We’ve established that the loan limit of Jumbo loans exceed those of conforming loans. Let’s delve deeper into how and why they differ:
The closing costs and fees of Jumbo loans require additional steps for qualification because the amount is much larger.
Conforming loans have a limit set at $647,200 in most counties ($970,800 in more expensive areas), whereas the amount available to borrow with a Jumbo loan is much more open-ended.
Since Jumbo loans have a larger loan amount, interest rates are often higher than those of conforming loans.
Down payments on conforming loans are generally more affordable. There are different options to choose from in terms of down payment, starting at 3% of your loan amount. With Jumbo loans, the down payment is a minimum of 10%, often up to 20%. Note: if you put less than 20% down, you are required to have Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)