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2023 FHA Loan Limits in Wisconsin

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FHA loans can put homeownership in reach for many people who struggle to qualify for a conventional loan. In most of Wisconsin you can borrow up to $472,030 for a single-family home with an FHA loan. However, in the two counties that fall into the Twin Cities metro area, the FHA loan limit for a single-family home is $515,200. Here’s more of what you should know about securing an FHA loan in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin FHA loan limits by county

County nameOne unitTwo unitsThree unitsFour unitsMedian sale price
ADAMS$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$80,000
ASHLAND$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$100,000
BARRON$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$165,000
BAYFIELD$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$124,000
BROWN$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$235,000
BUFFALO$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$141,000
BURNETT$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$145,000
CALUMET$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$255,000
CHIPPEWA$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$240,000
CLARK$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$125,000
COLUMBIA$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$375,000
CRAWFORD$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$130,000
DANE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$375,000
DODGE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$190,000
DOOR$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$185,000
DOUGLAS$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$200,000
DUNN$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$200,000
EAU CLAIRE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$240,000
FLORENCE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$95,000
FOND DU LAC$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$160,000
FOREST$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$87,000
GRANT$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$139,000
GREEN$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$375,000
GREEN LAKE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$166,000
IOWA$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$375,000
IRON$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$93,000
JACKSON$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$125,000
JEFFERSON$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$250,000
JUNEAU$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$117,000
KENOSHA$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$386,000
KEWAUNEE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$235,000
LA CROSSE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$225,000
LAFAYETTE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$135,000
LANGLADE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$90,000
LINCOLN$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$171,000
MANITOWOC$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$150,000
MARATHON$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$171,000
MARINETTE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$105,000
MARQUETTE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$142,000
MENOMINEE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$135,000
MILWAUKEE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$380,000
MONROE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$180,000
OCONTO$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$235,000
ONEIDA$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$142,000
OUTAGAMIE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$255,000
OZAUKEE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$380,000
PEPIN$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$150,000
PIERCE$515,200$659,550$797,250$990,800$448,000
POLK$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$200,000
PORTAGE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$200,000
PRICE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$85,000
RACINE$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$212,000
RICHLAND$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$124,000
ROCK$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$185,000
RUSK$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$100,000
SAUK$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$219,000
SAWYER$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$150,000
SHAWANO$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$135,000
SHEBOYGAN$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$198,000
ST. CROIX$515,200$659,550$797,250$990,800$448,000
TAYLOR$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$134,000
TREMPEALEAU$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$159,000
VERNON$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$136,000
VILAS$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$170,000
WALWORTH$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$273,000
WASHBURN$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$150,000
WASHINGTON$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$380,000
WAUKESHA$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$380,000
WAUPACA$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$150,000
WAUSHARA$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$282,000
WINNEBAGO$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$180,000
WOOD$472,030$604,400$730,525$907,900$137,000

How are FHA loan limits determined?

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets loan limits for every county in the United States. These limits are, in turn, based on the conforming loan limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). As housing prices go up, so do limits for both conforming and FHA loans.

In most of the U.S., FHA loan limits are set at 65% of the conforming loan limit — also known as the floor. However, in higher-cost counties, the limit can rise up to 150% of the conforming loan limit. That figure, also known as the ceiling, is the highest loan limit nationally. The floor for FHA loans in 2023 is $472,030, while the ceiling is $1,089,300.

How to qualify for an FHA loan in Wisconsin

It’s generally easier to qualify for an FHA loan versus a conventional mortgage, especially if you have credit or down payment challenges. However, you’ll still need to meet certain FHA loan requirements:

A minimum down payment of 3.5%: With a credit score of 580 or more, you may be able to qualify for a 3.5% down payment on your loan.

A credit score of 500 or higher: You can still qualify for an FHA loan, even with a few dings on your credit. However, if your credit score is between 500 and 579, you’ll need to come up with at least a 10% down payment.

A debt-to-income ratio (DTI) below 43%: Your DTI ratio represents your total monthly debt payments divided by your total monthly income. It will need to be under 43% in order to qualify for most FHA loans, although in some situations, a lender may allow a higher DTI ratio.

An FHA home appraisal: To get approved for a loan, your future home will need an FHA home appraisal to verify its value and to make sure it meets the quality and safety requirements for FHA loans.

Mortgage insurance: FHA loans charge an upfront mortgage insurance premium of 1.75% (which can be rolled into the loan), along with an annual mortgage insurance premium of 0.45% to 1.05% (which is typically added to your monthly payments).

Occupancy: Any home you buy with an FHA loan must be your primary residence for at least 12 months after purchase.

Buying a multifamily property with an FHA loan

One benefit of FHA loans is that you can use them to buy multifamily properties with the same minimum down payment of 3.5% that’s offered for single-family homes. The only catch is that, as with all FHA loans, you have to live in one of the units for at least 12 months after purchase.

FHA lenders in Wisconsin

Lender nameLT ratingMinimum FHA credit score
Sebonic Financial3 stars550
Guaranteed Rate5 starsNot disclosed
Truist Mortgage4 stars580
Fairway Independent Mortgage3 stars580

 

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