USDA Direct Loans (also known as USDA Section 502 Direct Loans) are a mortgage program that assists low- and very-low income individuals buy decent, safe, and clean housing in rural areas. This is done through payment assistance which increases a borrower’s ability to repay. That payment assistance can be best described a subsidy which lowers the mortgage payment for short periods. The amount of assistance largely depends on the adjusted family income. USDA Direct Home Loans in Michigan don’t work in the same manner as USDA Guaranteed Loans in Michigan. The USDA Guaranteed Loan Program is a more popular option and can be used for a wider range of applicant incomes.Michigan USDA Direct Loans are 100% financing mortgages. Unlike Guaranteed USDA Loans, applicants must have low or very low income to qualify for Direct Loans.

Michigan USDA Direct Loan Requirements

USDA Direct Loans are a mortgage program available for low-income individuals to buy homes in rural areas. USDA defines low- or very low income as anything between 50% and 80% of the Area Median (AMI). The statewide median income was recently reported as $57,144 in Michigan, but this number may differ from one county to the next. For home buyers that meet those requirements, USDA Loans are a zero-down mortgage, meaning there’s no down payment. To be eligible, applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • You don’t presently have decent, clean, sanitary and safe housing.
  • You can’t get another mortgage from a different source with terms and conditions reasonably expected to be met.
  • The subject property must be your primary residence.
  • You must be legally eligible for a mortgage.
  • You must meet citizenship requirements or non-citizen requirements.
  • You must be eligible for participation in federal programs.

In addition, the subject property must meet the following requirements.

  • It must be moderately-sized for that area.
  • The home cause can’t exceed the area’s applicable loan limit.
  • The home can’t be designed for the production of income.

How much can I borrow with a USDA Direct Mortgage?

Up to the maximum loan limit, the amount of money that an applicant’s eligible for depends on their ability to pay it back. When evaluating home loan applicants for Direct home loans, Rural Development considers income, assets, debt, and payment assistance. And remember, you can’t borrow more than the local USDA loan limit for the county where the home is located, no matter what your repayment ability may be.

What areas in MI are eligible for USDA Direct Loans?

The subject property must be in an approved rural area. You can search specific addresses in Michigan for USDA eligibility here.

Are there other zero down mortgage options or low down payment mortgages in Michigan?

Yes, other low down payment mortgage options, and no down payment mortgage options are available in Michigan besides USDA Direct Loans. You can start by looking into USDA Guaranteed Loans in Michigan, FHA Loan in Michigan, or if you’re a veteran or qualified family member, VA Loans in Michigan. You may also want to research if any helpful Michigan down payment assistance programs may be available.

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Direct Loans aren’t as popular as USDA Guaranteed Loans, which accommodate a wider range of borrower qualifications. The USDA sets specific maximum mortgage limits for Direct Loans in Michigan. Search home loan limits for your area below.

Michigan USDA Direct Loan Limits

Direct Loan Limit
Alcona $251,862
Alger $251,862
Allegan $251,862
Alpena $251,862
Antrim $251,862
Arenac $251,862
Baraga $251,862
Barry $251,862
Bay $251,862
Benzie $253,000
Berrien $251,862
Branch $251,862
Calhoun $251,862
Cass $251,862
Charlevoix $253,000
Cheboygan $251,862
Chippewa $251,862
Clare $251,862
Clinton $251,862
Crawford $251,862
Delta $251,862
Dickinson $251,862
Eaton $251,862
Emmet $251,862
Genesee $251,862
Gladwin $251,862
Gogebic $251,862
Grand Traverse $253,000
Gratiot $251,862
Hillsdale $251,862
Houghton $251,862
Huron $251,862
Ingham $251,862
Ionia $251,862
Iosco $251,862
Iron $251,862
Isabella $251,862
Jackson $251,862
Kalamazoo $251,862
Kalkaska $253,000
Kent $251,862
Keweenaw $251,862
Lake $251,862
Lapeer $251,862
Leelanau $253,000
Lenawee $253,000
Livingston $267,000
Luce $251,862
Mackinac $251,862
Macomb $251,862
Manistee $251,862
Marquette $251,862
Mason $251,862
Mecosta $251,862
Menominee $251,862
Midland $251,862
Missaukee $251,862
Monroe $251,862
Montcalm $251,862
Montmorency $251,862
Muskegon $251,862
Newaygo $251,862
Oakland $254,000
Oceana $251,862
Ogemaw $251,862
Ontonagon $251,862
Osceola $251,862
Oscoda $251,862
Otsego $251,862
Ottawa $251,862
Presque Isle $251,862
Roscommon $251,862
Saginaw $251,862
Sanilac $251,862
Schoolcraft $251,862
Shiawassee $251,862
St. Clair $251,862
St. Joseph $251,862
Tuscola $251,862
Van Buren $251,862
Washtenaw $297,000
Wayne $251,862
Wexford $251,862

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