USDA stands for United States Department of Agriculture.
Originally, the program was designed to help families with moderate income buy rural housing. Or, homes in the country, far away from the city.
Today, with urban sprawl, you can get a USDA mortgage close to work or other city life.
Here are the highlights of USDA Mortgages
- Down Payment: 0% down payment
- Closing Costs: up to 6% …but really average @2.5% – can be paid the seller.
- Credit Score: Minimum 580.
- Interest Rate: depends on credit score and loan size; the better your credit, the larger the loan, the lower the interest rate. In general, range from 4.5% to 5.25%.
- Must be your primary Home only.
- Income Limitations: total family income $82,700. This is important as the income of your spouse and children are all considered.
- USDA rates are a bit higher than FHA mortgages, but they are still an excellent bargain.
- Lower monthly mortgage insurance costs (PMI) versus FHA.
- There is NO maximum set loan amount limit with USDA Rural Housing.
- No large savings are needed to qualify for USDA loans.
- Qualifying for a USDA loan with a 580 credit score is possible. And, even down to 560 with some exceptions
- The debt to income, or DTI is limited to 41% – lower than most other loan programs.
- The location of the home determines if it will be a USDA loan.
- The home can be a regular sale, short sale, foreclosure home or bank owned home single family, townhome or approved condo.
- Mobile/Manufactured homes and “build on your own land” not available.
- Applies for First-time home buyers, or move-up buyers.
- No special first-time buyer’s class, down payment assistance, or bond money is needed.
Along with VA Mortgages, a USDA Mortgage is an excellent choice for many homebuyers.
Many homes in the Manatee-Sarasota Counties area are eligible for USDA $0 down mortgages. First, anything EAST of Route 75 is eligible. Second, a stretch WEST of Route 75 is also USDA territory. Here, anything South of Route 64 (Manatee Ave), which tracks the Manatee River, down to Ward Lake, then tracking Honore Avenue until University Parkway is also USDA eligible.
Most of central Florida are eligible. One has to go outside the main thoroughfares of the large urban areas, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami, to find homes.
Write or call me if you want to see if you or a property is USDA eligible.
Chris Luis, Florida’s Favorite Mortgage Broker. firstname.lastname@example.org, 800.718.1862
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