The Seller Assisted Farm Ownership Program is a cooperative financing effort involving a buyer, a seller, a local lender, and the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA).
Under this program, each seller actively participates in financing the sale of their farm by providing a portion of the financing. (The seller agrees to subordinate their financing to the lender/RFA). The lender and the RFA provide the balance of the funds with a first mortgage. The RFA portion of the total financing is provided at an affordable interest rate which helps the buyer by reducing the total interest expense of the entire financing. In addition to the affordable rate financing, the program has built in safeguards such as farm management training and financial planning.