What are the Requirements for a Kentucky USDA Loan in Kentucky in 2020?

KENTUCKY USDA Loans are issued by qualified lenders and are guaranteed by the United States Department of Agriculture. These are not farm loans! They are intended to encourage home ownership in rural areas as defined by the USDA in Kentucky.

Here’s a quick overview of KENTUCKY MORTGAGE USDA loans:

  • No down payment – a true 100% LTV Loan
  • Minimum credit score of 581. Just investors will create overlays and institute a higher minimum credit score-Be aware of this!~!!!
  • Borrowers that do not have a credit score may be eligible with additional requirements.
  • No Bankruptcies or forecloses in the last 3 years
  • Kentucky USDA Rural Housing has a Household income limits apply. Avg. limits throughout KENTUCKY are $86,850 for 1-4 people in the home, $114,650 for 5-8. Incremental increases to limits will apply for families with over 8 people.
  • Generally easier to qualify for than a Conventional mortgage and much cheaper mortgage insurance than FHA loans in Kentucky!
  • Property must be located in an eligible rural area as designated by map below
  • No maximum loan amount unlike FHA and Conventional loans.
  • Eligible Property Types:
    • 1 unit properties only
    • HUD Approved Condos
    • New Manufactured Homes (*There is currently a pilot program in KENTUCKY only that allows for existing homes built after Jan. 2006)
Contact us for an overview of the property eligibility boundaries specific to your area, or look up the eligibility of a specific address here: https://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do?pageAction=sfp

Want to learn more about KENTUCKY USDA loans? Let us know, we are here to help!

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Kentucky USDA Mortgage Loans Affected by COVID-19

Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Housing Loan Program  Affected by COVID-19

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2020 – USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.

* Visit www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus for information on Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and more.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF

Rural Development Guaranteed Loan Programs

Effective immediately until September 30, 2020, lenders may offer 180-day loan payment deferrals without prior agency approval for Business and Industry Loan Guarantees, Rural Energy for America Program Loan Guarantees, Community Facilities Loan Guarantees, and Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees. For additional information, see page 17721 of the March 31, 2020, Federal Register.

Rural Housing Service

Single-Family Housing

Effective March 19, borrowers with USDA single-family housing Direct and Guaranteed loans are subject to a moratorium on foreclosure and eviction for a period of 60 days. This action applies to the initiation of foreclosures and evictions and to the completion of foreclosures and evictions in process.

Direct Loan Program:

• USDA has waived or relaxed certain parts of the application process for Single-Family Housing Direct Loans, including site assessments, and has extended the time period that certificates of eligibility are valid.

• A Direct Loan borrower who is experiencing a reduction of income by more than 10 percent can request a Payment Assistance package to see if he/she is eligible for payment assistance or for more assistance than currently received.

• Moratorium Assistance is available for Direct Loan borrowers experiencing medical bill expenses (not covered by insurance) or job loss because of COVID-19. Qualifying borrowers can receive a moratorium on house payments for a period of time, repaid at a later date.

• Direct Loan questions should be directed to USDA’s Customer Service Center at 800-414-1226 (7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday-Friday) or https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/loan-servicing. Call volume and wait times are high at this time.

Guaranteed Loan Program:

• Guaranteed Loan borrowers who are in default or facing imminent default due to a documented hardship can have payments reduced or suspended by their lender for a period not to exceed 12 months delinquency. Once the hardship is resolved, the lender can modify the loan to cure the delinquency or make up the missed payments based on the borrower’s individual circumstances.

•*USDA is granting lenders temporary exceptions pertaining to appraisals, repair inspections and income verification for the Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) due to theCOVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, the following exception sto Agency guidance found atHB-1-3555 are in effect for a period of 60-days.

*Residential Appraisal Reports–Existing DwellingFor purchase and non-streamlined refinance transactions, when an appraiser is unable to complete an interior inspection of an existing dwelling due to concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, an “Exterior-Only Inspection Residential Appraisal Report”, (FHLMC 2055/FNMA 2055) will be accepted. In such cases, appraisers are not required to certify that the property meets HUD HB 4000.1 standards. The appraisal must be completed in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) and the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD).This exception is not applicable to new construction properties or construction-to-permanent loans. As a reminder, appraisals are not required for streamlined and streamlined-assist refinance transactions.

*Repair Inspections–Existing Dwelling: For loans for which a completion certification is not available due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a letter signed by the borrower confirming that the work was completed is permitted. Lenders must also provide further evidence of completion, which may include photographs of the completed work, paid invoices indicating completion, occupancy permits or other substantially similar documentation. All completion documentation must be retained in the loan file. This exception is not applicable to rehabilitation and repair loans noted in section 12.28 of HB-1-3555.

