Category: INCOME ELIGIBILITY

502 Direct USDA Loan in Kentucky:

NMLS 57916

 

There are two types of Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Home loans available to rural Kentucky Home buyers through Rural Development:

Direct homeownership loans and guaranteed home ownership loans.

Let’s first look at the 502 Direct USDA Loan in Kentucky

502 Direct USDA Loan in Kentucky:

 

With a Kentucky  Direct Loan 502, the applicant applies directly to the USDA office serving their location in Kentucky. There are about 13  different locations . They  lend the money direct from USDA , 100 percent financing, for the low rate currently at 3 percent on a 33 year term.

For a direct home loan, the purchase, construction, repair and rehabilitation of a single family home in rural areas must be used for the applicant’s permanent residence. “For manufactured housing, only new construction can be funded,” he explained.

Credit scores of 640 or greater are typically acceptable with a minimum number of trade lines (2 usually for 12 months can be opened or closed) that have been open and active.

No down payment typically is required- Loans may be up to 100 percent of the appraised value. Homebuyer education is required prior to closing for the Direct USDA Loan 502 program

 

Mortgage payments are based on what the applicant can afford to pay. USDA offers payment assistance/subsidies to make it affordable. When you go to payoff the USDA Direct loan, you may incur a subsidy recapture fee. KY RD Offices_August2014.jpg 

Student Loans and their Impact in the Total Debt Ratio

Recent updates to the 3555 Handbook intended to simplify guidance for the delivery of the guaranteed loan program have caused some misperception in regards to total debt ratio calculations, specifically in the subject of student loans.  The Agency is working on revisions to Chapter 11: Ratio Analysis; however, we want to further clarify the subject at this time.

Total debt includes monthly housing expenses plus any other credit obligations incurred by the applicant.  Student loan payments must be included in the calculation of the total debt-to-income ratio and captured under liabilities on the application.  Student loan payments should be treated as described below:

Fixed payment loans:  A fixed payment may be used in the debt ratio when the lender retains documentation to verify the payment is fixed, the interest rate is fixed, and the repayment term is fixed.  There must be no future adjustments to the terms of the student loan payments.

 

Non-Fixed payment loans:  Payments for deferred loans, Income Based Repayment (IBR), Graduated, Adjustable, and other types of repayment agreements which are not fixed cannot be used in the total debt ratio calculation.  One percent of the loan balance reflected on the credit report must be used as the monthly payment.  No additional documentation is required.

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KY USDA Rural Housing Update 2016

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Effective for all loan commitments issued on or after March 9th,  Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loan Program  is publishing an updated version of their 3555 handbook. The new handbook includes additional guidance and clarification on many previously vague subjects, including the following changes
USDA
Use the greater of one percent (1%) of the outstanding loan balance or the verified fixed payment as reflected on the credit report.
Income Based Repayment (IBR) plans, graduated plans, adjustable rates, interest only and deferred plans are examples of repayment plans that are subject to change. These types of repayment plans are unacceptable to represent a long term fixed payment plan.

Income Requirements for A Kentucky Rural Housing Loan Approval.

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Income Eligibility:

Income from all occupants of the household must be included as qualifying income regardless of whether or not they are obligated on the note. Income eligibility can be determined from the following USDA web site. Final eligibility must still be determined by USDA

When a borrower has a rental property it must also be included in the eligibility calculation.

  • Positive net rental income is included in the eligibility income for the household
  • Negative net rental income is counted as zero for eligibility income

Qualifying Income:

The underwriter is responsible for calculating income and approving the loan. Applicants with commission only position’s, or varying amounts of overtime and bonus income may not exhibit enough stable monthly income to qualify. Typically, income of less than 24 months duration should not be included in qualifying income.

