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Leon County, Texas (FedHome Loan Centers)

The 2019 $0 down, federal home loan limit for Leon County is $314,827.

Leon County is situated in East Texas and has one of the best locations of any county in the region. For those that prefer a quieter way of life yet quick access to a number of surrounding city areas – Leon County is an ideal home. The county exists on the I-45 corridor, about halfway between Dallas and Houston. Meanwhile, Austin is accessible via U.S. Highway 79 which connects to U.S. Highway 190. The college towns of Waco (Baylor University) and College Station (Texas A&M University) are within a short drive. 

The population of Leon County is 16,800. The total area of Leon County is 1,080 square miles. The county was founded in 1846. It is named after Martin De Leon, the founder of Victoria, Texas. Some also claim the territory is named after a yellow wolf of the area commonly referred to as the leon (or, lion in Spanish). The county was created after it was separated from Robertson County which still exists to the west. 

Other counties near Leon County include: Freestone County, Limestone County, and Anderson County (to the north), Madison County (to the south), Houston County (to the east), and Robertson County (to the west). 

Centerville is the county seat. It has a population of 900. However, it is not the biggest community in Leon County. Instead, Buffalo (population 1,800) is the biggest. Jewett (population 1,170), Normangee (population 685), Oakwood (population 510), Marquez (population 265), and Leona (population 175) are the other recognized towns in the county. Parts of Normangee exist in Madison County while parts of Oakwood exist in Freestone County. Hilltop Lakes is a census-designated place (CDP) and has a population of about 300. There are several unincorporated communities as well.

Centerville is named for its placement in Leon County. It is literally in the middle of the territory. It is located at the intersection of State Highway 7 (east and west) and Interstate 45 (north and south). State Highway 75 is along the eastern edge of Centerville. The small town is nearly halfway between Dallas (125 miles) and Houston (120 miles) via I-45. Centerville is known for the historical Black-Eyed Pea Festival as well as being the home of blues singer Lightnin’ Hopkins. 

Buffalo is the largest city in Leon County. It is known for famously changing its name to “Blue Star, Texas” during Super Bowl XXVII. The small town did the same thing (“Green Star, Texas”) during the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals. Both name changes were ironic considering local Texas pro teams were facing off against teams from Buffalo, New York. Buffalo, Texas is also known as being the hometown of Slayer bassist Tom Araya. 

Leon County is home to the Keechi Creek Wildlife Management Area, which exists in the northeast section of the territory. Fort Boggy State Park is located directly off Interstate 45, south of Centerville. Also, Sam Houston National Forest (southeast of Leon County) and Davy Crockett National Forest (east) are within a short drive. 


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Leon County Loan Limits  

FHA: $314,827 

USDA: $251,862 

VA: $484,350 


FHA Loan Limits

One-Unit: $314,827 

Two-Units: $403,125 

Three-Units: $487,250 

Four-Units: $605,525 


USDA Loan Limit 

Very Low Income: $31,700 

Low Income: $50,700 

Mod. Income Guar Loan: $86,850 

USDA Eligible zip codes in Leon County are: 75831, 75833, 75846, 75850, 75855, 77865, and 77871 

Contact FedHome Loan Centers at 877-432-5626 for more information and to confirm eligibility.