Category: Understanding Loan Options

USDA Announces New Income Limits in Minnesota

On Wednesday, June 13th, new income limits went into effect for USDA loans in Minnesota. These household income limits vary by region and help determine eligibility for rural development home loans. There are many benefits to USDA loans, the most notable being that they don’t require a down payment.  You also may be surprised to discover where they are available.

To learn more about the new limits in your area and what they mean for home buyers, contact a Marketplace Home Mortgage Loan Officer today.

 

 

Source: www.RD.USDA.COM/MN
*Data for 1-4 person households

The Difference Between APR and Interest Rates

When you are comparing mortgage options, it is important to understand the difference between APR and interest rates. When you see a loan rate advertised, you’ll also see a corresponding APR (4.5%/4.762% APR). This Annual Percentage Rate is the total cost of your loan (interest and fees) expressed as a single number. The purpose is to give you one number for comparing multiple loans.

But it’s an imperfect science.The problem with using APR as designed is that the calculation applies to the entire length of the loan, and some people use mortgage loans for only a few years due to refinancing or sale. READ MORE

The Benefits of an FHA Home Loan

For some buyers, an FHA home loan may work when others can’t.

The FHA home loan program is designed to help promote homeownership. Loans distributed through this program are insured by the Federal Housing Administration. For many buyers, FHA loans make it easier to qualify for a mortgage.

When it comes to FHA Loans, here are a few of the features that can be beneficial:

  • Low Down Payments – As little as 3.5% down will work in most instances, and 5% covers most others.
  • Higher Loan Amounts – In some areas, FHA maximums can exceed conventional loan limits.
  • Lower Total Cash to Close – Sellers can help pay closing costs, and borrowers can receive gift money toward their down payments.
  • Streamlined and Cash Out Refinancing – Subsequent refinancing can be far easier and more lenient than with conventional loans.
  • Purchase and Rehab Financing – The FHA 203k loan can be a great option for the purchase of homes in need of a quick spruce up or even major remodeling when you don’t have sufficient funds to do it on your own.
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What is a USDA Rural Home Loan?

A USDA rural home loan is a type of loan backed through the Rural Housing Division of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. It is available to millions of eligible primary home buyers with low to moderate incomes or scarce funds for down payments.

Features, benefits and things you need to know:

Zero Down – No down payment is required for a USDA rural home loan. Thirty-year, fixed-rate loans with no pre-payment penalty are the norm. Rates are very competitive with conventional loans.

Eligible Property – These loans are limited to “rural” areas, though you might be surprised by some of the suburbs of major metropolitan areas that qualify as rural. Homes should be modest in size and cost and constructed per local codes and regulations.

Eligible Borrowers – Funds are available for qualified borrowers who earn up to 115% of the area median income. Even candidates who have had past credit issues with late pays, bankruptcies or foreclosure may be eligible. Borrower’s income must support the proposed payments and meet the program requirements for approval. Primary occupancy is required. This program is not for investment properties.

Benefits – Minimum cash is needed to close. The USDA Guarantee Fee and eligible closing costs may be financed. Gift money, grant money, and seller contributions are allowed.

Program details sourced from Top of Mind Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

If you have questions or want to learn about areas that meet the rural designation criteria, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to help.