“The Number of USDA Mortgages Continue to Fall”

“The Number of USDA Mortgages Continue to Fall”

I continue to read that USDA loans continue to fall and that has also been the case in my practice but, is there any wonder? There are a number of reasons such as, there are less allowable towns, there was recently an increase in the fee (it was 2% and now 2.75%) and the guidelines continue to be more restrictive. The truth is this is all by design.


This type of loan has had the lowest default rate in spite of requiring NO money down. Same is the case for VA loans, again no money down, again the same minimal default rate. The majority of these borrowers pay their bills especially their mortgage.


This is just another way to reduce home ownership. How does this make any sense and yet we keep hearing that our leaders are focused on creating more home ownership. Do you thing they are making this stuff up?


Hopefully, once there is a new President in office we get back to removing many of the restrictions that are hampering home ownership. Do you see that happening?


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Comment balloon 16 commentsJoe Petrowsky • September 28 2015 05:53AM


Joe - I certainly hope so.  I certainly see that small businesses hampered by more and more restrictions.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 5 years ago

Hi Joe.  It is very apparent that Obama wants the government out of the mortgage business.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

There aren't many areas around me that are "USDA" approved, so it's no wonder we don't see too many of these.

Having the lowest default rates says something good about those loans!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) almost 5 years ago

Joe, was unaware of further restrictions. Most of my buyers are all cash and the price points are high! We need relief in the affordable range. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Joe.  I won't go off on the political issues as I would be banned from this site.  Otherwise I understand fully what you are saying

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 5 years ago

Good Morning Joe: I don't know where the governance will take our economy. It is in an ignominious state.

Is there hope? I do hope so.

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) almost 5 years ago

Guidelines being more restrictive must be the major reason for this Joe...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 5 years ago

Joe, it continues to baffle me. It is one big oxymoron... 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 5 years ago

Joe, being in a large metropolitan city, I have never had a buyer use one of these loans.  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 5 years ago

Joe Petrowsky Yes. I have been hammering away at this for some time. I think it is a government conspiracy to help the BIG MONEY guys who have moved into residential income properties from commercial. More renters = more money for them.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

I definitely used to see more USDA loans than I have this year. I wondered why I had seen a drop off. Now I know why. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) almost 5 years ago

You are so right Joe!  It has become expensive to get a USDA loan and I have not done one in years here...it is a shame.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Joe the other obstical with USDA Loans is USDA tends to run out of money towards the end of their fiscal year.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 5 years ago


Over the last several years homeownership has been surpassed and has become more costly to get a mortgage.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

I agree with George but a new fiscal year is here so hopefully we can turn some of these loans.   I find the USDA loans helpful in my community outside the cities

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) almost 5 years ago

This is a good topic for discussion with those who are running for congress.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 5 years ago