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There are some sweeping changes coming in the Fall of this year (2011) which will make Mortgage lenders more accountable for the loans they fund and approve; some speculate that this is the part of the reason the USDA has chosen to tack on Mortgage Insurance (just like FHA’s) to the monthly payment.
Thankfully, we the tax payers won’t be the ones needing to subsidize things. The homebuyer pays Mortgage insurance just like he/she would for an FHA loan.
Here’s how things will change , come Oct 1, 2011.
Presently the USDA Zero down loan carries with it a 3.5% Upfront Guarantee fee and no monthly mortgage insurance.
After Oct 1, the Upfront Guarantee fee drops to 2.00% and an annual Mortgage insurance of 0.3% will be added.
The annual mortgage insurance will never go away over the life of the loan. (This makes it unlike FHA, where after 5 yrs and 78% Loan-To-Value threshold, the mortgage insurance can go away).
Good news is that the annual mortgage insurance $dollar amount will decline each year because it’s recalculated at the new principal balance of the loan each year.
Overall this means an increase of about $16/mo for every $100,000 loan amount borrowed. Not a deal killer necessarily, but definitely something that affects debt ratio and qualifying ability/buying power.
Stay tuned for more updates :)
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Yes! True, according to the USDA rulebook, Borrowers can be ‘able’ to get FHA (or VA) financing, but if they have 20% down for an UNINSURED Conventional loan, they’ve apparently got no business applying for USDA :) . Here’s the exact verbiage from the USDA rulebook. (Remember these types of loans were brought in to assist ‘moderate income’ families who didn’t have sufficient cash for a downpayment.

The borrower must not have sufficient assets to obtain other traditional conventional financing. The borrower may, however,
qualify for an FHA or VA loan. In other words, applicants may have liquid assets and be eligible to participate in the GRH Program. Those assets, however, should not be sufficient to meet the down payment and closing cost requirements associated with a conventional uninsured mortgage product (LTV  80%). This means applicants do have a choice of USDA-Guaranteed Rural Housing, FHA, VA, or a conventional mortgage product with private mortgage insuranc
e.”

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