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Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Low Loan-to-Cost Ratio

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Rural Housing Service, USDA.




The Rural Housing Service announces the low loan-to-cost ratio required for loans guaranteed under Option Three (Continuous Guarantee) of the Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP). The low loan-to-cost ratio is defined as a maximum of 70 percent in order for a loan to be eligible for a single continuous guarantee for construction and permanent loans. The Rural Housing Service is not modifying the lease-up reserves or percent of guarantee previously established for this program.


Applicability date: February 7, 2019.

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Tammy Daniels, Financial and Loan Analyst, USDA, Rural Development, Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program, Multi-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Division, Room 1263-S, STOP 0781, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-0781. Email: Telephone: (202) 720-0021. This number is not toll-free. Hearing or speech-impaired persons may access that number by calling the Federal Information Relay Service toll-free at (800) 877-8339.

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The GRRHP is authorized by Section 538 of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1490p-2) and operates under 7 CFR part 3565. A previous Federal Register Notice (77 FR 54877, September 6, 2012) set the loan to cost ratio requirement for the Continuous Guarantee to 50 percent or less of the total development cost. As set forth in 7 CFR part 3565, the Agency will define the loan to cost ratio. With this Notice, the loan to-cost-ratio is now being increased to 70 percent or less of the total development cost for loan guarantees that meet the Agency's requirement for Option Three (Continuous Guarantee).

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(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:

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Joel C. Baxley,

Administrator, Rural Housing Service.

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[FR Doc. 2019-01350 Filed 2-6-19; 8:45 am]