Over the last months conventional mortgage guidelines have tightened, and with risk based pricing mortgage financing has gotten more expensive for most borrowers. Conventional mortgage insurance has pulled back on what they will cover, and the cost of mortgage insurance has gone up (more increases are coming in August). This combination has made it harder to qualify for a conventional loan, and more expensive for those who have lower down payments and good but not great credit scores. The one bright spot in the real estate financing market has been FHA. Earlier this year FHA raised their maximum loan limit (up to $410,000 for a single family home here in the Chicago area, lower in other parts of Illinois) making FHA a great option for many borrowers who would have once been conventional borrowers. But FHA is feeling the pinch of the market, too. Effective July 14th FHA is changing…

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