Rural Housing Requirements For USDA Loans In Kentucky

Kentucky Rural  Housing Loans

 

Kentucky USDA loans are mortgages made by lenders and guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They are available to moderate- and low-income borrowers to build, rehabilitate, improve or relocate a primary residence in eligible rural and suburban areas. The income limit is 115 percent of the median income in your area. You can check the income limits for your area here.

 

It can be closed with zero down. USDA loans do have a monthly insurance requirement, but the upfront fee is significantly lower than on the VA loan and the mortgage premiums are lower than on the FHA loan.

The problem is that the number of buyers who qualify for a USDA loan is much smaller. Unlike on other loans where more income is better, a USDA loan has strict income maximums.

Fees for Kentucky USDA Loans

USDA loan borrowers pay an upfront fee of 1 percent of the loan amount, and this fee can be added to the loan balance. Borrowers also pay a mortgage insurance premium of 0.35 percent of the loan balance per year in 12 equal installments. This fee is based on the current balance and added to the monthly payment.

 

Down Payment Requirements for Kentucky USDA Loans

 

USDA loans are available with up to 100 percent financing (zero down).

 

Credit Score Required for Kentucky Rural Housing Loans

 

There is no minimum credit score for a USDA loan, but you are automatically ineligible if you are presently delinquent on a nontax federal debt.

Automated approval is available if you have two tradelines reported on your credit history and acredit score of 640 or higher.

If you do not have sufficient credit data, the underwriter can assess your creditworthiness other ways, such as by examining your history with rent payments. Applicants with a credit score lower than 640 will undergo additional underwriting steps.

Loan Limits for Kentucky USDA Loans

 

They are no loan limits for Kentucky USDA loans backed-up the guarantee loan program. The Direct USDA loan program does have loan limits.

 

 

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 

Text/call:      502-905-3708

fax:            502-327-9119
email:
          kentuckyloan@gmail.com

Gaps in Employment for KY USDA Rural Housing Loans

The rule states the following:
A borrower who has no verifiable employment for 6 months or longer is deemed to have a gap in employment. 
  •  Any gaps in employment must be analyzed in order to make a final determination of stable and dependable income. An employment gap does not automatically render an applicant ineligible. Applicants with job gaps due to maternity leave, medical leave, relocation, etc. are considered to have employment continuity. Applicants returning to the workforce after leaving a previous job to care for a child/family member, complete education, etc. will require a 12 month employment history.

 

 

What is a Kentucky USDA Rural home loan?

What is a Kentucky USDA Rural home loan?

USDA Lenders Based in Kentucky Offering Rural Housing Mortgage loans.

A Kentucky USDA home loan is a zero-dollar-down mortgage option provided by USDA’s Department of Rural Development.

This government-backed loan program comes in two types: direct loan, which is reserved for lower-income households and issued by USDA, and the guaranteed loan, which is reserved for low- to moderate-income families. The guaranteed loan is funded by private lenders, and USDA guarantees a portion of the loan against default.

Is a Kentucky  USDA loan more beneficial than a Kentucky conventional loan?

 The KY USDA home loan program is generally more beneficial to rural families than a conventional lending program, particularly for first-time homebuyers with lower- to median-level incomes.

Some of the benefits of Kentucky Rural Housing USDA loans include:
• zero down payment 
• competitive interest rates
• lower-than-average monthly mortgage insurance 
• relaxed credit requirements versus conventional loans
• no loan limits

How do I determine eligibility for a Kentucky Rural Housing USDA loanTo be eligible for a USDA home loan, borrowers must meet the program’s basic eligibility requirements. These requirements are relaxed compared to other mortgage options and are in place to ensure borrowers can make their monthly mortgage payments.

Here are a few of the basic Kentucky RHS USDA eligibility requirements:

• Income. Applicants must not have annual adjusted income greater than 115% of the median household income for the area. Check your county’s USDA income limit. This called compliance income.

Most Kentucky Counties that are eligible for the rural housing loan is $86,700 for a family of four and up to $114k for a family of five or more.

Kentucky Counties Cincinnati (OH, KY, IN FMR) Household income of 4 or less:

$93,050

Household income of 5 or more:

$121,850

Shelby $86,450 $114,100
All Other Areas $86,700 $114,150

• Credit. Applicants must have a minimum credit score of 581 to qualify for USDA’s guaranteed underwriting credit requirements. However, most lenders will want a 620 or preferably to get an Automated Approval 640 is the magic number in most cases. With regards to bankruptcy, 3 years is usually the date needed to lapse since your discharge.

