Washington USDA Loans

What are Washington USDA Loans?

USDA stands for United States Department of Agriculture. A USDA Mortgage provides a low-cost insured home mortgage loan that suits a variety of options. A USDA mortgage is likely the best home loan option if you want to purchase a home with no down payment. If you’re unsure about your credit rating, or have concerns about a down payment when you’re doing a home loan comparison, USDA Rural Mortgage Loans can give you piece of mind with zero-down, super low closing costs and low monthly mortgage insurance.

What kinds of loans does USDA offer in Washington?

Currently, there are two kinds of USDA Home Loans available in Washington for single family households:

USDA Guaranteed Loans

USDA Guaranteed Home Mortgage Loans are the most common type of USDA Loan in Washington and allow for higher income limits and 100% financing for home purchases. USDA Guaranteed Loan applicants may have an income of up to 115% of the median household income for the area. Area income limits for this program can be viewed here. All USDA Guaranteed Loans carry 30 year terms and are set at a fixed rate.

USDA Direct Loans

USDA Direct Housing Loans are less common than USDA Guaranteed Loans and are only available for low and very low income households to obtain homeownership, as defined by the USDA. Very low income is defined as below 50 percent of the area median income (AMI); low income is between 50 and 80 percent of AMI; moderate income is 80 to 100 percent of AMI. Click here to see area income limits for this program.

What factors determine if I am eligible for a USDA Loan in Washington?

To be eligible for A USDA Rural Loan in Washington, your monthly housing costs (mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, and insurance) must meet a specified percentage of your gross monthly income (29% ratio). Your credit background will be fairly considered. A 620 FICO credit score is required to obtain a USDA Rural Housing Loan approval through most lenders. You must also have enough income to pay your housing costs plus all additional monthly debt (41% ratio). These ratios can be exceeded somewhat with compensating factors. Applicants for loans may have an income of up to 115% of the median income for the area. Maximum USDA Guaranteed Loan income limits for your area can be found at here. Maximum USDA Direct Loan income limits for your area can be found at here. Families must be without adequate housing, but be able to afford the mortgage payments, including taxes and insurance.

What is the maximum amount that I can borrow?

The maximum amount for an USDA home loan is determined by:

Maximum Loan Amount: The is no set maximum loan amount allowed for USDA Rural Home Loans. Instead, your debt-to-income ratios will dictate how much home your can afford (29/41 ratios). Additionally, your total household monthly income must be within USDA allowed maximum income limits for your area. Maximum USDA Guaranteed Loan income limits for your area can be found at here.

Maximum financing: The maximum USDA Rural Development Loan amount is 102% of the appraised value of the home (100% plus the 2% USDA RD Loan guarantee fee).

How much money will I need for the down payment and closing costs?

USDA Rural Development Mortgage Loans require no down payment and they allow for the closing costs to be included in the loan amount (appraisal permitting).

What property types are allowed for USDA Rural Loans?

While USDA Mortgage Guidelines do require that the property be Owner Occupied (OO), they do allow you to purchase condos, planned unit developments, manufactured homes, and single family residences.

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Washington USDA Loan Adjusted Maximum Income Limits by County
Updated 05/01/2012

County Name
1-4 Person Households
(Guaranteed Loans)
5-8 Person Households 
(Guaranteed Loans)
SKAMANIA
$80,500
$106,250
PORTLAND-VANCOUVER-BEAVERTON, OR-WA (MSA)
KING
$92,000
$121,450
SEATTLE-BELLEVUE-EVERETT, WA METROPOLITAN DIVISION
MASON
$73,600
$97,150
SHELTON, WA (MICRO)
SAN JUAN
$76,850
$101,450
NON-METRO
CLALLAM
$73,600
$97,150
PORT ANGELES, WA (MICRO)
ISLAND
$89,550
$118,200
OAK HARBOR, WA (MICRO)
ADAMS
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO
SNOHOMISH
$92,000
$121,450
SEATTLE-BELLEVUE-EVERETT, WA METROPOLITAN DIVISION
WHITMAN
$73,600
$97,150
PULLMAN, WA (MICRO)
DOUGLAS
$73,600
$97,150
WENATCHEE, WA (MSA)
FRANKLIN
$74,550
$98,400
KENNEWICK-RICHLAND-PASCO, WA (MSA)
SKAGIT
$73,600
$97,150
MOUNT VERNON-ANACORTES, WA (MSA)
FERRY
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO
THURSTON
$80,500
$106,250
OLYMPIA, WA (MSA)
WAHKIAKUM
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO
YAKIMA
$73,600
$97,150
YAKIMA, WA (MSA)
KITTITAS
$73,600
$97,150
ELLENSBURG, WA (MICRO)
LEWIS
$73,600
$97,150
CENTRALIA, WA (MICRO)
CLARK
$80,500
$106,250
PORTLAND-VANCOUVER-BEAVERTON, OR-WA (MSA)
JEFFERSON
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO
GRAYS HARBOR
$73,600
$97,150
ABERDEEN, WA (MICRO)
SPOKANE
$73,600
$97,150
SPOKANE, WA (MSA)
CHELAN
$73,600
$97,150
WENATCHEE, WA (MSA)
COWLITZ
$73,600
$97,150
LONGVIEW, WA (MSA)
COLUMBIA
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO
PEND OREILLE
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO
GRANT
$73,600
$97,150
MOSES LAKE, WA (MICRO)
LINCOLN
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO
BENTON
$74,550
$98,400
KENNEWICK-RICHLAND-PASCO, WA (MSA)
OKANOGAN
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO
KLICKITAT
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO
WHATCOM
$73,600
$97,150
BELLINGHAM, WA (MSA)
WALLA WALLA
$73,600
$97,150
WALLA WALLA, WA (MICRO)
STEVENS
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO
KITSAP
$81,500
$107,600
BREMERTON-SILVERDALE, WA (MSA)
PACIFIC
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO
PIERCE
$78,350
$103,400
TACOMA, WA METROPOLITAN DIVISION
ASOTIN
$73,600
$97,150
LEWISTON, ID-WA (MSA)
GARFIELD
$73,600
$97,150
NON-METRO

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