Mortgage Loan OfficerIndividual NMLS ID #57916
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
Quick Guide to Kentucky USDA Rural Development Loans Approval Requirements
Mortgage Loan OfficerIndividual NMLS ID #57916
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
Current Underwriting Turn Times on Rural Housing USDA Loans in Kentucky
Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Turn Times
Are you interested in knowing the current status of USDA’s turn times? USDA provides this information on their website.
On average, 30 to 45 days is usually okay. Sometimes quicker than 30 days, if the file is clean and submitted early to USDA office and the appraisal comes back okay.
It may take a 2-3 day longer turn time to Underwrite a USDA loan vs FHA, VA, Conventional loan. Not that big of a difference
The loan approval process for a USDA Loan is not like any other loan. Like all loan programs, the USDA Loan will have a lender that will assign the loan file to an Underwriter, who in turn will determine if the loan meets the loan program guidelines for approval.
Unlike other loan program, once the loan is approved by the lender/Underwriter, the file will be sent to one of the centralized processing sites for the Rural Development Offices in the Country. The turn time for loan approval varies for Rural Development state offices, but most are on a 2-4 day turn time usually.
While some state offices have same day turn times, other states can take several weeks to sign off on the loan.
**Very Important ** Effective February 16th, 2020, all states were aligned to one of four production teams. Each production team has their own email inbox as shown below.
|Production Team One SFHGLPONE@usda.gov||AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, GU, HI, IA, ID, KS, MT, NM, NV, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI, WP, WY|
|Production Team Two SFHGLPTWO@usda.gov||AR, KY, LA, MN, MO, MS, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OK|
|Production Team Three SFHGLPTHREE@usda.gov||CT, DE, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, RI, SC, VT, WV|
|Production Team Four SFHGLPFOUR@usda.gov||FL, IN, OH, PA, PR, TN, VA, VI|
Current USDA Turn times for Kentucky is listed below. Click on the link.
Generally, these areas are outside of major metropolitan areas of Kentucky to include Jefferson County, Fayette County, and parts of Northern Kentucky are not eligible.
The base USDA income limits are for most Kentucky counties below:
New Income limits for most counties (*) in Kentucky are $103,500 for a household family of four and household families of five or more can make up to $136,600 with the new changes for
2022 Kentucky USDA Income limits, the Jefferson County Louisville, KY Metro area (**) saw an increase of$103,500for a family of four and up to $136,600 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)…
Perform a basic level of underwriting to confirm the
applicant has an acceptable credit reputation. Perform additional analysis if the
applicant’s credit history has indicators of unacceptable credit as noted in Paragraph 10.7
of this Chapter.
Perform a comprehensive level of underwriting.
Underwrite all aspects of the applicant’s credit history to establish the applicant has an
acceptable credit reputation. Credit scores in this range indicate the applicant’s
reputation is uncertain and will require a thorough analysis by the underwriter of the
credit to draw a logical conclusion about the applicant’s commitment to making
payments on the new mortgage obligation. The applicant’s credit history should
demonstrate his or her past willingness and ability to meet credit obligations.
Perform a cautious level of underwriting. Perform a
detailed review of all aspects of the applicant’s credit history to establish the applicant’s
willingness to repay and ability to manage obligations as agreed. Unless there are
extenuating circumstances documented in accordance with this Chapter, a credit score in
this range is generally viewed as a strong indication that the applicant does not have an
acceptable credit reputation.
Little or no credit history: The lack of credit history on the credit report may be
mitigated if the applicant can document a willingness to pay recurring debts through
other acceptable means such as third party verification or cancelled checks. Due to
impartiality issues, third party verification from relatives of household members are not
permissible. Lenders can develop a Non-Traditional Credit Report for applicants who
do not have a credit score in accordance with Paragraph 10.6 of this Chapter.
An applicant with an outstanding judgment obtained by the United States in a
Federal court, other than the United States Tax Court, is not eligible for a guarantee
unless otherwise stated in this Chapter.
Two or more eligible trade lines are necessary to validate
an applicant’s credit report score. Eligible trade lines consist of credit accounts
(revolving, installment etc.) with at least 12 months of repayment history reported on the
credit report. At least one applicant whose income or assets are used for qualification
must have a valid credit report score.
Confirm the applicant has at least two eligible tradelines reported to the credit bureau.
The tradeline may be open, closed and/or paid in full by the applicant. Eligible tradelines
Loan (secured or unsecured);
Revolving (generally a credit which is not repaid by a certain number of
Installment credit (generally repaid through a specified number of
installments such as automobile, recreational vehicle, or student loans);
Credit card (offered by banking institutions, commercial enterprises and
individual retail stores. Consumers make purchases on credit and if payment
is made within a stipulated period of time, no interest is charged);
Collection (an account whereby an original creditor transfers an unpaid,
delinquent balance to a collection agency to retrieve any monies owed);
Charge-off (is the declaration by a creditor that an amount of debt is unlikely
to be collected)
Authorized user accounts may not be considered in the credit score and credit
reputation analysis unless the applicant provides documentation that they have
made payments on the account for the previous 12 months prior to
Foreclosure within 3 years:
Including pre-foreclosure activity, such as a pre-foreclosure sale or short sale
in the previous 3 years\
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;
On average it takes 30-45 days to close a USDA loan in Kentucky, so about the same as any other government-backed mortgage loan like FHA, VA KHC etc.
Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior Loan Officer
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346
W-2 forms (previous 2 years)
Paycheck stubs (last 30 days – most current)
Employer name and address (2 year history including any gaps)
Bank accounts statement (recent 2 months – all pages
Statements for 401(k)s, stocks and other investments (most recent)
federal tax returns (previous 2 years)
Residency history (2 year history)
Photo identification for applicant and co-applicant (valid Driver’s License
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Kentucky USDA Homes for Sale
An Unnumbered Letter (UL) dated February 4, 2022, has been issued which increases the appraisal fee to $750 and the conditional commitment fee to $825 under the direct programs. The fee increases are effective March 6, 2022. The increased fees reflect market price increases for origination appraisals in rural areas and the average cost of appraisals under the programs’ nationwide contract with the Appraisal Management Companies.
Rural Development staff will follow the implementation responsibilities outlined in the UL, which has been posted to https://www.rd.usda.gov/resources/directives/unnumbered-letters under Housing Programs (or click here for a direct link).
As with all loan programs, the USDA Loan requires that an independent appraiser inspect the subject property in order to determine the property value. Specific to a USDA Loan, the appraisal report will be conducted by an FHA approved appraiser. The appraisal report must include verbiage or similar verbiage:
“The subject meets minimum standards as set under guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and indicated in Handbooks 4000.1”
No different from a FHA or VA appraisal inspection, the appraiser is required to document all property deficiencies that preclude the appraiser from signing off on their report. A property deficiency is any defect to the house that the appraiser deems necessary to have repaired to ensure compliance to the loan program guidelines. Typical examples of property deficiencies include:
If a property has deficiencies, the appraiser will determine the value of the property, but state that their report is subject to the property defects listed being corrected. After the property defects are repaired, the appraiser will re-inspect the property, and signoff if the required repairs have been completed.
Bottom line, the USDA Loan program is designed to finance homes that are in move-in condition, not fixer-uppers. However, on a subsequent email I will review an option to establish a repair escrow account to address certain property deficiencies. The repair escrow account is only available through one of my many USDA lenders, so it is imperative to inform me when making an offer a house if this option will be required.