What are Conventional Loans and Conforming Loans?

By definition, a Conventional Loan is any mortgage that’s not guaranteed or insured by the federal government. Louisiana conventional loans may be either “conforming” and “non-conforming”, although ‘conventional loans’ generally refer to ‘conforming loans’. Therefore Louisiana conventional loan limits are the same thing as Louisiana conforming loan limits.

Louisiana Conventional Loan Limits

What is the maximum amount that I can borrow?

Conventional loan limits in Louisiana are determined by:

  • Louisiana Conventional Loan LimitsMaximum LTV Ratio:  The maximum financing loan-to-value ratio for conventional mortgages is 80% – 97% of the appraised value of the home or its selling price, whichever is lower. Learn how to calculate loan-to-value.
  • Maximum Loan Amount: Conventional loan limits in Louisiana are set at the floor amount of $424,100 across the entire state. Metro areas in LA with a conforming limit of $424,100 include New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lake Charles.

Search all Conventional Loan Limits in Louisiana:

County Name
ACADIALAFAYETTE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ASCENSIONBATON ROUGE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
BEAUREGARDDERIDDER, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
BOSSIERSHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
CADDOSHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
CALCASIEULAKE CHARLES, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
CAMERONLAKE CHARLES, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
CONCORDIANATCHEZ, MS-LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
DE SOTOSHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
EAST BATON ROUGBATON ROUGE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
EAST CARROLLNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
EAST FELICIANABATON ROUGE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
GRANTALEXANDRIA, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
IBERIALAFAYETTE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
IBERVILLEBATON ROUGE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
JEFFERSONNEW ORLEANS-METAIRIE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
JEFFERSON DAVISNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
LAFAYETTELAFAYETTE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
LAFOURCHEHOUMA-THIBODAUX, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
LINCOLNRUSTON, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
LIVINGSTONBATON ROUGE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
MOREHOUSEBASTROP, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
NATCHITOCHESNATCHITOCHES, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ORLEANSNEW ORLEANS-METAIRIE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
OUACHITAMONROE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
PLAQUEMINESNEW ORLEANS-METAIRIE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
POINTE COUPEEBATON ROUGE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
RAPIDESALEXANDRIA, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
RED RIVERNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ST. BERNARDNEW ORLEANS-METAIRIE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ST. CHARLESNEW ORLEANS-METAIRIE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ST. HELENABATON ROUGE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ST. JAMESNEW ORLEANS-METAIRIE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ST. JOHN THE BANEW ORLEANS-METAIRIE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ST. LANDRYOPELOUSAS, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ST. MARTINLAFAYETTE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ST. MARYMORGAN CITY, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
ST. TAMMANYNEW ORLEANS-METAIRIE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
TANGIPAHOAHAMMOND, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
TERREBONNEHOUMA-THIBODAUX, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
UNIONMONROE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
VERMILIONLAFAYETTE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
VERNONFORT POLK SOUTH, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
WASHINGTONBOGALUSA, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
WEBSTERSHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
WEST BATON ROUGBATON ROUGE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
WEST CARROLLNON-METRO$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650
WEST FELICIANABATON ROUGE, LA$424,100$543,000$656,350$815,650

Louisiana conforming limits can change anytime. Check back often to ensure accuracy.

What factors determine if i’m eligible for a Conventional Loan in Louisiana?

Conventional conforming loans follow the terms and conditions set forth by government sponsored enterprises (GSE’s) like Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. To be eligible for a Conforming Loan in Louisiana, your monthly housing costs (mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, and insurance) must meet a specified percentage of your gross monthly income. Your credit background will be considered. A FICO credit score of 620 or above is generally required to obtain a conventional loan approval. You must also have enough income to pay your housing costs plus all additional monthly debt.

How much money will I need for the down payment and closing costs?

Conventional home loans require the home buyer to invest between 3% and 20% of the sales price towards the down payment and closing costs. If the sales price is $100,000 for example, the mortgage applicant must invest at least $3,000 – $20,000 to meet conventional mortgage down payment requirements, depending on the program.

Minimum Louisiana Conventional Loan Down Payment:

Residence UsageFixed-Rate Mortgage (FRM)Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM)
1 Unit Primary3% Down Payment10% Down Payment
2 Units Primary15% Down Payment25% Down Payment
3 Units Primary25% Down Payment35% Down Payment
4 Units Primary25% Down Payment35% Down Payment
1 Unit Second Home10% Down Payment20% Down Payment
1 Unit Investment15% Down Payment25% Down Payment
2 Units Investment25% Down Payment35% Down Payment
3 Units Investment25% Down Payment35% Down Payment
4 Units Investment25% Down Payment35% Down Payment

What property types are allowed for Conventional Conforming Mortgages?

LA Conventional Loan RequirementsConventional mortgage guidelines allow you to purchase warrantable condos, planned unit developments, modular homes, manufactured homes, and 1-4 family residences. Conventional loans can be used to finance primary residences, second homes and investment property.

Learn more about conventional mortgages.

What types of mortgage and refinance programs do Conventional Loans offer in Louisiana?

There are several varieties of standard home purchase, first-time home buyer and conventional refinance loans available in Louisiana:

  • Conventional Purchase Loans – Conventional loans offer a variety of programs for applicants with good credit ratings to buy a home. Both 3% down mortgage and 5% down mortgage options are available, however 20% down is the minimum amount required to avoid private mortgage insurance.
  • Conventional Rate/Term Refinance: Conventional Rate/Term refinancing loans are for borrowers who currently have an FHA, VA, USDA or conventional fixed rate mortgage or ARM loan and wish to refinance into a conventional mortgage with a lower interest rate. If you’re a homeowners considering a stable, conventional fixed-rate mortgage, this program may also eliminate your mortgage insurance if you have at 20% equity in your home.  If not, Conventional 97% loan programs may also work for you.
  • Cash-Out Refinance: A Conventional Cash Out Refinance is perfect for the homeowner who wants to access the equity that they have built up in their home. This program is beneficial to homeowners whose property has increased in value since it was purchased.

What factors determine if I am eligible for a Conventional Refinance Loan?

To meet conventional refinance mortgage requirements in Louisiana, your monthly housing costs (mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, and insurance) must meet a specified percentage of your gross monthly income. Your credit background will be considered. You must be able to cover closing costs and have enough income to pay your monthly debt.

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