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2017 KY USDA Rural Housing Income Limits for Kentucky Counties Kentucky Rural Development Mortgage Guide

2017 Kentucky Rural Development Mortgage Guide

  • 30 year fixed rate only for Purchases and Existing USDA loans Refinances.
  • Zero down Mortgage loan with a loan limit of $424,000
  • 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!

Kentucky USDA Rural Max Income Limits:

  • The total household income must be within the county limits for household size.  Typically a family household of 4 can make up to around $75,650  and a family of five or more  can make up to $99,850 for a household- Some KY counties allow for higher like Shelby County, and the Northern Kentucky Counties of Boone, Kenton, Campbell allow $82,000 (household income of four) up to $108,250 (household income of five or more)

Check Your Kentucky County for USDA Rural Housing Income Limits

 

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.

Put my experience of originating KY USDA loans to work for you. I have successfully originated over 200 Rural Housing Mortgage Loans in Kentucky. I offer free pre-approvals and will help you from start to finish and I usually attend all my closings in Kentucky. 

Get Qualified for a Kentucky USDA Loan Now!

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.

10602 Timberwood Circle, Suite 3

Louisville, KY 40223

text or call my phone: (502) 905-3708
email me at kentuckyloan@gmail.com

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.

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.

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Kentucky Rural Housing Mortgage offer zero down payments and low 30 year fixed rates with lower monthly mortgage insurance requirements than FHA currently
County Name Family Size 1 -4 Family Size 5 – 8
Adair $75,650 $99,850
Allen $75,650 $99,850
Anderson $78,900 $104,150
Ballard $75,650 $99,850
Barren $75,650 $99,850
Bath $75,650 $99,850
Bell $75,650 $99,850
Boone $82,000 $108,250
Bourbon $78,400 $103,500
Boyd $75,650 $99,850
Boyle $75,650 $99,850
Bracken $82,000 $108,250
Breathitt $75,650 $99,850
Breckinridge $75,650 $99,850
Bullitt $75,650 $99,850
Butler $75,650 $99,850
Caldwell $75,650 $99,850
Calloway $75,650 $99,850
Campbell $82,000 $108,250
Carlisle $75,650 $99,850
Carroll $75,650 $99,850
Carter $75,650 $99,850
Casey $75,650 $99,850
Christian $75,650 $99,850
Clark $78,400 $103,500
Clay $75,650 $99,850
Clinton $75,650 $99,850
Crittenden $75,650 $99,850
Cumberland $75,650 $99,850
Daviess $75,650 $99,850
Edmonson $75,650 $99,850
Elliott $75,650 $99,850
Estill $75,650 $99,850
Fayette $78,400 $103,500
Fleming $75,650 $99,850
Floyd $75,650 $99,850
Franklin $76,850 $101,450
Fulton $75,650 $99,850
Gallatin $82,000 $108,250
Garrard $75,650 $99,850
Grant $75,650 $99,850
Graves $75,650 $99,850
Grayson $75,650 $99,850
Green $75,650 $99,850
Greenup $75,650 $99,850
Hancock $75,650 $99,850
Hardin $75,650 $99,850
Harlan $75,650 $99,850
Harrison $75,650 $99,850
Hart $75,650 $99,850
Henderson $75,650 $99,850
Henry $75,650 $99,850
Hickman $75,650 $99,850
Hopkins $75,650 $99,850
Jackson $75,650 $99,850
Jefferson $75,650 $99,850
Jessamine $78,400 $103,500
Johnson $75,650 $99,850
Kenton $82,000 $108,250
Knott $75,650 $99,850
Knox $75,650 $99,850
Larue $75,650 $99,850
Laurel $75,650 $99,850
Lawrence $75,650 $99,850
Lee $75,650 $99,850
Leslie $75,650 $99,850
Letcher $75,650 $99,850
Lewis $75,650 $99,850
Lincoln $75,650 $99,850
Livingston $75,650 $99,850
Logan $75,650 $99,850
Lyon $75,650 $99,850
Madison $75,650 $99,850
Magoffin $75,650 $99,850
Marion $75,650 $99,850
Marshall $75,650 $99,850
Martin $75,650 $99,850
Mason $75,650 $99,850
McCracken $75,650 $99,850
McCreary $75,650 $99,850
McLean $75,650 $99,850
Meade $75,650 $99,850
Menifee $75,650 $99,850
Mercer $75,650 $99,850
Metcalfe $75,650 $99,850
Monroe $75,650 $99,850
Montgomery $75,650 $99,850
Morgan $75,650 $99,850
Muhlenberg $75,650 $99,850
Nelson $75,650 $99,850
Nicholas $75,650 $99,850
Ohio $75,650 $99,850
Oldham $75,650 $99,850
Owen $75,650 $99,850
Owsley $75,650 $99,850
Pendleton $82,000 $108,250
Perry $75,650 $99,850
Pike $75,650 $99,850
Powell $75,650 $99,850
Pulaski $75,650 $99,850
Robertson $75,650 $99,850
Rockcastle $75,650 $99,850
Rowan $75,650 $99,850
Russell $75,650 $99,850
Scott $78,400 $103,500
Shelby $84,750 $111,850
Simpson $75,650 $99,850
Spencer $75,650 $99,850
Taylor $75,650 $99,850
Todd $75,650 $99,850
Trigg $75,650 $99,850
Trimble $75,650 $99,850
Union $75,650 $99,850
Warren $75,650 $99,850
Washington $75,650 $99,850
Wayne $75,650 $99,850
Webster $75,650 $99,850
Whitley $75,650 $99,850
Wolfe $75,650 $99,850
Woodford $78,400 $103,500

