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Douglas County, Washington FHA, VA, and USDA Loan Information

Table of Contents

-How to purchase a home in Douglas County
-What are the government loan limits in Douglas County, WA?
-What parts of Douglas County are eligible for USDA loans?
-Do I need flood insurance?
-How do I learn about Property Taxes in Douglas County
-What is the median home price in Douglas County, WA?
-How many people live in Douglas County?
-What are the major cities?
-How do I see FHA- and VA-Approved homes for sale?
-Is there a cost to have a real estate agent represent me?
-What closing costs do I need?
-How can I get assistance with closing costs?
-About Douglas County
-How much of a loan can I qualify for, based on my income?
-Approved Condominium Projects in Douglas County

How to purchase a home in Douglas County

Are you interested in buying a home in Douglas County? This is a step by step guide to all the ins and outs of the homebuying process. For more detail about FHA loans, be sure to check out our complete guide. We also have an in-depth guide to VA loans and the USDA’s Rural Development home loan program.
For now, let’s look at the basic steps to buying a home – and what you’ll have to look out for in Douglas County.

  1. Get in touch with a loan officer – give us a call at 877-432-5626 We can help you figure out what type of loan you might qualify for. Programs through the VA, USDA, and FHA allow you to buy a home with a small down payment – or no down payment at all. We will also check your credit and income to see how much of a loan you can qualify for. When we do this, we do a “soft pull” on your credit. This is different from an official credit inquiry and won’t hurt your credit score.
  2. Compare loan offers. Either call us or fill out the form by filling up the form at the top right of this page.
  3. Give your Loan Officer the information they need to find you a loan For a purchase loan or cash-out refinances:
    • Your ID
    • Previous two years of W2s
    • Most recent 30 days paystubs
    • Most recent 60 days bank statements
    • Landlord and HR/Payroll Department contact info
      For a refinance loan, you will also need information on the loan you want to refinance.
  4. Contact our Loan officers to compare the interest rates and APRS – but keep in mind that the fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages are apples and oranges. Use the Loan Estimate to compare the true costs of each loan, both month-to-month and over the life of the mortgage.
  5. Find a home Get connected with a FedHome Loan Centers Real Estate Agent. Once you meet with them to talk about your wants and needs, you can sign up for the property search feed. This will give you alerts about homes for sale in Douglas County. Now you’re ready to preview properties and start touring homes.
  6. Make an offer and negotiate the terms of the sale
  7. Get the necessary and recommended inspections Required Inspections:
    • Termite Inspection
    • Well or septic inspections, if applicable
    • We can help you check if your home is in one of the Douglas County flood hazard areas.
      Recommended Inspections:
      Home Inspection, Roof Inspection, Sewer Inspection
  8. Get the home appraised Construction loans require a construction appraisal and permit approval
  9. Lock in your interest rate Pro Tip: Wait until the appraisal to lock in your loan rates. If it turns out you need to make repairs, it can push the closing back. Then you run the risk of losing that rate or having to pay an extension fee.
  10. Close the deal and get packing! You’re ready to go!

FAQ

What are the Loan Limits for Douglas County?

  • FHA Loan Limit $345,000 (Single family residence) / $441,650 (Duplex) / $533,850 (Triplex) / $663,450 (Fourplex)
  • USDA Loan Limit $276,000
  • VA Home Loan Limit $0 down up to $3,000,000 / 2 open VA loans at one time $510,400 *(Call 877-432-5626 for details).

What Parts of Douglas County are eligible for USDA Loans?

  • All of Douglas County is eligible for a USDA Rural Development home loan.
  • Eligible Zip Code: 98802, 98813, 98830, 98843, 98845, 98850, 98858.

Do I need Flood Insurance?

The FHA, USDA, and VA all require flood insurance in Special Flood Hazard Areas. 

How do I learn about Property Taxes in Douglas County?

  • Jim Ruud is the Douglas county tax assessor. His office is located at 213 South Rainier Street, Waterville, Washington, and can be reached by calling (509) 745-8521.
  • The state of Washington offers about 50 tax incentives and deductions that are meant to bolster local business growth. Additionally, there are several tax credit programs for specific industries that meet particular requirements. Furthermore, deferral programs are also available for manufacturers, high technology businesses, and fruit & vegetable businesses.

What is the Median Home Price in Douglas County?

