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USDA Direct Home Loan Packaging

USDA Direct Home Loan Packaging

Since 1949, the Federal Government has allocated funds to assist individuals in purchasing homes in rural areas across America through the USDA 502 Direct Loan program. As certified loan application packagers, we are dedicated to helping qualified buyers leverage this fantastic opportunity to achieve homeownership.

Section 502 of the Housing Act of 1949 empowers the use of federal funds to assist low- and very low-income individuals in purchasing homes that are decent, safe, sanitary, and structurally sound in rural areas throughout America. Managed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this funding is provided in the form of the Rural USDA Direct Loan.

There are three main considerations for a USDA loan:

  1. People must meet income limits for the county in which they would like to reside. 
  2. The home must be in what the USDA defines as a “rural area.”
  3. The purchasing process may take longer than purchases made with conventional financing.

The program is designed for people who are renting or live in unsafe or unsanitary conditions and who may not be able to secure funding through other means. 

 The USDA loan program offers several benefits for eligible homebuyers, including: 

  • No Down Payment: One of the most attractive features of a USDA loan is that it allows eligible buyers to purchase a home without a down payment.
  • Reduced Mortgage Insurance: Compared to other loan programs, USDA loans have lower mortgage insurance costs. There is an upfront guarantee fee, which can be rolled into the loan amount, and an annual fee, which is paid monthly. 
  • Competitive Interest Rates: USDA loans often come with interest rates that are competitive with, or sometimes even lower than, conventional mortgage rates.
  • Flexible Credit Requirements: While borrowers still need to meet certain credit criteria, the USDA loan program has more flexible credit requirements compared to conventional loans. Borrowers with less-than-perfect credit may still qualify.
  • 100% Financing: In addition to no down payment, USDA loans allow for 100% financing, meaning the loan can cover the entire purchase price of the home.
  • Geographical Flexibility: Although USDA loans are designed for rural areas, many suburban areas near cities also qualify. You might be surprised to find that properties in areas you wouldn't consider "rural" are eligible.
  • Use for Various Properties: USDA loans can be used to purchase new or existing homes, approved condos, modular homes, and even properties with additional land.

It's important to note that USDA loans are intended for primary residences only, not for investment properties or vacation homes. Additionally, there are income limits and property eligibility requirements that must be met to qualify for a USDA loan.  

Talk to a certified USDA Packager and  HUD Certified Housing Counselor today to get started on your home ownership journey!

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