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loans : Kentucky Rural Development Guidelines for 2015:

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Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Streamline Refinance Changes in 2016

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Kentucky USDA Mortgage holders should look to  Streamline Refinance  for Customers wanting to lower their payments and reduce their mortgage insurance

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Existing Loan Current loan may be a section 502 Guaranteed or Direct loan.
New Interest Rate The new interest rate must meet the following requirements: 1) Fixed, and 2) The interest rate may not exceed the existing rate (that described in RD
440.1)Maximum Interest Rate The maximum interest rate is based on the 90 day FNMA 30 year A/A Remittance rate as of the lock date + 100 basis points and rounded up to the next1/4%. The rates are found on the Fannie Mae website: http://www.efanniemae.com/sf/refmaterials/hrny/index.jsp

Net Tangible Benefit The new principal, interest, taxes, and insurance (PITI) must have at least a $50 reduction compared to the existing PITI. The reduction ($50) must be
independent of any change in the annual fee, which is included in the calculation.

Term The new term must be 30 years only.

Adding/Removing Borrowers Borrowers may be added, but not removed (unless deceased) from the current loan.

Maximum Mortgage Amount The mortgage amount may include the principal balance plus a portion or the full amount of the applicable upfront guarantee fee, accrued interest, funds to establish tax and insurance escrow, and eligible loan closing costs (discount points not permitted see below)

COLLATERAL
Appraisal No Appraisal required. A new appraisal is only required for direct loan borrowers that received a subsidy.

Eligible Collateral All dwellings must provide decent, safe, and sanitary at a modest cost (a dwelling with a purchase price not exceeding the FHA Single Family mortgage
limit for its county is considered modest), Owner Occupied Only. 1 Unit, PUD’s, Condos,
Ineligible Collateral Mobile homes, single-wide manufactured homes, co-ops, Condo Hotels, State approved medical marijuana producing properties, income producing farms, ranches, mixed use, commercial properties, leaseholds, properties with sink holes, properties served by cisterns, properties serviced by hauled water,
properties with a wastewater stabilization pond/lagoon (aka sewage lagoon), properties with individual water purification systems required to make the
water safe for human consumption (does not include systems installed to improve the taste or softness of the water).

CREDIT
CAIVRS and Exclusionary List CAIVR clearance must be obtained for all borrowers on the transaction. GSA/LDP/SAM clearance is required for all parties of the transaction within 30 days of USDA’s Conditional Commitment date.

