Kentucky Rural Housing Development Mortgage Guide for USDA Loans

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Mortgage Lender

 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!


 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.

Western Kentucky are now eligible for low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Several Kentucky counties eligible for low-interest USDA loans to repair agricultural damage

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Several Kentucky counties affected by the December 2021 storms that produced tornadoes and high winds in Western Kentucky are now eligible for low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles recently announced.

“Both my office and I have been on the ground in western Kentucky and witnessed the historic and devastating destruction that hit the region last month,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Our farmers need funds and resources to maintain operations and rebuild. The low-interest loans offered by USDA may help some get back on their feet and regain some sense of normalcy.”

The low-interest loans offered by USDA are for physical losses and can help producers repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agricultural operation, including livestock losses. Examples of property commonly affected include essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut-bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops and hay.

USDA designated 24 Kentucky counties as primary eligibility areas for low-interest physical loss loans. They include:
Barren

  • Boyle
  • Breckinridge
  • Caldwell
  • Christian
  • Edmonson
  • Fulton
  • Graves
  • Grayson
  • Green
  • Hardin
  • Hart
  • Hickman
  • Hopkins
  • Logan
  • Lyon
  • Marion
  • Marshall
  • McLean
  • Muhlenberg
  • Ohio
  • Spencer
  • Taylor
  • Warren

The USDA has also designated 29 counties as contiguous and also eligible. They include:

  • Adair
  • Allen
  • Anderson
  • Bullitt
  • Butler
  • Calloway
  • Carlisle
  • Casey
  • Crittenden
  • Daviess
  • Garrard
  • Hancock
  • Henderson
  • Jefferson
  • LaRue
  • Lincoln
  • Livingston
  • McCracken
  • Meade
  • Mercer
  • Metcalfe
  • Monroe
  • Nelson
  • Shelby
  • Simpson
  • Todd
  • Trigg
  • Washington
  • Webster

The deadline to apply for the loans is Aug. 30, 2022.

Kentucky Rural Housing USDA loan program

What are the eligibility requirements for a Kentucky USDA loan?

Kentucky Rural Housing USDA loan program

Kentucky Rural Housing USDA loan program
Kentucky Rural Housing USDA loan program

The Kentucky Rural Housing USDA loan program has certain eligibility requirements .

Must be located in a eligible USDA Rural Housing Area.

The home would be your primary residence, not a rental property
Household income requirements beginning around $91, 000for a family of four and up to $120,400 for a family of five or more

Clear Cavirs Numbers.

No minimum credit score requirement but most lenders that offer USDA loans will want a 620 credit score or higher

What are USDA loan fees in Kentucky?

There are two fees on a USDA loan. An upfront fee, called the Guarantee fee and the monthly annual fee.

The upfront guarantee fee for fiscal year 2020 is 1 percent of the loan amount. This fee can often be rolled into the mortgage, instead of paying it out of pocket. The annual fee for  is .35 percent of the loan amount.

It’s important to check the maximum income limits   for your family size and where you live to get the most accurate data.

Advantages of USDA Loans

Zero Down Payment

Low Credit Score Requirements

Can finance closing costs up to appraised value

Streamline refinance an existing USDA with less documentation

No max loan amount

Disadvantages  of USDA Loans

only eligible in rural areas

Must be 3 years removed from bankruptcy or foreclosure

Limited to Income Requirements

Debt to income ratios tighter qualifying guidelines than FHA, Fannie Mae

Joel Lobb Mortgage Loan Officer Individual NMLS ID #57916 American Mortgage Solutions, Inc. 10602 Timberwood Circle Louisville, KY 40223 Company NMLS ID #1364 click here for directions to our office Text/call: 502-905-3708 fax: 502-327-9119 email: kentuckyloan@gmail.com https://www.mylouisvillekentuckymortgage.com/

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle 
Louisville, KY 40223
Company NMLS ID #1364
 

Text/call:      502-905-3708


email:
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Rural Housing Funds for Kentucky USDA Loans Now Available

updates
RHS Funding Now Available for Kentucky Rural Housing Mortgage Loans for 2022
Funding has now been authorized for RHS loans.


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 views of my employer. Not all products or services mentioned on this site may fit all people

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Kentucky USDA Mortgage Guidelines 

Kentucky Rural Housing Mortgage Lender
Homebuyer Benefits for Kentucky Rural Housing Lenders

• No down payment required.
• Buy existing, build new, or refinance current Rural Development loan.
• Finance eligible loan costs up to 100% of the appraised value plus the one-time
upfront guarantee fee.
• Eligible loan costs may include: purchase price, repairs, lenders fees, closing costs,
essential household equipment.
• 30-year fixed rate that is negotiated between the applicant and lender.
• No maximum purchase price limits.
• Gift and grant funds allowed.
• Normal purchase contract time.
Why is the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program a top financing option for homebuyers?
USDA loans offer many advantages such as…
• No down payment so they can keep reserves in the bank for future unexpected costs.
• USDA offers the option to buy existing, build new, or refinance a current Rural Development
loan.
• Borrowers can finance eligible loan costs up to 100% of the appraised value plus the one-time
upfront guarantee fee.
• Eligible loan costs may include: purchase price, repairs, lenders fees, closing costs, essential
household equipment.
• 30-year fixed rate that is negotiated between the applicant and lender.
• No maximum purchase price limits. Maximum loan amount is determined solely by the
applicant’s repayment ability.
• Gift and grant funds allowed.
• Normal purchase contract time. No need to extend the contract time. Rural Development
typically issues a Conditional Commitment to the lender within 2-3 business days of receiving a complete application

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

 

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). USDA Mortgage loans only offered in Kentucky.

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