USDA Guarantee Fee Update 8/23/2010

The Single Family Housing Origination Department of the USDA Home Loan Program announced yesterday that they should have their computer systems up and running to accommodate the changes required by Congress in their fees.

Since the end of May, USDA has been issuing “Conditional” approvals… and because of that, Wells Fargo, Bank of America (and many, many others) are not doing USDA Home Loans.

We are still closing these loans... here’s what the directive says:

Rural Development also is working on a more complete system upgrade to accommodate all provisions of the new law. We expect this full enhancement to be completed as early as possible next fiscal year. While the 3.5 percent up-front fee is sufficient at the current subsidy rate, we must be prepared to make adjustments in later years using the new authority for an annual fee to maintain a zero cost program. We appreciate your role as a lender in responsibly servicing loans in the SFHGLP portfolio and helping us maintain a successful program.

So here’s the headline folks… USDA has the authority to give a lower guarantee fee to “poorer families.”  They also have the authority to charge an ANNUAL (monthly) Mortgage Insurance Fee... they are NOT doing it right now, but reserve the right to do so in the future.

Almost all parts of our state qualify for the USDA Home Loan Program, which offers 100% no money down financing. You will need to meet the income requirements (which vary by county) and you need to have a credit score of at least 620.

If you are considering a USDA Home Loan, Call Steve and Eleanor Thorne, Mortgage Banker in Cary , 919-694-5058.

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