USDA Rural Development Review

USDA Rural Development is conducting a review 2018

USDA Rural Development Review of all areas under its jurisdiction will be conducted to identify areas that no longer qualify as rural for housing programs.

But what is a USDA Loan?  We believe this program is one of the “best kept secrets” in the market today.

USDA Rural Development ReviewThis zero-down, 100% financing loan is sponsored by the U.S Department of Agriculture to encourage ownership of a home in less populated communities across the United States.

That is why it’s often known as the Rural Housing Loan or USDA Rural Development Loan. This program is part of a greater Rural Housing Service under USDA’s umbrella of programs options.

But don’t let this name confuse you. It’s not just for properties that seem isolated from the civilization.

The truth is that 97% of U.S. land mass is eligible for USDA financing, which accounts for about third 1/3 rd of the United States population. It is very likely that a property near you can qualify.  You can see eligible areas by going to the USDA property eligibility website 

Last Rural Areas Review 2015

It is important to know that the last USDA Rural Development Review rural was performed in 2012-2013 using the 2010 census data. This review, which is done every five years, will utilize the 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) data.

Based on the 2015 ACS data and rural area guidance located in Handbook HB-1-3550, Chapter 5, the rural eligibility designation is under review for the following areas in Kansas:

City – County
1. Andover – Sedgwick
2. El Dorado – Butler
3. Gardner – Johnson
4. Lansing – Leavenworth
5. Newton – Harvey
6. Wichita – Sedgwick

The public shall have 90 days from the date of this public notice to submit comments regarding the potential loss of eligibility for Rural Development housing programs. Comments should be sent to [email protected]. For details or questions about specific changes, please contact the Kansas Rural Development Housing Program staff at (785) 271-2722.

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