March 22, Congress passed the FY13 Continuing Resolution that contained a specific provision extending eligibility for all rural communities that are currently eligible for USDA Guaranteed and Direct Home loans until September 30 of this year. The planned re-drawing of USDA Rural Development loan eligibility lines would be based on the 2010 Census population date. Currently, eligible areas are based on 2000 Census population data.
Rural advocates have proposed H.R. 858, the Rural Housing Preservation Act, which would extend the current boundaries until 2020. I'm hopeful that this will happen, because the recovering real estate market needs all the help it can get!
For more information about USDA Rural Development home loan programs, click the following links to view my previous blog posts on the subject.
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