Kentucky USDA Guideline Changes for Income, Student Loans, and total debt ratios.

Kentucky USDA Guideline Changes for Income, Student Loans, and total debt ratios.

Updated HB-1-3555, Chapter 11, Ratio Analysis

The Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) is pleased to announce revisions to technical HB-1-3555, Chapter 11, Ratio Analysis. An advance copy of the proposed changes was made available on July 20, 2021.  These changes became effective upon the recent issuance of a Procedure Notice (PN).  Below are the highlighted revisions:

Chapter 11- Ratio Analysis

11.2 B. The Total Debt Ratio:

  • Student Loans: Removed the phrase “the greater of” from Non-Fixed payment loans and added guidance regarding “when the payment is above zero” and “when the payment is zero”.
  • Revolving accounts: “with no outstanding balance” are not required to be closed.
  • Mortgages: Rental Property – Eliminated language regarding omission of mortgage debt.  Guidance for entry of rental income in GUS is provided in the GUS Lender User Guide under Section 4.1.4.1.1, Retained Investment Properties.
  • Added: Debt management plans:
    • Include the monthly payment amount due from the counseling plan.
    • Refer to Chapter 10 for guidance on credit exception and documentation requirements.

11.3 DEBT RATIO WAIVERS AND COMPENSATING FACTORS

A. Purchase Transactions: Debt Ratio Waivers

  • GUS Refer, Refer with Caution, and manually underwritten loans without GUS assistance:
    • Added: “The lender must document eligible compensating factors to support a debt ratio waiver.”
    • Added: “all” of the following conditions are met to the first paragraph.
  • Debt Ratio Waiver Request and Agency Approval:
    • Added: “The issuance of the Conditional Commitment for a Loan Note Guarantee represents Agency approval of the ratio waiver.”

B. Refinance Transactions: Debt Ratio Waivers

  • Added a bullet:  GUS files that receive a GUS recommendation of Refer, Refer with Caution, or are not supported by GUS, require debt ratio waivers, and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Agency.
  • Added: “The issuance of the Conditional Commitment for a Loan Note Guarantee represents Agency approval of the ratio waiver”. 

11.7 OBLIGATIONS NOT INCLUDED IN DEBT-TO-INCOME RATIOS

  • Added: “unless a payment plan is in place” to the second bullet concerning Federal, state, and local taxes.

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.10602 Timberwood Circle Louisville, KY 40223Company NMLS ID #1364

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Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Changes for Below

USDA Advance Copy Notice HB-1-3555 Chapter 11
USDA has announced that Chapter 11 of the HB-1-3555 will be updated and an advanced copy has been provided.  Changes will become effective after USDA issues a Special Procedure Notice.

  • Clarification was added that revolving accounts with no outstanding balance are not required to be closed.
  • USDA eliminated guidelines provided that a retained property that has been rented for 24 months or longer may be omitted from the DTI, and
  • Added guidance that the income received from rents may only be included in the repayment calculation if the property has been rented for 24 mo. or more.
  • Guidelines were added that monthly payment for borrowers in debt management plans must be included in the DTI.
  • The calculation guidelines for Non-Fixed Student Loan Payments were updated removing the requirement for the greater of calculation to be used and added guidance for when the payment amount is zero.
  • Additional guidance was added that compensating factors supporting Debt Ratio Waivers for manually underwritten loans must be documented.
  • Clarification was added that federal, state and local taxes don’t need to be included in the DTI unless there is a payment plan in place.

Refer to the Advance Copy Notice HB-1-3555 Chapter 11 and Chapter 11: Ratio Analysis

USDA Mortgage Benefits for First Time Buyers in Kentucky

Kentucky USDA Mortgage Benefits for First Time Buyers in Kentucky 

Kentucky USDA Mortgage Benefits for First Time Buyers in Kentucky

100% mortgage financing at competitive fixed interest rates with USDA home loans  Credit score requirements (620 to 640)  are less restrictive than most conventional home loan programs.

Kentucky USDA loans also offer a single upfront mortgage insurance premium which may be financed. Currently only 1% of the loan and a monthly mi premium of .35% which is very cheap considering the lower credit score requirements and no money down financing. The mortgage insurance is the same for everyone, does not matter what your credit score is or how much down payment you have.

