We have heard that the party was over. Home buyers with limited funds for a down payment would be required to scrimp and save for that first house again. And in most cases this is true. Our veterans have always had a wonderful zero down program available and the VA loan program is still a great option to those who have served our country. But other buyers will have to come up with the minimum 3.5% down payment required by FHA or 5% down for a conventional loan before they can even think of purchasing their dream home. However, if you are considering buying a home in a designated rural area there is still a zero down option, the Rural Development Program.
Now when some people hear “rural”, they immediately conjure up a picture in there head of an old-time farm in the middle of nowhere. Nothing could be further from the truth! According to the USDA Rural Development website, the program was created to “build stronger, more vibrant rural communities across the nation.” This unique housing loan program does apply in many counties in the north and east metro that aren’t so far from the cities and they don’t have to be farmsteads either! Communities in Isanti and Chisago Counties including North Branch, Stacy, Chisago City, Lindstrom, Shafer, Taylors Falls and many others can possibly qualify for this program. If you are considering buying a home in any of these communities, it is a great program to look into. But very few loan officers really know the ins and outs that make a program like this work.
My go-to Minnesota loan expert, Mary Chris Gallo, is one such person. She gives a more detailed explanation of the program in her post 100% Financing is Still Available in Select Areas.
In her article she writes, this is a CONVENTIONAL LOAN program with:
• NO down payment
• NO monthly PMI
• The seller is allowed to pay all reasonable closing cost and prepaids
• NO hit to the rate for the zero down
• NOT a first time home buyer program and
• No reserves needed
Read Mary Chris Gallo's entire post here.
There are restrictions so speaking with a qualified loan officer that understands the rural development loan program is essential. Likewise, working with a REALTOR ® that knows understands the current market conditions of the communities within this program are just as critical to your dream home becoming a reality.
If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give me a call or visit my website for a FREE Relocation Packet. I specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.
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