What are the requirements for the USDA program in Port Arthur? So that’s going to be looking at a 640 minimum credit score requirement.
There is a income requirement too when applying for a USDA Loan Port Arthur.
So basically the income requirement is about 78,000 if you’re in a family of 1 to 4 if you’re in a family of 5+ that’s gonna go up to about $103,000 on the income limit.
The big requirement for USDA is that it’s property specific.
It’s got to be in a USDA Approved Zone. How much down payment does this program require?
It’s actually 0% down payment which is Great!
Ok Awesome, and how much does the average home buyer come in with out-of-pocket?
So because your down payment for a USDA Loan in Port Arthur is covered you’re just gonna have to come in with again your prepaid and closing cost So if it was a $300,000 purchase.
you’d be looking at about $7,500 cash for keys to get in the home.
What type of home buyer is the USDA Loan program Ideal for? So this is going to be ideal for the home buyer that’s looking for a property in those specific areas.
Ideally it’s properties that are going to be USDA Eligible rural zones.
So not right in the middle of the city, but maybe if it’s more on the outskirts, on a little bit of land, lower tax rate areas that’s probably going to be a property that’s eligible and that would be ideal because that one would probably qualify OK, Fantastic.
What is a USDA Home Loan?
I bet you’re wondering, what is a USDA home loan?
Designed with the residents of more rural areas in mind, the United States Department of Agriculture designed its loan program to enrich rural communities by providing affordable home loan options to low-income households that may not be able to secure home financing through other means.
Who has time to stop and smell the roses? You don’t, and this isn’t even a rose.
What are the requirements for the USDA program?
So USDA has a few interesting requirements First of all, you’ll need to have at least a 580 credit score Some lenders require a 620 credit score.
Your household income has to be under the county maximum Like a lot of down payment assistance programs. This is based on family size So 1 to 4 is one category and then 5 and above is a higher threshold for qualifying
What’s unique about this one is the home has to be within a designated area.
So, Typically what that means is.
NOT within a metropolitan area So within our area here (Riverside county) Our local cities around her don’t qualify But we only need to go 10 miles away to where there’s an open area where there’s Several homes that qualify.
USDA stands for United States Dept of Agriculture But it’s NOT a farm loan.
Specifically, they don’t finance this program for farms in Port Arthur.
It has to be a Single Family home in the Port Arthur area, without a barn structure on the property.
Then it also has some home price limitations.
The Threshold is a little bit lower than say an FHA loan for the loan limits.
Ok, and how does this program differ from other Down payment programs?
So it’s different because it’s not really a down payment program but it allows financing up to a 100% of the purchase price And it’s interesting because you can actually use this program with 1 or 2 of the other programs.
If you need closing cost assistance But, what’s unique it’s a 100% Financing so you don’t need a 2nd or a 3rd lien on the property.
Your interest rates are typically lower than if you combine it with a down payment assistance programs and you don’t have to repay any down payment assistance.
It has a monthly factor It’s like mortgage insurance upfront It’s financed at a monthly component.
Much less than FHA So if you can qualify for this program It’s better than FHA And As I mentioned, rates and payments Are typically lower on this program So USDA is really a great program.
And on average How much does the home buyer have to come in with out-of-pocket?
So Again, we are financing the whole loan Purchase price up to 100% So the only thing remaining is then the closing costs Typically, plan on around 3% of the purchase price for funds to close.
The question there then becomes, Well, Where does that come from? Typically, we ask the seller to cover those costs And if we can get the seller to cover 3% Then, the buyer may only need to come in with an earnest money deposit.
And they may even get most or all of that back.
If the seller is covering all the fees.
One unique feature about USDA Versus all other loans is that if the home appraises for more than the purchase price.
We can finance the closing costs up to that appraised amount So, no other loan I know that we can actually finance the closing costs.
What type of home buyer is this program ideal for?
So certainly those that don’t have access to money for a down payment Anyone that wants to live that doesn’t have to live within a metropolitan area because, again, the house has to be in an area that is not in a high densely populated area.
It’s also suited well for people who have some credit issues and anybody that qualifies for this program would definitely be better served than going FHA so those type of people.
And besides the Area restrictions are their any other property restrictions? So property restrictions are going to be similar to FHA They’ll do manufactured homes.
They’ll do homes with Casitas So no real other restrictions.
Just if it conforms to the FHA guides then it should qualify for USDA There’s a couple little quirky things that you don’t run into very often like you can’t actually have a barn on the property It definitely can’t be for agricultural purposes It has to be for residential purposes.
USDA Loan Port Arthur – Do You Pre-Qualify?
- Hey guys, Austin Schneider here, and today we're gonna gothrough the pros and cons of a USDA loan.
(jazzy music) Pro number one is that there is an option for no down payments.
Con number one is that there's some geographical restrictions.
Because this program is meant to support purchasing a home in rural areas, there are geographical restrictions that could cause quite a long commute if you are working in the city.
Pro number two, there's someflexible credit guidelines.
There's the 640 minimum, andif you do have a few dings, you're probably gonna still be okay.
Con number two is thatthere's some income limits.
You do have to meet income limits that are based off of the median income in the area you're living in.
Pro number three isthat the interest rates are typically lower than yourstandard conventional loan.
Con number three is that you can't get out of the mortgage insurance.
While it is a little bitlower with the USDA loan, it's still gonna addto your overall costs.
Thanks so much for watching.
For more on USDA loans,for the pros and cons, check out our blog atTheMortgageReports.
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Freedom First Friday: USDA Loans
The USDA Guaranteed Home Loan Program is backedby the USDA – the United States Department of Agriculture.
It is a TRUE no money down home loan.
Many people who take advantage of this programare able to get into their homes with little to no money out of their pocket.
BUT, there are several eligibility requirementsthat you need to meet in order to take advantage of this home loan program.
The first requirement is that you cannot bea current homeowner.
If you already own your home but are planningto sell it, then you are still eligible! You just need to have your existing home soldBEFORE we can close the loan for your new home.
The next requirement is that your total annualhousehold income cannot exceed the limits set by the USDA.
These income limits are based on market areaand family size.
Another requirement is that you cannot havedefaulted on a USDA loan in the past.
This means that if you’ve had a past USDAloan that has gone in to foreclosure, you unfortunately aren’t eligible.
To take adavantage of this program, the homehas to be located in an eligible rural area.
But guess what, rural does not necessarilyequal country! Homes do not have to be in a country setting.
In fact, there are many areas where entirecounties and cities qualify for this program.
The property has to meet minimum propertystandards.
The home must be in satisfactory condition,and this loan cannot be used to finance any sort of income producing property.
That means mini farms, and properties withfarm acreage are not eligible.
Do you want to find out if you qualify? We make it EASY! Just give us a call at 937-548-8222 in Ohioor 765-273-4711 in Indiana, And make sure to ask to speak to a member of Your Expert Mortgage Team! Or text the word EASY to 48421 to apply today! We’re here to make your dreams of homeownershipcome true.