance, Pasadena, El Monte, Downey, Inglewood, West Covina, Norwalk, Burbank, Santa Monica and Malibu.

Orange County includes cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Orange, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo, Westminster, Newport Beach, Buena Park, Lake Forest and Tustin.

Riverside County includes cities of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Corona, Murrieta, Temecula, Jurupa Valley, Palm Springs and Palm Desert.

Sacramento County includes cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Carmichael.

San Bernardino County includes cities of San Bernardino, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Victorville, Rialto and Chino.

San Diego County includes cities of San Diego, La Jolla, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Escondido and Carlsbad.

San Joaquin County includes cities of Stockton, Tracy, Manteca and Lodi.

San Mateo County includes cities of San Mateo, Daly City and Redwood City.

Santa Clara County includes cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto and Cupertino.

Sonoma County includes city of Santa Rosa.

Stanislaus County includes cities of Modesto, Turlock and Ceres.

Ventura County includes cities of Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Ventura.

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