Deciding to purchase a home can be an overwhelming experience for any potential home buyer. In addition to taking the time to scour through newspaper ads and online searches to find an ideal home, buyers also have to worry about securing adequate financing which isn’t always easy in today’s economy.
Conventional lenders are more strict than ever before when it comes to borrower eligibility. With most programs, applicants must have stellar credit scores and histories and are generally expected to have a down payment near 20 percent of the home’s sales price simply to secure financing. For a modest home purchase of $125,000 that means borrowers are expected to put down $25,000 out of pocket, not including other costs normally associated with purchasing a home.
For many interested home buyers, conventional lending options simply make home ownership either unaffordable or inaccessible to obtain. However, the USDA home loan program tends to alleviate the major costs associated with financing so that more people can have access to the dream of home ownership.
What is the USDA Home Loan?
The USDA home loan is a home financing option provided by the USDA’s Department of Rural Development that has been designed to make securing a mortgage easier for those interested in living in rural or outskirts areas. There are two types of home loans generally provided by the program, the Direct and the Guaranteed, and both are 100 percent backed by the government. By providing interested home buyers with a loan option that is backed by the government, borrowers are able to save out-of-pocket expenses through various benefits.