KENTUCKY USDA RURAL HOUSING PROPERTY STANDARDS FOR THE GUARANTEED HOME LOAN PROGRAM

Kentucky based USDA Mortgage Lender
Kentucky based USDA Mortgage Lender

 

Sites must be modest and developed in accordance with any standards imposed by a State or local government. Therefore, the lender must verify that the following requirements are met at the time of application.

  •  Site size The site size must be typical for the area.  (Some acreage is fine as long as it is normal and the appraisal has comparable sales with similar acreage)

 

  • Income-Producing Buildings. The property must not include buildings designed and to be used principally for income-producing purposes. For example barns, silos, greenhouses, or livestock facilities used primarily for income producing agricultural, farming or commercial enterprise are ineligible. However, barn, silos, livestock facilities or greenhouses no longer in use for a commercial operation, used for storage, and outbuildings such as storage sheds are permitted if they are not used primarily for income producing agricultural, farming or commercial enterprise. A minimal income-producing activity, such as maintaining a garden that generates a small amount of additional income, does not violate this requirement. Home-based operations such as childcare, product sales, or craft production that do not require specific features are not restricted.  A qualified property must be predominantly residential in use, character and appearance.

 

  • Income-Producing Land. The site must not have income-producing land that will be used principally for income producing purposes. Vacant land or properties used primarily for agricultural, farming or commercial enterprise are ineligible. Sites that have income-producing characteristics (e.g. large tracts of arable land ready for planting) are considered income-producing property.  However maintaining a garden for personal use is not in violation of this requirement. A minimal income-producing activity, such as a garden that could generate a small amount of additional income does not violate this requirement. A qualified property must be predominantly residential in use, character and appearance.
  • Site Specifications. The site must be contiguous to and have direct access from a street, road, or driveway. Streets and roads must be hard surfaced or all weather surfaced and legally enforceable arrangements must be in place to ensure that needed maintenance will be provided.
  • Utilities. The site must be supported by adequate utilities and water and wastewater disposal systems.

 

 

Kentucky based USDA Mortgage Lender
Kentucky based USDA Mortgage Lender

 

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE SECTION 502 GUARANTEED AND DIRECT LOAN PROGRAMS

 

There are several other Section 502 loan programs, but the only one that approaches the guaranteed program in number of loans made is the Homeownership Direct Loan Program

This program once accounted for almost all the Section 502 loans, but the number of guaranteed loans has greatly increased in the last few years. In Fiscal Year 2001, the guaranteed program obligated approximately $2.3
billion for 29,326 loans, while the direct program obligated approximately $1.07 billion for a total of 14,789 loans. The important differences between the Section 502 guaranteed and direct loan programs are as follows:

ƒ The lender for Section 502 guaranteed loans is a private savings and loan institution, bank, or mortgage company which also handles all the loan servicing. The lender for the direct program is the Rural Housing Service; Rural Development handles the servicing.

ƒ Income levels for Section 502 guaranteed borrowers are capped at 115 percent of the area median income. Income levels for the direct program must be no more than 80 percent of the AMI. ƒ Payment assistance subsidy is not available 
through the guaranteed program. Payment assistance, which can reduce the interest paid on the mortgage to as low as 1 percent, is available for borrowers in the direct program and is based on the borrower’s income as a percent of AMI.
ƒ Borrower protections differ between the programs. Applicants for guaranteed loans do not have the rights of moratorium or of appeal that accompany the direct program. Also, in the case of default, Section 502 guaranteed loans are liquidated by
the commercial lender, while direct loans are liquidated by the government

 

 

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Kentucky Mortgage USDA Loans Zero Down Home Loans Still Exist

 

 

Kentucky Mortgage Usda Loan Zero Down Home Loans Still Exist



Your income and your monthly expenses. Standard debt-to-income ratios are 29/41 for USDA Loans. These ratios may be exceeded with compensation factors.

Your credit history (this is important, but USDAs credit standards are flexible). A FICO score of 620 or above is required for all loans

Your overall pattern rather than to individual problems you may have had.

To be eligible for an USDA mortgage, your monthly housing costs (mortgage principal and interest, property taxes and insurance) must meet a specified percentage of your gross monthly income (29% ratio). Your credit background will be fairly considered. At least a 620 FICO credit score is required to obtain an USDA approval through Lending. You must also have enough income to pay your housing costs plus all additional monthly debt (41% ratio). These percentages may be exceeded with compensating factors. Applicants for loans may have an income of up to 115% of the median income for the area. Maximum USDA Loan income limits for your area can be found at here. Families must be without adequate housing, but be able to afford the mortgage payments, including taxes and insurance.



Can I get an USDA Mortgage Loan after bankruptcy?

Criteria for USDA loan approvals state that if you have been discharged from a Chapter 7 bankruptcy for three years or more, you are eligible to apply for an USDA mortgage. If you are in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and have made all court approved payments on time and as agreed for at least one year, you are also eligible to make an Kentucky USDA loan application.



