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100% USDA Mortgages in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

Looking to buy a home in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania?

You might want to make a quick check to see if you and the property are eligible for a Pennsylvania USDA Mortgage, also known as a Pennsylvania USDA Rural Development Loan.

 Here's Why... 

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. USDA Mortgage Dauphin County Pennsylvania


        Dauphin County Mortgage



            Benefits of the USDA Mortgage Program

  • True 100% no money down financing.
  • The ability to finance in your closing costs (if the appraised value supports the loan amt)
  • The seller may contribute up to 6% of the purchase price towards your closing costs
  • Low fixed interest rates.
  • More flexible credit qualifying guidelines with minimum 620 credit score
  • Often available for properties in towns and suburbs too



What areas of Dauphin County are eligible for USDA Financing?

The areas in Dauphin County that are restricted from this program can mainly be found in the Harrisburg and Hershey metro areas.  Shortly outside of the Harrisburg and Hershey city limits, the majority of Dauphin County becomes USDA eligible.

USDA Eligible Areas in Dauphin County include...

  • BerrysburgDauphin County USDA Mortgage
  • Colonial Park
  • Dauphin
  • Elizabethville
  • Enhaut
  • Gratz
  • Halifax
  • Highspire
  • Hummelstown
  • Lawnton
  • Lenkerville
  • Linglestown
  • Lykens
  • Middletown
  • Millersburg
  • Oberlin
  • Oberlin Gardens
  • Palmdale
  • Paxtang
  • Penbrook
  • Pillow
  • Progress
  • Rutherford
  • Skyline View
  • Steelton
  • Union Deposit
  • Williamstown
  • any obvious rural locations


As always, if you want to find out if a specific property is eligible for a USDA Mortgage in Dauphin County, simply type in the address on the USDA Eligibility Map below....

USDA Mortgage Eligibilty Map


What are the USDA Mortgage Income Limits for Dauphin County? 

Household Size:                                1-4 Family Members           5 or more Family Members

Maximum Adjusted Income                     $84,550                             $111,600

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.   

USDA Income Eligibility Worksheet


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...

USDA Credit Requirements


For buyers looking to purchase a home in Dauphin 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 

NMLS # 137243 

Keystone Home Finance LLC - NMLS# 834342


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Comment balloon 0 commentsKeith Landis • December 05 2011 06:36AM