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Use the FREEandCLEAR USDA Home Loan Qualification Calculator to determine what size USDA mortgage you qualify for based on your gross income and debt as well as the mortgage insurance premium (MIP) fees for a USDA mortgage.  When you submit your information we connect you with up to four leading lenders so that you can confirm your mortgage terms and compare multiple proposals to find the mortgage that is right for you.  We also offer a version of this calcualtor that does not require personal information

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Estimated property purchase price you can afford based on the mortgage amount for which you qualify and your down payment
 
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Lender guidelines typically allow you to spend a maximum of 41% of your GROSS monthly income on your combined monthly housing expense and other monthly debt
 
The USDA Program requires the borrower to pay an up-front Mortgage Insurance Guarantee Fee. The up-front fee is 1.00% of the mortgage amount
 
The USDA Program requires the borrower to pay an ongoing Mortgage Insurance Guarantee Fee in addition to the monthly mortgage payment. The ongoing fee equals 0.35% of the mortgage amount
 
Please review our USDA Home Loan Program overview and borrower qualification guidelines and consult your local lender to confirm your ability to qualify for a USDA mortgage
 
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What Borrowers Should Know About a USDA Home Loan

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No Down Payment Required

The USDA home loan program enables borrowers in rural communities to buy a home with no down payment.  Saving money to pay for a down payment is one of the biggest obstacles to buying a home so enabling borrowers to qualify for a mortgage with no down payment is a major benefit.  Although borrowers are required to pay an extra upfront and ongoing monthly USDA mortgage insurance (guarantee fee), the USDA home loan program makes home ownership more affordable and accessible to borrowers in rural areas.

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Low Interest Rate

The interest rate for USDA mortgages is lower than the interest rate for many other no or low down payment home loan programs.  USDA home loans have lower interest rates because the mortgages are insured by the U.S. government and because program participants pay mortgage insurance, which protects lenders in the event of default.  Paying a lower interest rate reduces your mortgage payment and total monthly housing expense and saves you thousands of dollars in total interest expense over the term of your mortgage.

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Borrower Qualification Requirements

USDA home loan program borrower mortgage qualification guidelines are more conservative than other no or low down payment mortgage programs such as the FHA home loan program.  The USDA home loan program requires a minimum credit score of 620 as compared to 580 for the FHA program.  Additionally, the USDA home loan program uses a borrower debt-to-income ratio of approximately 41% to determine what size loan you qualify for as compared to a debt-to-income ratio of 43% or higher for the FHA mortgage program.  Using a lower debt-to-income ratio means that borrowers qualify for a smaller mortgage amount. 

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Property Eligibility Guidelines

The home being financed with a USDA loan must meet certain eligibility guidelines in terms of location and property type.  The home must be located in a USDA-designated rural area.  95% of the U.S. representing over 100 million people is designated as a USDA rural area.  Additionally, the property must be a single-family residence such as a home, condominium, townhouse or modular home.  The property must also be in good condition according to the appraisal report.    

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