Who is eligible for a Rural Housing Loan in Kentucky?

Rural Housing Loan in Kentucky

Kentucky USDA loans are loans offered by the United States Department of Agriculture to those looking to buy homes in rural areas of Kentucky.

There are a few requirements and restrictions associated with this type of loan however, if you are a first time home buyer in Kentucky with a limited income, no down payment and are looking to live in a rural part of Kentucky, this may be a good option for you to purchase a home going no money down and getting a 30 year fixed rate loan.

Income Requirements for USDA Loans in Kentucky

The Rural Housing USDA website provides an income eligibility calculator depending on where you are looking for housing in the state of Kentucky. Because it is a nationally funded loan by the United States Government, the income restrictions will vary county-by-county  but the loan recipient cannot make more than 115% of the median income for the area in which they are applying. There is also a chart you can consult that provides Kentucky USDA county income limits depending on the number of people in your home. Most Kentucky Counties will allow up to $90,200 for a household family of four or less, and up to $119,350 for a household of five. The Northern Kentucky Counties of Kenton, Bracken, Boone, Gallatin, Campbell allow for more. See Chart below

Households with 1-4 members have different limits as households with 5-8. Similarly, applicants living in high-cost counties will have a higher income limit than those living in counties with a more average cost of living.

Credit Score Requirements for a USDA Loan in Kentucky 

Borrowers in Kentucky are required to have a FICO minimum credit score of 581 or higher. However, most USDA lenders will create a credit overlay where they will want a minimum credit score of 640 in order to get a GUS approval. 

If the potential borrower has declared bankruptcy or foreclosure within the last 36 months, they would be ineligible for this type of loan.

If the mortgage was included in the Bankruptcy, sometimes the 36 month hold is ignored and you just have to make sure the property is out of your name before applying for a USDA loan

Can you get a USDA loan in Kentucky with a Previous Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the bankruptcy must have been discharged at least 3 years prior to becoming eligible for a Kentucky USDA home loan.

Borrowers must be in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy for a minimum of 12 months, with documentation of 12 months of on time payments and a letter of authorization from the bankruptcy trustee authorizing you to enter into new debt.

In order to qualify for a USDA home loan after filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, additional documentation may be requested/required stating that the reason for the Chapter 13 filing was due to extenuating circumstances beyond the borrower’s control, temporary in nature and not likely to re-occur.

Home must be primary Residence.

Recipients must be U.S. Citizens, U.S. non-citizen nationals or Qualified Aliens to apply for this program. They must also agree to use the home as their primary residence and not as a rental property.

The property must be for a family including townhouses, single family homes, condominiums (FHA Approved), new construction or new mobile homes.

What areas of Kentucky Qualify for the USDA Loan Program?

The USDA provides a map of the  where you can apply a USDA loans are eligible in Kentucky. The major metro areas of Jefferson County and Fayette County Kentucky are not eligible for Rural Housing Loans in Kentucky, along with some  parts of Northern Kentucky next to Cincinnati;  parts of Owensboro, Paducah, Bowling Green, Richmond, Frankfort, Winchester, Radcliff,  Hopkinsville and Henderson Kentucky are not eligible.

If you have a property in mind, you can head over to the eligibility map to see if the home you are considering qualifies.

What are the advantages of USDA loans in Kentucky?

For many people in a low to middle-income bracket, saving for a down payment can be difficult. A USDA loan does not require the purchaser to put any money down toward the purchase price of a home. The government insures the loan in this case, should the borrower default, therefore the borrower is required to carry mortgage insurance during the life of the loan. The mortgage insurance for the USDA loan is provided at a more discounted rate than that required by traditional loans.

On USDA loans the mortgage insurance is 1% upfront, called a guarantee fee, and .35% monthly called an annual mortgage insurance fee to USDA.  The beauty of USDA, is that it does not matter if you have a credit score of 640, or a credit score of 740, everyone pays the same premiums, unlike conventional loans. 

They only offer 30 year fixed rates with no prepayment penalty, and usually the rates are very low and compare to FHA rates and much lower than conventional loans. 

USDA loans take on average about 30 days to close, and the appraisal must meet FHA requirements. Home inspections are not required, and only new mobile homes are allowed on this home loan program. 

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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

kentuckyloan@gmail.com

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— Some products and services may not be available in all states. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. The content in this marketing advertisement has not been approved, reviewed, sponsored or endorsed by any department or government agency. Rates are subject to change and are subject to borrower(s) qualification.

Kentucky Rural Housing Development Mortgage Guide for 2021 USDA Loans

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Mortgage Lender
Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Mortgage Lender call/text 502-905-3708-NMLS ID. 57916 Equal Housing Lender -Not a Commitment To Lend. Not Part of or endorsed by USDA Government Agency or any other government agency. nmlsconsumeraccess.org

2021 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!


