Rural Housing (USDA) Loans Explained

Rural Housing Loans

Rural Housing (USDA) Loan

A USDA home loan from the USDA loan program, also known as the USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan Program, is a mortgage loan offered to rural property owners by the United States Department of Agriculture. Rural Housing loans allow homeowners to finanance closing costs and pre paid items. In some cases, they may also be allowed to finance repairs or make updates to the property. There is no minimum cash requirement for borrower at closing and the interest rates are competitive.

USDA Loans apply to more "rural" areas than you may think! They are available to millions of eligible primary home buyers with low to moderate incomes or scarce funds for down payments.

Features, Benefits and Things You Need to Know:

  • Zero Down - No down payment is required for USDA loans. Thirty-year, fixed-rate loans with no pre-payment penalty are the norm. Rates are very competitive with conventional loans.

  • Eligible Property - These loans are limited to "rural" areas, though you might be surprised by some of the suburbs of major metropolitan areas that qualify as rural. Homes should be modest in size and cost and constructed per local codes and regulations.

  • Eligible Borrowers - Funds are available for qualified borrowers who earn up to 115% of the area median income. Even candidates who have had past credit issues with late pays, bankruptcies or foreclosure may be eligible. Borrower's income must support the proposed payments and meet the program requirements for approval. Primary occupancy is required. This program is not for investment properties.

  • Benefits - Minimum cash is needed to close. The USDA Guarantee Fee and eligible closing costs may be financed. Gift money, grant money and seller contributions are allowed.