2017 Top 10 MSAs for Jumbo Opportunity

Posted By Bernard Nossuli on May 16, 2017
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The conforming loan limit increased in 2017 for the first time since 2006. Obviously, loans above that limit are jumbo loans, but let’s take a look at these new limits, as detailed in Table 1, so we are all on the same page.

Loan Limits by County

While, 92.7% of all counties adhere to the conforming loan limit, 7.3% have limits that qualify as jumbo loans. So, with those facts in mind, let’s turn our attention to the Top 10 largest markets, captured in Table 2.

Top 10 Jumbo MSAs by Opportunity

These Top 10 MSAs account for over $109 billion in jumbo purchase opportunity. Remarkably, Los Angeles represents over 22% of that total, and has an average loan size of $973,000. Here’s a fun fact: The Jackson, WY MSA, which ranks 90th in terms of dollar opportunity, has the largest average loan size at over $1.6 million.

Now, what happens to the Top 10 when we include our Mortgage Opportunity Index (MOI), which measures the rate of growth of mortgage dollars in a market over the next five years compared to the U.S. Table 3 has our answer.

Top 10 Jumbo MSAs by MOI

Except for Washington, DC, the Top 10 is now a California sweep! Let’s look a little more closely at the numbers. Vallejo and Stockton, each at $300 million, represent the least opportunity among the Top 10 markets. However, they are poised for growth over the next five years with MOIs of 3.14 and 2.63, respectively. The Vallejo Jumbo market is growing three times as fast as the rest of the U.S. market while Stockton is growing at a rate over 2.5 times. Both Los Angeles and San Francisco hang onto their Top 10 spots simply because of their sheer 2017 size of $25 billion and $18 billion, respectively.

The point is that California has historically led the way with Jumbo opportunity and 2017 will be no different.

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