Mortgage Planning

Which one is the right one? First of all, let’s look at the definition of each.

FHA Loan

FHA mortgage loans are home loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration through mortgage insurance. You pay 3.5% of the purchase price of the home on your own as the down payment. The other 96.5% of the price is covered by your mortgage. FHA loans also come with monthly mortgage insurance. However, these premiums are often lower than other mortgage loans, so they’re optimal for first time home buyers.

Rural Development Loan

It’s not much different than getting an FHA loan. Like FHA, a government agency sponsors the program, but some local lenders* handle 100% of the transaction. That means your lender does everything from taking your application to issuing the final approval. This zero-down, 100% financing home loan is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture to promote homeownership in less-dense communities across the U.S.

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You can always call and request a free Mortgage Consultation at any of these recommended Mortgage Loan institutions: First Bank & Trust, BankStar, Wells Fargo, Dacotah Bank, Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, Fairway Mortgage and Meta Bank. Some of these are located in Volga, White, Arlington and Brookings South Dakota.

Comparing the Two

No down payment - Rural Development

Low down payment - FHA loan

Location freedom - FHA loan

Geographical requirement - Rural Development

Remodeling financing option - FHA loan

Income limitation - Rural Development

Home price limitation - FHA loan

To check your RD or FHA loan eligibility, click here


For more details and hints for First-time Home Buyers, check this out

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