We receive many questions about the household income limits associated with USDA loans. The income limits can vary greatly depending on household size, county, and state. Applicants can look up their county income limits pretty easy to check and see if they meet the 2017 – 2018 USDA eligibility parameters.
UPDATE: New 2019 income update here.
The income limits are a key factor in determining if you are eligible for USDA financing. USDA has a simple household income calculator found here where buyers can fill in all their income amounts to check. Applicants can go to the online income calculator and choose their property state, county and answer a few questions in regards to any dependents, elderly or disabled members living in the household. Pay attention the income limits listed for the “Section 502 Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan Program” The current limits have recently been updated and will be valid through 2018.
If you have questions on calculating your income for USDA loan eligibility purposes, please contact us by filling out the Quick Contact form on this page. Or just call us at Ph: 800-691-8826. We serve home buyers nationally.
Some helpful tips and reminders when using the 2017 – 2018 USDA housing income calculator:
- Include the income of ALL members that will be living in the house – even if they are not qualifying on the USDA loan application. Remember, the USDA income limits apply to ANY party that earns money in the house. This includes any elderly that receive disability income, social security, etc. Or any minor child that has a part time, etc. The exclusion to this would be a working minor child that is also a full-time student.
- The USDA Rural Housing 502 Guaranteed income limit for a standard household of 1-4 people is around $78,200 in most counties in the U.S. Larger households with 5+ members can go up to $103,200. Remember, the income limits go significantly higher for the household that has 5+ members. In addition, certain high priced locations in Florida, California, New England, Alaska in addition to other states permit income limits much higher. Keep in mind the USDA direct program is exclusively reserved for low-income households, and these loans are processed only by USDA directly. Most moderate income households will fit under the USDA 502 Guaranteed program, this program is processed by approved USDA lenders and mortgage companies.
- Be sure to input your current GROSS income (before taxes)
- If your income is close to the set county limit, be sure to include any income deductions for dependants, child care or disability. This can greatly help offset some income to help you qualify. If you aren’t sure about something, let us help!
- The USDA Rural Development income limits are based on your income at the time of closing, not your future earnings. If your income goes over the limit in the future after you close on your home (as many do) this is acceptable. Read more about USDA purchase FAQ’s here.
- The income limits are firm, there are no expectations. Please contact us to discuss other low down payment financing options if you find your income exceeds the limits.
- The income limits apply to both the USDA Purchase and USDA Refinance program.
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