Category: USDA REVISIONS TO HB-1-3555

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Service (RHS) Section 502 Guaranteed program

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Here are a few reminders about the Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Service (RHS) Section 502 Guaranteed program which provides very-low-, low- and moderate-income rural residents access to affordable housing finance options with little or no down payment or out-of-pocket costs.

• Eligibility Link – Access the USDA Home page, click here.
• Income – To determine eligibility of an applicant/household, click here.
• Property Eligibility – To determine whether the property is located in a designated rural area, click here.s

30 year fixed rate loan terms only, Purchase or refinance, If refinancing must be existing USDA home loan. No cash out allowed.
• Occupancy – Owner occupied only.
• Maximum Loan Amount – Maximum loan amount is $424,100 (without guarantee fee), can go up to 101% LTV with guarantee fee financed.
o High Balance USDA available for loan amounts $424,100 to $636,150 (without guarantee fee)
• Max DTI – GUS approved, generally 45% (front end sensitive)/ Manual 29/41.
• Guaranty Fee/Annual Fee – there is a 1.00%/ 0.35% (monthly).
• Down Payment – Down payment not required but if any cash to close, must be borrowers own funds. Gifts are not allowed.
• Interested Third Party Contributions – An amount of 6% of the sales price can be contributed towards closing costs.

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If you meet income eligibility requirements and are looking to settle in a rural area, you might qualify for the KY USDA Rural Housing program. The program guarantees qualifying loans, reducing lenders’ risk and encouraging them to offer buyers 100% loans. That means Kentucky home buyers don’t have to put any money down, and even the “upfront fee” (a closing cost for this type of loan) can be rolled into the financing.

Fico scores usually wanted for this program center around 620 range, with most lenders wanting a 640 score so they can obtain an automated approval through GUS. GUS stands for the Guaranteed Underwriting system, and it will dictate your max loan pre-approval based on your income, credit scores, debt to income ratio and assets.

CREDIT SCORES UNDERWRITING USDA MORTGAGE FOR RURAL HOUSING
This attachment illustrates the approach to reviewing credit history when a loan is
manually underwritten by an approved lender.
Credit score over 680: Perform a basic level of underwriting to confirm the
applicant has an acceptable credit reputation. Perform additional analysis if the
applicant’s credit history has indicators of unacceptable credit as noted in Paragraph 10.7 of this Chapter.
Credit score 679 to 640: Perform a comprehensive level of underwriting.
Underwrite all aspects of the applicant’s credit history to establish the applicant has an
acceptable credit reputation. Credit scores in this range indicate the applicant’s
reputation is uncertain and will require a thorough analysis by the underwriter of the
credit to draw a logical conclusion about the applicant’s commitment to making
payments on the new mortgage obligation. The applicant’s credit history should
demonstrate his or her past willingness and ability to meet credit obligations.
Credit score less than 640: Perform a cautious level of underwriting. Perform a
detailed review of all aspects of the applicant’s credit history to establish the applicant’s
willingness to repay and ability to manage obligations as agreed. Unless there are
extenuating circumstances documented in accordance with this Chapter, a credit score in this range is generally viewed as a strong indication that the applicant does not have an acceptable credit reputation.
Little or no credit history: The lack of credit history on the credit report may be
mitigated if the applicant can document a willingness to pay recurring debts through
other acceptable means such as third party verifications or cancelled checks. Due to
impartiality issues, third party verifications from relatives of household members are not
permissible. Lenders can develop a Non-Traditional Credit Report for applicants who
do not have a credit score in accordance with Paragraph 10.6 of this Chapter.
An applicant with an outstanding judgment obtained by the United States in a
Federal court, other than the United States Tax Court, is not eligible for a guarantee
unless otherwise stated in this Chapter.They also allow for a manual underwrite, which states that the max house payment ratios are set at 29% and 41% respectively of your income.

