USDA Fact Sheet





FACT SHEET
GUARANTEED RURAL HOUSING LOAN PROGRAM
 
TARGET: Low/Moderate income households that can afford the monthly mortgage payments; however, do not have adequate funds available for down payment or closing costs. Available to eligible applicants in rural areas.

ELIGIBILITY:
1. Do not currently own an adequate dwelling in the local commuting area.
2. Will be the owner occupant.
3. Household income must be within the income limits (see limits on reverse side)
4. Must have acceptable credit history.
5. Must have adequate and dependable income sufficient to meet all obligations.
6. Must be a citizen or legally admitted to the United States for permanent residence.
 
LOAN PURPOSE: ASSIST LOW AND MODERATE INCOME APPLICANTS THROUGH THE GUARANTEE OF LOANS MADE BY CONVENTIONAL LENDERS FOR HOMES IN ELIGIBLE RURAL AREAS. CLOSING COSTS MAY BE INCLUDED IN THE ACQUISITION OF MODEST SINGLE FAMILY HOMES, NEW OR EXISTING FINANCED, IF THE APPRAISAL SUPPORTS IT.

ELIGIBLE AREA: Please refer to website: www.rurdev.usda.gov

MINIMUM ADEQUATE SITE:
The value of the site must not exceed 30 percent of the total value of the property.
 
PROHIBITED USES:
– Purchase of existing manufactured housing (mobile homes).
– Purchase income producing properties or farm service buildings.

INSPECTIONS: Private water. Inspection Certifications completed by Lender’s appraiser.
Dwelling must meet current HUD Handbook 4150.2 and 4905.1 Standards.

LOAN TERM: 30 years (360 monthly payments)

INTEREST: FIXED – the lender’s maximum interest rate must not exceed Fannie Mae’s required net yield for 90-day commitments on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with Actual/Actual remittance plus 60 basis points.

LOAN AMOUNT: Loan amount cannot exceed 102.0%* of the appraised value of the property. (*Appraised value may be exceeded by the amount of upfront guarantee fee financed.)

LOAN MORTGAGE AMOUNT: None. Applicant’s income and loan repayment ability will dictate the maximum loan amount.

GUARANTEE FEE: Up front fee of 2.0% of the Loan Amount plus .4% annual fee.

REPAYMENT ABILITY:
PITI (Principal, Interest, Taxes, and Insurance) does not exceed 29% of Gross Income.
TD (Total Debt) does not exceed 41% of Gross Income.
(Ratios above 29/41% can be exceeded with above average credit scores)

GUARANTEED RURAL HOUSING INCOME LIMITS NEW YORK STATE

Counties House Hold Size/ Adjusted Income Limit
1-4
House Hold Size/ Adjusted Income Limit
5-8
Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady & Schoharies 89850 118600
Linton, Warren & Washington 74900 98850
Columbia 84550 111600
Dutchess & Orange 93450 123350
Onondaga, Madison & Oswego 76600 101100
Suffolk 112700 148750
Putnam 98750 130350
Westchester 108700 143500
Erie & Niagara 76050 100400
Tompkins 84900 112050
Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans & Wayne 79000 104300
Ulster 89000 117500
All other counties 74750 98650
 

 

The following counties in New York State contain NO INELIGIBLE property areas:
ALLEGANY, GENESEE, OTSEGO, SULLIVAN, CATTARAUGUS, GREENE, PUTNAM, TIOGA, CHENANGO, HAMILTON, SCHOHARIE, WASHINGTON, COLUMBIA HERKIMER SCHUYLER WAYNE DELAWARE, LEWIS, SENECA, WYOMING,
ESSEX, LIVINGSTON, ST. LAWRENCE, YATES, FRANKLIN, ORLEANS, STEUBEN
 
 
Household income must be within the above listed income guidelines after applicable deductions.
 
DEDUCTIONS: (from the annual gross income of all adult household members)
$ 480. deduction for each child in the household under the age of 18.
100% of child care costs for minors 12 years of age or under.
$ 480. deduction for each disabled/handicapped adult (other than the applicant).
$ 480. deduction for full time adult students.
$ 400. for an elderly household.
Medical expenses greater than 3% of the gross annual income (applicable to elderly households only).
 
Changes in eligible areas anticipated to take effect March 28, 2013