Learn about your home mortgage options - Part III
If you are a veteran of military service, reservist, or on active military duty, you may be able to obtain a loan guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which requires little or no downpayment. Get more information about the VA Loan Guaranty program.
Rural Housing Service Loans
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), which is a part of the US Department of Agriculture, offers Section 502 Direct and Guaranteed Rural Housing loans to homebuyers located in rural areas. Section 502 Direct loans offer reduced interest rates to lower-income borrowers who qualify, and are arranged directly through local USDA County Agents or through USDA Rural Development state offices.
A limited amount of funding is available for Section 502 Direct loans, so some lenders also offer "Leveraged Loan" programs. Leveraged loans combine a Section 502 Direct loan that carries a low interest rate with a conventional, market-rate loan. The "blended" interest rate on the resulting loan is lower than the current market rate as a result of the combination of the rates on the two loans.
The Section 502 Guaranteed Rural Housing Loans are arranged through participating local lenders and are available to a broader range of borrowers. Click here to find out more about RHS loan programs.
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