See link here for more detailed guidelines for credit score, disputed accounts, foreclosures, trade line requirements bankruptcies below:

https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/3555-1chapter10.pdf

Indicators of unacceptable credit. The following indicators require documentation
meeting the criteria of Section 10.8 to approve an applicant’s loan request for manually
underwritten loans:
Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Guidelines

 

 Foreclosure within 3 years:
 Including pre-foreclosure activity, such as a pre-foreclosure sale or short sale
in the previous 3 years (refer to Attachment 10-B for additional guidance);
 Bankruptcy within 3 years:
 Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharged in the previous 3 years;
 An elapsed period of less than 3 years, but not less than 12 months, may
be acceptable if the applicant meets the criteria of Section 10.8 of this
Chapter.
 Chapter 13 bankruptcy that has yet to complete repayment (repayment plan in
progress) or has completed payment in the most recent 12 months.
 Plans that are completed for 12 months or greater do not require a credit
exception in accordance with Section 10.8;
 Late mortgage payments if any mortgage trade line during the most recent 12
months shows 1 or more late payments of greater than 30 days

Collections Accounts
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In an effort to minimize future risk of open collections left unpaid, the lender will
consider the following during the capacity analysis of the loan request, regardless of the
method utilized to underwrite:
1) Determine if the total outstanding balance of all collections accounts of all
applicants is equal to or greater than $2,000. Unless excluded by state law,
collection accounts of a non-purchasing spouse in a community property state are
included in the cumulative balance of all collections.
2) Remove all medical collections and all types of charge off accounts from the total
balance. Medical collections and charge off accounts must be clearly identifiable
on the credit report.
3) If the remaining outstanding balance of collection accounts are equal to or greater
than $2,000, any of the following actions will apply:
a. Payment in full of all collection accounts at or prior to closing.
b. Payment arrangements are made with each creditor for each collection
account remaining outstanding. A letter from the creditor or evidence on
the credit report is required to validate the payment arrangements. The
agreed upon monthly payment for each outstanding collection account
will be included in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio.
c. In the absence of a payment arrangement, the lender will utilize in the
debt-to-income ratio a calculated monthly payment. For each collection
utilize 5% of the outstanding balance to represent the monthly payment.

They loan requires no down payment, and the current mortgage insurance is 1% upfront, called a funding fee, and .35% annually for the monthly mi payment. Since they recently reduced their mi requirements, USDA is one of the best options out there for home buyers looking to buy in a rural area.

A rural area typically will be any area outside the major cities of Louisville, Lexington, Paducah, Bowling Green, Richmond, Frankfort, and parts of Northern Kentucky.

There is also a max household income limits with most cutoff starting at $78,000 for a family of four, and up to $99,000 for a family of five or more.

Joel Lobb
Senior Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle, Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223

text or call my phone: (502) 905-3708
email me at kentuckyloan@gmail.com

The view and opinions stated on this website belong solely to the authors, and are intended for informational purposes only. The posted information does not guarantee approval, nor does it comprise full underwriting guidelines. This does not represent being part of a government agency. The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the view of my employer. Not all products or services mentioned on this site may fit all people. NMLS ID# 57916, (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org). Mortgage loans only offered in Kentucky.
All loans and lines are subject to credit approval, verification, and collateral evaluation and are originated by lender. Products and interest rates are subject to change without notice.

Joel E Lobb
American Mortgage
5029053708
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— Some products and services may not be available in all states. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. The content in this marketing advertisement has not been approved, reviewed, sponsored or endorsed by any department or government agency. Rates are subject to change and are subject to borrower(s) qualification.
 
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KY USDA Single Family Housing Homes for Sale in 2017 Currently.

