Northern Kentucky Mortgage Guidelines for the USDA Rural Housing Loan Home Program

If you are looking to buy a home in Northern Kentucky,  to either own a home on acreage in the country with 100% financing on your home loan with zero down,  then you need to look at the Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loan Program.

If you are looking to buy a home in Northern Kentucky,  to either own a home on acreage in the country with 100% financing on your home loan with zero down,  then you need to look at the Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loan Program.

 How Does the USDA Home Loan Work in Northern Kentucky?

Here are some of the Key Financial Elements of the USDA Home Loan in Northern Kentucky:

  • Low to Middle-Income Households are generally eligible – If the Household Income is too high, you may be ineligible.
  • 30 Year Fixed Term Loans at Today’s Low Interest Rates compared to FHA, USDA and other government mortgage loans
  • Qualifying rations are 29% for Housing and 41% for total debt. or possibly higher with a credit score over 640.
  • Rural Development Loan Guarantee Fee applies, currently 1% USDA funding fee and .35% monthly mi premium
  • Zero Cash required for the Down Payment.  If access to 20% down payment, then you cannot use this program.
  • Flexible Credit Guidelines, where non-traditional histories may be accepted. USDA will do a no score loan, but it is very difficult to qualify for so your best bet is to get your credit scores to 620 to 640 range and go from there. You will need two trade lines on the credit report for last 12 months, so no limited credit history is allowed on this program.
  • Eligible properties include: Existing Homes, New Construction, New Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, and eligible Condos!—No used mobile homes.
  • Eligible Repairs may be included in the loan as well! If home appraises for more than sales price, sometimes you can finance these repairs into the loan.
  • They’re are two income tests. Compliance income and repayment income. See pic below for answers about Northern Kentucky Counties with max income limits for household
  • Home must be in an eligible area. See map below of Northern Kentucky Eligibility for USDA Rural Housing Loans

What Parts of Northern Kentucky Are Eligible for the USDA Home Loan?

With Northern Kentucky being part of the  metro area  of Cincinnati, the USDA has provided a map of the Ineligible Northern part of the Counties of Boone, Kenton, Campbell counties  which means, the remaining southern part of the counties of Boone, Kenton, Campbell being  eligible.  Here is the Northern Kentucky rural housing  map courtesy of the USDA:

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What Parts of Northern Kentucky Are Eligible for the USDA Home Loan?

What are the income limits for a Rural Housing Loan in Northern Kentucky?

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.

Northern Kentucky Counties
Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Bracken and Pendleton, Gallatin ***
Cincinnati (OH, KY, IN FMR) Household income of 4 or less:

***$99,250
Household income of 5 or more:

***$130,000
All Other Areas $90,300 $119,200

Here are a few more items to check off before looking into this loan or at a particular property:

  • Must be Owner Occupied as the Primary Residence;
  • Home must not be used to produce Income, nor can there be Income Producing Buildings or other Accessories that produce Income on the property; i.e. no working farms or cows, livestock, crops etc. Can be a small hobby farm.
  • No foreclosed homes that  that need a lot of work.
  • Home must be structurally sound and in reasonably good repair and pass FHA standards on an appraisal.
  •  Home  cannot be used for a Rental Property or, be a major fixer




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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KENTUCKY USDA RURAL HOUSING PROPERTY STANDARDS FOR THE GUARANTEED HOME LOAN PROGRAM

Kentucky based USDA Mortgage Lender
Kentucky based USDA Mortgage Lender

 

Sites must be modest and developed in accordance with any standards imposed by a State or local government. Therefore, the lender must verify that the following requirements are met at the time of application.

  •  Site size The site size must be typical for the area.  (Some acreage is fine as long as it is normal and the appraisal has comparable sales with similar acreage)

 

  • Income-Producing Buildings. The property must not include buildings designed and to be used principally for income-producing purposes. For example barns, silos, greenhouses, or livestock facilities used primarily for income producing agricultural, farming or commercial enterprise are ineligible. However, barn, silos, livestock facilities or greenhouses no longer in use for a commercial operation, used for storage, and outbuildings such as storage sheds are permitted if they are not used primarily for income producing agricultural, farming or commercial enterprise. A minimal income-producing activity, such as maintaining a garden that generates a small amount of additional income, does not violate this requirement. Home-based operations such as childcare, product sales, or craft production that do not require specific features are not restricted.  A qualified property must be predominantly residential in use, character and appearance.

