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USDA Loans

Empowering Your Rural Homeownership Dreams

Imagine a loan program designed specifically for those living in picturesque rural landscapes, helping them turn their dream of owning a home into reality. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this isn’t just a dream. Through its Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program, the USDA supports low- to moderate-income families in realizing their dreams of homeownership in designated rural areas, thereby contributing to the development of more robust and vibrant communities.

Featured Highlights of USDA Loans:

Zero Down Payment
USDA loans frequently come with the advantage of requiring no down payment, providing a viable pathway to homeownership for many individuals who might otherwise consider it unattainable.
Competitive Interest Rates
Government backing translates to often lower interest rates compared to conventional loans.
Rural Development
Exclusively designed for designated rural areas, ensuring those in less urbanized regions have access to homeownership.

Diving Deeper into USDA Loans

USDA home loans aren’t just another mortgage option; they’re a testament to the government’s commitment to rural development. By providing affordable housing options, these loans aim to strengthen rural communities and enhance the quality of life for their residents.


To be eligible for a USDA loan, applicants must meet certain criteria. In addition to the meeting location and income criteria, applicants for USDA loans should possess a stable income, maintain a credit score of 640 or higher (though exceptions can apply), and have a debt-to-income (DTI) ratio of 43% or lower.

  • Are USDA loans exclusive to first-time homebuyers?

    No. USDA loans are available for both first-time and repeat homebuyers.

  • What types of homes qualify for USDA loans?

    Eligible properties typically include single-family homes, some condos, and manufactured homes, provided they’re in designated rural areas.

  • Can I refinance a USDA loan?

    Yes, homeowners with a USDA loan can refinance to lower their interest rate.

Final Thoughts on USDA Loans

USDA loans represent more than just a financing option; they embody a vision of vibrant, thriving rural communities. Due to the absence of a down payment requirement and often more favorable interest rates, they provide an accessible path to homeownership for many individuals who may have previously considered it unattainable.

Nonetheless, like all mortgage products, it’s essential to have a comprehensive understanding of USDA loans to assess whether they align with your financial objectives. Whether you are considering this option or exploring alternative mortgage solutions, your Nationwide Mortgage Bankers (NMB) Loan Officer is ready to offer guidance and assistance. Their expertise can help you navigate the homebuying journey, ensuring you make the right choices for your future.

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*All product information represented on this page is subject product guidelines and can change at anytime. It is for educational and informational purposes only and not a commitment to lend. Please contact your Nationwide Mortgage Bankers Loan Officer today get the latest product guidelines and guidance on what loan programs fit your unique financial picture and goals.


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