Local Lenders Receive Top Lender Honors from USDA Rural Development

Krista Mettscher
Release Date
Oct 27, 2014

Charter West National Bank in Columbus was recognized today as the Top Lender in Fiscal Year 2014 for USDA Rural Development’s Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) loan program.  Charter West provided more than $13.1 million for 139 home loans through this program, which fostered rural homeownership in the state, according to Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul for USDA Rural Development. This is the fourth straight year Charter West has been the Top Lender in the GRH Program

Pinnacle Bank of Columbus provided more than $7.8 million for 77 home loans through the GRH program, according to Moul.  Pinnacle Bank was second only to Charter West National Bank among the Top 10 Lenders during the last two fiscal years.

A third Columbus bank, BankFirst was also recognized as a $2 Million Club Lender, with more than $2.47 million in loans to 25 borrowers.

In Fiscal Year 2014, 79 approved lenders participated in the GRH program and provided more than $104.4 million to assist 1,081 rural Nebraska households in achieving homeownership.

Moul said, "We appreciate the Nebraska approved lenders, our partners, who make this program such a success.  We anticipate another active year and we look forward to helping more rural Nebraskans to achieve the dream of homeownership.  I wish to thank Charter West National Bank, Pinnacle Bank and BankFirst for their dedication in using the program.”

With guaranteed financing, private lending institutions provide the loans which are guaranteed by the federal government.  The program features no down payment to eligible income households and no maximum mortgage limits.  Homes must be located in rural areas. All communities in Nebraska are eligible for USDA Rural Development housing programs with the exceptions of Fremont, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha and South Sioux City/Dakota City. See http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/  for eligible areas. GRH loans have been processed in 79 out of the 93 counties throughout Nebraska.

Existing guaranteed or direct loan borrowers may refinance their home loans under the GRH loan program to obtain a possible lower interest rate.

For additional information on becoming an approved lender contact Krista Mettscher at USDA Rural Development, 100 Centennial Mall North, Suite 308 Lincoln, NE 68508, (402) 437-5518 or at krista.mettscher@ne.usda.gov.  Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/.

Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NEHome.html.  For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2013. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.