Rural Development Home Loan Advantage

Get$Fit Tip: Know all your financing options before you start home shopping.

Rural Neighborhood

USDA Rural Loan Requirements

If you feel like homeownership may be out of reach because you don’t have a large down payment, look into the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan (RD) program, which provides up to 100 percent financing to qualified households in eligible areas.

Fun fact: Rural America includes 72 percent of the nation’s land mass, according to the USDA RD 2017 Performance Report.

Rural Development Loan Advantages

100% financing

Rural Development loans may only require you to pay closing costs. The majority of other loan programs may require at least 3 percent down.

Lower Interest Rate

Because Rural Development loans are backed by the government, they typically are lower interest rate loans than most conventional loans.

Keep in mind, interest rates vary daily and depend on a number of factors, such as loan amount, credit score and rate lock.

Seller Concessions

Rural Development loans allow the seller to contribute up to 6 percent of your closing costs, which may cover your out of pocket needs entirely.

Mortgage Insurance Reduction

Most loans require mortgage insurance (PMI) if you pay less than a 20 percent down payment. PMI covers the loan in case of default and may require an upfront fee and/or is included in your monthly loan payment. With a Rural Development loan you may be able to finance the upfront portion and receive a discounted rate on the monthly fee.

Talk to a lender to explore your options, and to find out if you qualify for a Rural Development loan.

Lenders at RCB Bank are happy to help answer questions even if you are not a customer. Give us a call or visit our online Mortgage Center.

Opinions expressed above are the personal opinions of Alex Penny and meant for generic illustration purposes only. For specific questions regarding your personal lending needs, please call RCB Bank at 855-BANK-RCB, RCB Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and member FDIC. RCB Bank NMLS #798151. Alex Penny NMLS #1535836.
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A case for shorter term loans

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Shop smart on your next loan

Is a longer-term, lower monthly payment loan saving you money?

Probably not.

Lower monthly payments of longer-term loans often come with higher interest rates, which means you end up paying more money over the life of your loan.

When it comes to borrowing money, it’s wise to consider the total cost of your loan.

If you can afford a higher monthly payment, accepting a shorter-term loan could save you thousands of dollars.

lower monthly payment and a longer loan term may cost you more money overallLet’s crunch the numbers on a 48-month (4 year) and 72-month (6 year) auto loan with example an example rate of 2.89% annual percentage rate (APR) for 48 months and 3.89% APR for 72 months for qualified buyers. Rates are for illustration purposes only; See a lender for current rates.

On a $30,000 new car loan, total interest increases from $1,805 for a 48-month term to $3,687 for a 72-month term – a significant cost difference of $1,882.

Focusing on the total loan cost will help you avoid buying more car than you can afford, plus help you avoid owing more on your car than what it is worth.

The longer the financing term, the more susceptible you are to having negative equity and being upside down on your loan.

A typical new car can lose close to 22-percent of its value in the first year, and roughly 12-percent annually in years two through four, according to data from the online car-pricing company

If you do go with longer financing, consider buying Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) coverage to help mitigate the risk of negative equity and having to make additional principal payments after a total loss. Having GAP can help with the difference between the primary insurance settlement and the outstanding balance on your vehicle on the date of loss. Ask your lender for details.

Get$Fit Tip: Before car shopping, get pre-qualified for financing so you know your numbers. Then, stick to your budget.

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RCB Bank Learning Center articles are for education purposes only. Opinions expressed above are the personal opinions of the author and meant for generic illustration. Scenarios, terms and rates shown are only examples as of May 2018 and are subject to change without notice.  Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, RCB Bank NMLS #798151. Brad Ward, NMLS #536616.
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