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Home Loan Solution for a Rural Property

July 2, 2019 — 4 min read

The number of farmers between the ages of 25 to 34 grew 2.2% between 2007 and 2012, according to a 2014 USDA census. In some states, such as Nebraska, California, and South Dakota, the number of beginning farmers grew by 20% or more. This urban flood back to a farm style of living has many wondering if they can afford a home outside of city limits. Rural properties can often cause challenges when it comes to financing a home. Whether it's a home on the outskirts of town or a full-functioning farm, certain features of rural homes could cause you to fall outside the traditional boundaries of qualification. At PRM, we offer unique solutions for your home loan needs, including the RuraLiving program. Unlike some rural home loan programs, RuraLiving offers long-term financing at a fixed rate. This program was created to offer flexibility where you need it. There are two different paths to obtaining credit for your home with RuraLiving.

Path One: Hobby or Full-Time Farmer

  • Primary residence and owner-occupied
  • Maximum loan amount up to $2 million
  • Rural Properties ranging from 5-160 acres (160 acres considered on a case by case basis)
  • Home value should be at least 30% of overall property value

Path Two: Rural Resident (Non-Farmer)

  • Home value must be at least 50% of the total property value
  • Properties less than five acres
  • No ability to generate agriculture income
  • Home value must be less than $269,807
General qualifications for both programs include a minimum 700 credit score, and 39% total debt-to-income (DTI) ratio, though up to 43% DTI may be considered on a case by case basis. If you have similar circumstances to those listed above, but fail to meet all the requirements, PRM has multiple loan programs to meet unique situations.

Rural Living Near PRM

PRM has branches across multiple states including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and beyond! If you're considering moving away from city life, there are endless benefits of farming in each of these states.


Home to miles of coastline, lush forests, and countless waterfalls, Oregon is a melting pot of outdoor treasures. The consistent rainfall creates wonderful conditions for:
  • Greenhouse & Nursery Products (daffodils, gladioli, and tulips for bulbs)
  • Hay
  • Ryegrass
  • Wheat
  • Timber
  • Potatoes
  • Berries & Cherries
Farmers in Oregon also pay reduced property taxes on farmland at 12% of RMV while taxes on all property of all types in the state is taxed at 73% of RMV. Other tax benefits include:
  • Farm home sites are taxed as farmland rather than as residential land
  • Farm machinery and equipment is all tax exempt. Other business owners pay property taxes on all machinery & equipment values above $16,500
  • Farm inventory including crops, trees, seeds, nursery stock, etc. is exempt


Similar to Oregon, Washington gets large amounts of rainfall each year. But did you know Washington produces about 64% of the nation's apples? Pretty impressive! Seventy percent of Washington's total agriculture receiptsare in crops ranging from:
  • Apples
  • Wheat
  • Hay
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Cherries
  • Pears
Washington is the second largest wineproducer in the U.S. with more than 700 licensed wineries.


This state is home to over 30 state parks, a mild climate, and notably low medical costs. What's not to love? Idaho also leads the nation in potato production. Warm days with cool evenings and fertile volcanic soil all contribute to the prime growing conditions for:
  • Potatoes
  • Wheat
  • Barely
  • Hay
  • Sugarbeets
  • Onions
  • Beans
Idaho also recently ranked #1 in the nation when it came to the percentage of farmers in a state who used the internet to return their census survey. The state is showing progressive bounds toward technologically savvy farming practices.

For more information about PRM's RuraLiving program for each state, talk to a Mortgage Advisor today!

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