• Employment. Applicants must have proof of two years of stable income and employment.

:  Income: They will take your gross monthly income and develop two ratios for you: The front end ratio, which is called your housing ratio, and then the back-end ratio or total debt ratio is the house payment plus the total monthly payments listed on the credit report. If you pay child support, this is included in the qualifying ratios but utility bills, car insurance, cell phone bills, water bills etc, is not included. Typically 28% is used for the housing ratio, and

Student Loans:  They are pretty tough on student loans and qualifying with your current student loan debts. They will make us use 1% of your outstanding balance on student loans, so sometimes this will cause the loan to get denied because your debt to income ratio is too high. If they are in an Income-Based repayment plan they will still make us use the 1% balance so keep this in mind. For example, let’s say you owe $35k in outstanding student loans, and your IBR plan calls for a $50 monthly payment. RHS will make us use $350, not the $50 IBR payment so you can see where this will cause issue on higher debt to income ratios on some loans.**********

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Effective immediately for all Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Mortgage Loans.

If you are a Kentucky USDA Mortgage applicant who has 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.

• Property location. Homes must be located within a rural area, as defined by USDA. Rural areas are any that have a population less than 35,000 depending on the area’s designation. Use this tool from USDA to determine if a specific address is eligible.

• Physical property. Homes must be the borrower’s primary residence, have direct access to a street, and have adequate utilities and water and wastewater disposal, among other things No working fams allowed or properties that income producing livestock or crops.

For those with lower incomes, a USDA direct loan provides greater opportunities for lending, as its credit and income requirements are more lax than the guaranteed loan option.

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#57916http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/

Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Appraisal Requirements

  • Property must meet HUD’s minimum Property standards. i.e.: permanent heat source, functional kitchen, health & safety
  • Flips subject to UW review
  • Transferred appraisal – not allowed
  • Appraisal valid 120 days – 30 day extension possible
  • Swimming Pools – ok
  • Property eligibility – Located in a USDA designated rural area
  • New Construction Available
  • RHS Condos
    In order for a condo to be eligible for an RHS loan, it must appear on the FHA, VA, or FNMA approval list. Please see the Condos Guideline for more information.
  • Income Producing Properties and Outbuildings
    Minimal income production from property is allowable within reason (e.g. gardening) as long as the property remains predominantly residential in nature
    Outbuildings are permitted as long as they are no longer in commercial use. Interior photographs of all outbuildings will be required to determine usage
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
(: (502) 905-3708 | 7 Fax: (502) 327-9119|
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

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). I lend in the following states: Kentucky

 

KENTUCKY USDA RURAL HOUSING MORTGAGE GUIDELINES FOR 2020

Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Highlights for 2020

Kentucky USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Lending Program is geared to assist low to moderate income families realize home ownership. Below are some important highlights:

USDA/Rural Development. The Annual Guarantee Fee is set to INCREASE October 1.
USDA/Rural Development. The Annual Guarantee Fee is set to INCREASE October 1.
  • 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.

 

KY USDA Homes for Sale

Address Bed/Bath Price  
274 SHELBY HURST RD 3/2 $28,000.00
WILLIAMSBURG, KY 40769   Real Estate Owned
 