What are the USDA Down Payment Requirements?

USDA Mortgages have no down payment requirement. 


What is the maximum amount that I can borrow?

The maximum amount for an Kentucky USDA Mortgage Loans are determined by:



Maximum loan amount: The is no set maximum loan amount allowed for an USDA Mortgage. Instead, your debt-to-income ratios will dictate how much home your can afford (29/41 ratios). Additionally, your total household monthly income must be within USDA allowed maximum income limits for your area. Maximum USDA Loan income limits for your area can be found at here.



Maximum financing: The maximum USDA Mortgage amount will be 100% of the appraised value of the home.



What kinds of loans does USDA offer?


Fixed rate loans – All USDA loans are fixed-rate mortgages. In a fixed rate mortgage, your interest rate stays the same during the whole loan period, normally 30 years. The advantage of a fixed-rate mortgage is that you always know exactly how much your monthly payment will be, and you can plan for it.


What is Considered a Rural Area by the USDA?

Rural areas include open country and places with population of 10,000 or less andunder certain conditionstowns and cities. There is an automated rural area eligibility calculator at:http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov.


Kentucky USDA Loans

What are USDA Home Loans?

USDA stands for United States Department of Agriculture. A USDA Mortgage provides a low-cost insured home mortgage loan that suits a variety of options. A USDA mortgage is likely the best home loan option if you want to purchase a home with no down payment. If youre unsure about your credit rating, or have concerns about a down payment when youre doing a home loan comparison, ENG Lendings USDA Rural Mortgage Loans can give you piece of mind with zero-down, super low closing costs and no monthly mortgage insurance.


What Types of Loans does USDA offer in Kentucky?

Currently, there are two kinds of USDA Home Loans available in Kentucky for single family households:


USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing Loans

USDA Guaranteed Home Mortgage Loans are the most common type of USDA Loanin Kentucky and allow for higher income limits and 100% financing for home purchases. USDA Guaranteed Loan applicants may have an income of up to 115% of the median household income for the area. Area income limits for this program can be viewed here. All USDA Guaranteed Loans carry 30 year terms and are set at a fixed rate.


USDA Direct Rural Housing Loans

USDA Direct Housing Loans are less common than USDA Guaranteed Loans and are only available for low and very low income households to obtain homeownership, as defined by the USDA. Very low income is defined as below 50 percent of the area median income (AMI); low income is between 50 and 80 percent of AMI; moderate income is 80 to 100 percent of AMI. Click here to see area income limits for this program.

What factors determine if I am eligible for a USDA Loan in Kentucky?

To be eligible for A USDA Rural Loan in Kentucky, your monthly housing costs (mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, and insurance) must meet a specified percentage of your gross monthly income (29% ratio). Your credit background will be fairly considered. A 620 FICO credit score is required to obtain a USDA Rural Housing Loan approval through ENG Lending. You must also have enough income to pay your housing costs plus all additional monthly debt (41% ratio). These ratios can be exceeded somewhat with compensating factors. Applicants for loans may have an income of up to 115% of the median income for the area. Maximum USDA Guaranteed Loan income limits for your area can be found at here. Maximum USDA Direct Loan income limits for your area can be found at here. Families must be without adequate housing, but be able to afford the mortgage payments, including taxes and insurance.


What is the maximum amount that I can borrow?

The maximum amount for an USDA home loan is determined by:

Maximum Loan Amount: The is no set maximum loan amount allowed for USDA Rural Home Loans. Instead, your debt-to-income ratios will dictate how much home your can afford (29/41 ratios). Additionally, your total household monthly income must be within USDA allowed maximum income limits for your area. Maximum USDA Guaranteed Loan income limits for your area can be found at here.


Maximum financing: The maximum USDA Rural Development Loan amount is 102% of the appraised value of the home (100% plus the 2% USDA RD Loan guarantee fee).

Kentucky Mortgage Usda Loan Zero Down Home Loans Still Exist



How much money will I need for the down payment and closing costs?

USDA Rural Development Mortgage Loans require no down payment and they allow for the closing costs to be included in the loan amount (appraisal permitting).



What property types are allowed for USDA Rural Loan Mortgages?

While USDA Mortgage Guidelines do require that the property be Owner Occupied (OO), they do allow you to purchase condos, planned unit developments, manufactured homes, and single family residences.

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Kentucky USDA Loan Adjusted Maximum Income Limits by County

everything You Need To Know About USDA-Rural Home Loans



I have put together valuable information and tools to help you gather all of the information that you need to make the most informed decision when shopping for a mortgage. Sometimes the USDA Home Loan Program is not the best option for a Zero Down Purchase. .


