Boy, competition’s getting fierce up in this real estate market, don’t you think? Home prices are rising. Down payment averages are rising. And the Chinese are still looking to Texas (among other places in the U.S. Let’s face it: America’s looking great. But as Americans, we still want the better bang for our buck! And if there’s one thing that still will cost a pretty penny, it’s a house!

You’ve Got Mortgage Insurance, for Example

It’s a necessity in the industry to protect the lenders. In fact, that’s what allows lenders to offer such low down payment requirements. But here’s the deal – you, the borrower, still need to pay for it. And many, many borrowers might not even realize that mortgage insurance will come out of your pocket. Plain and simple.

Thankfully, certain home mortgage programs offer competitive prices for mortgage insurance, and FHA is one of them – 1.75% of the loan amount is what you can expect to pay for insurance on a mortgage loan. Not too bad. That’s somewhat better than the VA home loan – another favorable program for low-income situations – with a mortgage insurance percentage of about 2.4%. But did you know there’s one home mortgage program out there that beats even the FHA?

You Guessed It: the USDA Home Mortgage

That’s grade A premium beef in the real estate industry, with a percentage of just 2% of the initial loan amount – and to make it even more interesting, the annual mortgage insurance charge is just .5% of the remaining balance over the course of 12 following payments. A much better deal than the .85% annual charge the FHA imposes.

Want to learn more about the USDA home mortgage? Check it out right here. Nothing against FHA, but maybe you want something a bit better. Just make sure you qualify for it! Because when we talk about grade A premium beef cuts, we don’t mean small shanks.