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USDA Loan

Get a rural or suburban home loan with $0 down.

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USDA Loan

Making rural homeownership possible for those with lower incomes.

KEY FEATURES

  • Fixed-rate mortgage offered to rural property owners by the US Department of Agriculture
  • No down payment
  • 30-year fixed terms
  • Apply in 15-20 minutes! 

MAY BE A GOOD CHOICE IF

  • You are purchasing a property in a rural area (as defined by the USDA)
  • You meet income restrictions for your county—call us to learn more

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So, what exactly is a USDA Loan?

A USDA home loan is a zero down payment mortgage for eligible rural and suburban homebuyers. USDA loans are issued through the USDA loan program, also known as the USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan Program, by the United States Department of Agriculture. There is no maximum amount for a USDA Loan. Instead, it is set based on your ability to qualify for the loan.

To be eligible for a USDA Loan, you must meet certain income requirements and be purchasing a home in a qualified rural area. Specifically, your income must not exceed 115% of the media income in your area. You can find your state by following the link in the previous sentence. Other factors that will go into your eligibility are your credit score and your debt-to-income ratio.

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How does a USDA Loan compare to other Elements mortgage options?

The USDA Loan is available only for purchasing homes in rural areas for those under a certain income level. See other differences in the chart.

  USDA Loan Fixed-Rate Mortgage Adjustable Rate Mortgage Refinance Your Mortgage
Key Benefits

No down payment

Predictable payments

No interest-rate surprises

Lowest short-term rates

Initial lower monthly payments

Better rate or loan term

A Good Option If You

Are purchasing a property in a rural area

Meet income restrictions for your county

Want your rate and payments to stay same for life of loan

Plan to stay in your home for several years

Are comfortable with rate and payments fixed at first, then adjusting later

Don't plan to stay in the home long

Want to reduce your monthly payment or shorten your loan term

Available Loan Terms

30 year fixed

5, 7, 10, 15, 20, and 30 years

3/1, 5/1, 7/1, 10/1 ARM

5/5 30-years

5/5 15-years

15, 20, and 30 year fixed

7/1 and 5/5 ARM 30 year

Interest Rate As Low As Contact Us for Options 2.625% 2.875% Contact Us for Options
APR As Low As Contact Us for Options 2.769%1 2.705%2 Contact Us for Options
No Points
No Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
Down Payment $0 As low as 20% of purchase price As low as 10% of purchase price As low as 10% of purchase price
Loan Limits
Special Feature Offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Is the down payment really $0?

Yes, that is correct. If you qualify for a USDA Loan, you do not need to have a down payment. The loan, instead, will be for the full purchase price.

What fees and closing costs should I expect?

The specific amount of your closing costs will vary. A home loan often involves many fees, such as the appraisal fee, title charges, closing fees, and state or local taxes. These fees vary from state to state and also from lender to lender. Your Elements Mortgage Loan Originator will review all costs with you based on your specific loan amount, purchase price, and home value.

Third Party Fees

Third party fees are ones that we collect and pass on to the person who actually performed the service. These can include the appraisal fee, the credit report fee, the settlement or closing fee, the survey fee, tax service fees, title insurance fees, flood certification fees, and courier/mailing fees. For example, an appraiser is paid the appraisal fee, a credit bureau is paid the credit report fee, and a title company or an attorney is paid the title insurance fees. 

Taxes and Other Unavoidable Costs

These fees include state/local taxes and recording fees and will most likely have to be paid regardless of the lender you choose. If some lenders don't quote you fees that include taxes and other unavoidable fees, don't assume you won't have to pay it. It is possible that a lender who doesn't tell you about the fee hasn't done the research necessary to provide accurate closing costs.

Lender Fees

Lender fees such as points, document-preparation fees, and loan-processing fees are retained by the lender and are used to provide you with the lowest rates possible. This is the category of fees that you should compare very closely from lender to lender before making a decision. Elements charges a standard $900 origination fee on all mortgages.

For more information, call us at 1-800-561-9433.

Should I get preapproved?

