I am a Kentucky based USDA Mortgage Lender that has originated over 200 KY Rural Housing Mortgage Loans in Kentucky, Put my expert advice to use. Kentucky Rural Development RHS loans give KY Rural Homebuyers a zero down mortgage loan with a low 30 year fixed rate loan. A Local Kentucky Rural Housing Mortgage Lender offering same day free approvals and credit report. This website is not affiliated with USDA or any other government agency. NMLS#57916 Equal Housing Lender Text or call today 502-905-3708 with your mortgage questions about USDA Rural Housing Loans in Kentucky. Free Pre-Approvals on most applications within the same day. Kentuckyloan@gmail.com
Beginning on September 23rd, 2019, the way USDA calculates student loans in regards to Student Loans and they effect loan approvals.
Kentucky Rural Housing loan Changes for Student Loans
Effective immediately for all Kentucky Rural Development loans, student loan calculations will be changed to the following
Fixed Payment Loans: A permanent amortized, fixed payment may be used when it can be documented that the payment is fixed, the interest rate is fixed, and the repayment term is fixed.
Non-Fixed Payment Loans (i.e. deferred, income based, graduated, adjustable, etc.): The payment should be calculated as the greater of 0.5% of the loan balance or the actual payment reflected on the credit report. No additional documentation is required.
RHS temporarily modified the calculation of non-fixed student loan payments for purposes of determining debt-to-income ratios. Per the modified requirements, lenders must now use the higher of .50% of the loan balance or the actual payment reflected on the credit report as the monthly payment (rather than 1% of the loan balance). The modified requirements went into effect September 23, 2019 and will be permanently incorporated into Chapter 11 of the Single Family Housing Loan Program Technical Handbook (HB-1-3555) in the near future.
BIG change announced for Kentucky Rural Housing USDA loans today regarding how minimum payments on your Student Loans are calculated. Reach out to see if you qualify for this awesome loan! 💯
Have you or someone you know been turned down for a USDA loan recently because of student loans?
New guidelines effective today may allow you to qualify (or qualify for a little higher loan amount)
**This is not an offer for extension of credit or a commitment to lend. All loans must satisfy company underwriting guidelines. Information and pricing are subject to change at any time and without notice. Not all applicants will qualify for all loan products offered. This is not an offer to enter into a rate lock agreement under any applicable law. Not endorsed or part of USDA Federal Government Agency.
Section 504 Repair Loan and Grant Program for Kentucky USDA RHS Loans
If you missed the live webinar to learn about recent changes to the Section 504 Single-Family Housing Repair Loan and Grant Program, the presentation slides from the webinar are available on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development’s website. This information is for individuals and organizations, including nonprofits and public agencies, who work with affordable housing products such as weatherization, home repairs, and Section 504 application packaging.
The slides will provide information on the following:
An overview of recent changes to the Section 504 Single-Family Housing Repair Loan and Grant Program.
For a brief overview of the 504 program, please watch the USDA Helps You Make Home Repairs
Program Guidelines & Terms –Section 504 Loans
• Maximum outstanding 504 loan amount is $20,000
• Interest rate is fixed at 1%
• Maximum term of 20 years (term and payment is based upon the
• Appraisal and escrow account is required for loans over $15,000
• Flood insurance is required for properties located in a flood zone
• Mortgage, title work and closing agent required for loans of
$7,500 or more
• Mortgage is filed for loans of $7,500 and over
• Assets above $15,000 ($20,000 for elderly/disabled households)
must be applied toward repairs.
• Residential Mortgage Credit Reports are ordered by Agency for
loans of $7,500 and over (RMCR fee paid by Rural Development
General Eligibility Criteria – Section 504 Loans
• Household income must not exceed “very low” income
limits; < 50% HUD median income
• Applicant must own home (to include site when
considering manufactured housing) and occupy house on a
• Demonstrate repayment ability based upon a family budget
• Stable and dependable source of income
• Acceptable credit – reasonable ability and willingness to
meet debt obligations
• Meet asset limitations (15K non-elderly and $20K elderly*)
Program Guidelines & Terms –Section 504 Grant
• Maximum cumulative lifetime grant assistance is $7,500
• Grantee must sign Grant Agreement requiring occupancy
of home for 3 years
• No lien on property
• Repairs to remove health and safety hazards or to make the
home accessible and useable for household members with
General Eligibility Criteria – Section 504 Grants
• At least one applicant must be 62 years of age or older.