Bankruptcy Chapter 7 and 13 must be discharged. The borrower(s) may not currently be in bankruptcy.
Judgments/Liens All outstanding judgments and liens must be paid.
Foreclosure / Deed-in-lieu Subject property may not have an active foreclosure.
Credit Report A tri-merge mortgage only rating for subject property with credit scores will be used. Not required.
Mortgage History 0x30 in the previous 12 months. Must have evidence of payment history over the previous 12 months. No exceptions. A mortgage-only credit report or
servicing verification (FiServ) is acceptable

INCOME/ASSETS
Income Documentation Income for all household members is required to determine if household income is under the USDA moderate income area limit. Income documentation is not used to calculate qualifying ratios.
Annual Income Limits Annual income is the basis for determining adjusted income. Annual income includes the total gross income of the borrower, co-borrower, and any otheradult (age 18 and up) household members, any amount anticipated to be received from a source outside of the family during the 12-month period, and all
amounts derived during the 12-month period from assets to which any member of the family has access.

If a cost of living allowance or a proposed
increase in income has been estimated to be in effect prior to the first month’s mortgage payment due date, this amount must be included as income. For
annual income, count only the first $480 of earned income from adult full time students who are not the borrower, co-borrower, or spouse.
Rental income is included regardless of duration. Include total rental real estate income reported on most recent IRS form 1040 Schedule E for previous 12
months.

If no schedule E, cancelled checks, money order receipts, bank statements, or other documents may be used to support rent amounts received

 

The USDA has announced effective October 1, 2016:

  • Reduction in the Upfront Guarantee Fee: the upfront guarantee fee for purchase and refinance transactions will decrease from 2.75% of the loan amount to 1.00% of the loan amount.
  • Reduction in the Annual Fee: The 0.50% annual fee will also decrease to 0.35%.

The new fee structure must be used for loans submitted in GUS on or after, Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Contact your Account Executive for more information on the fee changes or our USDA Streamline Assist Program.

 

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Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)
text or call my phone: (502) 905-3708
email me at kentuckyloan@gmail.com
Kentucky USDA and Rural Housing Guaranteed Home Loan Program
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.
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.

New Credit Requirements for Kentucky USDA Rural Development Loans Starting 12/1/2014

TRADELINE REQUIREMENT:

One borrower must have 3 tradelines that have existed for 12 months. If this requirement cannot be met, an accept decision must be downgraded to a refer and treated as a manual underwrite.

VERIFICATION OF RENT:

Scores 680 and above OR GUS accept = No VOR required.

Scores 679 and below = VOR required.

COLLECTIONS:

Determine if the total outstanding balance of all collections accounts and charge offs of all applicants is equal to or greater than $2,000. Unless excluded by state law, collection accounts and charge offs of a non-purchasing spouse in a community property state are included in the cumulative balance of all collections and charge offs.

Remove all medical collections and medical charge off accounts from the total balance. Medical collections and medical charge off accounts must be clearly identifiable on the credit report.

If the remaining outstanding balance of collection accounts and charge offs are equal to or greater than $2,000, any of the following actions will apply:

Payment in full of all collection accounts and charge offs at or prior to closing.

Payment arrangements are made with each creditor for each collection account and charge offs 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 and charge off will be included in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio.

In the absence of a payment arrangement, the lender will utilize in the debt-to-income ratio a calculated monthly payment. For each collection and charge off utilize 5% of the outstanding balance to represent the monthly payment.

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Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loans Credit Requirements for a Loan in 2014

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Credit Scores:

If you have a credit score below 640 you will probably get referred for a manual underwrite which means the income and credit requirements are much tougher for scores below 640. We can do scores down to 620 but usually it is best to try and raise your score to 640 so we can get an automated approval thru GUS.

If GUS returns an refer/eligible, then we can consider doing a manul underwrite on your loan approval. This usually entails a verifiable rent history over the last 12 months with no lates, and the debt to income ratios are usually tied to the industry old standard of 29% and 41% respectively.

If GUS returns an ineligible status, then your loan is automatically denied and there is no chance of getting approved when this result shows.