*Verbal Verification of Employment: Lenders must document and verify the borrower’s annual and repayment income in accordance with Agency regulations. Lenders should use due diligence in obtaining the most recent income documentation to re-verify the borrower’s repayment ability prior to closing. When the lender is unable to obtain a Verbal Verification of Employment(VVOE)within 10 business days of loan closing due to a temporary closure of the borrower’s employment, alternatives should be explored. For example, email correspondence with the borrower’s employer is an acceptable alternative to a VVOE. If the lender is unable to obtain a VVOE or acceptable alternative, the requirement will be waived when the borrower has a minimum of two months cash reserves. In the case of a reduction of income, the borrower’s reduced income must be sufficient to support the new loan payment and other non-housing obligations. Borrowers with no income at the time of closing are not eligible for SFHGLP loans regardless of available cash reserves.

Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans Impacted by COVID-19

Kentucky USDA Mortgage Changes with Coronavirus and Covid-19

USDA Temporary Exceptions for Appraisals, VVOEs, and transcripts

USDA’s temporary flexibilities for appraisals and VVOEs. This flexibilities are effective through conditional commitments issued on or before May 26, 2020.

For purchase and non-streamlined refinance transactions, when an appraiser is unable to complete an interior inspection of an existing dwelling due to concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, an “Exterior-Only Inspection Residential Appraisal Report”, (FHLMC 2055/FNMA 2055) will be accepted. In such cases, appraisers are not required to certify that the property meets HUD HB 4000.1 standards. The appraisal must be completed in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) and the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD).

New construction and construction to perm transactions continue to require a full appraisal.

USDA will accept one of the following:

An email meeting the following requirements:
from the borrower’s direct supervisor/manager or the employer’s HR department, and
from the employer’s email address, such as name@company.com, and
contain all the standard information required on a verbal verification of employment, including the name, title, and phone number of the person providing the verification.
An additional two months of cash reserves (PITIA) in addition to any other required funds for reserves and closing.

USDA requires tax transcripts
to ensure all income is considered for purposes of annual income calculation. USDA guidelines HB-1-3555 9.3 (E) 4 allows for loans to be closed without tax transcripts when the loan file contains evidence that transcripts were unable to be obtained. A response from the vendor may be acceptable to meet these requirements.

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via Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans Impacted by COVID-19

COVID-19 Questions and Answers
Last revised: March 27, 2020
Q1. What is FHA’s Office of Single Family Housing doing to prepare for possible disruptions in its business operations should the Coronavirus (COVID-19) warrant office closures?
A1. All of FHA, including Single Family, is prepared to operate remotely to ensure our business operations continue with as little disruption as possible in the event of office closures.
Q2. Is FHA continuing to endorse loans?
A2. Insurance endorsements for all FHA Title I loans and Title II forward and reverse mortgages continues; however, there may be processing delays if staff is working remotely.
Q3. Is the FHA Resource Center continuing normal operations?
A3. Yes. However, if the Homeownership Centers (HOCs) are closed there will not be FHA staff members available to receive escalated calls. If this occurs, we recommend that stakeholders email their questions to…

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Kentucky FHA Mortgage Qualifying Guidelines for 2020

What credit score do I need to qualify for a Kentucky FHA loan is one of the most common questions I hear from Kentucky homebuyers?

The short answer is you must have a minimum credit score of 500 to be eligible for an FHA loan in Kentucky. Anything lower than 500 disqualifies you from consideration for an FHA loan.

There are two sets of credit score requirements for a Kentucky FHA Loan

One important thing to understand is that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) does not lend money directly to home buyers. You will fill out an application with a regular lender just as you would if you were applying for any other type of mortgage. What the FHA does is ensure your loan to help protect the lender in case you default.

You will be required not only to meet the FHA guidelines to qualify for a loan but also meet any additional qualifications required by the lender. This means there are two sets of requirements you have to meet with your credit score.

1. The first set of requirements comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD oversees the FHA and determines what a borrower’s minimum eligibility requirements will be to obtain an FHA loan.

2. The second set of requirements comes from the mortgage lender. The mortgage lender has the right to add its requirements to those mandated by HUD.

What HUD requires of borrowers to be eligible for an FHA loan

The HUD Handbook 4000.1 includes the official guidelines when it comes to the FHA mortgage insurance program.

It states that in 2020 the Kentucky FHA borrowers with credit scores of 580 or higher are eligible for a 96.5% loan with 3.5% down.

Borrowers with credit scores from 500 to 579 are eligible for a 90% loan with 10% down.

Individuals with credit scores below 500 are not eligible for the FHA program.

What lenders may require of borrowers to be eligible for an Kentucky FHA loan

Lenders have the right to add requirements over and above the minimum requirements of HUD. These additional requirements are called overlays. Your lender may or may not require them.