• Household income must not exceed “very low” income limits;
< 50% HUD median income
• Applicant must own home (to include site when considering
manufactured housing) and occupy house on a permanent basis
• Repairs must be necessary to remove health and safety hazards or
to make the home accessible and useable for household members
• Must demonstrate a lack of repayment ability based upon a
• Meet asset limitations (15K non-elderly and $20K elderly*)
• No outstanding federal judgments
SECTION 504 PROPERTY REQUIREMENTS
• Must be modest for the area; market value cannot be in
excess of USDA established area loan limit
• Property must be located in a designated rural area
• Must not have an in-ground swimming pool
• If the property has income producing land or structures, we
may use loan/grant funds as long as repairs are used for the
residential portion of the home.
• Mobile or manufactured homes must be on a permanent
foundation or be placed on a permanent foundation with
loan or grant funds.
For additional program Information, please visit the following USDA webpages:
What are Kentucky USDA Home Loans? Do I Qualify? Deciding between rural and suburban is one of many choices you’ll make along your homeownership journey. And if the countryside is your preference, then you may want to consider applying for a USDA loan. You’…
Effective July 22, 2019, income limits for all Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Rural Development Loans and their Counties have increased.
After a four year pilot that was tested in 16 States, USDA published a final rule making changes to allow for a two-tier income structure. Rather than buyer(s) meeting the income limit based on household members, income limits are divided into 2 groups: 1-4 and 5+ household members. Each Kentucky county has an income limit for families with 4 or fewer people, and each has a limit for households with 5 or more people.
Reminder on how to exceed Kentucky USDA Income Limits using the following exceptions:
• $480 for each child under 18
• Documented child care expense
• Full-time college students 18 or older
• Disability expense incurred
• Medical expense for elderly or disabled
New Income limits for most counties (*) in Kentucky are $86,850 for a household family of four and household families of five or more can make up to $114,650.
The Northern Kentucky Counties (***) of Boon, Kenton, Campbell, Brackenn, Gallatin, and Pendleton are $93,500 for a household of four or less and up to $123,400 for a family of five or more.
USDA Eligible Areas in Northern Kentucky
USDA Income Limits
Boone, Kenton & Campbell Counties (N. KY)
$93,500 (family size 1-4)
$123,400 (family size 5 or more)
Grant, Owen & Pendleton Counties (N. KY)
$86,850 (family size 1-4)
$114,650 (family size 5 or more)
With the new changes for 2019 USDA Income limits, the Jefferson County Louisville, KY Metro area (**) saw an increase of $87,600 for a family of four and up to $115,650 for a family of five or more. The metro area surrounding counties of Jefferson County includes Oldham, Bullitt, Spencer are included in these higher income limits for USDA loans.
Remember, the entire Jefferson County and Fayette County Kentucky counties are not eligible for USDA loans. Along with parts of the following counties Daviess (Owensboro), Mccracken (Paducah), Madison County, (Richmond), Clark County (Winchester), Warren (Bowling Green), Hardin (Fort Knox and Radcliff), Bullitt(Hillview, Maryville, Zoneton, Fairdale, Brooks), Franklin, (Frankfort), Henderson (Henderson City Limits), Christian County (Hopkinsville, Fort Campbell), Boyd County (Ashland city limits) and the most Northern Parts of Boone, Kenton, Campbell Counties of Northern Kentucky (Covington, Florence, Richwood, Hebron, Ludlow, Fort Thomas, Bellevue, Ryle, Beechwood, ) see map below
,Below is the website where you can check and make sure
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If you are looking to buy a home in Northern Kentucky, to either own a home on acreage in the country with 100% financing on your home loan with zero down, then you need to look at the Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loan Program.
How Does the USDA Home Loan Work in Northern Kentucky?
