USDA Loan Eligibility Map

View USDA Map Changes For NC Due 10-1-13

USDA Home Loan Eligibility Map UPDATE:  The USDA Loan Eligibility Maps have been fixin’ to get ready to change since 2012.  As of the beginning of 2014 – Congress now says that the USDA Eligibility maps will not be changing until the end of September 2014.  This blog post has links to ALL parts of North Carolina, and reflects the changes that USDA shows as “future changes.”

View USDA Loan Eligibility Map Changes For NC: Due September 2014

What’s the big Hoopla about USDA Loan Eligibility Maps due to change in North Carolina??

The USDA Home Loan Program is one of the best programs at the moment for home buyers in NC. It has extremely low costs (especially when you compare it to the FHA PMI Rates), and the USDA Home Loan has very low closing costs. The program requires that you purchase a home located within the USDA Home Loan “footprint.” In NC that “footprint” is changing pretty significantly this fall. Because of that below you can view USDA Home Loan Eligibility Map Changes for NC due September 30, 2014.

In the Coastal parts of NC, there are neighborhoods around Wilmington, Ogden and Carolina Beach that are losing the program, including Leland.  The newest USDA Home Loan Eligibility Maps show that areas near New Bern are pretty well staying the same. There area areas near Greenville NC that will be ineligible because of the USDA Map Changes.  Kinston is also going see neighborhoods and sections of town that will no longer be eligible for USDA Home Loans as part of the program.

USDA Map Changes Coastal NC

In the areas near Raleigh NC there are more significant USDA Loan Eligibility Map changes.

These changes include:

  • Elimination of the program in most of Holly Springs
  • Elimination of significant parts of Knightdale and Wake Forest
  • Elimination of the program for most of Clayton and Smithfield
  • Elimination of the program in parts of Cary and Apex
  • Maps will be changing in Durham and the area near Briar Creek
  • Areas near Fayetteville and Sanford will lose USDA Eligibility
  • Mebane and Burlington will also have major areas that no longer qualify for the program, based upon the new USDA Home Loan Eligibility Maps.

USDA Loan Eligibility Map

In the section of the State that runs from Greensboro and Winston Salem down to Charlotte there will also be major areas that no longer qualify for USDA.  The USDA Home Loan Eligibility Map Changes for the areas around High Point, North of Greensboro in Summerfield, and Belmont / Gastonia near Charlotte will lose the program.

USDA Loan Eligibility Map

The new USDA Home Loan Eligibility Maps show that Hickory, Morganton and Asheville also will lose neighborhoods that currently qualify for the no money downpayment USDA Home Loan Program.

USDA Loan Eligibility Map

As you can see, these changes are more pervasive than just the 22 Communities in NC USDA previously announced as being affected by the USDA Home Loan Eligibility Map changes.  If you have questions about a specific area, please leave us a comment and we will give you the USDA Home Loan Income Eligibility and USDA Loan Eligibility Map Changes for that specific area.  The good news is that every county in NC will continue to have a SMALL area that qualifies for the USDA Home Loan Program.

There area three basic USDA Home Loan requirements for getting a Home Loan in NC.

  • The home must be located within the USDA Home Loan footprint (obviously, these boundaries could be changing in NC based on a new definition of “rural” mandated by Congress).
  • Each borrower needs at least 2 credit scores of at least 620.  In general, the underwriters for USDA Home Loans in NC are looking for 12 months of Clean Credit.
  • You must be under the Maximum Income Requirements for the County you are purchasing a home in to qualify for this No Money Down Home Loan Program.

If you have questions about OTHER no money down programs available in NC, or the USDA Loan Eligibility Map changes for North Carolina please call Steve and Eleanor Thorne 919 649 5058 – we do many no money down loans, and offer today’s best rate!  Connect with us on Facebook or G+ for updates!

Remember – we have special NC First Time Home Buyer Programs | NCHFA Grant Programs that most banks and mortgage companies in North Carolina do not offer.

You can use the NC Mortgage Tax Credit (MCC) with this program.  The program is designed for First Time Home Buyers, and those who have not owned a home as a principal residence for the last 3 years. With the Mortgage Tax Credit you could be able to qualify for a slightly bigger house.  In addition, the NCHFA offers a 3% Grant program for qualifying Home Buyers in NC.  The First Time Home Buyer grant is forgivable and carries no payments.

These programs can save you THOUSANDS of dollars in tax credits and can help you qualify for a larger home. We can help you do this!  Call us at 919 649 5058, Steve and Eleanor Thorne


  1. says

    Amanda, I’m not sure I understand your question… if you mean, once you are approved for a USDA loan, do you have to close for a certain period of time – the answer is yes. They only give you 90 days to close once the USDA Underwriter has approved your loan. Your documents will expire, and they can require you to get a new credit report too! If that doesn’t answer your question, you can always call us at 919 649 5058

  2. says

    Matt – there’s a place on the USDA Website that shows current addresses that qualify. You want to go to Property Eligibility and Single Family Housing

    Or, you can let me know what area you are looking at, and I can print out a map for you. Call us at 919 649 5058

  3. Jacquet Brown says


    I’m looking into moving within the next month, or sooner I have a 700 credit score. I’m a first time home buyer, and I’m completely lost on this process. I have found homes in Raleigh, Knightdale, and Garner will I qualify for a usda loan? Do I need a realtor? If so how are they paid, and when?

  4. says

    I have been on Vacation – so I sincerely apologize for not replying sooner!! The first step is to call us, as a lender. We can tell you exactly what your closing costs will be, and we offer the NC Mortgae Tax Credit for first time home buyers. Often times, when someone goes out and looks at houses FIRST – they are disappointed… because they do a mortgage calculator online, and don’t add in homeowner insurance and PMI and taxes to the payment. So, the FIRST STEP is to call us. We are here in Raleigh, and we are working this weekend 919 649 5058.

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