  • Salaried Borrowers
    • Pay-stubs covering most recent 30 day period, W-2’s for the previous two years and telephone verification of employment performed by Freedom Mortgage (paystub must show at least 30 days of year-to-date earnings).
    • If overtime, commission, or bonus income is used for qualifying purposes the file must be documented with a two year history of receipt and be expected to continue.
    • Standard VOE, sent directly to the employer, along with the borrower’s most recent paystub.
  • Self-Employed Borrowers
    • Copies of the borrower’s signed individual Federal tax returns that were filed with the IRS for the most recent two years. As an alternative, the Freedom may obtain IRS-issued transcripts of the borrower’s tax returns, as long as the transcripts include the information from all of the applicable schedules. The tax return documentation should be complete and include all appropriate schedules.
    • The self-employed applicant also should submit current documentation of the business’s income and expenses, including any applicable Federal tax returns that were filed with the IRS for the most recent two years as well as year-to-date profit and loss and balance statements.
  • Rental Income
    • Rental income may only be counted for repayment income if the lease has been in place for at least two years. For leases older than two years, count positive net rental income in repayment income and negative net rental income as debt. If rental income is not received for a full two year period then the full PITIA must be used in the debt to income calculation.
    • Rental income calculation – reduce monthly gross income by a 25% vacancy rate, and then the monthly PITI, HOA dues, etc. are subtracted. If positive then include in income if negative include in DTI.

All other income sources refer to USDA guidelines for all income guidelines and documentation requirements

Assets:

  • Assets are not required; however, any assets disclosed must be supported with appropriate documentation
  • Satisfactory explanation and documentation should be provided for large deposits or increases in liquid assets
  • Cash on hand is not acceptable
  • Bank accounts require Verification of Deposit with average 2 month balance, or 2 consecutive months statements dated within 45 days of loan application
  • Earnest money deposit may be considered an asset if deposit is not already reflected in liquid assets
  • Asset amount of retirement accounts is 60% of the vested account balance
  • Gifts must be documented through gift donor letter and establish that gift does not have to be repaid
  • For sale proceeds of real property, provide HUD-1 or equivalent closing statement to indicate the actual amount of cash proceeds realized by the borrower
  • Stocks and bonds must be documented by a statement provide by stockbroker or financial institution managing the portfolio
  • Households with net family assets of greater than $5,000 require that the actual income derived from all net family assets or a percentage of the value of such assets based on the current passbook savings rate be considered when calculating income.

 

 

Kentucky USDA Rural Home Loans : 100% Financing

Kentucky USDA Rural  Home Loans : 100% Financing

Kentucky USDA Rural Development Housing Zero Down
USDA Home Loans : 100% Financing Kentucky USDA Rural Development Housing Zero Down
Kentucky USDA Mortgage Loans
Kentucky Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program

The program’s full name is the Kentucky USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan program. Most people call them “USDA loans” or “Rural Housing Loans.” Kentucky USDA loans are insured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the program’s most popular feature is its option for “no money down” financing. Via the USDA, you can finance 100% of a home’s purchase price.

It is a common misconception that these loans are only for farm types of properties. In fact, income producing farms are not eligible for the program. 118 of Kentucky’s 120 counties contain areas that are eligible for program (The whole area of Jefferson & Fayette Counties currently are ineligible).  Parts of Bullitt County, McCracken, Christian, Boone, Kenton, Campbell Counties are ineligible.

 

The property cannot be located within the city limits of a municipality with a population level determined by the U.S Census with a limit set by the USDA.

A Kentucky USDA loans are similar to other loan types including loans via Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Kentucky USDA loans differ in their down payment requirements (none required) and its simpler loan approval standards. Kentucky Rural loans can be used by first-time buyers and repeat home buyers alike. Homeowner counseling is not required to use the Kentucky USDA program. Mortgage insurance premiums are also often more attractive than many alternative financing types.

