Update on USDA Zero Down Rural Home Loan Program


USDA mortgages offers home buyers the opportunity to buy a home in a designated rural area with zero down payment. Area’s outside of the peach colored area in this map may be eligible for USDA zero down financing.

This program is available to borrowers who meet certain income limitations. Currently in the King County area, a household with 1 to 4 family members may qualify if their household income is $93,450 or less and $123,350 or less for households with 5 to 8 family members.

Home buyers in USDA desginated rural areas like Maltby, Vashon Island and Snoqualmie, who are depending on zero down financing have been caught in limbo with the future of the program in question. It looks like this uncertainty may almost be over.

Last week, the Senate and House approved FY 2013 Continuing Resolution which, among other things, would allow USDA loans to continue through September 2013 to current designated rural areas.

The bill awaits President Obama’s signature.

Meanwhile, we have been told by our USDA lenders that it is “business as usual” and we continue to offer this program to qualified home buyers and home owners wanting to refinance their existing USDA mortgages.

If you are interested in a mortgage rate quote for a USDA zero down loan or other mortgage programs for homes located in Washington, click here, I’m happy to help you!

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