First you start by confirming the property location itself qualifies. This can be done through a Realtor, Lender, or checking the USDA website. The next step is to see if the house qualifies based on the shape that it is in. USDA requires that homes be pretty much perfect in order to qualify. They want to make sure there are no maintenance issues that would go unattended to and lead to bigger problems if they end up with the property through foreclosure.