Since October 1, 2012, USDA mortgage insurance rates have been :
•For purchases, 2.00% of loan amount upfront fee paid at closing
•For refinances, 2.00% of loan amount upfront fee paid at closing
•For all loans, 0.40% annual fee, based on the remaining principal balance

As a real-life example, then, a homebuyer with a $100,000 loan size in Kentucky would be asked make a $2,000 upfront mortgage insurance premium payment at closing, plus $33.33 in mortgage insurance monthly.

The upfront mortgage insurance is not required to be paid as cash and the amount is often added to your loan balance even above the purchase price and appraised value of the home. USDA is one of the only loan types that allows you to also finance in other closing costs and prepaid items above the purchase price up the appraised value if it is greater than the purchase price of the home.

Also similar to the FHA, the USDA requires mortgage insurance premiums to be paid until the loan is paid-in-full, or until the home is sold. USDA mortgage insurance rates are lower than those for a comparable FHA mortgages.assess a 1.75% upfront mortgage insurance premium and charge as much as 1.55% in MIP annually.

 
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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For home buyers today, there are two mortgage programs which offer 100% financing. The first is the VA loan from the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s available to most active military personnel and veterans nationwide.

The other program is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Single Family Housing Loan Guarantee Program.

Sometimes called a “Rural Housing Loan” or a “Section 502” loan, today’s USDA financing isn’t just for farms. Because of the way the USDA defines “rural”, there are plenty of exurban and suburban neighborhoods nationwide in which USDA loans can be used.

Home buyers who buy a home in a qualified USDA area, and who meet USDA income eligibility requirements, can take advantage of the USDA’s low interest rate, no downpayment mortgage program..

What Are The Benefits Of A USDA Home Loan?

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2014 Income Limits for Kentucky USDA’s Single Family Guaranteed Loan Program

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Home Loans 1 100% Financing in Kentucky for Home Loans
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The 2014 Income Limits for Kentucky USDA’s Single Family Guaranteed Loan Program were recently published.  The good news is that the majority of all areas either increased or stayed the same.

Click Here to view the updated Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Income Limits for 2014 in your area.

Joel Lobb  Senior  Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 phone: (502) 905-3708
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

http://mylouisvillekentuckymortgage.com 

This website is not an Government Agency, and does not officially represent the HUD, VA, USDA or FHA
This website is not an Government Agency, and does not officially represent the HUD, VA, USDA or FHA
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Kentucky USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan Income Worksheet for 2014

KENTUCKY RURAL HOUSING INCOME ELIGIBILITY CALCULATION WORKSHEET

Kentucky USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan

INCOME ELIGIBILITY CALCULATION WORKSHEET  USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan
KENTUCKY INCOME ELIGIBILITY CALCULATION WORKSHEET
USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan

 

 

 

 

 

 
Borrower/s ____________________________________________________________
Date of Calculation__________ Total # household members = _________
State:_________________________ County:______________________________

List all non-exempt household income: (Per §1980.347)
Name of household member receiving the income
Source of income Monthly income from source
(Actual or Average)
X12
Annual income
from source
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Total Gross Household Income $______________ X12 $______________

Total Monthly Total Annual
Deductions from Annual Income: (Per § 1980.348) (Use when gross income is above income limit):
(1) Number of Minors living in household: ___X $480.00 (Under age 18) $_____________
(2) Number of Disabled/Handicapped Adults:___ X $480.00 (18 or over& NOT borrowers) $_____________
(3) Number of full time adult students: ____ X $480.00 (18 or over& NOT borrowers) $_____________
(4) Elderly Family: (borrower or co-borrower over 62) One time deduction of $400.00 $_____________
(5) Annual Child Care Expense $_____________
(6) Medical expenses (Elderly family only. Un-reimbursed >3% gross annual income) $_____________

TOTAL Annual Deductions (Sum of Line 1 thru Line 6) $_____________
Adjusted Gross Annual Household Income (Gross income less deductions) $____________

ADJUSTED COUNTY HOUSEHOLD INCOME LIMIT per Rural Development $____________
Kentucky USDA and Rural Housing Income limits are available at:

http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/KY%20GRH.pdf

DEDUCTIONS FOR CALCULATING  ADJUSTED FAMILY INCOME

Deductions From
Annual Income Deduct For: Do Not Deduct For:__________________________________

$480 for each (A) Minors (under 18 years of age) Applicant/Borrower, Spouse, Foster Children, or member of the Children of Non-family members.
family residing in the household. (B) Adults (18 years of age or older) Applicant/Borrower, Spouse or Non-family members.

