USDA loans are mortgages backed the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of its USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan program. USDA loans are available to home buyers with below-average income, offer 100% financing with reduced mortgage insurance premiums, and feature below-market mortgage rates.
- Eligible areas vary by county
- No down payment required
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STEPS TO SECURING A USDA MORTGAGE LOANBelow is a brief summary of the mortgage loan process. Please note, this process is not concrete and certain steps of the process may change based on individual situations.
- Potential borrower completes loan application, through MJW website or speaking to an MJW loan officer
- MJW pulls credit of potential borrower
- Potential borrower sends in income and asset information to MJW for verification (see list below)
- MJW sends pre-approval letter to real estate agent and borrower – which allows borrower to start browsing potential homes
- USDA loans have income restriction limits. Your Loan Officer will cover this information with you.
- Make sure your property is in an Eligible area. Here is a link to the map: USDA Eligibility Map
Loan Process Begins
- Borrower puts offer on potential home
- Accepted purchase contract is sent to MJW by borrower and/or real estate agent
- Simultaneously, borrower contacts insurance agent to get initial quote for new home purchase. Borrower provides MJW with contact information for insurance.
- MJW discusses rates with borrower
- Initial disclosures – which include information previously sent plus additional information requested by loan officer
- MJW submits to underwriting.
- MJW orders appraisal of potential home
- MJW receives initial underwriting approval with conditions (i.e. additional items the underwriter is requesting for verification)
- MJW sends back appraisal and conditions to underwriting for review
Additional Requests by Underwriter
- If underwriter has additional request after initial conditions are reviewed, borrower to provide additional documents
- MJW sends back to underwriting for further review.
- Refer to number 3 above for following steps
Clear to Close Issued
- Closing documents (i.e. financial loan documents, mortgage, note) ordered and sent by MJW to title company
- Title company prepares Closing Disclosure Settlement statements (i.e. a document that shows all fees being charged)
- Lender approves Closing Disclosure and sends wire information to title company for closing. Borrower is provided copy of Closing Disclosure so they can prepare for financial closing