Do You Pre-Qualify for USDA Loans in Pennsylvania?
Welcome to a discussion on USDA Loans Pennsylvania brought to you by churchfinancing.biz! As you are probably aware, right now you’re considered almost Pre-Qualified Candidates!
On our page here and we’re going to provide you with everything you need to know about USDA loans in Pennsylvania.
So USDA loans are a government program meant to promote homeownership in rural areas. Typically the costs are significantly lower.
You get into home ownership with USDA Loans.
Zero percent down, mortgage insurance is significantly less than your FHA loans and your interest rates too are typically lower than your traditional mortgage rates.
They’re available from any mortgage lender. So you don’t have to go through a special entity or even the government to get approved. There are USDA income limits on this type of loan.
So you need to make sure you qualify because they are meant for the medium earners. And the loans are geographically based.
Finding USDA Eligible Areas in PA
So the home that you’re purchasing must be in an eligible area but most suburban areas are.
And if you’re a home buyer, if you’re thinking about buying a home I encourage you to check this one out first before you jump right into conventional because you may be surprised.
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So you’re a prospective Homebuyers in Pennsylvania? Well, USDA Loan Info in conjunction with churchfinancing.biz brought in one of our Qualified USDA Loan Agents.
Now, what are the pros and cons of a USDA loan?
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 some flexible credit guidelines. There’s the 640 minimum, and if you do have a few dings, you’re probably gonna still be okay.
Con number two is that there’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 is that the interest rates are typically lower than your standard conventional loan.
Con number three is that you can’t get out of the mortgage insurance. While it is a little bit lower with the USDA loan, it’s still gonna add to your overall costs.
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Pennsylvania Areas that Qualify for a USDA Loan
You just may be surprised at how many Pennsylvania areas qualify for a USDA Home Loan. Designed to stimulate growth in small or rural communities, areas that are eligible for a USDA Loan include:
Communities located outside of city limits
Communities with less than 20,000 people
Never assume that your area does not qualify for a USDA Loan. The experts here at churchfinancing.biz are here to help, fill out the Pre-Qualification Application, or call one of our certified USDA loan agents at (888) 464-8732.So Steve, 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. It has to be a Single Family home without a barn structure on the property. and 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. Great! 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. on that type of loan 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 Ok Great! Thanks Steve.