USDA Loan Eligibility
The USDA loan is part of a federal program that supports rural development. If you’re buying a home in a rural area, make sure to check with me to determine if you’re eligible for a USDA loan. The USDA loan requires ZERO down payments – which is almost unheard of these days.
Other benefits to the USDA loan includes a 30-year fixed interest rate – meaning the rate will not adjust over its lifespan. Also, no mortgage insurance is required on a USDA loan.
If you’re eligible for a USDA loan, this is a great route to financing. Below are some eligibility requirements:
- Rural area
You must purchase property within an eligible area. To determine if you’re eligible, check out the interactive map on the USDA’s website or call my office at 219-794-0600 Ext. 241.
- Income requirements
There is an income limit that is set for your county – you must not exceed that in order to be eligible. Some of the factors that go into determining include:
- Your county
- The total number of people in the household
- The number of residents under age 18 (or disabled or full time students)
- Your age
- The number of disabled persons in the home
- Your monthly expenses versus your income
- Credit history
This works differently than a credit score – your credit history will be reviewed to determine if you appear to be someone able to repay the debt and not default on the loan.