Here are some of the Key Financial Elements of the USDA Home Loan in Northern Kentucky:
Low to Middle-Income Households are generally eligible – If the Household Income is too high, you may be ineligible.
30 Year Fixed Term Loans at Today’s Low Interest Rates compared to FHA, USDA and other government mortgage loans
Qualifying rations are 29% for Housing and 41% for total debt. or possibly higher with a credit score over 640.
Rural Development Loan Guarantee Fee applies, currently 1% USDA funding fee and .35% monthly mi premium
Zero Cash required for the Down Payment. If access to 20% down payment, then you cannot use this program.
Flexible Credit Guidelines, where non-traditional histories may be accepted. USDA will do a no score loan, but it is very difficult to qualify for so your best bet is to get your credit scores to 620 to 640 range and go from there. You will need two trade lines on the credit report for last 12 months, so no limited credit history is allowed on this program.
Eligible properties include: Existing Homes, New Construction, New Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and eligible Condos!—No used mobile homes.
Eligible Repairs may be included in the loan as well! If home appraises for more than sales price, sometimes you can finance these repairs into the loan.
They’re are two income tests. Compliance income and repayment income. See pic below for answers about Northern Kentucky Counties with max income limits for household
Home must be in an eligible area. See map below of Northern Kentucky Eligibility for USDA Rural Housing Loans
What Parts of Northern Kentucky Are Eligible for the USDA Home Loan in 2019?
With Northern Kentucky being part of the metro area of Cincinnati, the USDA has provided a map of the Ineligible Northern part of the Counties of Boone, Kenton, Campbell counties which means, the remaining southern part of the counties of Boone, Kenton, Campbell being eligible. Here is the Northern Kentucky rural housing map courtesy of the USDA:
Households with 1-4 members have different limits as households with 5-8. Similarly, applicants living in high-cost counties will have a higher income limit than those living in counties with a more average cost of living.
Here are a few more items to check off before looking into this loan or at a particular property:
Must be Owner Occupied as the Primary Residence;
Home must not be used to produce Income, nor can there be Income Producing Buildings or other Accessories that produce Income on the property; i.e. no working farms or cows, livestock, crops etc. Can be a small hobby farm.
No foreclosed homes that that need a lot of work.
Home must be structurally sound and in reasonably good repair and pass FHA standards on an appraisal.
Home cannot be used for a Rental Property or, be a major fixer
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USDA Loans in Kentucky. Updated Qualifying Guidelines for 2019
What is Kentucky USDA Rural Development Guarantee?
Kentucky USDA Rural Development Guarantee USDA loans offer 100% financing options on home purchases in rural areas of Kentucky. Properties though can be located within city limits and in subdivisions depending on the population density of that particular County of Kentucky. Jefferson and Fayette Counties, the two largest counties of Kentucky are not eligible for Rural Development Loans.
Some highlights of the KY Rural Housing loan program are:
100% financing on purchases with no down payment
Low 30 year fixed rates. No prepayment penalty.
Rural Housing monthly guarantee fee of .35%
Upfront Rural Housing funding fee of 1% of the loan amount and is financed into new loan
Minimum credit scores are 581 but helpful to have 620 or higher with most USDA lenders with a 640 and get an automated underwriting approval thru Rural Housing’s underwriting engine – GUS-GUS Stands for the automated Underwriting system they use online to pre-approve you for a loan.
Each lender will set their own credit and debt to income criteria
No rental verification needed with GUS approval
No foreclosures in the last 24 months, but need explanation if < 36 months
A bankruptcy discharged at least 24 months
Must have two tradelines on the credit report for at least 12 months.
For a USDA eligible areas in Kentucky, see the property and income eligibility search, please click HERE.
Things to look for in your Rural Housing property search in Kentucky below:
Avoid homes in flood zones – RD is very restrictive for homes in flood zones. They will do them in flood zones just watch out for the costly premiums.
Avoid homes with cisterns – they are extremely difficult to get financed
Be aware that homes with wells and septic systems needed extra tests for contamination
Avoid homes with any income-producing activities such as working farms, detached buildings with offices or car lifts for auto repairs, or anything else related to income-producing activities.
