Grow It Goal 2
Families find, finance at competitive rates, and purchase quality homes in their communities.

Common Sense
  • Buying a home is typically a family’s most important asset – it offers shelter, equity, and a solid financial base.
  • Rural families are more likely to pay too much for a mortgage.
  • Rural families are more likely to purchase manufactured housing – which can be a good housing choice, but is often financed at higher interest rates than other types of housing, and often with a conventional loan rather than a mortgage (with its tax benefits).
  • Rural areas have more substandard housing; purchasing a substandard home may drain a family of assets, not help a family build them.

Fast Facts
  • Rural borrowers are 20% more likely to have significant prepayment penalties on sub-prime mortgages. REF
  • Manufactured homes make up 18% of rural housing units – more than twice the national rate. REF
  • Around 35% of U.S. owners of HUD-code manufactured homes rent the land under their homes and do not benefit from the typical asset-building of home and land ownership. REF
  • 1.6 million rural families live in housing lacking basics such as hot and cold running water or heating. REF
  • More than one quarter of rural households is “cost-burdened,” spending more than 30% of their monthly income on housing costs. REF

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