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Address Bed/Bath Price
117 Dove Drive 3/1 $34,840.00 – GovtBid
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 Foreclosure Sale
301 Eastview Circle 2/1 $51,135.00 – GovtBid
Shelbyville, KY 40065 Foreclosure Sale
1006 Twelve Oaks Dr 3/2 $67,000.00 – GovtBid
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 Foreclosure Sale
117 Western Ave 3/2 $26,800.00 – GovtBid
Cynthiana, KY 41031 Foreclosure Sale
427 Earl St. 3/1.5 $30,150.00 – GovtBid
Danville, KY 40422 Foreclosure Sale
200 Verde Dr. 3/2 $36,850.00 – GovtBid
Padacah, KY 42003 Foreclosure Sale
136 Fuller Way 3/1 $28,810.00 – GovtBid
Mount Sterling, KY 40353 Foreclosure Sale
139 Pearl Street 2/1.5 $30,820.00 – GovtBid
London, KY 40741 Foreclosure Sale
609 Ridgeview Drive 3/2 $46,230.00 – GovtBid
London, KY 40741 Foreclosure Sale
261 Bridlewood Ave 3/2 $114,330.00 – GovtBid
Shelbyville, KY 400657222 Foreclosure Sale
265 Meadowbrook Rd. 2/1 $13,400.00 – GovtBid
Vanceburg, KY 41179 Foreclosure Sale
50 Crabtree Rd 3/2 $43,515.00 – GovtBid
Strunk, KY 42649 Foreclosure Sale
412 Chestnut St. 3/1 $12,060.00 – GovtBid
Vanceburg, KY 41179 Foreclosure Sale
508 Hickory Hill Drive 3/1 $13,400.00 – GovtBid
Monticello, KY 42633 Foreclosure Sale
105 Woodland Place 3/1.5 $18,090.00 – GovtBid
Mt Vernon, KY 40456 Foreclosure Sale
502 N. Main St. 2/1.5 $25,795.00 – GovtBid
Brownsville, KY 42210 Foreclosure Sale
66 Craycraft Rd 2/1 $47,280.00 – GovtBid
Tollesboro, KY 41189 Foreclosure Sale
328 E. Legend Dr 3/2 $40,200.00 – GovtBid
Mount Sterling, KY 40353 Foreclosure Sale
90 Brewer Subdivision 3/1 $21,440.00 – GovtBid
Campton, KY 41301 Foreclosure Sale
RR 746 Box 5230 3/1.5 $16,750.00 – GovtBid
Campton, KY 41301 Foreclosure Sale
234 Gardner Lane 3/1 $25,460.00 – GovtBid
Mt Sterling, KY 40353 Foreclosure Sale
221 Man O War Dr 3/2 $103,525.00 – GovtBid
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 Foreclosure Sale
111 Beechmount Drive 3/1 $54,885.00 – GovtBid
Nicholasville, KY 40356 Foreclosure Sale
5915 Woodcreek Crossing W 3/2 $46,900.00 – GovtBid
Crestwood, KY 400148229 Foreclosure Sale

 

 

 

