More buyers in search of home loans are turning to an obscure program operated by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The program allows no-money-down purchases. In fact, including a mortgage insurance policy, a borrower can seek up to 102 percent.
To be eligible, buyers can’t have income that exceeds 115 percent of the median county income. The loans are restricted to low-density areas, generally towns of no more than 25,000 residents. The loans are made by private lenders, then insured by the government.
Some home builders are promoting the use of this program. “It’s one of our main tools right now,” says John Bargnesi, vice president for sales of Scottsdale, Ariz., home builder Meritage Homes.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, Nick Timiraos