Manufactured homes or doublewides must be brand new. No used mobile homes are allowed.
The view and opinions stated on this website belong solely to the authors, and are intended for informational purposes only. The posted information does not guarantee approval, nor does it comprise full underwriting guidelines. This does not represent being part of a government agency. The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the view of my employer. Not all products or services mentioned on this site may fit all people. NMLS ID# 57916, (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org). Mortgage loans only offered in Kentucky.
Why use USDA financing for your next home purchase in Kentucky?
There are very few ways to purchase a home these days in Kentucky without a typical 3.5% down payment that is required for an FHA loans in Kentucky. Many home buyers in Kentucky are surprised to find that a USDA Home Loan offers a lower payment than an FHA loan, even with NO DOWN PAYMENT! “How can this be?” you ask. The reason is because a Kentucky USDA home loan requires much lower MORTGAGE INSURANCE.
Kentucky FHA Loan vs. Kentucky USDA Loan Comparison
$150,000 purchase price
$150,000 purchase price
4.75% 30 year fixed rate
4.75% fixed rate
1.75% up front mortgage insurance (financed)
1.0% Guarantee Fee (financed)
.85% month mi premium
.35% monthly mi premium
$871.19 P&I monthly payment
with monthly mortgage insurance (not including taxes and insurance)
$826.86 P&I monthly payment (not including taxes and insurance
$5250.00 required down payment
$0 down payment
A rural housing USDA loan saved this client $46.74 per month and they made NO DOWN PAYMENT!
Other benefits of Kentucky USDA Home Loans
Low up front closing costs
In some cases closing costs can be financed if home appraises for more than purchase price
Minor credit problems OK with a minimum credit score of 581
No maximum loan amounts just household income limits based on which Kentucky County you are buying a home.
Fixed Rates Only for 30 years with no prepay penalty
A Kentucky USDA rural housing loan strive to find anyway possible to approve your loan, however there are some cases where a USDA Loan is not an option;
a previous bankruptcy must be discharged 3 years,
you must occupy the home being purchased as your primary residence,
the home may not be used for income producing purposes (farm, rental, etc.),
If the bankruptcy included a property, whether a primary residence or investment property, the earliest a new loan can be obtained is based on USDA Loan short sale and foreclosure guidelines.
When the borrower experienced either a short sale, foreclosure, or surrenders the property through the bankruptcy process, there will be a three year waiting period between the date of property transfer from the borrower to a new entity, and the date the new loan application can be processed.
The most conservative stance by a Kentucky USDA Loan Underwriter for defining the date of the negative occurrence is the legal recorded transfer date, which is the date the property has been transferred out of the borrowers name and either back to the bank that holds the mortgage note or a subsequent home buyer. From this date the borrower will not be eligible for a USDA Loan for a period of time no less than three years.
However, one of my investors will allow a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge date to be considered the date of foreclosure, provided the borrower didn’t re-affirm the mortgage liability. This differs from when the property transfer date is recorded at the County Clerks Office. This is especially helpful in circumstances where the home owner legally removed their ownership rights to a property, through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but the mortgage lien holder was slow to transfer the mortgage back into the name of the bank or sell the property.
If the foreclosed property was secured by a government backed mortgage loan such as a FHA or VA Loan, the property transfer date is no longer considered relevant. The date that now becomes important is the date when the mortgage lender that held the mortgage note received compensation for their mortgage insurance claim through either The Department of Housing and Urban Development for a FHA Loan or The Veterans Administration for a VA Loan.
If you have yet to apply for your Kentucky USDA Loan pre-qualification request, you can do so online by clicking here. If you have any Kentukcy USDA Loan or other loan specific questions please, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 502-905-3708
Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Guidelines for Kentucky Rural Housing Loans
Foreclosure within 3 years:
Including pre-foreclosure activity, such as a pre-foreclosure sale or short sale
in the previous 3 years (refer to Attachment 10-B for additional guidance);
Bankruptcy within 3 years:
Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharged in the previous 3 years;
An elapsed period of less than 3 years, but not less than 12 months, may
be acceptable if the applicant meets the criteria of Section 10.8 of this
Chapter 13 bankruptcy that has yet to complete repayment (repayment plan in
progress) or has completed payment in the most recent 12 months.