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London, KY 40741 Foreclosure Sale
6080 Franklintown Road 3/1 $22,780.00 – GovtBid
Pleasureville, KY 40057 Foreclosure Sale
197 Reynolds Hill 3/1 $26,800.00 – GovtBid
Allen , KY 41601 Foreclosure Sale
335 Harrisburg Ave 2/1 $14,740.00 – GovtBid
Owingsville, KY 40360 Foreclosure Sale
1026 Raceland Ave 3/1 $18,760.00 – GovtBid
Raceland, KY 41169 Foreclosure Sale
98 Thompson Ridge Rd 4/2 $23,450.00 – GovtBid
Germantown, KY 41044 Foreclosure Sale
12016 Bethlehem Road 3/1 $66,585.00 – GovtBid
Bethlehem, KY 40007 Foreclosure Sale
5442 Scenic Vista Dr. 3/1.5 $38,190.00 – GovtBid
Somerset, KY 425018138 Foreclosure Sale
25 River Valley Run 3/2 $80,550.00 – GovtBid
Ghent, KY 41045 Foreclosure Sale
3175 State Rt.2 3/2 $27,470.00 – GovtBid
Greenup, KY 41144 Foreclosure Sale
1019 Parkside Drive 2/1 $33,500.00 – GovtBid
Georgetown, KY 40324 Foreclosure Sale
69 Veterinarian Lane 2/1 $77,835.00 – GovtBid
West Liberty, KY 41472 Foreclosure Sale
283 Simmons Lane 3/2 $86,200.00 – GovtBid
Flemingsburg, KY 41041 Foreclosure Sale
11 Roe Street 2/1 $36,850.00 – GovtBid
Walton, KY 41094 Foreclosure Sale
4837 Elkwood Dr 3/1.5 $38,190.00 – GovtBid
Burlington, KY 41005 Foreclosure Sale
3008 Allens Fork Dr 4/1 $44,220.00 – GovtBid
Burlington, KY 41005 Foreclosure Sale
5 Terence Dr. 2/1 $24,120.00 – GovtBid
Williamstown, KY 41097 Foreclosure Sale
132 OI’ Stable Drive 3/2 $45,560.00 – GovtBid
Somerset, KY 42503 Foreclosure Sale
10897 Pleasant Ridge Rd 3/1 $21,440.00 – GovtBid
Alexandria, KY 41001 Foreclosure Sale
78 Cedar Brook Way 3/2 $48,240.00 – GovtBid
Morehead, KY 403517242 Foreclosure Sale

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Guidelines for Home Insurance Deductibles and POA’S for 2017

USDA REVISIONS TO HB-1-3555
 
THE REASONS BELOW ARE THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE TIMES A POWER OF ATTORNEY WILL BE ALLOWED. BORROWER UNAVAILABILITY OR FOR CONVENIENCE WILL NO LONGER BE AN ACCEPTABLE REASON TO USE A POWER OF ATTORNEY ON KENTUCKY USDA LOANS FOR THE 502 GUARANTEE LOAN PROGRAM
 
Use of a Power of Attorney (POA):
A Power of Attorney (POA) may only be used when the Mortgagee verifies and documents that all of the following requirements have been satisfied:
  • For military personnel, a POA may only be used for one of the applications (initial or final), but not both:
    • when the service member is on overseas duty or on an unaccompanied tour;
    • when the Mortgagee is unable to obtain the absent Borrower’s signature on the application by mail or via fax;

And

    • where the attorney-in-fact has specific authority to encumber the Property and to obligate the Borrower. Acceptable evidence includes a durable POA specifically designed to survive incapacity and avoid the need for court proceedings.
  • For incapacitated Borrowers, a POA may only be used where:
    • a Borrower is incapacitated and unable to sign the mortgage application;
    •  the incapacitated individual will occupy the Property to be insured;

And

    • the attorney-in-fact has specific authority to encumber the Property and to obligate the Borrower. Acceptable evidence includes a durable POA specifically designed to survive incapacity and avoid the need for court proceedings.
Hazard Insurance Maximum Deductible:
On Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loans effective now, they have clarified that the maximum deductible may not exceed the greater of $1,000 or 1% of the face amount of the policy similar to the policy for flood insurance deductibles.
 MRB Special Funding Program 


KHC has $5 million available at 2 percent interest rate, fixed for 30 years. This special funding program is available on a first-come, first-served basis starting today, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, with new reservations. This program is targeted to:
  • Households whose gross annual income does not exceed $40,000.
  • An existing or new construction property (purchase price limit $130,000) in a county not receiving HHF DAP funds*.
  • 640 minimum credit score.
  • FHA, VA, or RHS first mortgage options.
  • Households who meet one of the following criteria:
    • At least one of the home buyers is age 62 or older.
    • At least one member of the household is disabled and receiving disability income.
    • A single-or two parent household with at least one dependent child under the age of 18 living in the household.


