USDA Rural Development Loan Program Changes Delayed

The USDA rural development loan program is a program designed to make rural housing more affordable. USDA loan program eligibility depends upon applicant income and the purchase property location. With USDA rural development loans, you can finance 100% of the home value with no down payment.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that changes to the USDA rural development loan program scheduled to take place on October 1st will be delayed until March 27, 2013. This is great news for rural home buyers looking to taking advantage of record low mortgage rates.

On October 1, 2012, the USDA was expected to revise its definition of “rural.” This revision would have made USDA rural development funding more restrictive. Eligibility would have been limited to communities with a population less than 20,000 not located within a MSA (metropolitan statistical area). Half the rural population in America lives within a MSA and would be ineligible for the USDA rural development loan program if this change had been implemented.

Communities in Wisconsin that could be affected if the change is implemented next March include: Burlington, Hartford, Muskego, Port Washington, Portage, River Falls, Stoughton, Sussex, Vernon, and Waunakee. A very large number of Florida communities could be affected as well.

For a complete list of communities that may potentially be affected by tighter rural development eligibility restrictions click here.

Are you house shopping in a rural community? Click here to determine if your property is eligible.

Need more information on the USDA rural development loan program? Consult a licensed mortgage loan professional near you.

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