The Consumer Mortgage Coalition is urging the government-sponsored enterprises' regulator to suspend the conforming loan limits and allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to purchase single-family loans of up to $1 million.

It is difficult and expensive to get jumbo loans and the current GSE loan limits that range from $417,000 to $729,750 are "causing market disruptions," the mortgage industry group says in a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. "We recommend that the conforming loan limit be suspended for loans below $1 million while the FHFA serves as the GSE conservator so that the government-sponsored enterprises can add liquidity throughout the mortgage market and across the country," CMC says in a June 1 letter.

Separately, the Mortgage Bankers Association is urging Congress to permanently raise the GSE conforming loan limit to $625,000 and retain the flexibility to provide financing of up to $729,750 in higher cost markets.

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