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Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
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American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346
 


Text/call 502-905-3708
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

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Disclaimer: No statement on this site is a commitment to make a loan. Loans are subject to borrower qualifications, including income, property evaluation, sufficient equity in the home to meet Loan-to-Value requirements, and final credit approval. Approvals are subject to underwriting guidelines, interest rates, and program guidelines and are subject to change without notice based on applicant’s eligibility and market conditions. Refinancing an existing loan may result in total finance charges being higher over the life of a loan. Reduction in payments may reflect a longer loan term. Terms of any loan may be subject to payment of points and fees by the applicant  Equal Opportunity Lender. NMLS#57916 http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/
 
— Some products and services may not be available in all states. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. The content in this marketing advertisement has not been approved, reviewed, sponsored or endorsed by any department or government agency. Rates are subject to change and are subject to borrower(s) qualification.
 

USDA Rural Housing Map for Ineligible Cities in Kentucky for Housing Loans.  Areas including are Louisville,  Lexington, Paducah, Richmond, Hopkinsville, Owensboro, and Bowling Green KY

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Eligible Cities are Back!A Continuing Resolution has passed allowing RHS to refer back to the 2000 census data for eligible areas.  This will allow the following eight Kentucky cities to remain eligible until January 2014:  Bardstown, Burlington, Elizabethtown, Georgetown, Independence, Nicholasville, Shelbyville, and Shepherdsville.  This is good news as implementation of the 2010 census data has been put on hold again.

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USDA Rural Housing Map for Ineligible Cities in Kentucky for Housing Loans.  Areas including are Louisville,  Lexington, Paducah, Richmond, Hopkinsville, Owensboro, and Bowling Green KY

(areas in yellow are not eligible for Kentuck USDA Mortgage Loans for 2017)

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The United States Department of Agriculture has created a special home buyer opportunity for Americans that live in rural areas. These home buying programs were designed to increase homeownership amongst lower and middle income families that live in smaller sized cities, towns, and remote areas.

What makes these loans so special?

  • No Down Payments – USDA loans are one of the only home mortgages that allow someone to buy a home without putting any money down. In fact, the only other way someone can finance 100% of their home purchase is if they are in the military or a veteran. Even someone with perfect credit, long job history, and plenty of savings/assets can not qualify for 0 down on a home loan. This is a unique and very special aspect of USDA home buyer loans.
  • Lower PMI costs– Private Mortgage Insurance, also known as “PMI” is much lower on USDA loans than FHA or conventional mortgages. This can save you a lot of money.
  • Reduced Interest Rates The interest rates are lower on USDA loans, which results in lower payments, and plenty of money saved overtime.

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How to Qualify for a USDA Loan

The best way to find out if you qualify for a USDA loan is to speak with one of our USDA specialists. It is easy to find out if you are eligible and usually only takes a few minutes. There are some basic qualification guidelines that the Department of Agriculture has set up which will help you have an idea if you can get a USDA loan.

  • Property Eligibility – The home you want to finance with a USDA loan must be an eligible property. You can not buy any home you want, it must be a designated property. You can look up homes in certain areas, or you can search by address on the USDA website.
  • Job History – Similar to all other mortgage loans, a two year work history is required.  You must show that you have been consistently employed for the past two years straight in order to qualify for USDA financing.
  • Income Limits – You must not make over a certain amount in order to receive a USDA mortgage. This amount varies by location so you will need to look up your specific counties income limits.
  • DTI Ratio– One of the main ways which determines if you will be approved or not is your debt-to-income ratios. While you must not make too much money, you also must not have too much debt. Your debt-to-income ratio is how much monthly debt you have (only those debts which show on your credit report are counted) compared to your bring home income. So if your household income is $4,000/month, and your currently monthly debts (excluding rent), combined with your new mortgage payment are $1,500/month, this would equal a 37.5% DTI ratios (this was calculated by taking $1,500 and dividing it by $4,000).
  • Credit Score – The minimum credit score varies from lender to lender, but most want to see at least a 640 credit score for you to be approved.
  • Mortgage Insurance – USDA loans have their own version of mortgage insurance. It is called the “Guaranteed Fee” and works similarly to how FHA loans have upfront and monthly mortgage insurance premiums (MIP). With USDA loans, there is a 1.0% upfront guarantee fee, and a 0.350% annual guarantee fee that is divided into 12 payments each year. The amount of your annual fee (paid monthly) adjusts each and goes down as your loan balance does. Use our USDA calculator to get an idea of what your monthly payment will be:

 

What Are the USDA Programs That Exist?

