What does this program do? 

The Section 502 Guaranteed Loan Program assists approved lenders in providing low- and moderate-income households the opportunity to own adequate, modest, decent, safe and sanitary dwellings as their primary residence in eligible rural areas. Eligible applicants may purchase, build, rehabilitate, improve or relocate a dwelling in an eligible rural area with 100% financing. The program provides a 90% loan note guarantee to approved lenders in order to reduce the risk of extending 100% loans to eligible rural homebuyers – so no money down for those who qualify!

Who may apply for this program?
Applicants must:

  • Meet income-eligibility (cannot exceed 115% of median household income)
  • Agree to personally occupy the dwelling as their primary residence
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. non-citizen national or Qualified Alien

What is an eligible rural area?
Utilizing this USDA’s Eligibility Site you can enter a specific address for determination or just search the map to review general eligible areas.

Why does Rural Development do this?

This program helps lenders work with low- and moderate-income households living in rural areas to make homeownership a reality. Providing affordable homeownership opportunities promotes prosperity, which in turn creates thriving communities and improves the quality of life in rural areas.

What governs this program?

  • 7 CFR, Part 3555   – This part sets forth policies for the Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) administered by USDA Rural Development. It addresses the requirements of section 502(h) of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended, and includes policies regarding originating, servicing, holding and liquidating SFHGLP loans.
  • HB-1-3555 – SFH Guaranteed Loan Program Technical Handbook.  This handbook provides Agency staff and lenders participating in the Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program with the tools needed to originate, underwrite, and service guaranteed loans efficiently and effectively.

How may funds be used?
USDA Section 502 Guaranteed Loan funds may be used for:

  • New or existing residential property to be used as a permanent residence. Structures can be detached, attached, Condos, PUDs, Modular, or Manufactured. (Cannot be an income-producing property). Closing costs and reasonable/customary expenses associated with the purchase may be included in the transaction
  • A site with a new or existing dwelling. No set acreage limits.
  • Repairs and rehabilitation when associated with the purchase of an existing dwelling
  • Refinancing of eligible loans – for existing USDA borrowers only
  • Essential household equipment such as wall-to-wall carpeting, ovens, ranges, refrigerators, washers, dryers, heating, and cooling equipment if the equipment is conveyed with the dwelling
  • Site preparation costs, including grading, foundation plantings, seeding or sod installation, trees, walks, fences and driveways

What are the credit requirements? 
The program has no credit score requirements, but applicants are expected to demonstrate a willingness and ability to handle and manage debt.

What are the rates?
Interest rates vary and are determined by individual lenders.  We encourage you to comparison shop between lenders to find the best available option.

What are the terms?
USDA Section 502 Guaranteed Loans are offered at a 30year fixed rate only