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Kentucky USDA credit score and mortgage requirements

 Credit Scores and the Kentucky USDA Rural Development Loan Program 

The Kentucky USDA Rural Development Loan Program is by far the most credit score friendly loan program currently available. While USDA is willing to work with scores lower than 640 most lenders won't. Thus, pragmatically the minimum credit score required by USDA is 581.


For Kentucky homebuyers with a minimum credit score of 640 lenders may streamline the credit approval process normally required as part of the underwriting process. This means that a borrower:
With a lack of credit "depth" will not have to document non-traditional credit items such as utility or insurance payments
A negative past credit history may allow the Underwriter to not request letters of explanation for the cause of the past challenges
Collection accounts can remain open provided the Underwriter believes it unlikely that the account will eventually turn into a judgment
However, USDA is not willing to overlook certain overtly negative credit items even when the credit scores are over 640. For instance borrowers with any of the following adverse past credit should not expect to obtain credit approval using the USDA loan program:


Foreclosure or short sale within the last 3 years
Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharged within the past 3 years
Chapter 13 bankruptcy debt restricting plan completed within the last 12 months
Late mortgage payments within the last 12 months
Applicant or co-applicant delinquent on a federal debt; such as taxes, student loans, or previous agency loan (i.e. VA loan in which the eligibility was forfeited due to a foreclosure)

USDA may be willing to give a borrower an exception to a past bankruptcy or foreclosure prior to the three year period provided the borrower can document the cause of the past negative credit experience as being related to an illness or job loss and unlikely to reoccur.

Once the credit score exceeds 640, USDA allows this score to be considered as justification for allowing the borrowers debt-to-income-ratio to exceed the target ratios of 29% for the housing costs and 41% for the total debt ratio. Frequently USDA will approve loans where the housing ratios are in the high 30% range and total debt ratios are in the high 40% range.

Bottom line the Kentucky USDA Rural Development Loan Program is more flexible in approving a perspective borrower than any other loan program. But like any loan program today, the Loan Officer shouldn't assume that this level of credit flexibility will result in an automatic positive underwriting decision if the Underwriter doesn't feel strongly that the borrowers chance of success at homeownership is strong.

Kentucky USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program

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Kentucky USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing
Guaranteed Loan Program

APPLICANT BENEFITS

 100 percent financing available with no down payment required. Eligible repairs and 
closing costs may be included in the loan up to the appraised value of the property. 
 Upfront guarantee fee may be included in the loan amount above the appraised value. 
 Existing or new construction homes including all Planned Unit Development’s (PUD’s) are 
eligible. 
 Condominiums may be eligible. 
 30 year loan terms with fixed interest rates. 
 No pre-payment penalties. 
 Satisfactory credit and qualifying ratios apply. Nontraditional credit histories may be 
eligible. 

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

The following information is not all inclusive. For complete information refer to RD 
Instruction 1980-D, supplemented by applicable Administrative Notices (AN) available 
online at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RegulationsAndGuidance.html.  http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RegulationsAndGuidance.html.
APPLICANT ELIGIBILTY 
The applicant must: 
 Be a U.S. Citizen, legally admitted as a permanent resident, or be a qualified alien. 
 Have the legal capacity to incur the loan obligation. 
 Be unable to secure credit with rate and terms reasonable to the applicant without a 
guarantee from the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP).
 Not own a home within the local commuting area at the time of loan closing. Applicants that 
do own a home that is structurally unsound or functionally inadequate, or is located outside 
of the local commuting area may still be eligible for guaranteed loan consideration.
 Occupy the home purchased in an eligible rural area as their permanent primary residence. 
 Have stable and dependable income to ensure repayment ability. Households may not 
exceed the moderate income limit established for the applicable rural area. 
 Have an acceptable credit history that demonstrates the willingness and ability to meet 
financial obligations as they become due. If applicants exhibit unacceptable credit per RD 
Instruction 1980-D, section 1980.345(d) the approved lender may still consider the 
applicant if documented evidence of strong compensating factors as outlined in section 
1980.345(d)(3) exists. 