This is not something that should come as a surprise to you, however. Requiring a credit score of 580 to 620 is not unusual. In addition to your credit score, you must have a manageable debt level that lenders are comfortable with and enough income to repay your loan.

What credit score do I need to qualify for FHA loan?

Each month Ellie Mae, the software company processing more than ⅓ of America’s mortgage loans, publishes an insight report for mortgage trends and standards. One of the things they track is average credit scores. The following is their report for November 2019 which shows what percentage of successful borrowers fall into what credit score ranges.

500 – 549 2.14%
550 – 599 5.20%
600 – 649 23.01%
650 – 699 34.74%
700 – 749 21.88%
750 – 799 10.87%
800+ 1.89%

These percentages show that the majority of borrowers who successfully qualify for FHA loans fall into the 600 to 799 range. While it is true that some successfully qualify in the low range of 500 to 599, you have a much better chance of being approved for a loan with good terms and a low down payment if you fall into the higher range.

For your free credit report and analysis call us today at 502-905-3708 or email us at kentuckyloan@gmail.com

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior Loan Officer

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346

Text/call 502-905-3708
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

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via Kentucky FHA Mortgage Qualifying Guidelines for 2020

What credit score do I need to qualify for a Kentucky FHA loan is one of the most common questions I hear from Kentucky homebuyers?

The short answer is you must have a minimum credit score of 500 to be eligible for an FHA loan in Kentucky. Anything lower than 500 disqualifies you from consideration for an FHA loan.

There are two sets of credit score requirements for a Kentucky FHA Loan

One important thing to understand is that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) does not lend money directly to home buyers. You will fill out an application with a regular lender just as you would if you were applying for any other type of mortgage. What the FHA does is ensure your loan to help protect the lender in case you default.

You will be required not only to meet the…

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Rural Housing Requirements For USDA Loans In Kentucky

Kentucky Rural  Housing Loans

 

Kentucky USDA loans are mortgages made by lenders and guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They are available to moderate- and low-income borrowers to build, rehabilitate, improve or relocate a primary residence in eligible rural and suburban areas. The income limit is 115 percent of the median income in your area. You can check the income limits for your area here.

 

It can be closed with zero down. USDA loans do have a monthly insurance requirement, but the upfront fee is significantly lower than on the VA loan and the mortgage premiums are lower than on the FHA loan.

The problem is that the number of buyers who qualify for a USDA loan is much smaller. Unlike on other loans where more income is better, a USDA loan has strict income maximums.

Fees for Kentucky USDA Loans

USDA loan borrowers pay an upfront fee of 1 percent of the loan amount, and this fee can be added to the loan balance. Borrowers also pay a mortgage insurance premium of 0.35 percent of the loan balance per year in 12 equal installments. This fee is based on the current balance and added to the monthly payment.

 

Down Payment Requirements for Kentucky USDA Loans

 

USDA loans are available with up to 100 percent financing (zero down).

 

Credit Score Required for Kentucky Rural Housing Loans

 

There is no minimum credit score for a USDA loan, but you are automatically ineligible if you are presently delinquent on a nontax federal debt.

Automated approval is available if you have two tradelines reported on your credit history and acredit score of 640 or higher.

If you do not have sufficient credit data, the underwriter can assess your creditworthiness other ways, such as by examining your history with rent payments. Applicants with a credit score lower than 640 will undergo additional underwriting steps.

Loan Limits for Kentucky USDA Loans

 

They are no loan limits for Kentucky USDA loans backed-up the guarantee loan program. The Direct USDA loan program does have loan limits.

 

 

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 

Text/call:      502-905-3708

fax:            502-327-9119
email:
          kentuckyloan@gmail.com

Lending 101: FHA Loans In Kentucky

Lending 101: FHA Loans In Kentucky
Kentucky FHA loans are great loan program that is not just for first-time buyers!
Here are some of our favorite features of Kentucky FHA loans:

Low down payment – FHA requires 3.5 % down. For qualified buyers, this money may be able to be gifted from a family member.
No income limits – There are no income limits placed on the borrower or the household.
Credit scores – Interest rates and underwriting requirements are less credit score sensitive than other loan programs. In some scenarios, we are able to lend to buyers with scores in the mid-500s. *Note: Credit scores under 580 will require a 10% down payment.
Manufactured homes – No problem with FHA! Manufactured homes must be on a permanent foundation and have been built after June 1976.
Rehab loans – Utilizing the FHA 203K program, we can do purchase and refinance loans that roll the cost of rehabs or repairs into the loan amount.
No geographic restrictions – FHA loans can be done anywhere,
Generous Debt-to-Income Ratios – For most buyers, FHA allows for a higher debt load than other programs. FHA may be the only program for some borrowers with high credit card and/or student loan debt.
Non-Occupant Co-Borrowers – FHA is one of the few programs that allow non-occupant co-borrowers. While a non-occupant co-borrower cannot help in scenarios where a buyer has a low score and cannot qualify on their own, it is a great solution for buyers who have low income or income that can’t be documented.
Want to learn more about FHA loans? Contact any member of our team today, reply to this email, or give us a call at 502-905-3708 and ask to speak to a mortgage loan originator.

