What is a USDA Mortgage Loan?
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsors home loans referred to as Section 502 loans. Under Section 502, direct loans (i.e. from money appropriated by Congress) may be available to some low-income applicants. In addition, those with total household income less that 115% of the median household income in a qualified rural area may obtain government guaranteed mortgages from qualified lenders.
The purpose of the program is described by the RHS as Follows:
The Section 502 Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan Program is designed to serve rural residents who have a steady, low or modest income, and yet are unable to obtain adequate housing through conventional financing. These loans enable low and moderate-income rural residents to acquire modestly priced housing for their own use as a residence through the purchase of a new or existing dwelling or the purchase of a new manufactured home.
If you live in a rural area or in a less developed portion of a metropolitan county, and your household income does not exceed the limit assigned to your area, you may qualify for a USDA guaranteed mortgage.
Why should I consider a government guaranteed USDA Mortgage?
1. USDA Mortgages may be issued with no down payment.
2. Closing costs may be included in the loan amount, further decreasing up-front costs.
3. Because of the government guarantee, interest rates are favorable and there is no mortgage insurance fee built into the monthly payment.
4. USDA Mortgages are 30 year fixed-rate mortgages. Your interest rates will not increase during the life of the loan.
5. Credit requirements are flexible. You must have a reasonable credit history and demonstrate that you are willing and able to make timely payments, but circumstances such as previous job loss or other extenuating circumstances may be considered in evaluating your credit history (or your lack of a credit history).
Do I qualify for a USDA Mortgage Loan?
The final word on eligibility is made by an officer in your local RHS office. This local officer has the discretion to evaluate your circumstances and credit history and take into account extenuating circumstances.
You can learn whether you meet the outside limits on household income by going to the USDA Income and Property Eligibility Site at http://www.usda.gov. The same calculator can help you determine whether the property you wish to buy is located in a qualified rural area.
In addition to having a satisfactory credit history, the ratio of your total monthly loan payment to monthly household income may not exceed 29 percent, and the ratio of monthly payments on all debt to household income must not exceed 41 percent.
How do I apply for a USDA Mortgage Loan?
Your local loan office or mortgage broker at First Option Mortgage and Lending can help you evaluate your eligibility, prepare a loan request and take full advantage of the options available to you through a government guaranteed USDA mortgage loan.
First Option Mortgage and Lending is one of the lenders that offers good expertise in USDA mortgages. When you work with First Option Mortgage you could take advantage of 100% Financing up to the appraised value, no private mortgage insurance, no limit on seller concessions and gifts, flexible credit qualifications, no loan amount limitations, and a purchase money program.