I am a Kentucky based USDA Mortgage Lender that has originated over 200 KY Rural Housing Mortgage Loans in Kentucky, Put my expert advice to use. Kentucky Rural Development RHS loans give KY Rural Homebuyers a zero down mortgage loan with a low 30 year fixed rate loan. A Local Kentucky Rural Housing Mortgage Lender offering same day free approvals and credit report. This website is not affiliated with USDA or any other government agency. NMLS#57916 Equal Housing Lender Text or call today 502-905-3708 with your mortgage questions about USDA Rural Housing Loans in Kentucky. Free Pre-Approvals on most applications within the same day. Kentuckyloan@gmail.com
USDA has published new income limits for Kentucky USDA Rural Housing borrowers, effective immediately. Those new limits can be found HERE.
Maximum age for an RHS appraisal has been extended from 120 days to 150 days.
Accessory Dwelling units are now addressed in RHS guidelines. They may be allowed based on the appraiser’s evaluation that they represent the highest and best use of the property and are not a separate single family dwelling unit.
Additional clarification on site requirements was added to help in the underwriter’s determination as to when outbuildings and/or excess land should be considered income-producing.
It’s free to get pre-approved for the loan with us and we will supply you a copy of your credit report for free along with a pre-approval letter stating how much you qualify for.
It takes about 30-40 days to close the loan
USDA Loan Pre-Approval Checklist
1. One full month’s or 30 days worth of pay stubs
2. Last 2 years W-2′s
3. Last 2 years tax returns
4. Last two months bank statements for all accounts
I don’t need originals, copies are fine. You can fax, email the requested documents or meet me face-to-face if you wish.
Let me know your questions.
Thanks and look forward to helping you–
Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior Loan Officer
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346
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Lenders must include the greater of:
• 1 percent of the outstanding loan balance; or
• The 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 and do not represent a fixed payment or repayment plan. These types of repayment plans are unacceptable to represent a long-term fixed payment repayment plan. It is the lender’s responsibility to ensure the correct fixed payment is utilized in the capacity analysis.
No additional documentation is required if a credit report is obtained.
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)
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.
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.
Kentucky USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Lending Program is geared to assist low to moderate income families realize home ownership. Below are some important highlights:
Debt Ratios–29/41% on manual underwrites – max to 45% Debt to Income ratios with GUS Approve/Eligible Finding.
ZERO down payment – 100% LTV ok
Income Eligibility Limits do apply. Usually to $86k for a family of four and up to $15k for a household family of five or more.
Lender Credit from the interest rate may be used to pay closing costs.
Gifts ok! Usually not needed for USDA loans because 100% Financing offered. Gift funds cannot be used for reserves to get a GUS approval.
Applicants with > 20% of the sales price in assets (exclude retirement accounts) are not eligible for USDA financing.
Clear CAIVRS required – CAIVRS is a Federal Government-wide data base of information regarding individuals where an insurance claim or guarantee loss was paid.
Student Loan Payments –
Effective immediately for all RHS loans, student loan calculations will be changed to the following
Fixed Payment Loans: A permanent amortized, fixed payment may be used when it can be documented that the payment is fixed, the interest rate is fixed, and the repayment term is fixed.
Non-Fixed Payment Loans (i.e. deferred, income based, graduated, adjustable, etc.): The payment should be calculated as the greater of 0.5% of the loan balance or the actual payment reflected on the credit report. No additional documentation is required.
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.
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.
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
RHS considers a loan as qualifying for conventional credit if all of the following are true
Borrower has eligible assets to meet a 20% down payment AND reasonable closing costs; AND
The loan meets all current FNMA guidelines
Assets should be calculated using the lesser of a two month average balance or the current bank statement/recent VOD.
Debts omitted in GUS now require that reason for omission be listed in the “Notes” section.
Military applicants are no longer required to provide evidence of pending discharge.
The following are now considered part of the Household income when determining income eligibility
Documented pay raise/cost of living raise to occur on or prior to closing
Income from spouse living apart less than 3 months, unless divorce or legal separation proceedings have been commenced
Continuance is automatically assumed on Social Security income unless the benefit letter specifically states an expiration date.
Payments for the care of foster children or adults cannot be used as income.
Authorized User accounts can be used to meet tradeline requirements if 12 months payment can be documented by the borrower.
30 day accounts paid each month do not have to be included in the DTI.
Previous mortgage liabilities disposed of without release of liability (i.e. divorce, assumed, etc.) can be excluded from the debt calculation if the transaction can be fully documented along with 12 months of mortgage payments by the remaining party
Judgments accounts may be excluded from the debt calculation if less than 10 months remain on the repayment plan.
Charge-off accounts should not be included as a liability or a debt.
Debts incurring a significant impact on repayment are now defined as being 5% or more of the gross monthly income.
USDA does not have to be added to the appraisal as an intended user.
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 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
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.
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.
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 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 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.