Plans that are completed for 12 months or greater do not require a credit
exception in accordance with Section 10.8;
Late mortgage payments if any mortgage trade line during the most recent 12
months shows 1 or more late payments of greater than 30 days
Collections Accounts for Rural Housing Loans in Kentucky
In an effort to minimize future risk of open collections left unpaid, the lender will
consider the following during the capacity analysis of the loan request, regardless of the
method utilized to underwrite:
1) Determine if the total outstanding balance of all collections accounts of all
applicants is equal to or greater than $2,000. Unless excluded by state law,
collection accounts of a non-purchasing spouse in a community property state are
included in the cumulative balance of all collections.
2) Remove all medical collections and all types of charge off accounts from the total
balance. Medical collections and charge off accounts must be clearly identifiable
on the credit report.
3) If the remaining outstanding balance of collection accounts are equal to or greater
than $2,000, any of the following actions will apply:
a. Payment in full of all collection accounts at or prior to closing.
b. Payment arrangements are made with each creditor for each collection
account remaining outstanding. A letter from the creditor or evidence on
the credit report is required to validate the payment arrangements. The
agreed upon monthly payment for each outstanding collection account
will be included in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio.
c. In the absence of a payment arrangement, the lender will utilize in the
debt-to-income ratio a calculated monthly payment. For each collection
utilize 5% of the outstanding balance to represent the monthly payment.
The view and opinions stated on this website belong solely to the authors, and are intended for informational purposes only. The posted information does not guarantee approval, nor does it comprise full underwriting guidelines. This does not represent being part of a government agency. The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the view of my employer. Not all products or services mentioned on this site may fit all people. NMLS ID# 57916, (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org). USDA Mortgage loans only offered in Kentucky.
All loans and lines are subject to credit approval, verification, and collateral evaluation and are originated by lender. Products and interest rates are subject to change without notice. Manufactured and mobile homes are not eligible as collateral.
Single Family Housing Direct Loan and Grant Programs
We now have an enacted Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 continuing resolution that provides short-term funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development. As we begin an orderly start-up of our loan and grant activities for FY 2019, we thank you for your patience and support during the period in which our services were unavailable.
We are taking a proactive and customer-focused approach to prioritizing our activities so that we can resume normal operations as quickly as possible. As Rural Development stakeholders, we will be working closely with you to achieve this goal.
On behalf of the USDA Single Family Housing Direct Programs, we appreciate your continued support and patience.
1. Certificates of Eligibility: USDA will issue a new Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to all
applicants under the Single Family Housing Direct Loan Program who had a valid COE
on December 21, 2018. This includes any COE that was under an allowable extension on
this date. The new certificates, which will be issued by the field staff as soon as possible,
will allow the applicants additional time to locate a home within their qualification
amount and submit the needed documentation to the agency now that normal operations
have been resumed.
2 . Self-Help Housing: USDA staff are currently working on a 2019 Funding Plan for the
Section 523 Self-Help Housing Program pending full year appropriations. Operating
grantees may continue to work with eligible applicants, process applications, and resume
construction activities delayed by the lapse in funding. Technical & Management
Assistance (T&MA) Contractors are authorized to resume services as well.
3. Repair Loans and Grants: Repair loan and grant funds are available for processing,
approval, and closings. Applicants with immediate health and safety hazards such as
inoperable heating systems will receive priority.
4. New 502 Direct Loans: Based on appropriations received thus far in Fiscal Year 2019,
which are applicable through February 15, 2019, USDA has had severely restricted levels
of funding available for new 502 Direct loans. USDA does not anticipate being able to
obligate new 502 Direct loans until the next Fiscal Year 2019 appropriation bill is passed.
Thank you for your support of the USDA Single Family Housing Direct Loan and Grant Programs. We look forward to serving you and the needs of rural communities.
Single Family Housing