Currently, the median property value for Douglas County is $229,100. Also, the median household income for residents of the County is $60,452, which is higher than the national average.

How many people live in Douglas County?

As of 2019, Douglas County’s population is 43,429, which has increased by about 13% within the last decade. Demographically speaking, 63% of the population is White, with 32% Hispanic, and 3% two or more races.

What are the major cities?

The County has three cities and three towns, including the town of Waterville, which serves as the county seat. The three most significant cities in the county are Bridgeport, East Wenatchee, and Rock Island.

How do I see FHA- and VA-Approved homes for sale?

You can view all of the properties available for sale in Douglas County through our Multiple Listing Service. In addition, you can see approved condos at the bottom of this page.

Is there a cost to have a real estate agent represent me?

The seller must pay the real estate professionals’ commission, not the buyer. This means that, as a homebuyer, there is no cost to have a real estate agent represent you. In fact, it’s a good idea to get your own agent in order to have someone in your corner during the negotiation process. For more information about real estate agents, click here.

What closing costs do I need?

For FHA loans, closing costs can end up being 3-4% of the loan amount. These costs include origination fees from the lender, any discount points purchased for a better interest rate, and pre-paid items like insurance and taxes.

How can I get assistance with closing costs?

There are several ways to reduce the amount you have to pay at closing. One way is to get down payment assistance. The FHA’s Within Reach program provides grants to help low- and middle-income families with their down payment.

About Douglas County

Established in 1883, Douglas County, Washington was named after U.S. Senator Steven Douglas of Illinois. He was the chairman of the commission of territories when the County was created. Eventually, in 1886, the town of Waterville was made into the county seat, and the current courthouse was built in 1905.

Therefore, Douglas County is rural and driven by its agriculture. Wheat, apples, pears, and cherries are the primary crops grown in the region. The land is diverse. Its centralized location provides quick access to nearly every other part of the state. Seattle is about a three-hour drive to the west. Spokane is about two and a half hours to the east. Today the biggest employment industries in the County are the Agriculture, Healthcare, and retail trade industries. Therefore, the most common occupations are in the sales, office, and farming sectors.

When it comes to education, the County is served by five school districts that offer education for students ranging from pre-K to 12th Additionally, all of the school districts in the County are ranked as above average due to the quality education that they provide.

Hiking, kayaking, rafting, boating, and fishing are all popular outdoor activities in the nearby Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Much of the activities are centered on the local Columbia River and Wenatchee River. The community is also home to the Wenatchee Wild of the British Columbia Hockey League and Wenatchee AppleSox in baseball’s West Coast League.

Daroga State Park and Orondo River Park are also located in Douglas County. Daroga State Park is a 90-acre piece of land reserved for camping near the bank of the Columbia River. Boating and other water activities are popular activities in the county. The state park also features sports activities like baseball, golf, soccer, and softball.

Orondo River Park provides additional recreational activities near the Columbia River. Fishing is common where salmon are sought after as well as steelheads, trout, sturgeons, and walleyes

How much of a loan can I qualify for, based on my income?

Monthly Income Purchase Price
$2,628.90 $195,175.91
$2,832.00 $210,254.55
$3,181.50 $236,202.27
$3,612.00 $268,163.64
$3,985.50 $295,893.18
$4,361.10 $323,778.64
$4,971.90 $369,125.91
$5,761.50 $427,747.73
$6,892.20 $520,625.00
$5,199.60 $368,791.82
$5,743.80 $408,815.91
$6,249.90 $450,287.73
$6,998.10 $501,960.45
$9,776.70 $725,845.91
$5,568.00 $413,381.82
$6,574.80 $488,129.09
$7,569.60 $561,985.45
$5,141.40 $381,710.00
$6,345.30 $471,090.45
$7,639.80 $567,197.27
$8,360.10 $620,674.09
$9,260.70 $687,536.82
$10,095.30 $749,499.55
$12,165.00 $903,159.09
$13,929.60 $1,034,167.27
$17,511.00 $1,300,059.09
$18,406.80 $1,366,506.06

Purchase Price subject to credit and income evaluation. 

Approved Condos in Douglas County

Douglas County currently has no VA or FHA approved condos available. However, if you’re still interested in getting a condo within the county we can help you through the approval process. Just give us a call at (877) 432-5626.

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