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What is a USDA Loan?


The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture that promotes rural development home loans, also known as USDA home loans. These are loans that offer 100% financing to buyers or borrowers who qualify. The mortgage loans are be backed by the USDA or United States Department of Agriculture; however the USDA’s definition of rural areas is much more broadly defined. Simply put, USDA loans can only be approved if the property being purchase is situated outside the city limits and located within the USDA eligible area. The primary purpose of USDA home loan is to expand the country’s smaller communities so the requirement does not come as a surprise. 

While USDA mortgage loans were originally meant to help rural America realize the dream of home ownership, they can also come in handy for a variety of other properties. Multifamily homes, businesses and single family properties are a case in point. In addition, loans that are backed by the United States Department of Agriculture can also be used to finance certain typed of development projects.what is a usda loan

USDA guaranteed loans are generally beneficial for moderate to low income borrowers. The loan is also seen as an attractive loan option for borrowers who plan to renovate eligible properties, purchase properties outside the city limits or buy foreclosures.

USDA Guarantee Home Loans are available to qualified borrowers but the property must be located within the USDA eligible area map. To see if the property you intend to purchase qualifies for USDA financing, use the tool checker here.

There are two types of USDA home loans: (1) Direct, and (2) Guaranteed. Both have their respective qualifications and requirements. For the Direct, a borrower must go directly to the USDA Regional Service Center in their area to apply and get the loan. The Direct is geared more towards the lower income household. A lower income family is defined as household making about 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI).

The USDA Guarantee Home Loans, on the other hand, is for borrowers whose household income exceeds 80% of the AMI but no more than 115% of the AMI. The USDA Guaranteed Home Loans are the type of loans that private lenders offer on behalf of USDA. Both types of loans must meet the credit, income and asset requirements set forth by the Rural Housing Service.

For more information, contact our USDA Home Loan Specialists at 281-860-2533.

by Gerry Nicodemus


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USDA Loan Specialists Available to Help You

Our USDA Loan Specialists are always available to help answer your questions. You can contact a dedicated USDA Loan Specialist through our website or by calling us directly.

A Simplified Process that cuts through all the clutter

From the very beginning, our USDA Loan Specialists will assist you in weighing your options, confirming your eligibility, and obtaining the documents required to get you to the closing table.

USDA Approved Lender

USDA Rural Development requires lenders offering USDA Loans to go through their approval process. Amcap Mortgage Ltd. is a USDA approved lender specializing in USDA Loans in Texas.


$0 Down Payment

Zero Down Payment

A USDA Loan allows the borrower to finance 100% of the home's value and purchase with $0 down. Other loan programs require 5-20% down.

Low Fixed Rates

Low Fixed Interest Rates

You get a 30 year, low interest fixed rate mortgage with zero early prepayment penalty.

Easier to Qualify

USDA Loans are Easier to Qualify

Qualifying requirements for a USDA Home Loans are similar to an FHA loan and requires no Mortgage Insurance.

USDA loans help make home ownership possible for a wider range of people.