WASHINGTON - Fannie Mae said Monday it would keep its loan limit for single-family houses at $203,150 next year despite a 3% drop in a key housing-price index to which the limits are linked.

The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., known as Freddie Mac, had announced the same decision on Nov. 30. On the same date, Fannie Mae, formally the Federal National Mortgage Association, said it was leaning toward the maintaining of the loan limits but needed to study the issue further.

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