The 2019 $0 down, federal home loan limit for Real County is $314,827.
Real County is located in central Texas and is situated in a rural and remote portion of Texas, west of San Antonio. The population of the county is just 3,310 though the size of the county is fairly large at 700 square miles. The county seat is Leakey.
Real County was created in 1913, making it one of the later counties to get established in Texas. Real borrowed from land previously managed by Edwards County, Bandera County, and Kerr County to create the new landscape. It was named after Julius Real, a former member of the Texas State Senate.
The county was previously occupied by Comanche Native Americans as well as Spanish explorers. The original Camp Wood was erected on the Nueces River near the site of the former San Lorenzo mission. After white settlement, Real County has transformed from a place of agriculture to that of ranching. Angora goats are one of the most popular types of livestock raised in the area.
Leakey is the county seat though incredibly small with a population of just 425. It is named after a former pioneer from Tennessee. Its proximity near Frio River and Garner State Park makes it a popular place for tourists to visit. Additionally, the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment is located southeast of Leakey.
Leakey wasn’t fully incorporated by Real County until 1951 and the population has fluctuated over the last 20th century. It had a residency of 450 people in the 1960s, yet declined sharply a decade later. The trend was similar in the 1970s and 80s. In addition to getting tourist money from visitors during the prime summer months of travel, Leakey also benefits well in the fall from deer hunters. The local school district in the town is known as the Leakey Independent School District. There is an alternate school with the Ed Brune Charter School.
Camp Wood is the largest town in Real County, though it only has a full-time residency of 700 people. However, it is nearly twice the size of Leakey. Camp Wood is located on the Edwards Plateau. It is not driven near as much by tourism as Leakey, since Camp Wood exists on the southwestern boundary of Real County. The Nueces Canyon Consolidated Independent School District manages all public education in Camp Wood. Barksdale (population 620) is directly north of Camp Wood.
Garner State Park is the tourist highlight of Real County though it technically exists just outside its southern boundary, south of Leakey. Garner State Park is the most popular state park in Texas for camping. It is known to fill up by noon during peak season. There are many different things to do next to the Frio River. Its scenery includes Balcones Canyonlands with high mesas, limestone cliffs, and streams. Bald cypress trees and Texas Madrones, two rare trees, exist in Garner State Park. Hiking, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, and kayaking are also popular in the state park.
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Real County Loan Limits
FHA Loan Limits
USDA Loan Limit
Very Low Income: $29,350
Low Income: $46,950
Mod. Income Guar Loan: $86,850
USDA Eligible zip codes in Real County are: 78833, 78873, and 78879
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