ANNUAL INCOME LIMITS

 Annual income includes the total gross income of the applicant, co-applicant, and any other 
adult (age 18 and up) household members. 
 Adjustments to annual income may be deducted for program eligibility determination. 
Deductions may be made for dependants, eligible annual childcare expenses, disability 
expenses, and annual medical expenses for elderly families. Please discuss eligible 
deductions with your SFHGLP contact. 
 Income limits are published for each county as an Exhibit to RD Instruction 1980-D and are 
available online at: http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do

REPAYMENT ABILITY: DEBT/INCOME RATIOS

 Repayment ability is determined by calculating the following ratios: 
- PITI (Principal, Interest, Real Estate Taxes, and Homeowner Insurance): The total PITI 
payment divided by the repayment income must be 29 percent or less. 
- Total Debt (TD): The PITI payment plus all other monthly debt obligation payments 
divided by the repayment income must be 41 percent or less.
 Repayment ratios that exceed 29 and/or 41 percentmay be approved by Rural 
Development when a ratio waiver request is provided by the approved lender. The ratio 
waiver must document and provide evidence of strong compensating factors to support the 
request. USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Division October 2012
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington D.C. 20250-0784
202.720.1452
Examples of strong compensating factors include but are not limited to: 
- Current rent/housing payment is equal to or less than the proposed PITI. 
- Applicant has a history of devoting a similar percentage of income to housing expense 
similar to the PITI over the previous 12 months. 
- Strong credit score and repayment history. 
- Reserves are available post loan closing, which evidence the applicant’s ability to 
accumulate savings. 

PROPERTY REQUIREMENTS
ELIGIBLE RURAL AREA

The property must be located in an eligible rural area as defined in 7 CFR 3550.10 as:
1. Open country which is not part of or associated with an urban area. 
2. Any town, village, city or place, including the immediate adjacent densely settled area, 
which is not part of or associated with an urban area and which: 
a. Has a population not in excess of 10,000 if it is rural in character, or 
b. Has a population in excess of 10,000 but not in excess of 20,000, is not contained within 
a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area, and has a serious lack of mortgage credit for
very low, low and moderate income households as determined by the Secretary of 
Agriculture and the Secretary of HUD.
Property eligibility is available online and through GUS. 

EXISTING HOMES

 Properties must meet HUD Handbooks 4150.2 and 4905.1. An FHA Roster appraiser or 
licensed residential appraiser deemed qualified by the approved lender may certify to this 
determination. 
 A separate home inspection report prepared by the appraiser or a home inspector deemed 
qualified by the approved lender is an acceptable option to ensure properties meet 
minimum standards. 
 Homes must be structurally sound, functionally adequate and in good repair, or will be 
improved to meet good repair. 
 There are no thermal performance standards for existing homes. 
 Private water systems/wells: The local health authority or state certified laboratory must 
perform a water quality analysis, which must meet state and local standards. 
 Private septic systems: The septic system must be free of observable evidence of failure. An 
FHA Roster appraiser, government health authority, licensed septic professional or 
qualified home inspector may perform the septic system evaluation. 
 Termite: If required by the lender, appraiser, inspector, or State law, a pest inspection must 
be obtained to confirm the property is free of active termite infestation. 
 Repairs: Any repairs necessary for the dwelling to be structurally sound, functionally 
adequate and in good repair must be completed prior to the request of the loan note
guarantee. Exception: Escrow accounts that meet the requirements of RD Instruction 
1980-D, section 1980.315 are allowed for exterior weather delayed repairs. When eligible 
escrow accounts are established per section 1980.360(2)(ii) the loan note guarantee will be 
issued without the repairs complete. 
 Existing homes have been completed for more than 12 months or have been completed for 
less than 12 months but have been previously occupied. USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Division October 2012

