USDA – Rural Development

House Set to Extend Rural Home Loan Guarantee Program

The continued availability of government guaranteed mortgages for rural homebuyers was virtually assured on April 23rd when the House Financial Services Committee voted to approve H.R. 5017. The unanimous vote will send the Rural Housing Preservation and Stabilization Act of 2010 to the full House of Representatives where sources said it was fast tracked for a vote as early as this week.

If passed, the bill will correct the Section 502 Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program to make it self-funding. Section 502 assists homebuyers living in rural areas to obtain affordable mortgages guaranteed by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). These loan guarantees have become enormously popular during the financial crisis and consumer demand has tripled the annual number of loans that are typically issued each year. The program is set to exhaust its available funds within days. The bill authorizes the department to guarantee up to $30 billion in loans in FY 2010.

Drew Cope, Sr. Mortgage Consultant, 883 Commerce Dr., Suite 100, Conyers, GA 30094,

Phone: 770.278.0405, Cell: 770.843.8175, Fax: 404.601.7512, Email:,



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