Collections:

If you have any delinquent back taxes, student loans they would need to be paid or brought current so you don’t have any liens to the government.

Delinquent Government Debt (back taxes, student loans

Medical bills are usually okay if they are not showing as a garnishment against you or on the title search.

Large unpaid utility bills, credit card charge offs, and car repos will usually have to be paid before closing. You will have to show you have funds to pay these off before closing.

Foreclosure:

You have to be 3 years removed from a foreclosure to qualify for a Kentucky RHS loan.

Bankruptcy:

  • Chapter 7 Bankruptices require a 3 year wait after the bankruptcy was discharged.
  • Chapter 13 bankruptices only require 1 year wait after discharge. 
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Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

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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.

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

USDA Rural Housing Map for Ineligible Cities in Kentucky for Housing Loans.  Areas including are Louisville,  Lexington, Paducah, Richmond, Hopkinsville, Owensboro, and Bowling Green KY

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Eligible Cities are Back!A Continuing Resolution has passed allowing RHS to refer back to the 2000 census data for eligible areas.  This will allow the following eight Kentucky cities to remain eligible until January 2014:  Bardstown, Burlington, Elizabethtown, Georgetown, Independence, Nicholasville, Shelbyville, and Shepherdsville.  This is good news as implementation of the 2010 census data has been put on hold again.

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
text or call 502-905-3708 cell

 

USDA Rural Housing Map for Ineligible Cities in Kentucky for Housing Loans.  Areas including are Louisville,  Lexington, Paducah, Richmond, Hopkinsville, Owensboro, and Bowling Green KY

(areas in yellow are not eligible for Kentuck USDA Mortgage Loans for 2017)

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The United States Department of Agriculture has created a special home buyer opportunity for Americans that live in rural areas. These home buying programs were designed to increase homeownership amongst lower and middle income families that live in smaller sized cities, towns, and remote areas.

What makes these loans so special?

  • No Down Payments – USDA loans are one of the only home mortgages that allow someone to buy a home without putting any money down. In fact, the only other way someone can finance 100% of their home purchase is if they are in the military or a veteran. Even someone with perfect credit, long job history, and plenty of savings/assets can not qualify for 0 down on a home loan. This is a unique and very special aspect of USDA home buyer loans.
  • Lower PMI costs– Private Mortgage Insurance, also known as “PMI” is much lower on USDA loans than FHA or conventional mortgages. This can save you a lot of money.
  • Reduced Interest Rates The interest rates are lower on USDA loans, which results in lower payments, and plenty of money saved overtime.

Would You Like to Get Prequalified or Apply For a USDA Loan Now?
Click Here to Get Pre-Approved for a USDA Loan

How to Qualify for a USDA Loan

The best way to find out if you qualify for a USDA loan is to speak with one of our USDA specialists. It is easy to find out if you are eligible and usually only takes a few minutes. There are some basic qualification guidelines that the Department of Agriculture has set up which will help you have an idea if you can get a USDA loan.

  • Property Eligibility – The home you want to finance with a USDA loan must be an eligible property. You can not buy any home you want, it must be a designated property. You can look up homes in certain areas, or you can search by address on the USDA website.
  • Job History – Similar to all other mortgage loans, a two year work history is required.  You must show that you have been consistently employed for the past two years straight in order to qualify for USDA financing.
  • Income Limits – You must not make over a certain amount in order to receive a USDA mortgage. This amount varies by location so you will need to look up your specific counties income limits.
  • DTI Ratio– One of the main ways which determines if you will be approved or not is your debt-to-income ratios. While you must not make too much money, you also must not have too much debt. Your debt-to-income ratio is how much monthly debt you have (only those debts which show on your credit report are counted) compared to your bring home income. So if your household income is $4,000/month, and your currently monthly debts (excluding rent), combined with your new mortgage payment are $1,500/month, this would equal a 37.5% DTI ratios (this was calculated by taking $1,500 and dividing it by $4,000).
  • Credit Score – The minimum credit score varies from lender to lender, but most want to see at least a 640 credit score for you to be approved.
  • Mortgage Insurance – USDA loans have their own version of mortgage insurance. It is called the “Guaranteed Fee” and works similarly to how FHA loans have upfront and monthly mortgage insurance premiums (MIP). With USDA loans, there is a 1.0% upfront guarantee fee, and a 0.350% annual guarantee fee that is divided into 12 payments each year. The amount of your annual fee (paid monthly) adjusts each and goes down as your loan balance does. Use our USDA calculator to get an idea of what your monthly payment will be:

 

What Are the USDA Programs That Exist?

