USDA Loan 3.50% Guarantee Fee

Mortgage and Lending with Millennial Home Loans, LLC NMLS #133925

USDA Loan 3.50% Guarantee Fee 

One of the most frequent questions that come up when discussing the USDA Loan program is the 3.50% fee that appears on the good faith estimate. USDA Loan are a "budget neutral" loan program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This means that the loan doesn't rely on U.S. tax payers for funding or assistance. Instead the program is self-funding through the 3.50% "Guarantee Fee" charged at the settlement table. This is a straight pass through fee from the lender to U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The 3.50% Guarantee Fee is calculated at a flat 3.50% of the loan amount when being paid upfront at settlement. If included or financed into the new loan then the calculation is based on the following formula: Loan Amount/.965 - Loan Amount, which is slightly higher than a straight 3.50% calculation.  The vast majority of financing transaction involving the USDA Loan Program include the Guarantee Fee as being financed into the loan.  This is why the USDA Loan sometimes is described as allowing for 103.50% Financing.

To learn more about your USDA Loan Financing options using the USDA Rural Loan Program go to or email  I specialize in USDA Loans, am approved to lend nationwide, and can be reached at (866) 747-2882.


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
ActiveRain Community
Maryland Real Estate and Mortgage Group
Pennsylvania Realtors
Realtors Needing the services of the Lending Powers
USDA Rural Development Loan Group
usda loan
guarantee fee
rural loan
35 calculation
1035 financing

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

I still have yet to use a USDA loan for one of my buyers.

Would love to though, just to see how it works.

Jul 03, 2011 03:36 AM #1
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


David Zuckerman

Mortgage Broker - Low-to-no downpayment mortgages
Ask me a question