Zero-down USDA Guaranteed Loans are the most popular rural development mortgage program in Wisconsin. These loans are available for anyone with low to moderate income to purchase a home in approved rural areas with no down payment.  The USDA Guaranteed Loan Program is also the favorite no-down payment mortgage in Wisconsin for non-veterans today, and can be used for a broader range of applicant incomes than USDA Direct Loans.

What are Wisconsin USDA Loans?

The USDA loan program was created by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, also known as “USDA RD”. USDA Guaranteed Loans (also known as USDA Section 502 Guaranteed Loans) are a mortgage program for low and moderate income mortgage applicants. Wisconsin USDA loans provide low-cost, government insured mortgage options that suit a variety of home buying needs. The most common mortgages offered through USDA are known as “Guaranteed” loans. USDA Guaranteed Loans are 100% financing mortgages, which means you can use them to buy a home with no down payment.

Wisconsin USDA Loan Requirements

USDA loan requirements mainly focus on the home loan applicant and the property. First off, the home must be located in an approved rural areas to be considered eligible for USDA financing. Second off, the home buyer must meet all income requirements set forth by USDA. These income limits are established through a combination of debt-to-income ratios and income ceilings that equal 115% of the area median income (AMI) for the particular area. Statewide, Wisconsin carries a median household income of $61,747, but that can vary from county to county. Ultimately, the applicant must also meet all lender requirements for mortgage approval which include:

  • Credit Requirements
  • Income Requirements
  • Documentation Requirements

Wisconsin USDA Loan Limits

USDA doesn’t set specific maximum loan amounts for guaranteed mortgages. Instead, local limits are determined by a combination of the area USDA maximum income limit and the borrower’s debt-to-income ratios. This approach means that guaranteed Wisconsin USDA loan limits are fluid and based upon numerous factors. The limits listed below are based on approximate calculations. Actual guaranteed loan limits may vary.

1-4 Person Households
5-8 Person Households
Adams County, WI$306,000$391,000
Appleton, WI MSA$340,000$431,000
Ashland County, WI$306,000$391,000
Barron County, WI$306,000$391,000
Bayfield County, WI$306,000$391,000
Buffalo County, WI$306,000$391,000
Burnett County, WI$306,000$391,000
Clark County, WI$306,000$391,000
Columbia County, WI HUD Metro FMR Area$323,000$408,000
Crawford County, WI$306,000$391,000
Dodge County, WI$306,000$391,000
Door County, WI$306,000$391,000
Duluth, MN-WI MSA$323,000$417,000
Dunn County, WI$306,000$391,000
Eau Claire, WI MSA$306,000$391,000
Florence County, WI$306,000$391,000
Fond du Lac, WI MSA$306,000$391,000
Forest County, WI$306,000$391,000
Grant County, WI$306,000$391,000
Green Bay, WI HUD Metro FMR Area$323,000$417,000
Green County, WI HUD Metro FMR Area$306,000$408,000
Green Lake County, WI$306,000$391,000
Iowa County, WI HUD Metro FMR Area$306,000$391,000
Iron County, WI$306,000$391,000
Jackson County, WI$306,000$391,000
Janesville-Beloit, WI MSA$306,000$391,000
Jefferson County, WI$306,000$408,000
Juneau County, WI$306,000$391,000
Kenosha County, WI HUD Metro FMR Area$323,000$417,000
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN MSA$323,000$408,000
Lafayette County, WI$306,000$391,000
Langlade County, WI$306,000$391,000
Lincoln County, WI$306,000$391,000
Madison, WI HUD Metro FMR Area$374,000$483,000
Manitowoc County, WI$306,000$391,000
Marinette County, WI$306,000$391,000
Marquette County, WI$306,000$391,000
Menominee County, WI$306,000$391,000
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI MSA$323,000$417,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI HUD Metro FMR Area$374,000$483,000
Monroe County, WI$306,000$391,000
Oconto County, WI HUD Metro FMR Area$306,000$391,000
Oneida County, WI$306,000$391,000
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI MSA$306,000$408,000
Pepin County, WI$306,000$391,000
Polk County, WI$306,000$391,000
Portage County, WI$306,000$408,000
Price County, WI$306,000$391,000
Racine, WI MSA$306,000$391,000
Richland County, WI$306,000$391,000
Rusk County, WI$306,000$391,000
Sauk County, WI$306,000$391,000
Sawyer County, WI$306,000$391,000
Shawano County, WI$306,000$391,000
Sheboygan, WI MSA$306,000$408,000
Taylor County, WI$306,000$391,000
Trempealeau County, WI$306,000$391,000
Vernon County, WI$306,000$391,000
Vilas County, WI$306,000$391,000
Walworth County, WI$323,000$408,000
Washburn County, WI$306,000$391,000
Waupaca County, WI$306,000$391,000
Wausau, WI MSA$306,000$391,000
Waushara County, WI$306,000$391,000
Wood County, WI$306,000$391,000

Additional USDA Limits

What is the maximum amount that I can borrow with a USDA Loan?

The maximum amount for a USDA home loan in Wisconsin is determined by:

  • Maximum Loan Amount: There’s no set maximum loan amount for USDA rural home loans in WI. Instead, your debt-to-income ratios 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 all areas can be found at here.
  • Maximum Financing: The maximum USDA Rural Development Loan amount in WI is 100% of the home’s appraised value plus the 1% USDA RD Loan guarantee fee.

What types of loans does USDA offer in Wisconsin?

Two USDA home loan options are presently available in Wisconsin for single family households. These programs are backed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture by way of its Rural Development Housing Loans:

  • Wisconsin USDA Guaranteed Home Loans – Guaranteed Loans the most common Rural Housing Loans in Wisconsin, because they accommodate higher income limits and 100% financing for home purchases. USDA Guaranteed applicants may have an income of up to 115% of the median household income for the area, which average $61,747 across the state. Specific area income limits for the program can be viewed here. All USDA Guaranteed Loans carry 30 year terms and are set at a fixed rate.
  • Wisconsin USDA Direct Home Loans – USDA Direct Housing Loans in Wisconsin 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’m eligible for a USDA Loan in Wisconsin?

To be eligible for a USDA loan in Wisconsin, 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 generally 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. Families must be without adequate housing, but be able to afford the mortgage payments, including taxes and insurance.

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

Rural Development Mortgages in Wisconsin 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 Mortgages?

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

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