USDA Home Loan
Do you feel more at home surrounded by open spaces than miles of pavement? But are you limited by income and worried you wouldn’t qualify to purchase a home in a rural community? You might be able to benefit from one of the government’s least-known mortgage assistance programs, a USDA home loan.
Who It’s For
A USDA home loan program offers no down payment, low-interest rate mortgages for those with income at or below the low income level in the rural community where they wish to live.
No Down Payment
USDA loans don’t require a down payment, one of the biggest barriers for hopeful home buyers.
Flexible Credit Guidelines
The minimum credit score you’ll need is 640, although getting approved with a lower credit score is possible.
Lower Fixed Interest Rate
USDA home loans, backed by a government guarantee, offer below-market interest rates.
Closing Costs Financed Into the Loan
You can take out a bigger loan amount to pay for closing costs with a USDA home loan.
- Property must be located in an eligible rural area
- Borrower must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien
- Borrower must meet low income requirements
- Borrower must live in the home as a primary residence
- Borrower demonstrates the ability to meet credit obligations
What is the maximum amount I can borrow?
USDA loans do not have any restrictions on the amount you can borrow. The loan amount you qualify for is based on your debt, income, and ability to repay.
Would I need to pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?
No, USDA loans do not require borrowers to pay private mortgage insurance. There is, however, a one-time upfront USDA guarantee fee that is 1% of the loan amount. The upfront fee can be financed into your loan, so you don’t have to pay it out of pocket. Additionally, you would pay an annual 0.35% USDA fee. The annual fee would be rolled into your monthly payments.
Are both 15-year and 30-year loans available?
Yes. You can opt for the traditional 30-year loan or choose a 15-year loan to build equity faster and take a shorter path to full homeownership.
What type of home can I buy with a USDA loan?
You can purchase the following types of homes, as long as the one you choose is intended to be your primary residence and it meets USDA’s requirements that ensure it’s safe to live in and sanitary.
- Single-family homes
- New construction
- Manufactured homes
- Short sale homes
- Foreclosed homes
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