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2021 FHA Loan Limits in Hawaii

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In 2021, the FHA loan limits for single-family homes in Hawaii range between $408,250 and $723,350. The lower end of that range can be found in the more rural Hawaii County, with the highest end in areas like Maui County. Residents of the capital Honolulu have a maximum of $721,050.

Dreaming about buying a house in Hawaii? This may be the perfect time to make the leap. And thanks to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), some Hawaii residents can qualify for federally backed loans to help get them into a new house. This year, residents will be able to borrow even more with an FHA loan in some areas to make their homebuying dreams come true.

Hawaii FHA loan limits by county

FHA Loan Limits in Hawaii
County Name One-Family Two-Family Three-Family Four-Family Median Sale Price
Hawaii $408,250 $522,600 $631,750 $785,100 $355,000
Honolulu $721,050 $923,050 $1,115,800 $1,386,650 $600,000
Kalawao $723,350 $926,000 $1,119,350 $1,391,100 $629,000
Kauai $719,900 $921,600 $1,114,000 $1,384,450 $626,000
Maui $723,350 $926,000 $1,119,350 $1,391,100 $629,000

How are FHA loan limits determined?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets limits on how expensive a house the FHA will insure in each county in the United States. These limits are set based on the current year’s conforming loan limit — or how large of a mortgage Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will purchase. In 2021, that conforming limit is $548,250, up roughly $38,000 from 2020’s limit of $510,400.

The FHA “floor” is the largest mortgage the agency will issue in most of the country and is 65% of the conforming loan limit. In 2021, the FHA floor is set at $356,362, an increase of about $24,600 above the 2020 limit of $331,760.

The FHA “ceiling” is a higher limit that only applies to high-cost areas. This is set at 150% of the conforming loan limit, or $822,375 for single-family homes. With a few exceptions, this is generally the largest mortgage amount the agency will insure for a single-family home. In many parts of the country, loan limits fall somewhere between the FHA floor and ceiling.

Outside of the lower 48 states, FHA maximum loan limits are higher because of more expensive construction costs. These include the special exception areas of Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Here are the 2021 standard FHA limits for all property types:

  • One-unit: $356,362
  • Two-unit: $456,275
  • Three-unit: $551,500
  • Four-unit: $685,400

Here are the 2021 standard FHA limits for high-cost areas:

  • One-unit: $822,375
  • Two-unit: $1,053,000
  • Three-unit: $1,272,750
  • Four-unit: $1,581,750

Do you qualify for an FHA loan in Hawaii?

FHA loans are a great deal for qualified buyers, thanks to lower down payments and closing costs. Find out if your credit score and income will help you qualify for one of these loans.


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