As of May 4, 2020, the USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program has increased the USDA home loan income limits for all counties throughout the United States, including counties in New York State.
While USDA loan income limits do vary based on geographic location and household size, this latest update has increased income limits across the board.
USDA home loans are intended to assist those with modest incomes with purchasing homes. As a result, the USDA has established specific income eligibility requirements, or limits, to ensure that their aid is being utilized by home buyers with low to moderate incomes.
Eligible home buyers must have sufficient income in order to repay the loan, but their household income must be at or below the income limit established for the county in which they are planning to purchase a home.
Simply stated, an income limit is the maximum amount that a household family can earn and still qualify for the USDA Mortgage program. The income limit represents the total household income – meaning it’s a total of the incomes of each of the individuals living in the household.
The limit changes based on geographic location, and based on how many individuals are living in the home.
The USDA updates their home loan income limits periodically, so it is not overly surprising that the income limits changed in 2020. The limits are updated to account for cost of living increases, economic changes, adjustments in home values, and more.
The good news is that this most recent increase in the USDA loan income limits will help more families in New York qualify for USDA home loans!
As mentioned previously, USDA loan income limits vary by geographic location (county) and household size. Counties with a higher cost of living have higher USDA loan limits than counties that have an average cost of living, and households with 1 to 4 members have lower limits than households with 5-8 members.
As of May 4, 2020, the standard USDA loan income limits for most US counties are as follows:
The limits do differ for a few of the main areas we serve, including the Capital Region.
For this region, the 2020 USDA loan income limits are as follows:
For this region, the 2020 USDA loan income limits are in line with those for most US counties:
In order to be eligible for a USDA home loan, total household income should not exceed these limits.
It’s important to note that in addition to varying by household size, income limits can vary by location in order to account for cost of living. They also change periodically.
The best way to accurately determine your county’s USDA limit is to review the USDA’s Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program PDF.
You can also enter your information on the USDA Income and Property Eligibility Site to learn more about the limits that apply to you based on your income and the county where you’re home shopping.
In order to determine whether or not you satisfy the USDA loan limit requirements, you first have to determine your annual household income.
Your household income includes all expected income for the upcoming year that will be received by adult members of your current household – even members who will not be included on the loan. The gross income amount (the amount you earn prior to any payroll or tax deductions) will be estimated based on historical data about your income collected from W2 forms, pay stubs, and other financial documents.
Income that counts towards your gross household income includes:
Other forms of income may be included as well.
Keep in mind that some lenders have additional requirements you must meet in order to qualify for a USDA home loan. These may include additional income guidelines or employment requirements. Your mortgage broker will be able to guide you based on the requirements of the lenders they typically work with.
It’s also important to keep in mind that property eligibility is also a big qualifying factor for USDA Mortgages. The property you are hoping to purchase must be deemed “eligible” for the Rural Development Loan Program in order for homebuyers to qualify for the USDA program.
Interested in learning more about USDA Loans in New York State and their qualification requirements? Be sure to check out the following resources for more information:
New York USDA Mortgages – A helpful overview of the basics you need to know about USDA home loans in New York State.
USDA Home Loan Guide – A deeper delve into the important details about NY USDA home loans, including eligibility requirements, benefits of USDA mortgages, and how to begin the USDA loan application process.
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Editor’s note: This content has been updated as of May 6, 2020.