USDA loans do not require a down payment. There are only a few programs left that make this exception. Conventional programs do not. In addition, closing costs can be rolled over into the monthly mortgage payments, which reduces the upfront costs of buying a home or land.
Because of the current condition of the real estate market, rates are low, and so are housing prices. Good credit can make those rates even better. However, USDA mortgage programs try to be flexible with credit requirements. As long as a potential farmer can demonstrate the ability to make payments, with a decent credit history and debt to income ratio, he or she can be approved for a USDA loan.
The Farm Service Agency or FSA is a great resource. The FSA can help farmers get approved for the loan. They can also counsel farmers on how to build or improve their credit before applying for the loan.
Local USDA offices are the ones that make final decisions on eligibility. They look at credit history. In addition, they will also want to see that the applicant’s potential monthly payment will not go over his or her income. An applicant can visit USDA’s website to see if he or she meets household income limits and is purchasing a house in the qualified rural areas.
Any qualified lender can help a farmer to start a loan request. It’s up to the potential buyer to be sure he or she has exhausted all options and thought carefully about their next big move. The FSA or a lending counselor can help with that process.