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Can I Get a $1 Million Conventional Loan?

Areas of the country where you can get a $1 million conventional loan.

With the rapid rise of home prices over the past few years, more buyers than ever are seeking out mortgages of $1 million or higher. Many opt for jumbo loans, but getting a Fannie Mae- or Freddie Mac-backed conventional loan greater than $1,000,000 is possible in many areas of the country.

Here’s how to get a $1 million conventional loan.

Conventional Loans Over $1 Million Are Available in Many Areas

In most areas, the lending limit for single-unit conventional loans is $766,550. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) sets this maximum loan amount and reassesses it annually based on changes to the FHFA House Price Index.

In some high-cost-of-living areas, however, the FHFA allows for larger loans. In these communities, the maximum loan equals 115% of the median home value. This can be as high as $1,149,825, which is about 150% of the baseline limit of $766,550.

Loans larger than the baseline lending limit are called high-cost or high-balance loans. You'll sometimes see them referred to as super-conforming loans as well.

There are 105 high-cost areas throughout the country where you can get a single-unit conventional loan of more than $1 million, including the entirety of Alaska, Hawaii, Washington DC, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands. See the full list of $1 million conventional loan areas at the end of this article.

Tip: Conventional loan limits are on loan amount, not purchase price. You could buy a $3 million home in an area with a $1 million loan limit by putting $2 million down.

$1 Million Conventional Loans for 2-4 Unit Properties

Conventional loans aren't just limited to single-family homes; they can also be obtained for residential properties with up to four units. There are 151 areas of the country where you can get a $1 million conventional loan on a two-unit duplex.

Suppose you're eyeing a 3-4 unit property. In that case, you can take out a conventional loan for more than $1,000,000 anywhere in the United States.


Conventional Loan Limit (Baseline):







Getting a 2-4 unit property with a conventional loan requires a larger down payment than a single-family home or condo. In most cases, you'll need to put 25% down. The exception is with two-unit properties when you plan to live in one of the units as your primary residence. In that case, you can get a conventional loan with just 15% down.

Conventional loans require private mortgage insurance (PMI) with a down payment less than 20%. PMI won't be an issue with multi-unit properties requiring 25% down. Still, you could be responsible for mortgage insurance if you buy a two-unit primary residence with only 15% down.

Note: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the organizations which set conventional lending standards, have similar guidelines for multi-unit purchases. The main difference is that Freddie Mac guidelines allow borrowers to purchase a three or four-unit primary residence with just 20% down.

What About $2 Million Conventional Loans?

In nearly all the high-cost areas mentioned above (except Napa County, CA), you can get a $2 million mortgage on a four-unit property. Lending guidelines allow for a maximum loan amount of $2,095,200. Putting down the minimum required 25% in these markets would let you purchase a fourplex valued at nearly $2.8 million with a conventional loan.

How To Get a $1 Million Conventional Loan

Even though conventional loans allow you to borrow over $1,000,000 to buy a single-unit property in certain areas, approval can be more complicated than loans at or below the standard limit of $766,550.

A few conditions on high-balance loans include:

  • Loans must be eligible for Fannie Mae software-based underwriting system. If this system can’t approve the loan, a human is not allowed to override the decision (a.k.a. a “manual underwrite). However, Freddie Mac guidelines allow manually underwritten borrowers to qualify for high-cost loans.

  • All borrowers must have a credit score to qualify. Unlike standard-limit loans, you cannot use a nontraditional credit history.

  • High-balance loans have a max LTV of 95%, even when using low-down-payment options like HomeReady, which typically allows an LTV of up to 97%.

Income Needed for a $1 Million Loan

Even if you’re in an area that allows $1 million conventional loans, you’ll still need to qualify with an income that supports your monthly payments.

Here are a few example scenarios, calculated at an example 7% interest rate, and how much income you’d need to support each one:

Loan Amount




Principal & Interest




Taxes (est.)




Insurance (est.)




PMI (est.)




Total Monthly Payment




Monthly Income Required




Annual Income Required




Monthly payments estimated with the MRC Conventional Loan Calculator. Your costs may vary.
Income requirements are based on a DTI of 40% with a 30% housing expense ratio

Advantages of a Conventional Loan Over a Jumbo Loan

While many buyers looking to purchase a $1,000,000-plus property may find few lending options apart from a jumbo loan, those in high-cost areas will likely be better off with a high-balance conventional mortgage.

A few of the advantages of high-cost conventional loans over jumbo loans are:

Lower Down Payment Requirements: You can get a super-conforming loan with as little as 5% down. While there are no industry-wide guidelines for jumbo loans, you can expect to contribute a minimum of 10%.

More Flexible Credit Score: Conventional loans allow you to qualify with a score as low as 620. Lending requirements on jumbo loans are generally much tighter, with most lenders seeking a credit score of 700 or above.

Reserve Requirements Are Lower: With a conventional loan, you may be asked to have funds in reserve equal to six months of mortgage payments. In some cases, however, maintaining a reserve may not even be necessary. With jumbo loans, it is not uncommon for lenders to expect borrowers to have up to 18 months of payments on standby after paying the down payment and closing costs.

Will Conventional Loan Limits Go Up Even More in 2024?

Conventional loan limits will likely rise even further in 2024. That's because the FHFA assesses loan limits annually and makes changes based on median home prices. In 2023, the conventional loan limit was $726,000 and has increased to $766,550 in 2024.

Get a $1,000,000 Loan Without Going Jumbo

With 105 high-cost areas allowing single-unit conventional loans above $1 million (up to $2 million on some properties), making a big purchase without a jumbo mortgage is easier than ever. If you're seeking a high-balance loan, get in contact with a mortgage professional experienced in super-conforming and jumbo loans. These lenders can help you connect with the mortgage option that best fits your high-cost purchasing plans.

105 Areas Where $1,000,000 Conventional Loan Limits

The places within the continental United States where you can get a high-balance loan greater than $1,000,000 include:


Entire state


Alameda County
Contra Costa County
Los Angeles County
Marin County
Napa County
Orange County
San Benito County
San Francisco County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County


Eagle County


Entire state


Teton County


Calvert County
Charles County
Frederick County
Montgomery County
Prince George’s County


Dukes County
Nantucket County

New Jersey:

Bergen County
Essex County
Hudson County
Hunterdon County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County

New York:

Bronx County
Kings County
Napa County
Nassau County
New York County
Putnam County
Queens County
Richmond County
Rockland County
Suffolk County
Westchester County


Pike County


Summit County
Wasatch County


Arlington County
Clarke County
Culpeper County
Fairfax County
Fauquier County
Loudoun County
Madison County
Prince William County
Rappahannock County
Spotsylvania County
Stafford County
Warren County
Alexandria City
Fairfax City
Falls Church City
Fredericksburg City
Manassas City
Manassas Park City

West Virginia:

Jefferson County

Washington DC:

Entire district


Teton County

About The Author:

Tim Lucas spent 11 years in the mortgage industry and now leverages that real-world knowledge to give consumers reliable, actionable advice. Tim has been featured in national publications such as Time, U.S. News, MSN, The Mortgage Reports, and more.

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