USDA Map Changes Postponed Until September 2013

USDA Map Changes Postponed Until September 2013

Last week the House passed the Senate’s revised Continuing Resolution (H.R. 933) to fund the Government for the next six months. This bill included language to not implement any changes to eligible areas for Rural Development for the next six months.

There will be no changes to the USDA maps at the current time. The President signed this legislation on March 26, 2013 and we expect the formal announcement from USDA RD soon.  

Up to now there was a news that some towns/cities that were previously eligible for USDA loans, are now not eligible anymore based on the latest census 2010. This worried many home buyers, especially first time home buyers and home buyers with low income. But, this has been postponed at least six months.

What is USDA loan? The USDA Guaranteed Loan Program is a federal program offered through the United States Department of Agriculture. Rural Housing through the USDA program provides a number of homeownership opportunities to rural Americans, as well as programs for home renovation and repair. This is an excellent product and benefit for those individuals that qualify.

What are USDA Advantages? There are several advantages to using USDA’s Home Loan Program.

·         USDA 100% Financing

·         Low Monthly Mortgage Insurance(MI)with a USDA loan

·         Low USDA Mortgage Interest Rates

·         USDA Low Closing Costs

·         USDA Zero Down Payment.

·         Easy Credit Qualifying with USDA

·         Government Guaranteed Mortgage

What Are USDA Eligibilities? Rural Housing also offers 100% financing opportunities for those who qualify. In order to be eligible for many USDA loans, household income must meet certain guidelines. Also, the home to be purchased or served must be located in an eligible rural area as defined by USDA. This typically covers towns with less than 10,000 populations.

USDA Property Eligibility Info Basically, the USDA home loan program has 2 things it looks at when determining property eligibility: (1) Location (2) Physical Properties of the house. Location Eligibility: Determining the location eligibility is simple. Just click here and use this tool to determine if your area is eligible. Simply click on your State, the whatever County your looking in. This will bring up a color coded map. The areas shaded in “orange” are ineligible, all other areas are O.K. It’s that simple! Physical Properties:

·         Single family homes only (no multi-units homes)

·         Condos/Townhomes OK

·         Home must be in working order (no “fixer uppers” with mechanical issues)

·         No mobile homes

·         Swimming pools cannot be used to determine the value of the home

·         An FHA appraisal will be used

·         Basically, standard homes in working order is what’s expected…this is NOT a “fixer upper” program.

USDA Home Loan Income Limits Rather than loan limits, USDA has implemented income limits. These limits are generous as they are 115% of the moderate income level for the household size of the County your buying in. Like all home loans, your income will determine what size loan amount you can qualify for. Click here to use USDA’s income chart. Click on your State link, then look at the County you’re buying in underneath the column that reflects your household size. Use the largest income number on the chart. Note: Regardless of who will be on the loan, ALL household income for ALL adults must be considered.

For more information about USDA loan, USDA Property Eligibility, Household income requirements and USDA Home Loan Income Limits please see USDA website at

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