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If you qualify as a low-to-moderate income borrower, a USDA loan offers the option of no down payment when you buy in a designated rural area.

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Rural area |n.| Usually has a population of 10,000 or less; however, a community with a population of 25,000 or less can be considered “rural” if it is located outside a metropolitan area.

Why loan officers love it

Branch Manager Cher Lemos loves USDA loans. “USDA makes it possible for first-time homebuyers to have no down payment with affordable mortgage insurance in the form of a guarantee fee,” she says.

“It allows them to qualify with a lower monthly payment which is very helpful when budgeting for “owning a home” versus renting a home,” she says.

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USDA home loan benefits include:
Allows the seller to contribute to closing costs
If you’re eligible in a designated rural area,
May help you qualify if you have low-to-moderate income
Backs funds with loan guarantees

Already have a rural property in mind? Check and make sure it’s in a designated rural area.
Find a loan officer in your area to see if you qualify for a USDA loan, and secure your dream home.

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