September 21, 2017

VHDA/USDA Loan Program Helps Rural Home Buyers Purchase Existing Manufactured Homes

Previously, Only New Manufactured Homes Were Eligible

The Virginia Housing Development Authority recently partnered with a federal agency to pilot a new home loan program in Virginia that helps low to moderate-income individuals and families buy manufactured homes in rural areas.

By agreeing to join the Existing Manufactured Housing Unit Financing Pilot Program offered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development, VHDA has been able to expand its existing VHDA/USDA loan program from financing only new manufactured housing – defined as one year old and newer – to financing existing manufactured housing that can be between one and approximately 10 years old. As a result, many more manufactured housing units are now available to be financed with the multiple benefits offered by VHDA and USDA.

“The beauty of this loan program is that it offers zero down payment, minimal cash out of pocket, a less expensive guarantee fee, and VHDA’s low interest rate – these benefits combined give rural home buyers a great deal,” said Allen Andrs, VHDA Mobile Mortgage Field Originator. “Because VHDA typically offers a below market interest rate and USDA offers the lowest loan guarantee fee available, I believe this is the best home loan program in the state, if not the country.”

Allen Andrs, VHDA Mobile Mortgage Field Originator and Tenesha Bullock, Virginia’s first borrower to use the VHDA/USDA loan program, stand beside VHDA’s Mobile Mortgage Office.

The pilot loan program became available in Virginia this year when Michael Urban, USDA Single Family Housing Program Director, transferred from Vermont and was able to have Virginia included with the eight other states in the pilot.

“This program’s out of pocket expenses are definitely less for home buyers,” said Urban. “Our financing is 100% of the appraised value, and then we allow closing costs to be rolled in if the property appraises high enough, so some of our candidates could truly get into their home with no money out of pocket, while other loan programs have down payment requirements. The bottom line is that this program is helping more people get into homeownership.

Michael Urban, Virginia’s Single Family Housing Program Director for USDA – Rural Development and Tenesha Bullock, Virginia’s first borrower to use the VHDA/USDA loan program, stand in front of her new manufactured home.

“We discussed this pilot program with VHDA, and it just so happened that at the time VHDA’s Mobile Mortgage Office was working with first-time home buyer Tenesha Bullock on the purchase of her manufactured home with another loan product,” he added.

Andrs noted that Bullock’s loan application fit the guidelines of the new program, because the house she was buying was a 14-month-old manufactured home that was a model on a dealer’s lot. “Under the current USDA Guarantee program, we can’t finance manufactured homes that are greater than 12 months old. As a result, many older units on dealers’ lots wouldn’t have qualified, so Tenesha wouldn’t have been eligible. Fortunately, she qualified under the pilot program, and we were able to help her buy that home. As a result, she became VHDA’s first borrower using the VHDA/USDA loan program,” he said.

Allen Andrs, VHDA Mobile Mortgage Field Originator, meets with Tenesha Bullock, Virginia’s first borrower to use the VHDA/USDA loan program, inside VHDA’s Mobile Mortgage Office.

“It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me,” said Bullock. “I would absolutely recommend this program to other home buyers, because it gives people who may have lower incomes a chance to obtain homeownership.”

Bullock added that the no down payment feature was key to her purchase of the house. “Instead of taking a couple of years to save the thousands of dollars needed for a down payment, I was able to pursue homeownership immediately through this program,” she said.

Andrs said that over the life of Bullock’s 30-year fixed rate loan, he estimates she will save over $18,000 as a result of Rural Development’s loan guarantee fee, which is the lowest on the market.
“I am very fortunate to be the first one in this program, and I’m glad that VHDA was able to switch me over to the VHDA/USDA loan before I closed on the other loan. They saved me a lot of money on my monthly payment – I couldn’t be happier,” Bullock concluded.

Tenesha Bullock, Virginia’s first borrower to use the VHDA/USDA loan program, stands on the front deck of her new manufactured home.  

In addition to new construction, the pilot program allows for financing to purchase an existing manufactured home, on a permanent foundation, that was manufactured after January 1, 2006.
Manufactured homes are defined as homes that are factory-built in the U.S. to federal construction standards. These homes are built on permanent chassis so they can be transported; however, they typically are not moved after they are installed. Most manufactured homes in Virginia are identified as vinyl-sided ranchers on masonry foundations.

To learn more about the VHDA/USDA loan program or find out about eligibility requirements, contact Allen Andrs, VHDA Mobile Mortgage Field Originator, at or (804) 837-1879.

Homebuyers can also use VHDA’s “Find a Lender” search on VHDA’s website ( to locate local lenders who can assist with VHDA loans and interest rates.

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