Yes, it helps you as you shop for a home. Call us at 1-800-561-9433 to see if you can be pre-approved for a loan so that you know what price range you can afford, to evaluate the monthly costs of a loan, and to see how much of a loan you can afford. The preapproval will also give you some leverage when negotiating with the sellers.

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What happens during the mortgage application process?

Getting Started

You can apply online in 15-20 minutes! Submit your application anytime. Or call us at 1-800-561-9433 to apply by phone. When you apply, have ready your government-issued ID (driver’s license, state ID, or passport) and estimates of your household income, assets, home value and price you paid for your home.

Gathering Documentation

We’ll contact you within one business day after you submit your application to review documentation that we'll need from you. We’ll also answer any questions you may have. 

Application Review & Approval 

Once you have supplied your documents, your loan will be reviewed by an underwriter. 

After the underwriter review, your Elements Mortgage Loan Originator and Loan Processor will work together to obtain any further documentation that is needed to close your loan, including the appraisal and title work.

Closing

Once your loan has been approved, your closing will be scheduled at a location convenient for you. That's it — your USDA Loan is complete! Application to closing takes an average of 30 days.

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Why should I go to Elements for my mortgage?

Like a Bank, Only Better!

Personal Loan Guidance

Buying a home can be a bit overwhelming. But don’t worry. We’ll be with you every step of the way to guide you through the USDA Loan process, from preapproval all the way to closing. You’ll have your personal mortgage expert’s cell phone number, so you can get all your questions answered very quickly. 

Better Rates. Fewer Fees.

Because we’re a credit union, we return profits to members in the form of reduced fees, higher savings rates and lower loan rates.

Trusted Advice. Fresh Approach.

We pride ourselves in being a trusted source for financial education. We come to your workplace to answer questions and can provide you with a dedicated Mortgage Loan Originator3 to guide you through the entire loan process.

Respected Locally. Accessed Globally.

Headquartered in Indianapolis since 1930, we rank among the top 3% of credit unions nationally4. We serve members in all 50 states and 50+ countries. You’ll have access to 5,000+ shared branches nationwide and 78,000+ surcharge-free ATMs globally.

High Tech. Human Touch.

Our technology makes banking with Elements easy. From quick digital applications to online and mobile banking, we’ll be by your side wherever you go. We’re here for you with member service available 24/7 and live chat during the workday.

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How do I apply?

3 Easy Steps to Apply

  1. Apply online - Do this online whenever you have 15-20 minutes to spare. Or call 1-800-561-9433 to get started.
  2. Take our call - We'll contact you within one business day after you submit your application to go over what documentation we'll need and to answer your questions.
  3. Schedule your closing - We'll stay in touch with you throughout the mortgage process. Then, if you're approved, we'll schedule your closing at a location convenient for you.

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How is my mortgage payment calculated?

Your monthly mortgage payment is made up of four components: principal, interest, property taxes, and homeowner’s insurance (referred to as "PITI"). 

Principal and Interest

Principal and interest are based on the loan amount, interest rate, and term (amortization) of your loan. 

Property Taxes

Property taxes are assessed annually. The amount of your taxes is divided by 12 months in order to determine how much will be collected from you as part of your monthly payment.

Insurance

Homeowner’s Insurance is also paid annually. The amount of your annual premium is divided by 12 months as well. 

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) can also be a component of your monthly mortgage payment. This is insurance that the lender obtains to protect them against any loss if you stop making payments on your loan. PMI is typically required on Conventional loans if you do not put at least 20% down on a purchase or have 20% or more equity in your property on a refinance.

