The Agency’s subsidy recapture policy requires borrowers to repay some or all of the subsidy received over the life of the loan. When borrowers pay off the principal and interest balance of their loan, subsidy recapture must be calculated and the borrower informed of the recapture amount.
Additionally, are USDA loans hard to close?
With an FHA, VA, or conventional loan, the lender can completely approve and close the loan on its own. USDA, however, requires a hands-on check by USDA staff. The process can take an extra few days or up to three weeks or more depending on the backlog at your state’s USDA office.
Keeping this in view, can you buy land with a USDA loan?
A USDA construction loan can finance the land, build your home, and serve as your long–term mortgage – essentially rolling three loans into one. Plus, there’s no down payment required and only one set of closing costs. However, these loans can be hard to find.
Can you pay off a USDA loan early?
The USDA mortgage does NOT have any prepayment or early payoff penalty. You can sell/pay off your loan whenever you like without restriction or fees. This is also the case with other Government-backed loans like FHA and VA.
Seller concessions for USDA loans are among the most buyer-friendly out there. Conventional buyers can’t tap into that 9 percent cap unless they’re putting down 20 percent. USDA’s approach to closing costs and concessions is one more reason buyers should give this loan program a closer look.
How much are USDA closing costs? USDA mortgages require no down payment. Compare that to an FHA loan for which you need 3.5% down, and a conventional loan that requires 3-5% down. For a $200,000 home loan, the following down payments would apply.
You’ll pay an upfront fee of 1 percent of the loan amount, and then an annual mortgage insurance fee equal to 0.35 percent of the loan balance. So on that same $200,000 loan, you’ll pay $2,000 upfront and $58 per month. USDA buyers can finance the upfront fee into their loan.
USDA loans allow financing up to 100% of the appraised value of the property, plus the guarantee fee. So, if you’re buying a home with a USDA loan and the home appraises at $250,000, you can get a loan for that amount plus your $2,500 guarantee fee (1% of the loan amount).
The lender usually passes the nonrefundable upfront fee cost to the borrower. A USDA loan guarantee fee refers to how the USDA mortgage is paid. The upfront guarantee fee is equal to 1% of the loan amount. The annual fee is equal to 0.35% of the loan amount for 2021.
USDA Loan Property Requirements
- The home must be used as the homebuyer’s primary residence.
- The site must have direct access to a street, road or driveway.
- The property must have adequate utilities and water and wastewater disposal.
Cons to the USDA Rural Development Loan
Geographic restrictions. Mortgage insurance included (may be financed into loan) Income limits. Single family, owner occupied only – no duplex homes.
USDA eligibility for a 1-4 member household requires annual household income to not exceed $91,900 in most areas of the country, and annual household income for a 5-8 member household to not exceed $121,300 for most areas.