The USDA mortgage can be used in suburban and rural areas, and allows for no-money-down financing.
The USDA loan is the flagship mortgage program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Don’t be fooled its name - USDA mortgages aren’t for farms! They’re for homes in less-densely populated areas, includes suburban and rural neighborhoods.
The program started in 1949 when the American Housing Act passed.
The law have gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture authority to create and fund no-money-down home loans for home buyers in low-density areas, including suburban neighborhoods and rural zones.
The program is known by other names, too.
The USDA Mortgage
The USDA Guaranteed Loan
The Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan Program
The RD Loan
The Rural Loan
It's even sometimes called the Section 502 Loan, a reference to the section of the Housing Act of 1949 that authorized the program in the first place.
The benefits of a USDA mortgage include:
Down payments are optional
Interest rates are discounted below the market average
Closing costs can be financed, so no cash is needed at closing
USDA loans allows 100 percent financing, and 92 percent of the United States is on USDA-eligible land. To qualify, home buyers must show they're buying a modest home in a modest area; and, an income level that's within area limits.
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