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USDA Rural Development – RD program backlogged!

**** As of 1/16/2014 the backlog is nearly worked thru and turn times are running approx 2 weeks.

Just wanted to make sure everyone is aware of the backlog at rural development.  The process for lenders originating RD loans is the following:

  1. Lender works up and underwrites file (appraisal, title work, income & asset verification, etc. . . )
  2. File is submitted to Rural Development for their blessing
  3. Loan closes

Step 2 is the hold up right now and it affects all lenders.  The problem is that historically RD turn times were around 1 week.  For awhile they were up to 2 weeks and we thought that was bad, but still not all that news worthy.  Currently RD is looking at files submitted to them on the 15th of last month!  That’s right they are running roughly 30 days.  Whats that mean to you.  When your structuring those purchase contracts make sure you allow for a 60 day close time on all buyers obtaining RD financing.  We are making every effort on our end to get the file up to them and in line as quickly as possible but for at least the foreseeable future make sure you plan a 60 day close.

With that said RD is still a great program.  More info here  Some highlights include:

  • Zero Down
  • Low monthly mortgage insurance (PMI)
  • Ability to finance closing costs into the loan
  • Ability to finance repairs into the loan
  • Visit RDArea.com for a map of eligible areas

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