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Lending 101: FHA Loans In Kentucky

Kentucky FHA loans are great loan program that is not just for first-time buyers!Here are some of our favorite features of Kentucky FHA loans:
  1. Low down payment – FHA requires 3.5 % down. For qualified buyers, this money may be able to be gifted from a family member.
  2. No income limits – There are no income limits placed on the borrower or the household.
  3. Credit scores – Interest rates and underwriting requirements are less credit score sensitive than other loan programs. In some scenarios, we are able to lend to buyers with scores in the mid-500s. *Note: Credit scores under 580 will require a 10% down payment.
  4. Manufactured homes – No problem with FHA! Manufactured homes must be on a permanent foundation and have been built after June 1976.
  5. Rehab loans – Utilizing the FHA 203K program, we can do purchase and refinance loans that roll the cost of rehabs or repairs…

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Kentucky Direct Single Family Housing Program

Loan Limit Change – Effective January 31, 2020

Homes financed under the program are generally 2,000 square feet or less.
Area Loan Limits
Single Family Housing Direct

The Direct Home Loan Program assists low- and very-low- income applicants obtain decent, safe, and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas.  Funds can be used to purchase, build, repair, or renovate a home.  Applicants must meet income eligibility for a direct loan.  Please select South Dakota from the map that displays.

Generally, rural areas with a population less than 35,000 are eligible.  Visit the USDA Income and Property Eligibility website for complete details.

Remember, Direct USDA Loan Limits aren’t effective for the USDA Rural Development Single Family Guartneed Program, whereas that program has no Loan Limits, just income limits on the household income.

 

County or Equivalent Limit Effective 01-31-2020 for the Direct USDA Loan Program

Adair $265,400
Allen $265,400
Anderson $265,400
Ballard $265,400
Barren $265,400
Bath $265,400
Bell $265,400
Boone $265,400
Bourbon $265,400
Boyd $265,400
Boyle $265,400
Bracken $265,400
Breathitt $265,400
Breckinridge $265,400
Bullitt $266,800
Butler $265,400
Caldwell $265,400
Calloway $265,400
Campbell $265,400
Carlisle $265,400
Carroll $265,400
Carter $265,400
Casey $265,400
Christian $265,400
Clark $265,400
Clay $265,400
Clinton $265,400
Crittenden $265,400
Cumberland $265,400
Daviess $265,400
Edmonson $265,400
Elliott $265,400
Estill $265,400
Fleming $265,400
Floyd $265,400
Franklin $265,400
Fulton $265,400
Gallatin $265,400
Garrard $265,400
Grant $265,400
Graves $265,400
Grayson $265,400
Green $265,400
Greenup $265,400

Hancock $265,40
County or Equivalent Limit Effective 01-31-2020
Hardin $265,400
Harlan $265,400
Harrison $265,400
Hart $265,400
Henderson $265,400
Henry $266,800
Hickman $265,400
Hopkins $265,400
Jackson $265,400
Jessamine $265,400
Johnson $265,400
Kenton $265,400
Knott $265,400
Knox $265,400
Larue $265,400
Laurel $265,400
Lawrence $265,400
Lee $265,400
Leslie $265,400
Letcher $265,400
Lewis $265,400
Lincoln $265,400
Livingston $265,400
Logan $265,400
Lyon $265,400
McCracken $265,400
McCreary $265,400
McLean $265,400
Madison $265,400
Magoffin $265,400
Marion $265,400
Marshall $265,400
Martin $265,400
Mason $265,400
Meade $265,400
Menifee $265,400
Mercer $265,400
Metcalfe $265,400
Monroe $265,400
Montgomery $265,400
Morgan $265,400
Muhlenberg $265,400
Nelson $265,400
Nicholas $265,400
Ohio $265,400
Oldham $266,800
Owen $265,400
County or Equivalent Limit Effective 01-31-2020
Owsley $265,400
Pendleton $265,400
Perry $265,400
Pike $265,400
Powell $265,400
Pulaski $265,400
Robertson $265,400
Rockcastle $265,400
Rowan $265,400
Russell $265,400
Scott $265,400
Shelby $266,800
Simpson $265,400
Spencer $266,800
Taylor $265,400
Todd $265,400
Trigg $265,400
Trimble $265,400
Union $265,400
Warren $265,400
Washington $265,400
Wayne $265,400
Webster $265,400
Whitley $265,400
Wolfe $265,400
Woodford $265,400