Looking to purchase a home in Berks County, Pennsylvania?
You might want to make a quick check to see if you and the property are eligible for a USDA Mortgage, also known as a USDA Rural Development Loan.
USDA home loans offer a few benefits that other mortgage programs cannot match: including no down payment and financed closing cost. If the home appraisal allows, the closing costs can also be wrapped into the mortgage resulting in no money needed at the closing table.
USDA is the only mortgage program that allows for all closing costs to be financed into the loan amount on a home purchase. Interest rates for USDA mortgages are comparable and often lower than the low fixed rates of Conventional, FHA and VA financing.
The USDA Mortgage program does have restrictions when it comes to location and income, so a quick check on this key qualifying criteria should be done first. Even if you do not believe the property you are looking to purchase is considered rural, it might be worth a quick property eligibility check. It is often surprising how many properties are actually USDA Eligible even though they are considered to be in a town or suburban area.
In addition, if you believe your household income may be too high to qualify for USDA, it worth a quick look at the USDA income requirements. The USDA allows for many deductions that may help you meet the USDA maximum income restrictions.
Benefits of the USDA Mortgage Program
What portions of Berks County are eligible for USDA Financing?
The only areas of Berks County that are not eligible for USDA Mortgage financing are in Reading and the immediate Reading suburbs. Shortly outside of Reading, the entire county becomes USDA Eligible.
USDA Eligible Areas in Berks County include...
- Alsace Manor
- Amity Gardens
- Colony Park
- Country Ridge Estates
- Flying Hills
- Fox Chase
- Hamburg Heights
- Hampden Heights
- Hyde Park
- Montrose Manor
- Mount Aetna
- New Berlinville
- New Jerusalem
- New Morgan
- New Shaefferstown
- Oakbrook Terrace
- Orchard Hills
- Summit View
- West Hamburg
- any obvious rural locations
If you want to find out if a specific property is eligible for a USDA Mortgage in Berks County, simply click on the link for the USDA Mortgage Eligibility Map below, it will take you directly to the USDA home page....
What are the USDA Mortgage Income Limits for Berks County?
Household Size: 1-4 Family Members 5 or more Family Members
Maximum Adjusted Income $81,500 $107,600
If at first glance, it appears your household income exceeds the above limits, it is worth checking the USDA Income Calculator on the USDA website (link below). The USDA allows for several deductions which may allow your Household Income to fit within their Maximum Adjusted Income Guidelines.
Ok, the Property is in a USDA Eligible Area and your Household Income is within the USDA Income Limits, now what?
Like all mortgages, USDA Mortgages do require an applicant to qualify based on recent credit history. USDA credit requirements are some of the most flexible of any mortgage program available. More detailed information about USDA Mortgage Credit Requirements can be found with the link below...
For buyers looking to purchase a home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, the USDA Rural Development Mortgage is definitely worth a look. Feel free to contact me with any further questions about the program.
Keith Landis is a Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer covering all of Pennsylvania. He can be reached directly at 412-567-6560 at email@example.com
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