NEW CONSTRUTION

 Evidence the home was built in accordance with certified plans and specifications (e.g., 
International Residential Building Code, CABO, BOCO, etc.) must be obtained through an 
eligible building permit, certificate of occupancy, or certification for a qualified individual or 
organization that reviews plans and specifications. 
 Evidence of construction inspections performed throughout the project in accordance with 
section 1980.341(b)(2) must be retained. Acceptable documentation includes an eligible 
certificate of occupancy or copies of three inspections performed: (1) inspections prior to 
footing and foundation poured, (2) inspections of plumbing, electrical, and mechanicals 
before the shell is enclosed, and (3) a final inspection will meet requirements.
 Evidence of a builder’s warranty. Minimum one year issued by the builder. If the builder 
has offered a 10 year insured builder’s warranty acceptable to the Agency, this may be 
accepted and evidence of construction inspections will be waived. 
 Thermal performance requirements must meet the 2006 IECC code. An eligible building 
permit, certificate of occupancy, final inspection, or 10 year insured builder’s warranty is 
acceptable evidence this requirement has been met. 
 New construction homes have been completed (as evidenced by a certificate of occupancy)
for less than 12 months and have never been occupied. 
 New manufactured homes must be purchased from an approved dealer –contractors (your 
SFHGLP contact can provide a list of those approved in your state). A unit is considered 
new if the purchase agreement is dated within 12 months of the date the unit was 
manufactured. The date of manufacture is available on the factory installed plate on the 
unit. 

LOAN REQUIREMENTS
LOAN PURPOSES

 Loans must be secured by a first lien on real property in an eligible rural area. 
Loan funds may be used to: 
 Purchase an existing or new construction (stick built, modular, or manufactured) home. 
 Purchase or pay off a site as part of a new construction package. 
 Purchase and improve an existing home. Improvements must be complete before a loan 
note guarantee will be issued. Exception: Escrow accounts are allowed for weather delayed 
exterior repairs only.
 Include eligible loan fees, including legal fees, title services, and eligible closing costs. 
 Refinance existing Section 502 Direct and Guaranteed loans. If only the principal balance 
and the guarantee fee will be financed, no new appraisal is required. If the applicant wishes 
to include eligible closing costs into the loan, a new appraisal is required. A new appraisal is 
always required for Section 502 Direct loan refinances. 
LOAN LIMITS
 The maximum loan amount is 100 percent of the appraised value plus the upfront 
guarantee fee.


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1 What is the guarantee?
USDA Rural Development provides the full faith and assurance of the U.S Government
that any financial loss resulting from servicing the loan will be reimbursed in full up to
an amount not exceeding 90% of the original loan amount. All loss up to an amount not
exceeding 35% of the original loan is fully reimbursed. Losses exceeding 35% are 85%
reimbursed.
2 What is the advantage to the customer?
100 percent financing, fixed interest rate, no MIP/PMI, and no restrictions on size or
design are just a few of the advantages.
3 What are the eligibility requirements?
Have adequate and dependable income (up to 115 percent of adjusted area median
income), have acceptable credit, do not own a dwelling in the local commuting area, US
Citizen or permanent resident, have the ability to personally occupy the home on a
permanent basis, and do not have funds for a 20% down payment loan plus closing and
moving expenses.
4 Can a Broker originate Guaranteed loans? Yes, however only Approved lenders may underwrite & submit loans.
5 How long does it take to get an answer?
Our goal is a 2 to 5 day turnaround. Time will be longer in some offices due to the large
number of guarantee requests received.
6 What is the maximum fixed Interest Rate  and term?
Fannie Mae 90 day delivery rate plus 60 basis points rounded up to nearest quarter of
one percent Or no more than the Lender's published VA rate for first mortgage loans
with no discount points. The term is 30 years.
7 What is the maximum loan amount? The Loan amount is limited by the market value and repayment ability.
8 What is the maximum Loan to Value? It can be up to 100% LTV plus the Agency guarantee fee.
9 What is the Guarantee Fee? The guarantee fee is 3.5 percent of the “Total” loan amount.
10 What are the qualifying ratios? PITI Ratio 29 percent, TD Ratio 41 percent.
Higher ratios may be approved with compensating factors.
11 Do we show deferred student loans in the debt ratio?
Deferred student loans should be included in the debt ratio calculations for Guaranteed
Loans regardless of the deferment period.
12 What is the minimum credit score?
Under certain criteria, credit score 640 and above no comment required.
For credit score 639 and below document circumstances were temporary in nature
beyond the applicants control and have been removed. In most cases, loans will not be
guaranteed for applicants who have a middle credit score of 580 & below.
13 What about location? The dwelling must be located in eligible rural area (See eligibility site)
http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do
14 What about refinancing? Limited to existing USDA Rural Development guaranteed or direct loans.
15 Can loans include acreage?
Possibly. The acreage must not contain any income producing facilities and the value of
acreage may not exceed 30% of the total property value.
16 Can Manufactured Homes be financed? Yes, however they must be new and sold by an approved dealer contractor.
17 What about an in-ground swimming pool? Waivers may be granted (on a case by case basis)
18 What are the required inspections?
Property must meet HUD Handbook 4905.1 & 4150.2 or similar standard. A FHA
roster appraiser can verify adequacy/working order of electrical, plumbing, heating,
water & waste disposal on existing dwellings.
19 Will USDA Rural Development issue a letter asking the Approved Lender to make
a loan? No. This is the Approved Lender‟s loan. They underwrite the loan and decide if it meets
their standards and Agency standards before submitting.
20 Is homebuyer education required? Homebuyer education is not required, however it is recommended.
21 Are seller concessions allowed? Yes. Rural Development does not restrict the amount of seller concessions.
22 Who approves the Appraiser? The appraiser must be licensed by the State to complete appraisals.
23 Can necessary repairs be included in loan? Yes. An „as improved‟ appraisal will be needed to include cost of repairs.
24 Are alternate verifying income documents allowed?
Yes. Paycheck stubs, payroll earnings statements and W-2 tax forms for previous 2 tax
years, and telephone verification of employment.