2021  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.

Manufactured Home Guidelines for Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loans

MANUFACTURED HOMES AND KENTUCKY USDA LOANS FOR RURAL HOUSING REQUIREMENTS
No Money Down for Manufactured Home Rural Buyers in Kentucky Using the USDA Rural Housing loan Program
New Manufactured Home Conventional Product
Announced at KHC’s Lender Luncheon last week, effective with reservations as of March 12, 2018, KHC will now allow manufactured homes with its conventional products, which is an exclusive for HFAs. This product has the same 660 credit score and ratios 40/50 as our conventional products, and can be used with new and existing properties.
Additionally, KHC will allow 95/105 percent CLTV. National Mortgage Insurance and Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation have approved of this product, other mortgage insurance companies are currently reviewing it, but the loan can be used with our preferred risk (without mortgage insurance) product as well. KHC’s program guides have been updated to reflect this change. 
When reserving the conventional program for a manufactured home, choose either Preferred MH or Preferred Risk MH with or without DAP in KHC’s loan reservation system.
Getting qualified for a home loan is easier than you may think! Talk to one of our local specialists today about which program is right for you!
Kentucky USDA guidelines to add manufactured housing as an eligible property type for USDA loans. See requirement details below.
Loans may be guaranteed for manufactured homes if all USDA, HUD and the below requirements are met:
  • The unit must be property installed on a permanent foundation according to HUD standards and the manufacturer’s requirements for installation on a permanent foundation.
  • A certification of property foundation is required.
  • A new construction manufactured home is not allowed.
  • The unit and site are already financed with an Agency direct single family or guaranteed loan.
  • The unit and site are being sold by Rural Development as REO property.
  • The unit and site are being sold from the lender’s inventory and the loan for which the unit and site served as security was a loan guaranteed by Rural Development.
  • The unit was installed on its initial installation site on a permanent foundation complying with the manufacturer’s and HUD’s installation standards.
  • A loan will not be guaranteed for the purchase of an existing manufactured home that has been moved from another site.
Property Requirements:
  • The land must be fee simple.
  • The Manufactured Home must be a one-unit dwelling legally classified as real property.
  • The towing hitch, wheels, and axles must be removed.
  • The Manufactured Home must have at least 400 square footage, room dimension to be acceptable to purchasers in the subject market area.
  • The Manufactured Home must have been built in compliance with the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards that were established June 15, 1976 as well as additional requirements that appear in HUD regulation at 24 C.F.R Part 3280 evidenced by:
    • HUD Data Plates/Compliance Certificate
    • HUD Certification Label
  • The appraisal form 1004c must indicate evidence of the HUD Data Plate/Compliance Cert and the HUD Certification Label.
  • The Manufactured Home must be attached to a permanent foundation system.
  • Engineers Certificate for foundation system is required.
  • The Manufactured Home must be permanently connected to all necessary utilities.
  • The property must not be located in a flood zone.
Title Requirements:
  • Endorsement ALTA 7,7.1 or 7.2 is required.
  • Confirm property is legally classified as real property. Any certificate of title to the manufactured home must be surrendered to the appropriate state government authority.
  • Owner of the Manufactured Home must also own the land on which the home is situated
  • A mortgage/deed of trust must:
    • Be recorded in the land records
    • Must identify the encumbered property as including both the home and the land
    • Must also include the VIN, Serial numbers from the HUD Data Plate of the manufactured home along with the description of the land.
Appraisal Requirement:
  • Appraisal must be completed using the Manufactured Home Appraisal Report Form 1004C.
  • Appraiser must use a minimum of three comparable sales of similar manufactured home.
  • A detailed and supported cost approach to value is required on all Manufactured Home appraisals.
  • The following are ineligible:
    • If the site or manufacture home is substantially non-conforming with the neighborhood, it is ineligible.
    • Creating comparable sales by combining vacant land sales with the contract purchase price of the home is prohibited.

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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
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/
Disclaimer: No statement on this site is a commitment to make a loan. Loans are subject to borrower qualifications, including income, property evaluation, sufficient equity in the home to meet Loan-to-Value requirements, and final credit approval. Approvals are subject to underwriting guidelines, interest rates, and program guidelines and are subject to change without notice based on applicant’s eligibility and market conditions. Refinancing an existing loan may result in total finance charges being higher over the life of a loan. Reduction in payments may reflect a longer loan term. Terms of any loan may be subject to payment of points and fees by the applicant  Equal Opportunity Lender. NMLS#57916 http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/
 
— Some products and services may not be available in all states. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. The content in this marketing advertisement has not been approved, reviewed, sponsored or endorsed by any department or government agency. Rates are subject to change and are subject to borrower(s) qualification.