Financial incentives are luring home buyers to Puerto Rico, where some jumbo loans have lower down-payment requirements than those in the states.

Winter-weary Americans seeking a faraway getaway in the tropics can buy a place right on U.S. soil.

Puerto Rico, unlike most other tropical locales, is a U.S. territory, so the same mortgage-financing rules apply there as in the 50 states. Jumbo loans start at $417,001 in Puerto Rico, like most U.S. locations. In two other territories, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, jumbos start at $625,501, the same as other high-cost areas, such as New York, San Francisco and Hawaii.

Borrowers can choose among a variety of national banks and independent mortgage companies, as well as those based in Puerto Rico, such as Banco Popular, First Bancorp and RF Mortgage.

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