Zero-down USDA Guaranteed Loans are the most popular rural development mortgage program in Montana. 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 Montana for non-veterans today, and can be used for a broader range of applicant incomes than USDA Direct Loans.

What are Montana 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. Montana 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.

Montana 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, Montana carries a median household income of $54,970, 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

Montana 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 Montana 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
Beaverhead County, MT$306,000$391,000
Big Horn County, MT$306,000$391,000
Billings, MT HUD Metro FMR Area$323,000$408,000
Blaine County, MT$306,000$391,000
Broadwater County, MT$306,000$391,000
Carter County, MT$306,000$391,000
Chouteau County, MT$306,000$391,000
Custer County, MT$306,000$391,000
Daniels County, MT$306,000$391,000
Dawson County, MT$306,000$391,000
Deer Lodge County, MT$306,000$391,000
Fallon County, MT$306,000$391,000
Fergus County, MT$306,000$391,000
Flathead County, MT$306,000$391,000
Gallatin County, MT$357,000$449,000
Garfield County, MT$306,000$391,000
Glacier County, MT$306,000$391,000
Golden Valley County, MT HUD Metro FMR Area$306,000$391,000
Granite County, MT$306,000$391,000
Great Falls, MT MSA$306,000$391,000
Hill County, MT$306,000$391,000
Jefferson County, MT$323,000$417,000
Judith Basin County, MT$306,000$391,000
Lake County, MT$306,000$391,000
Lewis and Clark County, MT$340,000$431,000
Liberty County, MT$306,000$391,000
Lincoln County, MT$306,000$391,000
Madison County, MT$306,000$391,000
McCone County, MT$306,000$391,000
Meagher County, MT$306,000$391,000
Mineral County, MT$306,000$391,000
Missoula, MT MSA$306,000$391,000
Musselshell County, MT$306,000$391,000
Park County, MT$306,000$391,000
Petroleum County, MT$306,000$391,000
Phillips County, MT$306,000$391,000
Pondera County, MT$306,000$391,000
Powder River County, MT$306,000$391,000
Powell County, MT$306,000$391,000
Prairie County, MT$306,000$391,000
Ravalli County, MT$306,000$391,000
Richland County, MT$323,000$417,000
Roosevelt County, MT$306,000$391,000
Rosebud County, MT$306,000$391,000
Sanders County, MT$306,000$391,000
Sheridan County, MT$323,000$417,000
Silver Bow County, MT$306,000$391,000
Stillwater County, MT$323,000$408,000
Sweet Grass County, MT$306,000$391,000
Teton County, MT$306,000$391,000
Toole County, MT$306,000$391,000
Treasure County, MT$306,000$391,000
Valley County, MT$306,000$391,000
Wheatland County, MT$306,000$391,000
Wibaux County, MT$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 Montana is determined by:

  • Maximum Loan Amount: There’s no set maximum loan amount for USDA rural home loans in MT. 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 MT is 100% of the home’s appraised value plus the 1% USDA RD Loan guarantee fee.

What types of loans does USDA offer in Montana?

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

  • Montana USDA Guaranteed Home Loans – Guaranteed Loans the most common Rural Housing Loans in Montana, 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 $54,970 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.
  • Montana USDA Direct Home Loans – USDA Direct Housing Loans in Montana 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 Montana?

To be eligible for a USDA loan in Montana, 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 Montana 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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