The USDA has two primary loan programs that exist. This includes direct loans and guaranteed loans.

  • Direct Loan – These are loans made directly by the government. You do not have to go through a mortgage lender, but instead you apply with the Department of Agriculture.  The direct loan is named the USDA 502 Direct Loan.
  • Guaranteed Loans – Guaranteed loans are those processed and closed by a USDA mortgage lender.  This program is called the USDA 502 Guaranteed Loan. The USDA backs the loan, but does not issue the loan themselves.

The difference between these two, aside from who provides the financing, is eligibility requirements.  The USDA 502 direct loan is geared more towards lower income families that may have issue obtaining a loan from a mortgage lender.  The USDA 502 guaranteed loan allows for more borrowers, including those with more income, to get a USDA loan.  Some applicants may be able to get a direct or guaranteed loan.  When you speak with a mortgage representative, they will help you identify which programs are available to you.  You can then compare loan terms of any mortgage you qualify for.

How to Apply for a USDA Loan

It is very easy to apply for a USDA loan. In fact, we can prequalify you over the phone. The best way to apply is to request a free USDA loan consultation and a loan specialist will contact you. All we need for an initial pre qualification is for you to share some basic information and we can inform you of your eligibility.

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USDA Mortgage Questions and Answers

Are USDA loans only for farms and agricultural properties?
This is a very common question and something that many people wonder about since it is the Department of Agriculture that backs these loans. It is actually the complete opposite though. USDA loans are meant for residential homes in rural areas, not agricultural or farmland.

Can you buy a farm with a USDA?
USDA loans are strictly for residential properties, so no farm or land that is used for agricultural purposes are allowed. In simplest words, the property can not be income producing.

If USDA loans are for rural properties does that mean they are not available near cities?
Surprisingly this is not the case either. Another misconception about the USDA home buying program is that the loans are exclusively for homes in remote areas. There are actually plenty of eligible homes just outside of various urban/suburban areas. The best way for you to get an idea of what type of home you can buy, and where, is to use the USDA property eligibility search.

Can I buy an investment property with a USDA loan?
No, you may only use a USDA loan for a home that you personally occupy as the owner.

Can I finance the loan costs into the loan?
Yes, you can finance the closing costs and the upfront mortgage insurance into the loan. This means that you do not pay the fees out of pocket at closing, but instead it is added to the loan amount. It is important to note that you will then be paying interest on these fees if they are wrapped into the mortgage. Just some “food for thought” when you decide if that is something you want to do.

How much is mortgage insurance on USDA loans?
There are two types of mortgage insurance on USDA loans. This includes both upfront mortgage insurance and what is called the “annual fee”. The upfront amount is 1.00% of the loan amount. This can be added to the loan amount (as described in the question above). The “annual fee” is divided into your monthly payments. This fee is 0.35% of the loan balance (recalculated each year). So the amount goes down as you pay your mortgage. The annual fee of 0.35% is divided into 12 and added to the monthly payments. This is cheaper than FHA MIP (mortgage insurance premiums), as well as the PMI amounts on VA and conventional loans.

Do I have to be a first time home buyer?
The good news is you do not have to be a first time buyer. The only stipulation is that it must be your primary residence. So you must not currently own a home to be able to get a USDA loan.

What is the loan limits? How much can I borrow?
USDA loan limits adhere to the Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac conforming loan limits. For a single family residence, this amount is $417,000 in most areas of the county


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