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Kentucky USDA and Rural Housing Eligible Rural Area Change October 1, 2013






Barring any Congressional actions, implementation of the 2010 Census Data is on schedule for October 1, 2013, which will modify the eligible rural areas for the Kentucky USDA and Rural Development  RHS housing programs.  The future eligibility area maps can be viewed on the Kentucky USDA Eligibility web site at:  http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov



A complete loan guarantee request received by Kentucky Rural Development Office  on or before September 30, 2013, will not be subject to the new rural area designations that will take place on October 1, 2013, barring any Congressional action that extends current eligibility areas.  

Applications received by close of business on September 30, 2013 and processed on/after October 1, 2013, due to state loan processing times, will be subject to the newly designated rural areas if the application is incomplete.  A complete loan guarantee request represents the following documents. 

Transaction Type:  Purchase and Standard Non-Streamlined Refinance
     Guaranteed Underwriting System (GUS) Accept Underwriting Recommendation

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Form RD 1980-21, “Request for Single Family Housing Loan Guarantee.”

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Evidence of qualified alien, as applicable.

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FEMA Form 81-93, “Standard Flood Hazard Determination Form.”

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Uniform Residential Appraisal Report (URAR) with Market Condition Addendum (MC 1004).


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October 2012 Kentucky USDA and Rural Housing Loans Changes for Property Eligibility Locations in Kentucky.

October 2012 Kentucky USDA and Rural Housing  Loans Changes for Property Eligibility Locations in Kentucky. 


October 1, 2012 over 900 communities across the USA will lose their eligibility for 100% USDA Rural Housing loans including cities in Kentucky that where once eligible. If you know of buyers looking in these communities they need to act now. They should probably be under contract by end of August to be safe. There is no indication this expiration will be delayed. See the cities below that will be no longer eligible come 10/1/2012 for a Rural Housing USDA Loan in Kentucky 


No Longer Eligible for Kentucky RHS USDA Loans come 10/1/2012 below:

 Bardstown,  KY, Nelson County  

 Burlington, KY,   Boone County 

  Elizabethtown, KY,   Hardin County 

 Georgetown, KY,  Scott County

  Independence, KY,   Kenton  County 

 Nicholasville , KY, Jessamine County

 Shelbyville, KY , Shelby County

 Shepherdsville. KY , Bullitt County 

 Bardstown KY1

Table 1. Metropolitan Kentucky USDA Eligible Areas Potentially Impacted by Population Change

KY Burlington 8.84 15,926 10,779
KY Elizabethtown 25.36 28,531 22,542
KY Georgetown 15.84 29,098 18,080
KY Independence 17.44 24,757 14,982
KY Nicholasville 13.01 28,015 19,680
KY Shelbyville 8.06 14,045 10,085
KY Shepherdsville 9.67 11,222 8,334

To see an eligible Kentucky Map for Kentucky USDA Mortgage Loans for Rural Housing Mortgages in Kentucky  Please clink the following link below:

http://kentuckyusdaloan.com/




Kentucky USDA Rural Development No Money Down USDA Loan Program

For Kentucky homebuyers the no money down USDA Loan Program offers affordablemortgage financing for moderate income households purchasing a house in a designated USDA Rural area as determined by the Rural Housing Service (RHS). Income and property location guidelines for the USDA Loan Program require that the:
Household must have a moderate income not to exceed USDA Program county limits based on a household size of one to four or five and more family members.
The house must be located in a designated RHS USDA Rural approved area. Homebuyers should not assume that the term “rural” means the USDA Home Loan program is only available in farming communities.Many areas approved by the RHS for the USDA Loan Program are residential areas, near major cities, with a complete absence of any local farms.
By purchasing a home located in a USDA Rural area, USDA Loans allow qualified homebuyers the ability to buy a house with:

No Money Down – 100% USDA Loan Financing – No Monthly Mortgage Insurance – Flexible Credit Approval – Secure 30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage – Unlimited Seller Closing Cost Help Allowed.





The Kentucky Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) Loan Program is designed to assist households in obtaining adequate but modest, decent, safe and sanitary dwellings and related facilities for their own use in rural areas. Loans are limited to applicants with incomes that do not exceed state and local Rural Development (RD) median income limits and property that is designated as rural by Rural Development.
 
The benefits of the Kentucky Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) Loan Program include:

•No Down Payment Required. Borrowers can finance up to 100% of the appraised value of the home.
•No monthly mortgage insurance payments.   
•Competitive 30 year fixed interest rates. 
•Flexible credit guidelines. 
•No maximum purchase price limit. 
 
To verify eligibility for a GRH Loan, property eligibility and income eligibility must be obtained.  Access our website for the USDA property and income eligiblity links (USDA Links). In addition, you will find AFR GRH Loan Program Guidelines, a GRH - Guarantee Fee Calculator and GRH overview presentation by Rural Development.

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New Rural Housing and USDA Property Eligibility guidelines for Kentucky Cities Bardstown,Burlington,Elizabethtown,Georgetown,Independence,Nicholasville,Shelbyville,Shepherdsville


New Rural Housing and USDA Property Eligibility guidelines for Kentucky Cities


As of Thursday, March 28, 2013, RHS will use the 2010 Census Data, which will impact certain cities in regards to their eligibility for RHS loans.  Unless there are other changes to this regulation, the cities that would become ineligible include:
  • Bardstown
  • Burlington
  • Elizabethtown
  • Georgetown
  • Independence
  • Nicholasville
  • Shelbyville
  • Shepherdsville








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Kentucky Rural Housing and USDA Property Eligibility Requirement Changes March 27,2013



Kentucky Rural Housing and USDA Property Eligibility Requirement Changes March 27,2013

by Louisville Kentucky Mortgage

Kentucky Rural Housing and USDA Property Eligibility

 Beginning March 27, 2013, RHS  will begin using the 2010 Decennial Census data to determine property and income eligibility for Kentucky properties for USDA and Rural Housing Loans in Kentucky . This means that a borrower in any area which has experienced a significant change in population and/or median income between 2000 and 2010 may lose eligibility for the Kentucky Rural Housing or USDA RHS Loan Program. Loans on hand will be allowed to continue using the 2000 Census data eligibility requirements only if there is a completed loan application (and all the documentation that entails) dated on or before March 26, 2013. Any loan using the 2000 Census data eligibility requirements must close and fund by September 30, 2013.