Sometimes good credit and a down payment are not enough to qualify for a home loan at a commercial lending institution, such as a bank, savings and loan or with a mortgage broker. That is why the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has provided a loan program that allows more rural families and individuals to be eligible to become homeowners with the help of a USDA guaranteed home loan. The USDA loan program allows:

– 620 min credit score

– Up to 6% seller contributions

– No PMI (private mortgage insurance)

– Zero Down


However, the USDA-RD loan program DOES have 2 main qualifying features:

(1) Eligibility is region or location specific CLICK HERE http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do?pageAction=sfp&NavKey=property@11 to check if an address is USDA Eligible.

(2) Eligibility is income specific. Qualifying income is based on household members and a max income cap. CLICK HERE http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/incomeEligibilityAction.do?pageAction=state&NavKey=income@11 to see if you qualify under the max income cap.

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Section 502 USDA Guaranteed Loan Program Rural Refinance Pilot Guidelines for Kentucky Mortgages

Rural Refinance Pilot Loan

 

Brief Pilot Description: The Rural Refinance Pilot is available to eligible borrowers who qualify to refinance their current USDA mortgage loans.

Under the Rural Refinance Pilot program, a lender does not need to submit a new credit report, new appraisal, any HUD Handbook minimum property determinations, or any additional property inspections.

Eligible “Hardest Hit” States: The following states may participate in the Rural Refinance Pilot: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Additional States are not eligible at this time.

Eligible Borrowers: Current Section 502 Direct or Guaranteed Loan borrowers must:

1. Meet current income eligibility requirements;

2. Reside in an eligible rural area or an area that was eligible at the time of the original loan closing; and

3. Have made timely mortgage payments for the 12-month period prior to the refinance. Overview of Rural Refinance Pilot Guidelines: 1. The existing loan must be a Section 502 Direct or Guaranteed loan. 2. The new interest rate must be a fixed rate 100 basis points below the current interest rate. 3. The new term of the refinance loan may not exceed thirty years from the date of closing

. 4. A Rural Refinance Pilot loan may only include the principal balance of the loan plus a portion of or the full upfront guarantee fee. The applicable upfront refinance guarantee fee is 1.5 percent. No cash out is permitted to the borrower. Accrued interest, closing costs, lender fees, and late fees are not eligible to be part of the refinance loan.

5. An annual fee also applies. For FY 2012 the applicable annual fee is .3 percent.

6. A new appraisal, new credit report, HUD Handbook determination and additional property inspections are not required. The original appraisal amount may be used from Guaranteed Loan System to process the loan.

7. Ratio calculations are not required. Therefore debt ratio waiver requests will not be necessary.

8. Rural Refinance Pilot loans must be manually underwritten. They cannot be processed through the Guaranteed Underwriting System.

9. Customary and reasonable closing costs and other fees may be collected from the borrower by the lender. Such charges may not exceed the cost paid by the lender or charged to the lender by the service provider. An origination fee of up to one percent of the total loan amount may be charged to the borrower.

10. All the following documentation is required:

a. Form RD 1980-21 “Request for Single Family Housing Loan Guarantee”.

b. Income verifications for all adult household members.

c. Uniform Residential Loan Application.

d. Evidence of qualified alien status, if applicable.

e. FEMA Form 81-93 “Standard Flood Hazard Determination.” Appropriate flood insurance must be obtained if the property is in a flood zone at the time of the new loan closing, even if the area was not in a flood zone at the time of the original loan closing. A flood elevation survey is not required.

f. Evidence of previous 12 month mortgage payment history. The lender must secure evidence to document the borrower(s) has paid the loan on time for the previous 12 months. The lender may utilize a Verification of Mortgage obtained from or provided directly by the loan servicer that lists the payment history for each of the previous 12 months. As an alternative, the lender may submit a credit report which reflects a satisfactory mortgage payment history over the past 12 months.

If the lender submits a credit report to Rural Development as proof of payment history, only the payment history of the current mortgage will be considered.

Credit waivers or explanations for adverse credit that may be present on the report are not required.

11. All additional requirements of RD Instruction 1980-D and applicable Administrative Notices continue to apply. Rural Development Responsibilities:

1. Request funding for the refinance if necessary by sending an email request to: sfhgld@wdc.usda.gov. Please include the State and the amount of funding needed.

2. Retrieve original appraisal amounts in GLS when processing Rural Refinance Pilot transactions.

3. Review the previous 12-month mortgage payment history. If a credit report is submitted, only review the 12-month mortgage payment history.

If the mortgage account is currently delinquent or has been reported delinquent in the previous 12 months, the borrower is not eligible. Agency staff should use the “Borrower ID” with GLS Report “GLSST01: Status of a GRH Loan Account” to ensure the loan is currently active and not in default.

4. Enter 0 in the “FICO Score” data field when processing a Rural Refinance Pilot application. 5. Enter the repayment income calculation in GLS, but do not include any “Additional Liabilities” amounts.

In the event the new mortgage payment results in ratios above 29 and/or 41 percent, check the box that indicates a debt ratio waiver has been issued by the Agency. 6.

In the “Agency Notes” section of the GLS Application screen enter “Rural Refinance Pilot Loan.” This will identify the loan as part of this pilot in the event of a loan review. 7.