You can look up individual properties on USDA’s website here for Kentucky eligible areas.

You can also research single family housing income eligibility for Kentucky  here.

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You may qualify if your Chapter 7 bankruptcy was discharged three years prior.

USDA loans can be used to finance most types of single family properties although some exception may apply. Homes must be used as borrowers’ primary residences and not used as second homes or rental properties.

Farms and commercial properties are not eligible through USDA Rural Housing Development Guaranteed Loans.

In many cases USDA permits sellers to contribute borrowers’ closing costs and can be financed up to the appraised value if home appraises for more.

Here are the highlights of USDA Mortgages
. Down Payment: 0% down payment
 Closing Costs: up to 6%
. Credit Score: Minimum none–but lenders create overlays..typically 640 to     get  a GUS Automated approval
. Lower monthly mortgage insurance costs (PMI) versus FHA
. There is NO maximum set loan amount limit with USDA Rural Housing.
. No large savings are needed to qualify for USDA loans.
 The debt to income, or DTI is limited to 45% – lower than most other loan programs.
 The location of the home determines if it will be a USDA loan.
. The home can be a regular sale, short sale, foreclosure home or bank owned home single family, townhome or approved condo.
 Mobile/Manufactured homes and “build on your own land” not available.
. Applies for First-time home buyers, or move-up buyers.
 No special first-time buyer’s class, down payment assistance, or bond money is needed.
Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 

Text/call:      502-905-3708

fax:            502-327-9119
email:
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Kentucky USDA Guideline Updates for 2021

  • Annual Qualifying Income – The requirement for calculations to be included on the Income Calculation worksheet have been removed and should now be included on Attachment 9-B, the underwriter transmittal summary, FNMA form 1008/Freddie form 1077, or equivalent
  • 4506-T – The requirement for asset statements to be reviewed to ensure borrowers have no additional income sources has been removed.
  • Repayment Income – MCC income must now be included in repayment income.
  • Boarder Income – USDA now considers a boarder as a household member and a boarder’s income must now be included in annual income calculation. Rent paid by boarders that is reported on tax returns must also be included in annual income.
  • Capital Gains – USDA removed requirement from Repayment Income to provide evidence showing borrowers own additional property or assets that may be sold if additional income is needed to support the mortgage obligation
  • Commission – The borrower must now show one year history in same or similar line of work to include commission in repayment income.
  • Fellowship, Stipend, Scholarship – Scholarship award letters must now provide date of termination and USDA will no longer presume benefits with no expiration date will continue. USDA also added guidelines for GI Bill income and stated it cannot be included in annual or repayment income.
  • MCC – This income must now be included in repayment income, but no history is required. A copy of the W-4 from employer is required to verify borrower is taking tax credit on monthly basis. Note: MCC’s are ineligible with FWL as qualifying income.
  • Unreimbursed Business Income – only taxable income is allowed to be included in repayment income
  • Section 8 – USDA removed requirement for section 8 income to be deducted from the monthly PITI to determine DTI if it is paid directly to the loan servicer when included in the repayment income.
  • Self Employed Income – Federal tax returns must now be reviewed to determine gross income for annual calculations. Removed requirement to deduct business loss before entering as repayment income into GUS or on loan application. Clarified documentation requirements as most recent 2 years of federal tax returns / transcripts & YTD P&L may be audited or unaudited
  • Social Security Income – clarified documentation options and will allow social security benefit statement or form SSA-1099/1042S to source
  • Temporary Leave – The history requirements for repayment income has been changed and now income must be received by loan closing.
  • Cash on Hand – The underwriter must review the reasonableness of accumulation based upon income stream, spending habits, etc. and cash on hand can no longer be included in reserves
  • Gift Funds – Clarification provided on how gift funds must be sourced when gift funds have been deposited into borrower’s account, not deposited into borrower’s account, or if funds are being wired directly to the settlement agent.
  • Large Deposits – USDA no longer addresses lump sum additions.