The USDA has two primary loan programs that exist. This includes direct loans and guaranteed loans.

  • Direct Loan – These are loans made directly by the government. You do not have to go through a mortgage lender, but instead you apply with the Department of Agriculture.  The direct loan is named the USDA 502 Direct Loan.
  • Guaranteed Loans – Guaranteed loans are those processed and closed by a USDA mortgage lender.  This program is called the USDA 502 Guaranteed Loan. The USDA backs the loan, but does not issue the loan themselves.

The difference between these two, aside from who provides the financing, is eligibility requirements.  The USDA 502 direct loan is geared more towards lower income families that may have issue obtaining a loan from a mortgage lender.  The USDA 502 guaranteed loan allows for more borrowers, including those with more income, to get a USDA loan.  Some applicants may be able to get a direct or guaranteed loan.  When you speak with a mortgage representative, they will help you identify which programs are available to you.  You can then compare loan terms of any mortgage you qualify for.

How to Apply for a USDA Loan

It is very easy to apply for a USDA loan. In fact, we can prequalify you over the phone. The best way to apply is to request a free USDA loan consultation and a loan specialist will contact you. All we need for an initial pre qualification is for you to share some basic information and we can inform you of your eligibility.

Would You Like to Get Prequalified or Apply For a USDA Loan Now?

USDA Mortgage Questions and Answers

Are USDA loans only for farms and agricultural properties?
This is a very common question and something that many people wonder about since it is the Department of Agriculture that backs these loans. It is actually the complete opposite though. USDA loans are meant for residential homes in rural areas, not agricultural or farmland.

Can you buy a farm with a USDA?
USDA loans are strictly for residential properties, so no farm or land that is used for agricultural purposes are allowed. In simplest words, the property can not be income producing.

If USDA loans are for rural properties does that mean they are not available near cities?
Surprisingly this is not the case either. Another misconception about the USDA home buying program is that the loans are exclusively for homes in remote areas. There are actually plenty of eligible homes just outside of various urban/suburban areas. The best way for you to get an idea of what type of home you can buy, and where, is to use the USDA property eligibility search.

Can I buy an investment property with a USDA loan?
No, you may only use a USDA loan for a home that you personally occupy as the owner.

Can I finance the loan costs into the loan?
Yes, you can finance the closing costs and the upfront mortgage insurance into the loan. This means that you do not pay the fees out of pocket at closing, but instead it is added to the loan amount. It is important to note that you will then be paying interest on these fees if they are wrapped into the mortgage. Just some “food for thought” when you decide if that is something you want to do.

How much is mortgage insurance on USDA loans?
There are two types of mortgage insurance on USDA loans. This includes both upfront mortgage insurance and what is called the “annual fee”. The upfront amount is 1.00% of the loan amount. This can be added to the loan amount (as described in the question above). The “annual fee” is divided into your monthly payments. This fee is 0.35% of the loan balance (recalculated each year). So the amount goes down as you pay your mortgage. The annual fee of 0.35% is divided into 12 and added to the monthly payments. This is cheaper than FHA MIP (mortgage insurance premiums), as well as the PMI amounts on VA and conventional loans.

Do I have to be a first time home buyer?
The good news is you do not have to be a first time buyer. The only stipulation is that it must be your primary residence. So you must not currently own a home to be able to get a USDA loan.

What is the loan limits? How much can I borrow?
USDA loan limits adhere to the Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac conforming loan limits. For a single family residence, this amount is $417,000 in most areas of the county


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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
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What is a Good Credit Score to qualify for a Kentucky Mortgage Loan for USDA, RHS, VA, FHA, and Fannie Mae

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What is a Good Credit Score?