RHS or Rural Housing / USDA  has not yet released a list of the county specific changes that will occur for Kentucky Properties. . We encourage everyone to make their borrowers aware that changes will occur and to try and get applications completed  for a Kentucky USDA Property by March 26th for any cases where continued eligibility may be in jeopardy.


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The Rural Housing Bubble

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The Rural Housing Bubble

USDA program’s mismanagement led to nine-figure losses, IG report says


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A federal program that guarantees home loans to rural borrowers has seen taxpayer losses and foreclosure rates skyrocket, problems federal watchdogs attribute to bureaucratic mismanagement but others say are more fundamental.
President Barack Obama used $10.5 billion in stimulus funds in 2009 to increase federal spending on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program.
USDA spent $27.8 billion on the program, which reimburses private lenders for up to 90 percent of the cost of default for loans made to low- and moderate-income borrowers in rural areas, in the four fiscal years ending in 2011.
The department’s loss claims—its reimbursements for loans in default—increased dramatically in recent years, according to a recent report from USDA’s inspector general. The program paid $103 million in loss claims in fiscal year 2008; that figure had nearly tripled, to $295 million, by fiscal year 2011.
The number of guaranteed loans increased by 131 percent from FY 2008 to FY 2011, while the number of foreclosures increased by 458 percent.
The IG in part blames bureaucratic mismanagement, noting that USDA did not put in place measures to ensure that borrowers were actually eligible for the program and did not undertake required steps to minimize taxpayer losses.
However, financial experts say the program’s losses speak to an inherent problem in federal efforts to extend credit to borrowers who might not qualify absent government intervention.
“Structurally, these programs will always lose money,” said Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the Cato Institute, because they exist to encourage banks to lend to borrowers who would not qualify for home loans if the risk of losses from those loans were not borne by taxpayers.
USDA did not respond to a request for comment. The agency did propose a host of corrective actions in response to the IG’s concerns.
The IG report estimates that USDA staff did not undertake all necessary steps to minimize taxpayer losses for about 70 percent of guaranteed loans. As a result, the report questions another $254 million in loss claims.
Because “the agency did not take steps to verify that lenders had considered all options for assisting the borrower without having to resort to foreclosure,” the report states, taxpayers “cannot be assured that losses from these loans were minimized as much as possible to the USDA.”
The report also estimates that about 30 percent of guaranteed loans were made to borrowers who may not have been eligible, resulting in $87 million in questioned loss claims.
The USDA agency that administers the program, according to the report, “did not identify these loans as being questionable, and, therefore, paid the loss claims without having them examined by a review committee that may have reduced the losses paid or disqualified the claims entirely.”
“Most of these loans had problems that could have been easily identified during a data scan, such as low credit scores, high debt ratios, or short employment histories,” the report notes.
Calabria said such problems are perfect examples of the deficiencies inherent in such programs.
“Usually lenders are happy to make safe loans,” he said.
Additional financial incentives are needed only for borrowers who, like those identified in the IG report, have credit histories that might disqualify them from a non-guaranteed home loan.
“The intent of the program is clearly to get lenders to make loans they wouldn’t make otherwise” due to the heightened risk of default, Calabria said.
John Berlau, senior fellow for finance and access to capital at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, agreed.
“The government subsidize[s] risky home loans that the private sector would never have made without these direct or indirect subsidies,” he said. “Republicans and Democrats, though the latter to a much larger extent, pursued the misguided goal that everyone should be encouraged to be a homeowner to achieve the American Dream.”
“The USDA’s additional souring mortgages should be a wakeup call to these politicos that government’s only role in housing should be to lift crushing regulatory barriers to affordable homes, such as Dodd-Frank and green ‘smart-growth’ regulation,” he said.
Update (4:13 p.m.): An earlier version of this article contained incorrect percentage increases in guaranteed loans and foreclosures. Those figures have been corrected.

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