Kentucky Rural Housing Loan Program Update for 2021 Single Family Housing USDA Guaranteed Loan

Kentucky Rural Housing Loan Program Update for 2021 Single Family Housing USDA Guaranteed Loan

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Kentucky USDA Mortgage Funds for 2021 Available.


Fiscal Year 2021 SFH Guaranteed Funds Now Available!


As of Sunday, December 27, 2020, funding for Rural Development’s Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program authorized by the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021”, is available.

Files in Process:

All files processed “Subject to Availability of Funds” have been obligated and the updated Conditional Commitments were generated by the Agency to remove the “contingent upon” language.
Lender receipt of the updated Conditional Commitment will signal the request has been successfully obligated by the Agency.

Loan Closing:

Once the loan has closed (including loans that were closed prior to the obligation of funds by the Agency), the lender may submit their request for Loan Note Guarantee along with a closing package.
Lenders using the Agency’s automated Lender Loan Closing (LLC) system will complete the lender certification electronically (i.e. no manual signature/date required).
For manually submitted loan closing packages, ensure the lender certification on the Conditional Commitment is signed and dated after the Agency’s obligation date (the issuance date on the updated Conditional Commitment). Use of the Lender Loan Closing system is highly recommended.

For current Kentucky USDA Mortgage turn time information on files,

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https://www.rd.usda.gov/page/sfh-guaranteed-lender

Current Underwriting Turn Times on Rural Housing USDA Loans in Kentucky -  Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Mortgage Lender
current Kentucky USDA Mortgage turn time information on files,

https://www.rd.usda.gov/page/sfh-guaranteed-lender.

USDA Home Loan in Kentucky Compared to FHA loans 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

FHA USDA
   
   
$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***Most lenders will want a 620 or 640 score or higher.
  • 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.),

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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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Kentucky Rural Housing Development Mortgage Guide for 2021 USDA Loans

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Mortgage Lender
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2021 Kentucky Rural Development Mortgage Guide

  • 30 year fixed rate only for Purchases and Existing USDA loans Refinances.
  • Zero down Mortgage loan with no loan limits!
  • Upfront funding fee is 1.0% and annual mi fee is .35% (very low compared to FHA)
  • Typically cannot own other real estate. There are exceptions to this.
  • You do not have to be a first-time home buyer in Kentucky
  • Can refinance existing USDA loan as long as lowering rate by 1% and can do without an appraisal. There are overlays to this by lenders.
  • Closing costs and prepaids can be paid by seller but must be put into contract
  • Closing costs may be financed into the loan up to the appraised value.
  • You will need two credit trade lines reporting at least for 12 months on your credit file. They don’t have to be open and active. Just reporting on your credit report.
  • All Guaranteed Mortgage Loans are ran through GUS. GUS stands for the Guaranteed Underwriting System. USDA and their underwriters use this system to pre-approve you. They review credit score/history, income, debt to income ratio and assets to determine your loan eligibility. If your credit score is below 640 or your debt to income ratio is over 45%, it will get a refer and you will find most lenders will not approve the loan.
  • Some lenders will do a credit score down to 600, but they will want a lot of documentation to overturn the refer and compensating factors for the lower credit score. They typically will need to verify rent for last 12 months, with no lates, cash payments are not acceptable, and debt to income ratios are set at 29% and 41% respectively. Reserves are typically helpful too on lower credit scores, so keep in that in mind, if you have money in a savings account, for a rainy day fund, this will help sometimes get the loan approved.
  • If you have access to 20% down payment you cannot use the USDA Program. Money in a retirement account does not account toward the 20% rule.
  • Properties must be located in an eligible area of Kentucky. Typically the large metro areas of Kentucky including the following: all of Jefferson County,  all of Fayette County, Owensboro, Paducah, Hopkinsville, Bowling Green, Richmond, Frankfort and Northern KY cities of Covington, Florence, Erlanger, Beechwood, Richwood are not eligible
USDA Eligible Areas In Northern Kentucky for Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Grant Counties
  • Independence
  • Burlington
  • Hebron
  • Highland Heights
  • Walton
  • Alexandria
  • Cold Springs
  • All Of Grant County, Pendleton County And Owen County

Search for Kentucky USDA Eligible Properties 

A property must be located in an eligible area in order to use a USDA loan to purchase a home.  Contrary to belief, Rural Development loans are not only for farms or very rural homes.  