An established credit history and credit score often stands between potential home or car buyers and their dream. But What is a good credit score? What exactly is a credit score? What makes a credit score “good?” How to improve your credit score? If you’re new to building credit there are a few things you need to know in order to keep your credit looking stellar.
What is a credit score?
Your credit score is a numerical representation of your credit report. This three-digit number is like a badge that predicts risk, credit responsibility and determines your interest rates if you borrow money from lenders much like your CLUE Report. While you will be able to get a copy of your credit report you may not find this numerical key listed. Think of your credit score like the cliff notes version of your credit report. There are a few different measures of credit scores between divisions. Based on their own systems different scorers might view certain numbers in many ways.

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what is a good credit score
Deciphering your three-digit credit score is quite easy if you know the levels. The range usually runs from 300-850. Good to excellent credit is considered anything from 700 to 850. If your credit score falls in this range you’re going great! Fair credit runs from 625-699, poor runs from 550-624, and anything below 550 is bad. Some finance experts would classify anything over 720 a good credit rating. Experts will disagree depending on their preferred credit rating systems, and in most cases the criteria you use to determine whether or not your credit score is good will not be far off.
What Does a Good Credit Score Mean?
Having a good credit score is great, but if you don’t know how to use it you could be missing out on some crucial credit building. Credit scores are used in varying ways by lenders and banks. One thing your credit score implies is how likely you are to pay back debt. Basically it announces how reliable you are as a borrower. People with good credit scores are more likely to pay back funds that they borrow while those with lower scores aren’t so reliable. Lenders like reliable borrowers, and good credit points them out.
But a credit score does much more than predict whether or not you’ll pay a loan back. When it comes to buying a house or car, there is an interest charge. Higher credit scores usually have a lower interest rate than those with bad to fair credit. Lenders not only base whether or not they’ll approve a loan by your credit score, but also how much interest to charge. If your credit is in good standing your interest rate won’t be as high as someone with bad credit. Your credit score saves you money with lower interest rates.
How is a Credit Score Calculated?
In order to build and maintain good credit you must first know how your score is determined. Once you know what goes into a credit score you can begin building your credit or nursing your score towards higher digits. Credit scores are based on your financial history only, and laws prevent your score being affected by things like race, gender, age and where you live. What is included are items such as your payment history, your current credit debts, age of your credit history, new credit items added to your accounts and types of credit used.
These five basic areas are where the bulk of your credit score is formed. All criteria have varying degrees of involvement in your score. For example:
  • Payment history (35%) – How many on-time payments you’ve made, missed, defaulted and past due items
  • Current amount owed (30%) – How much you currently owe – if you owe a large amount this could negatively affect your score
  • Age of credit history (15%) – The average length of your credit accounts and time since last activity
  • New credit (10%) – The number of new credit items on your accounts
  • Types of credit (10%) – The kinds of credit accounts are you currently maintain
How to Improve Your Credit Score?
Many people avoid credit based on all the negatives they’ve heard against it, but neglecting your credit score hurts your chances of being able to make major purchases in the future. The best way to build credit is to use credit, and forming the following good credit habits early will pull your low score to higher ground.
  • Pay bills on time – This is the easiest and best way to boost your credit score. Since the bulk of your credit score comes from your payment history, paying bills on time will pull you up quickly. Not only will that help, but a recent and consistent history of paying bills on time overshadow a period long in the past where you may have missed payments.
  • Budget – Setting up a budget and staying within its parameters will keep you from overspending and using credit for frivolous things. Although using credit builds credit not being able to pay it off hurts more in the future.
  • Use all your credit cards regularly – If you have a few credit cards try to use them from time to time in order to show that you use all of your accounts. Remember that the last usage of an account is 15% of your score.
If you want to start repairing a bad credit history or start building yours, find out what your credit score is. I use Credit Karma to check mine, you can check out my review of Credit Karma or if want just apply here –www.creditkarma.com.
Making your way to a good credit score and keeping your score high won’t be a financial nightmare when you know how to build it and what it means financially.


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