(C) Adults (18 years of age or older) Applicant/Borrower, Spouse or Non-family members.
who are full-time students.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________

$400 for elderly (D) Head, Spouse or Sole Member who family. is a senior citizen, disabled or handicapped and is the applicant/
borrower.

(E) Two or more unrelated senior Family, if one or more of those living in the house-
citizens, disabled or handicapped hold is not a senior citizen, disabled or handicapped.
persons living together, at least one
is the applicant/borrower.

(F) Survivors of deceased FmHA senior Survivors after remarriage of the deceased borrowers citizen, disabled or handicapped spouse. borrower who occupied the dwelling
at the time of the borrower’s death.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Care of minors 12 years (G) Anticipated expenses to be paid for (a) Amount paid in excess of amount received from of age or foster children care of member of the family to be such employment. or children of non-family gainfully employed. (b) Payments made to dependents of the applicant/ members. borrower.
(H) Anticipated expenses paid for care of
minor(s) to enable a member of the Payments made to dependents of the applicant/
family to further his/her education. borrower.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Aggregate medical (I) Planned general medical and dental Accumulated bills in excess of planned payments for expenses of the house- expenses of an elderly family for the ensuing 12 months. hold in excess of 3% of ensuing 12 months which are not gross annual income. covered by insurance (eg., medicines, medical insurance premiums, costs of nursing care, payment of accumulated medical bills, and cost of full-time nursing or institutional care which cannot be provided in the home).

(J) Reasonable attendant care and auxiliary Cost already deducted for same user member of apparatus and equipment expenses to elderly family. enable any handicapped/disabled
member of a household (not just an elderly family) to be employed.
_________________________________________________

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

 

GUARANTEED HOUSING PROGRAM INCOME LIMITS
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Debt Ratio Waivers and Compensating Factors for Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Development Loans for 2014

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 Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Development Loans for 2014

Effective May 1, 2013, Agency concurrence of a debt ratio may be granted if all of
the following conditions are met:

1. The PITI is between 29 and 32 percent or the TD ratio is between 41and 44
percent;
2. The credit score of all applicant(s) is 680 or greater; and
3. At least one of the acceptable compensating factors listed below is identified and
supporting documentation is provided to the Agency.

Acceptable Compensating Factors and Supporting Documentation:

 The proposed PITI (proposed housing expenses) is equal to or less than the
applicant’s current verified housing expense for the 12 month period preceding loan
application. Verification of housing expenses may be documented on a Verification
of Rent (VOR) or credit report. The VOR or credit report must include the actual
payment amount due and report no late payments or delinquency for the previous 12
months. Rent or mortgage payment histories from a family member will not be
considered.

 Accumulated savings of liquid assets or cash reserves available post loan closing are
equal to or greater than 3 months of PITI payments. A Verification of Deposit or two
consecutive bank statements, dated within 45 days of loan application, that document
the average balance held by the applicant is required. Cash on hand is not eligible for
consideration as a compensating factor.

 The applicant(s) (all employed applicants) has been continuously employed with their
current primary employer for a minimum of 2-years. A “Request for Verification of
Employment” (VOE) (Form RD 1910-5, equivalent HUD/FHA/VA or Fannie Mae
form, or other equivalent), or VOEs prepared by an employment verification service
(The Work Number, etc.) must be provided. This compensating factor is not
applicable for self-employed applicants.