Actually, a property with an operating and income producing farm is not eligible for these loans!


2021  Kentucky USDA Rural Max Income Limits:

  • New Income limits for most counties (*) in Kentucky are $90,200 for a  4 unit household and household families of five or more + can make up to  $119,200.
  • The Northern Kentucky Counties (***) of Boon, Kenton, Campbell, Bracken, Gallatin, and Pendleton are $99,500 for a household of four or less and up to $129,400 for a family of five or more.
  • With the new changes for 2019 USDA Income limits, the Jefferson County Louisville, KY Metro area (**) saw an increase of $90,200 for a family of four and up to $119,100 for a family of five or more. The metro area includes Oldham, Bullitt, Spencer, Hardin, Larue and Meade are including in these higher income limits for USDA loans.Remember,  Jefferson County Kentucky, Fayette County Kentucky are not eligible for USDA loans.,Below is the website where you can check and make sure

Some More Facts about a Kentucky USDA loan:


It’s a two step approval process.  The chosen USDA lender must first underwrite the file and get it approved based on the income, assets, and credit report submitted. Then, the lenders must submit to USDA for a “conditional commitment”.  This conditional commitment is the final loan approval paperwork you are looking for. 


Even though the lender may have approved the file, it still must go to USDA office in Lexington for an assignment to SFH underwriter for the final approval process. They typically are checking the appraisal and income at this stage. There have been instances where the lender would approve the file but USDA would not due to appraisal issues or income and job history. 
This is very rare instances, so keep that in mind when it comes to final loan approval. 

This two-step approval process usually adds 4-6 days to the final loan approval process, so keep that in mind when you are writing up your contract because it takes a little longer to close these loans vs FHA, VA, and Fannie Mae loans.

Well Test Treatments:  Properties with a well as the primary drinking source will require a well water test.  There are local labs to perform this test and the water must pass.

Septic Test: Sometimes they will require the septic tank to be inspected if called for in the appraisal report or home inspection. 

Older Homes: As a general rule, USDA does not like homes older than 100 years old. They will sometimes require a home inspection in addition to the mandatory appraisal on older homes.

USDA Loan After a Short Sale:  A short sale is not the end of the world.  So it is very possible to obtain a USDA loan if 3 years have passed after the short sale.  But a buyer would need re-established good rent and other credit history.

Bankruptcy and Foreclosure:  If the mortgage debt that was foreclosed, was included in a Bankruptcy – then the USDA Home Loan waiting periods after foreclosure “waiting period” of 3 years, starts from the date of the discharge of the Bankruptcy.  Because it can take 6 months or more for Banks to process the Foreclosure, and transfer title, this is a tremendous plus.

RHS Student Loans
Effective immediately for all RHS 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.

KENTUCKY USDA RURAL HOUSING MORTGAGE GUIDELINES FOR 2021

Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Highlights for 2021

Kentucky USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Lending Program is geared to assist low to moderate income families realize home ownership. Below are some important highlights:

USDA/Rural Development. The Annual Guarantee Fee is set to INCREASE October 1.
USDA/Rural Development. The Annual Guarantee Fee is set to INCREASE October 1.
  • Debt Ratios–29/41% on manual underwrites  – max to 45% Debt to Income ratios with GUS Approve/Eligible Finding.
  • ZERO down payment – 100% LTV ok
  • Income Eligibility Limits do apply. Usually to $90k for a family of four and up to $119k for a household family of five or more.
  • Lender Credit from the interest rate may be used to pay closing costs.
  • Gifts ok! Usually not needed for USDA loans because 100% Financing offered. Gift funds cannot be used for reserves to get a GUS approval.
  • Applicants with > 20% of the sales price in assets (exclude retirement accounts) are not eligible for USDA financing.
  • Clear CAIVRS required – CAIVRS is a Federal Government-wide data base of information regarding individuals where an insurance claim or guarantee loss was paid.
  • Student Loan Payments
    Effective immediately for all RHS 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.