SFH Guaranteed Lender

COVID-19

An important notice for servicers with loans insured or guaranteed by the Rural Housing Service CARES Act Forbearance Fact Sheet for Mortgagees and Servicers

Loan Status

We are currently reviewing new loan applications and conditions received on or before 09/22/2021

USDA will require the new URLA beginning June 1, 2021

USDA will continue to accept either the old URLA version or the new URLA for loans submitted to Rural Development through May 31, 2021.

Beginning June 1, 2021, USDA will require the redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) (Fannie Mae Form 1003/Freddie Mac Form 65, effective date 1/2021) for all new loan submissions. All SFHGLP Loan requests utilizing the old URLA version must be submitted to Rural Development prior to June 1, 2021.   

Lenders are encouraged to monitor their pipeline to ensure the new URLA is utilized for any loan that might not be submitted to USDA by May 31, 2021. Loans submitted with the expired 1003 loan application beginning  June 1, 2021 will be considered incomplete and USDA will not process the loan request until the new version of the URLA for the applicant(s) is received.
 

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Overview

On February 16, 2020 we integrated the Guaranteed Loan Program into a single integrated national team! For more information, please reference our Integration Information sheet.

USDA Rural Development’s Guaranteed Loan Program assists approved lenders in providing up to 100% financing for eligible borrowers (households that do not exceed 115% of the Median Household Income ) purchasing homes in eligible rural areas. Automated underwriting assistance through GUS (Guaranteed Underwriting System) allows for expanded ratios and flexible credit. Download the Guaranteed Rural Housing Lender fact sheet.

We now have Single Close Construction-to-Permanent Financing! A single-close loan combines the features of a construction loan and a long-term permanent mortgage. Since there is only one closing, which can save considerable closing costs, the loan is considered a purchase transaction by the agency. The loan note guarantee may be issued once the interim construction loan is closed without waiting for the completion of the property.

SFHGLP Integrated Unit – How to Contact Us:

**Very Important ** Effective February 16th, 2020, all states were aligned to one of four production teams. Each production team has their own email inbox as shown below.

Download the Full GRH Contact Sheet

Production Teams States
Production Team One SFHGLPONE@usda.gov AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, GU, HI, IA, ID, KS, MT, NM, NV, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI, WP, WY
Production Team Two SFHGLPTWO@usda.gov AR, KY, LA, MN, MO, MS, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OK
Production Team Three SFHGLPTHREE@usda.gov CT, DE, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, RI, SC, VT, WV
Production Team Four SFHGLPFOUR@usda.gov FL, IN, OH, PA, PR, TN, VA, VI

File-specific questions should be emailed to the production team responsible for the state. For example, if you had a question regarding a guaranteed loan application in Nebraska, you would email SFHGLPTWO@usda.gov to contact Team Two.

In most cases, our staff can provide a response within 24 hours during normal business days. We can answer faster if you:

  1. Identify the state the application is located; if applicable;
  2. Provide applicant’s name, if applicable;
  3. Include contact information; and
  4. Indicate if you would like a call back (otherwise you will receive an email reply)