 

  • Income-Producing Land. The site must not have income-producing land that will be used principally for income producing purposes. Vacant land or properties used primarily for agricultural, farming or commercial enterprise are ineligible. Sites that have income-producing characteristics (e.g. large tracts of arable land ready for planting) are considered income-producing property.  However maintaining a garden for personal use is not in violation of this requirement. A minimal income-producing activity, such as a garden that could generate a small amount of additional income does not violate this requirement. A qualified property must be predominantly residential in use, character and appearance.
  • Site Specifications. The site must be contiguous to and have direct access from a street, road, or driveway. Streets and roads must be hard surfaced or all weather surfaced and legally enforceable arrangements must be in place to ensure that needed maintenance will be provided.
  • Utilities. The site must be supported by adequate utilities and water and wastewater disposal systems.

 

 

Kentucky based USDA Mortgage Lender
Kentucky based USDA Mortgage Lender

 

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.

Kentucky Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program

Kentucky Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program

Kentucky Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program 
– 25 Frequently Asked Questions

25 Questions and  Answers

1 What is the guarantee?
USDA Rural Development provides the full faith and assurance of the U.S Government
that any financial loss resulting from servicing the loan will be reimbursed in full up to
an amount not exceeding 90% of the original loan amount. All loss up to an amount not
exceeding 35% of the original loan is fully reimbursed. Losses exceeding 35% are 85%
reimbursed.
2 What is the advantage to the customer?
100 percent financing, fixed interest rate,  low monthly mi fee (.50bps) and upfront mi fee of 2% and no restrictions on size or design are just a few of the advantages.
3 What are the eligibility requirements?
Have adequate and dependable income (up to 115 percent of adjusted area median
income), have acceptable credit, do not own a dwelling in the local commuting area, US
Citizen or permanent resident, have the ability to personally occupy the home on a
permanent basis, and do not have funds for a 20% down payment loan plus closing and
moving expenses.
4 Can a Broker originate Guaranteed loans? Yes, however only Approved lenders may underwrite & submit loans.
5 How long does it take to get an answer?
Our goal is a 2 to 5 day turnaround. Time will be longer in some offices due to the large
number of guarantee requests received.
6 What is the maximum fixed Interest Rate  and term?
Fannie Mae 90 day delivery rate plus 60 basis points rounded up to nearest quarter of
one percent Or no more than the Lender’s published VA rate for first mortgage loans
with no discount points. The term is 30 years.
7 What is the maximum loan amount? The Loan amount is limited by the market value and repayment ability.
8 What is the maximum Loan to ValueIt can be up to 100% LTV plus the Agency guarantee fee.

9 What is the Guarantee Fee? The guarantee fee is 2.0 percent of the “Total” loan amount.
10 What are the qualifying ratios? PITI Ratio 29 percent, TD Ratio 41 percent.
Higher ratios may be approved with compensating factors.
11 Do we show deferred student loans in the debt ratio?
Deferred student loans should be included in the debt ratio calculations for Guaranteed
Loans regardless of the deferment period.
12 What is the minimum credit score?
Under certain criteria, credit score 640 and above no comment required.
For credit score 639 and below document circumstances were temporary in nature
beyond the applicants control and have been removed. In most cases, loans will not be
guaranteed for applicants who have a middle credit score of 580 & below.
13 What about location? The dwelling must be located in eligible rural area (See eligibility site) http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do
14 What about refinancing? Limited to existing USDA Rural Development guaranteed or direct loans.
15 Can loans include acreage?

Possibly. The acreage must not contain any income producing facilities and the value of
acreage may not exceed of the total property value.
16 Can Manufactured Homes be financed? Yes, however they must be new and sold by an approved dealer contractor. We as a lender currently don’t offer these type of loans

17 What about an in-ground swimming pool?  Swimming pools are now okay with the recent changes on December 1st, 2014

18 What are the required inspections?Property must meet HUD Handbook 4905.1 & 4150.2 or similar standard. A FHA roster appraiser can verify adequacy/working order of electrical, plumbing, heating, water & waste disposal on existing dwellings.
19 Will USDA Rural Development issue a letter asking the Approved Lender to make a loan? No. This is the Approved Lender‟s loan. They underwrite the loan and decide if it meets their standards and Agency standards before submitting.
20 Is homebuyer education required? Homebuyer education is not required, however it is recommended.
21 Are seller concessions allowed? Yes. Rural Development  restricts  the amount of seller concessions to 6% of sales price
22 Who approves the Appraiser? The appraiser must be licensed by the State to complete appraisals.
23 Can necessary repairs be included in loan? Yes. An „as improved‟ appraisal will be needed to include cost of repairs.
24 Are alternate verifying income documents allowed

Yes. Paycheck stubs, payroll earnings statements and W-2 tax forms for previous 2 tax

years, and telephone verification of employment.

25 Who buys Guaranteed Housing Loans?

FHLB, Fannie Mae, Ginnie Mae, and other

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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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