Rural Housing Loans Outperforming Economy

Fewer problems being seen in rural housing.

Rural housing loans are holding up quite well compared to the rest of the country's housing economy according to USDA Rural Development Housing Administrator Russ Davis.

"This summer we were at our second lowest foreclosure rate in recent memory going back 10 or 20 years," Davis says.

Davis says that rural housing didn't have the boom that urban markets had, which is part of the reason rural housing loans are in better shape and in fact tripled over last year. He also credits solid underwriting and loan counseling in the rural housing market, and the fact that farm income is not the sole component of rural economies so there is more diversity and less risk of deficiencies and foreclosures.

"So we have actually a very strong portfolio," Davis says. "USDA is doing its job in the current market."

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