Kentucky RHS Mortgage Rates
Kentucky RD Mortgage Rates for the Ky USDA Guarantee Home 502 Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debt Ratio Waiver Request and Agency Approval:

Debt ratio waivers must be requested and documented by the approved lender, otherwise
the loan file will be denied. The Agency will review the debt ratio waiver request when
all of the following conditions are met:

1) The lender requests Agency concurrence with the debt ratio waiver by submitting
a signed underwriting analysis that captures one or more of the above
compensating factors. Lenders may utilize Fannie Mae 1008 / Freddie Mac 1077,
“Uniform Underwriting and Transmittal Summary,” or similar form;

2) The PITI is between 29 and 32 percent or the TD ratio is between 41 and 44
percent;

3) The underwriting credit score is 680 or greater for all applicants; and

4) The lender provides evidence of the compensating factor(s).

The Agency will notify the lender of concurrence with the debt ratio waiver request by
issuance of Form RD 1980-18, “Conditional Commitment for Single Family Housing
Loan Guarantee.” The Agency must check the ratio waiver box in the Guaranteed Loan
System for manually underwritten loans or on the USDA Administration page in GUS for
“Refer” or “Refer with Caution” underwriting recommendation files. All supporting
documentation of the compensating factors must be imaged as an essential document in
the Rural Development Imaging Repository.

Summary

There will be no exceptions to the defined ratio thresholds and minimum credit score
requirements. Only the compensating factors listed in this AN with supporting
documentation will be considered for Agency concurrence with a debt ratio waiver.

This AN does not apply to any GUS loan file that receives an “Accept” underwriting
recommendation.

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Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
(: (502) 905-3708 | 7 Fax: (502) 327-9119|

 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

http://mylouisvillekentuckymortgage.com 

This website is not acting on behalf of or at the direction of HUD/FHA, USDA, KHC,  VA  or the Federal Government.

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INCOME ELIGIBILITY FOR KENTUCKY USDA LOANS AND RURAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT RHS

INCOME ELIGIBILITY

502-905-3708
ACCEPTABLE INCOME FOR A KENTUCKY USDA AND RURAL HOUSING LOAN FOR THE 502 GUARANTEE LOAN

 

 

 

 

 

 
• For the Guaranteed Loan Program, the borrower’s adjusted income may not exceed 115% of the U.S. median income
• An income calculator is available on the Rural Development Web site at
http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov. From the home page, click “Single Family Housing” under “Income  Eligibility.”
• The following are included in annual income to qualify for an RHS guaranteed loan:
− Gross amount of wages, salaries, overtime pay, commissions, fees, tips, bonuses and other compensation for personal services of all adult members of the household
Net income from the operation of a farm, business or profession, interest, dividends and other net income of any kind from real or personal property
− Payments from social security, annuities, insurance policies, pensions, unemployment, workers compensation, alimony and/or child support and other types of periodic receipts.
− All regular pay, special pay and allowances of a member of the armed forces who is the
borrower or spouse whether or not that family member lives in the unit
− All rental income, regardless if using to qualify, must always be considered when calculating total household income for program eligibility as follows:

• The following sources are not included in annual income but will be considered in determining the ability to repay the loan:
− Income from minors
Food stamp allotment
− Payments from foster care
− Irregular cash gifts
Lump sum additions, such as capital gains, etc.
− Medical reimbursements
− Educational benefits
− Hazardous duty pay for military person exposed to hostile fire Note: Not every situation can be thoroughly addressed and this sellers guide is not all-encompassing. At
underwriter discretion, additional documentation may be required on any loan.

USDA Guidelines

− Income exempted by Federal Statute (details noted in 1980-D Exhibit F). Adjustments to reduce
annual income include $480.00 for each minor child, full time student or a disabled member of
the family. $400.00 may be deducted from annual income for each family member over 62
years of age. An additional deduction may be calculated for certain expenses when added
together exceed 3% of gross annual income

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

http://www.mylouisvillekentuckymortgage.com/

 

 

 

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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