I am working with a client who is buying a house in Queen Creek and he asked me “why doesn’t everyone know about USDA loans?”
Here are just a few of the reasons that USDA loans are quickly becoming a loan program that people love to use.
USDA Loans: A True 100% Home Loan
With the USDA loan program, no down payment is required and you are able to finance up to 102% of the property’s appraised value. With the elimination of the down payment assistance programs in late 2008, the USDA loan program is one of the only 100% loan programs available.
USDA Loans: No Up Front or Monthly Mortgage Insurance
With the USDA loan program, there is no up front or monthly mortgage insurance required. With the FHA loan program, you have both up front mortgage insurance premium and monthly mortgage insurance as well.
With no mortgage insurance required, the USDA loan program can save you hundreds (possibly even thousands) of dollars each year that mortgage insurance would cost with a different type of loan.
USDA Loans: No Credit Score Required
For the USDA loan program, officially, there is no credit score required… but unofficially, the minimum credit score that you will need to get approved by an investor is 620. This is relatively recent and may change back to the official answer — but for now, you need a 620 mid FICO score to qualify for the USDA loan program.
USDA Loans: No Loan Limit
The USDA loan program will allow you to finance “as much as you can afford”. There is no official loan limit with the USDA loan program, but the amount of money that you can borrow depends on your ability to repay the loan.
USDA Loans: Seller Concessions Are Allowed
With the USDA loan program, you can get the seller to pay as many of your closing costs as you can. There are no limits on “seller concessions” so negotiate the best deal that you can! Many loan programs limit the amount of seller concessions that you can have, but the USDA loan program doesn’t put a limit on them.
The USDA loan program is a great option for people who are looking to buy a house with little or no money down. The only “bad” thing about the USDA loan program? The only thing that I can think of is that you will have to find a property that can qualify – and sometimes you may have to drive a ways to get there.