2217 Brent Ann Drive 0/0 $10,000.00
Flatwoods, KY 41139   Real Estate Owned
 
390 Boggs Rd 3/1 $41,000.00
Oliver Hill, KY 41164   Real Estate Owned
 
111 Sun Valley Drive 3/1 $26,000.00
Edmonton, KY 42129   Real Estate Owned
 
168 Cedarbrook Ct 3/1 $58,000.00
Cynthiana, KY 41031   Real Estate Owned
 
14699 Hwy 460 W 3/1 $63,000.00
Ezel, KY 41425   Real Estate Owned
 
712 Falls Lane 2/1 $43,000.00
Grayson, KY 41143   Real Estate Owned
 
30 WELLS CT 3/1 $35,000.00
MONTICELLO, KY 42633   Real Estate Owned
 
127 Lewis Lane 3/1 $27,000.00
Grayson, KY 41143   Real Estate Owned
 
111 Pelfrey Rd 4/2 $108,000.00
Morehead, KY 40351   Real Estate Owned
 
14773 Highway 460 3/1 $56,000.00
Ezel, KY 41425   Real Estate Owned
 
217 W Lynn Street 3/2 $98,000.00
Georgetown, KY 40324   Real Estate Owned
 
6300 Bull Fork Rd 3/2 $118,000.00
Morehead, KY 40351   Real Estate Owned
 
205 Evergreen Drive 3/1 $84,000.00
Irvine, KY 40336   Real Estate Owned
 
526 Bailey Rd 3/1 $35,000.00
Annville, KY 40402   Real Estate Owned
 
207 McArthur Street 3/1 $42,000.00
Russelville, KY 42276   Real Estate Owned
 
12 S Jackson Street 3/1 $40,000.00
Sturgis, KY 42549   Real Estate Owned
 
1785 Hwy 882 3/1 $50,900.00
Ezel, KY 41425   Real Estate Owned
 
7342 State Rt 5 3/1 $26,000.00
Ashland, KY 41102   Real Estate Owned
 
6125 Springbrook 3/2 $100,000.00
Paducah, KY 42001   Real Estate Owned
 
29 Sylvan Drive 3/1 $108,000.00
Independence, KY 41051   Real Estate Owned
 
229 Paul Nora 3/2 $85,000.00
Campbellsburg, KY 40011   Real Estate Owned
 
2 Smith 3/1 $36,180.00 – GovtBid
Monticello, KY 42633   Foreclosure Sale
 
108 Morgan Lane 3/2 $49,580.00 – GovtBid
Hopkinsville, KY 42240   Foreclosure Sale
 
2610 SR 564 3/2 $25,125.00 – GovtBid
Mayfield, KY 42066   Foreclosure Sale
 
167 Crestview Dr 3/1 $16,750.00 – GovtBid
Mayfield, KY 42066   Foreclosure Sale
 
6465 Cherry Lane 3/1 $41,540.00 – GovtBid
Utica, KY, KY 42376   Foreclosure Sale
 
3580 State Route 125 3/2 $26,800.00 – GovtBid
Hickman, KY 42050   Foreclosure Sale
 
1015 Walnut Creek Dr 3/2 $84,090.00 – GovtBid
Barstown, KY 40004   Foreclosure Sale
 
410 Hillside Drive 3/1 $23,450.00 – GovtBid
Mayfield, KY 42066   Foreclosure Sale
 
124 Brookview Dr 3/1 $36,850.00 – GovtBid
Nicholasville, KY 40356   Foreclosure Sale
 
120 Alder Drive 3/2 $89,185.00 – GovtBid
Bardstown, KY 40004   Foreclosure Sale
 
107 Cedar Street 3/1 $13,400.00 – GovtBid
Fulton, KY 42041   Foreclosure Sale
 
271 Mildred Rd. 3/2 $39,530.00 – GovtBid
McKee, KY 40447   Foreclosure Sale
 
70 Little Cabin Creek Rd. 3/2 $55,370.00 – GovtBid
Vanceburg, KY 41179   Foreclosure Sale
 
225 Forest Hill Road 3/1 $53,985.00 – GovtBid
Greenville, KY 42345   Foreclosure Sale
 
1215 Shepard Way 3/2 $68,900.00 – GovtBid
Shelbyville, KY 40065   Foreclosure Sale
 
103 Rose Lane 3/2 $45,560.00 – GovtBid
Nicholasville, KY 40356   Foreclosure Sale

 
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

New Credit Requirements for Kentucky USDA Rural Development Loans Starting 12/1/2014

TRADELINE REQUIREMENT:

One borrower must have 3 tradelines that have existed for 12 months. If this requirement cannot be met, an accept decision must be downgraded to a refer and treated as a manual underwrite.

VERIFICATION OF RENT:

Scores 680 and above OR GUS accept = No VOR required.

Scores 679 and below = VOR required.

COLLECTIONS:

Determine if the total outstanding balance of all collections accounts and charge offs of all applicants is equal to or greater than $2,000. Unless excluded by state law, collection accounts and charge offs of a non-purchasing spouse in a community property state are included in the cumulative balance of all collections and charge offs.

Remove all medical collections and medical charge off accounts from the total balance. Medical collections and medical charge off accounts must be clearly identifiable on the credit report.

If the remaining outstanding balance of collection accounts and charge offs are equal to or greater than $2,000, any of the following actions will apply:

Payment in full of all collection accounts and charge offs at or prior to closing.

Payment arrangements are made with each creditor for each collection account and charge offs remaining outstanding. A letter from the creditor or evidence on the credit report is required to validate the payment arrangements. The agreed upon monthly payment for each outstanding collection account and charge off will be included in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio.

In the absence of a payment arrangement, the lender will utilize in the debt-to-income ratio a calculated monthly payment. For each collection and charge off utilize 5% of the outstanding balance to represent the monthly payment.

USDA-Home-Loan

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