USDA Rural Development Program Facing Changes

USDA Rural Development Program Facing Changes

What is a USDA Rural Development loan? The USDA rural development loan program is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is designed to make rural housing more affordable. With USDA rural development loans, you can finance 100% of the home value with no down payment. Income restrictions apply and loans are 30-year fixed rate mortgages.

Eligibility for the USDA rural development loan program is also dependent upon property location. Currently, communities outside of a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) qualify as long as their populations are below 20,000, and inside a metropolitan statistical area as long as their populations are below 10,000.

Communities with more than 10,000 people in metropolitan statistical areas would not qualify but for the grandfather clause, which said that communities that were eligible before the 1990 census would remain eligible until Oct. 1 as long as their population remained under 25,000.

On October 1, 2012, the USDA must revise its definition of “rural” as that grandfather clause first enacted in 1990 and extended in 2000 – will expire.

This revision will make USDA rural development funding more restrictive. Eligibilty will be limited to communities with a population less than 20,000 that are not located within a MSA. Half the rural population in America lives within a MSA and will therefore be ineligible for the USDA rural development loan program.

Communities in Wisconsin that could be potentially be affected include: Burlington, Muskego, Port Washington, Portage, River Falls, Stoughton, Sussex Veron, and Waunakee.

A 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.

Congressional action would be needed to extend current elibility requirements – but you can still take advantage of less restrictive USDA rural development eligibilty criteria.

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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