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Rural housing loans: A beginner's guide

by Debbie Goldberg 12/10/2023

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If you’re interested in your financing options for buying or building a home outside a major urban area, you might want to consider the various rural housing loans offered by the United States government. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an official government organization offering various loans to support communities in rural areas.

Here is some more of the basic information about rural housing loan opportunities:

Section 502 direct loans

One of the simplest types of loan assistance offered by the USDA is called a Single-Family Housing Direct Loan Program, or Section 502 loan. With these loans, the government lends the money directly to the homebuyer to buy, repair or build a new home in a qualified rural area.

Section 502 loans don’t require down payments, don’t require mortgage insurance, and typically have low, fixed interest rates. Payment assistance options can even lower interest rates even further.

USDA housing repair loans

Another option for rural housing is through the Section 504 Home Repair loan program. The USDA offers these loans to help potential homeowners bring home codes up to current standards, make necessary repairs, and address any safety or health issues with a property.

Determining your eligibility

How do you know if you’re eligible for a rural housing service home loan? There are some key factors determining eligibility, such as:

  • The location of the home you want to purchase or repair has to be in a low-population area.
  • An applicant’s household income must be below a certain threshold.
  • The applicant needs to show proof of credit history, though the minimum credit score is much lower than many other types of loan.
  • The property has to be used as a primary residence.

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Is a rural housing loan right for you? While these are just the basic facts about direct loans and other government-sponsored housing programs, this information can help you determine whether you might qualify.

About the Author

Debbie Goldberg

I'm a full time Realtor with over 30 years of experience yet young enough to embrace today's ever-changing scope of marketing and technology. Having grown up in Connecticut and moved many times (too many to count!) I can empathize with today's buyers and sellers. Strictly maintaining ethical standards and being a fierce advocate on behalf of my clients are things I take very seriously. As a buyer, you can expect me to listen to and evaluate your real estate wants and needs. I can assist in explaining relevant forms, agreements, and closing procedures. I will guide you through the process of finding the right home, negotiating your offer, adhering to all contract dates and terms as well as final walk through and closing procedures. As a seller, I will listen to and evaluate your goals, needs, and timing in order to properly price your home to get the maximum exposure needed to attract the right buyers. In addition to negotiating on your behalf, I will make sure we communicate throughout the entire process as we navigate the contract terms, finance and inspection contingencies, as well as all closing procedures. I was born in Japan, grew up in Hamden and lived in New York, Ohio and Southern California before settling down in New Haven county to raise two kids, two dogs and a cat. I'm passionate about good food and love to bake. Some of my free time has been spent volunteering at Temple Beth Sholom, a synagogue where my family has been members for over 40 years. I also spend time at Tower One/Tower East, an assisted living center in New Haven where my mother-in-law now resides. 30 years of helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals has given me the peace of mind to know that what I do everyday matters. If you are thinking of buying or selling please keep me in mind.