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Maryland and Delaware USDA Loans-NEED MORE THAN 30 Days on those purchase contracts!


USDA Loans are great loans that offer no money down financing to folks purchasing in Rural communities.   You may be surprised to know that this does not mean that you must purchase farm land. Property eligibility is determined by the density of the population.  


As you might imagine, in Maryland, Baltimore City does not offer any USDA financing. Much of Carroll and Frederick Counties qualify for no money down financing with USDA.  Parts of Baltimore, Howard and Prince George’s County also qualify for no money down financing with a USDA loan. Most, if not all of the counties in Western and Southern Maryland qualify for USDA financing with no money down! In several counties almost the entire county qualifies, in others, a small part of the county qualifies.


No money down financing in Maryland



UnitedStates Department of AgricultureRural Development


To determine if a property you are interested in purchasing will qualify for USDA financing, check the eligibility here, or talk to your lender.  If one property does not qualify, be sure to check surrounding areas.  I have seen cases where one side of the street qualifies while the other doesn’t!


It is important to note that there are two calculations for income eligibility.  You must qualify for the program and for the loan.  For the program, the income of all members of the household 18 and older will be used. For the loan, only the borrower's information is used. 

To determine if you may qualify for no money down financing using a USDA Rural Development loan, check eligibility here.


Once the lender reviews the loan for approval, the loan is sent for a 2nd look by USDA and the issuance of a conditional commitment.


We just got this notice from the underwriting team at Corridor Mortgage Group forwarded from the USDA Delaware/Maryland State Office:



Your file has been received by the Delaware / Maryland State Office. 


Our turn time is 30 business days from today [5/22/2014].  Please do not schedule a closing date until after you are in receipt of a Conditional Commitment from USDA.


If everything is complete and we are able to approve, a Conditional Commitment will be sent to the Lender Contact listed on the submitted RD Form  1980-21 Request for Guarantee.


We will not respond to any status requests at this time as we are trying to strictly honor the 30 business day turn time.   




Realtors and Buyers PLEASE be aware!  As of this writing, Maryland and Delaware* USDA Loans WILL need purchase contract closing dates at least 45-60 days out. This is NOT a lender issue, it allows extra time for the 30 day USDA review.  If you have loans in process, please be sure to check with your lender, as contract extensions may be required. 


*Other States will need to check with their loan processing center.


If you would like more information on financing with little or no money down, please call Maryland Mortgage Mama to discuss your options!  410-960-2061

Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


If you are considering purchasing a home in Maryland and want to be sure you are mortgage ready, my brother Tony and I will be happy to help! We help to make the mortgage process a pleasure! 

If you already own your home, we are happy to provide a no-cost mortgage review to help you to determine if refinancing may be in your best interest.  Please contact me at 410-960-2061.

Comment balloon 4 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • May 22 2014 05:58PM


This is a wonderful program that few buyers or realtors know about.  

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 6 years ago

Thank you Bridget, I was hoping you would share some USDA loan info as I just talked to a buyer who may be interested. As always, your timing is spot on!

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) over 6 years ago

This is great information.  I've heard that most of the Eastern Shore qualifies for USDA loans including towns.

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Houwzer Inc) over 6 years ago

Kevin,  I agree!  USDA is great for the right buyer.  There is mortgage insurance but it is MUCH more reasonable than FHA!

Andrea, Glad the timing was good!  Let me know how I can help and if you have any other topics/questions you may find helpful!

June, Most of the Eastern Shore does qualify.  There are also some great grant programs that can help folks make homes even more affordable!


Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 6 years ago