  1. 1 Fixed Rates effective as of December 1, 2020. Note that the interest rates and annual percentage rates (APRs) shown here are available to borrowers with credit scores 740 or greater and 60% Loan-to-Value (LTV) and are based on loans secured by property in the state of Indiana. The actual interest rates and APRs available to you may vary based on your credit score, LTV ratio and other factors, and may be higher than those displayed here. Rates, closing costs and points may vary by property location, loan type and borrower credit and income characteristics. ALL FINANCING SUBJECT TO CREDIT APPROVAL. Example Monthly Payments based on a purchase price of $250,000, FICO® score of 740 or greater, 40% or more down payment, and loan amount of $150,000; they do not include amounts for taxes and insurance premiums, if applicable, and the actual payment obligation may be higher. Rates are subject to change without notice. Some restrictions may apply. Please call for rate information about mortgage products with terms other than those listed.
  2. 2 Adjustable Rates effective as of December 1, 2020. Note that the interest rates and annual percentage rates (APRs) shown here are available to borrowers with credit scores 740 or greater and 60% Loan-to-Value (LTV) and are based on loans secured by property in the state of Indiana. The actual interest rates and APRs available to you may vary based on your credit score, LTV ratio and other factors, and may be higher than those displayed here. Rates, closing costs and points may vary by property location, loan type and borrower credit and income characteristics. ALL FINANCING SUBJECT TO CREDIT APPROVAL. Example Monthly Payments based on a purchase price of $250,000, FICO® score of 740 or greater, 40% or more down payment, and loan amount of $150,000; they do not include amounts for taxes and insurance premiums, if applicable, and the actual payment obligation may be higher. Rates are subject to change without notice. Some restrictions may apply. Please call for rate information about ARM products with terms other than those listed.
  3. 3 Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System Registrants: Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System Registrants: Elements Financial FCU 410639, Shawn Adams 1969445, Charles Akinbola 1811812, Barbara L Allen 609733, Luis Aparicio 144043, Lindsey Badanek 724103, Cynthia Bell 427359, Nyla Bivens 1128100, Cassandra Bogaards 894545, Jamie Bonner 435395, Laura Bordenkecher 1590841, April Bratton 1169913, Dawn Michelle Bruce 899516, Julie Bowering 443400, Tracee Buckrop 609727, Karla Chevrie 404630, Eliza Claborn 1826115, Christine Clark 609734, Mary Ann Deckard 1259646, Heather Derbyshire 483140, Ashlie M Dew 539208, Curtis Neal Dodd 200259, Ron E Ellis Jr 1207645, Barbara Fey 489638, Kara Michelle Fischer 1469113, Tami Renee Forsythe 609730, Lenore Gallagher 975065, Sherry Gaw 988244, Emilee Goode 1776621, Robert Goodwin 975067, Quentin Girten 1919653, Abigail Hall 1469114, Mariah Hestand 1809685, Dial Holliday 1436039, Jennifer Hooker 1807696, Theresa Iaria 1128103, Kasey Jones 1942020, Christoper Kerr 143199, Andee Kettlebar 443776, Jill Kidwell 609731, Michele King 1759144, Sara Keedy 1512646, Sean Kiely 425511, Tara Nicole Lambert 883082, Teresa Ledford 444283, Cindy Leisure 1080329, Rebecca Littell 996455, Kristy Mars 609725, Beverly Marshall 444941, Stacey McDaniel 1157444, Alexander J Menestrina 1190426, Beth Moberg 473454, Justin D Montour 1198316, Brooke Moss 1824059, Terri Mossbrucker 1385461, Kristina Mowery 916118, Amber D Murphy 1082684, Mallory Neill 1750269, Constance Nelson 975071, Micha Noble 1950136, Grace Nolan 1840818, Regina Norman 1080327, Shaneka A Pedersen 426201, Meghan Pedigo 1601304, Janene Petree 1529353, Kyle Thomas Plumlee 1930758, Kim Purkhiser 1313210, Tania Query 608383, Rebecca Rice 1007612, Miranda Grace Renee Rizzo 1198315, Janai S Roberts 252636, Susan Roberts 975068, Carol Biale-Schroeder 1863399, Ryan Sebree 1866273, Ron Senci 1068152, Brad Smith 906855, Amy Lynn Stokes 1387213, Brent Tedford 1892880, Bradley Thompson 609732, Samantha White 1849420
  4. 4 Based on asset size as of 1/31/2020