I am in Central FL, too and my file was submitted to USDA on 01/25. Got my call on Wednesday that I'm clear to close. I was pulling my hair out and a nervous wreck. Your call is coming. I bet you hear from them by Monday. Hang in there. You are thisclose.
For the buyer of our house, it took almost a year. Our realtor had to keep resubmitting documents for the short sale each time that it expired. The first approval was November 2011. We closed in October 2012.
So, according to the hotline, USDA is now reviewing files from 1/31-2/6. What happened to my phone call?? They have passed my date of submission and I have heard nothing.
xx my fingers today is my lucky day.
Your loan processor should have been in touch with you once they rec'd the file from USDA. USDA had my file for 3 weeks. The day it was sent back to my lender with the approval, the loan process gave me a call and said that I was good to. I say get in contact with your lender and see what is going on. It's likely that USDA in Gainesville could still have your file, but with the date having passed I doubt that they do.
I closed on 2-21 and I did my walkthrough 2 hours before closing. Very exciting and you'll be feeling that excitement soon. Good luck.