USDA Loans are offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for people living in rural areas. Like a VA loan, USDA loans are up to 100% financed, pending all requirements are met. USDA Loans used to be considered “farmers loans,” but they have evolved over time. Many buyers looking to purchase a home outside a major metropolitan area can qualify for a USDA Loan. Guidelines for USDA loans can be very specific, and some of the eligibility standards that determine if you qualify include what county and zip code the home resides in, your current income and credit history, as well as the number of dependents you can claim.