Kentucky USDA Rural Development Mortgage

Kentucky USDA Rural Development Mortgage Overview


Features Benefits
Down Payment is not required Borrowers without savings, or who wish to retain their savings qualify
100% financing More Americans become homeowners
No reserves are required Buyers do not need to provide bank statements
Expanded qualifying ratios Buyers with satisfactory credit may qualify with higher Debt-to-Income ratios to accommodate high cost housing areas, etc
Seller is allowed to pay Buyer’s Closing Cost (ask Kentucky USDA Specialist for details) Reduces out of pocket costs for Buyers
Low minimum credit score (no minimum credit score required but lenders will have overlays up to 620 to 640 minimums) Buyers with non-traditional or no credit histories may qualify
Streamlined processing with 640 credit score No explanations on credit with 640+ score
Generous income limits based on 115% US median (not HUD) Deductions are available for dependents, daycare, elderly households, etc. to assist more individuals and families in qualifying
No maximum purchase price limit Buyers choose the home that meets their needs and repayment ability
NOT just for first time buyers All home buyers are eligible for benefits
Modular Homes may be eligible Purchases only (Manufactured Homes are NOT Eligible)
Education/training substitute for job tenure Income history for ratios is waived.
USDA is the lowest payment loan option for buyers wanting a FIXED Rate Low upfront and monthly MI, very low 30 YEAR FIXED rates and very easy to qualify

Kentucky Guaranteed Rural Housing Loans

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an adequate and dependable income;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, qualified alien, or be legally admitted to the United States for permanent residence;
  • Have an adjusted annual household income that does not exceed the moderate income limit established for the area. A family’s income includes the total gross income of the applicant, co-applicant and any other adults in the household. Applicants may be eligible to make certain adjustments to gross income – such as annual child care expenses and $480 for each minor child – in order to qualify.USDA Rural Development field offices can provide information on the moderate income limits for the areas that fall within their jurisdiction, and can provide further guidance on calculating household income.
  • Have a credit history that indicates a reasonable willingness to meet obligations as they become due;
  • Have repayment ability based on the following ratios: Principle, Interest, Taxes, and Insurance (PITI) divided by gross monthly income must be equal to or less than 29 percent. Total debt divided by gross monthly income must be equal to, or less than, 41 percent.

A Kentucky USDA Guaranteed Loan is a Government Insured 100% Purchase Loan. These loans are only offered in rural areas.


Why choose a Kentucky USDA Mortgage?

  • USDA Loans require no down payment.
  • There are no prepayment penalties for USDA Rural Home Loans.
  • A USDA Rural Development Loan has low monthly mortgage insurance.
  • A USDA Rural Development Mortgage is available all rural areas of the country, provided a market exists for the property and the home meets HUD’s minimum property standards.
  • A USDA Rural Housing Loan can be used to purchase a new or existing one family home in rural areas.
  • USDA RD Loans are offered at terms of 30 years with a fixed interest rate.

  Kentucky USDA Loan FAQ’s


What is Considered a  Kentucky Rural Area by the USDA?

Rural areas include open country and places with population of 10,000 or less and—under certain conditions—towns and cities. There is an automated rural area eligibility calculator for USDA home loans at:

What is the Maximum Loan Amount for a Kentucky USDA Loan?

There is no maximum loan amount for a USDA rural mortgage. However, it is limited by the appraised value and repayment ability (determined by your household income).

What is the Maximum LTV for a Kentucky USDA Loan?
The maximum USDA rural loan LTV can be up to 100% LTV plus the Agency guarantee fee.

Can Closing Costs be Financed into the Loan?
Yes, any difference between the contract price and the appraisal value can be used to finance normal closing costs for a Kentucky  USDA mortgage.

What is a Kentucky USDA Loan Guarantee?
USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Program serves as a safety net for mortgage lenders. The USDA 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. Any loss amount exceeding the 35% is 85% reimbursed. This leaves the lender only 15% exposed on the loss amount above the 35% of original loan.

In the majority of cases, the total loss does not exceed 35% of the original loan and the lenders are fully reimbursed. This guarantee provides lenders an expanded level of protection against losses. The quality of this guarantee allows lenders to easily sell the loans on the secondary market.


Kentucky USDA and Rural Housing Loan Information


Kentucky USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program

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Kentucky USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing
Guaranteed Loan Program


 100 percent financing available with no down payment required. Eligible repairs and
closing costs may be included in the loan up to the appraised value of the property.
 Upfront guarantee fee may be included in the loan amount above the appraised value.
 Existing or new construction homes including all Planned Unit Development’s (PUD’s) are
 Condominiums may be eligible.
 30 year loan terms with fixed interest rates.
 No pre-payment penalties.
 Satisfactory credit and qualifying ratios apply. Nontraditional credit histories may be


The following information is not all inclusive. For complete information refer to RD
Instruction 1980-D, supplemented by applicable Administrative Notices (AN) available
online at 
The applicant must:
 Be a U.S. Citizen, legally admitted as a permanent resident, or be a qualified alien.
 Have the legal capacity to incur the loan obligation.
 Be unable to secure credit with rate and terms reasonable to the applicant without a
guarantee from the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP).
 Not own a home within the local commuting area at the time of loan closing. Applicants that
do own a home that is structurally unsound or functionally inadequate, or is located outside
of the local commuting area may still be eligible for guaranteed loan consideration.
 Occupy the home purchased in an eligible rural area as their permanent primary residence.
 Have stable and dependable income to ensure repayment ability. Households may not
exceed the moderate income limit established for the applicable rural area.
 Have an acceptable credit history that demonstrates the willingness and ability to meet
financial obligations as they become due. If applicants exhibit unacceptable credit per RD
Instruction 1980-D, section 1980.345(d) the approved lender may still consider the
applicant if documented evidence of strong compensating factors as outlined in section
1980.345(d)(3) exists.


 Annual income includes the total gross income of the applicant, co-applicant, and any other
adult (age 18 and up) household members.
 Adjustments to annual income may be deducted for program eligibility determination.
Deductions may be made for dependants, eligible annual childcare expenses, disability
expenses, and annual medical expenses for elderly families. Please discuss eligible
deductions with your SFHGLP contact.
 Income limits are published for each county as an Exhibit to RD Instruction 1980-D and are
available online at:


 Repayment ability is determined by calculating the following ratios:
– PITI (Principal, Interest, Real Estate Taxes, and Homeowner Insurance): The total PITI
payment divided by the repayment income must be 29 percent or less.
– Total Debt (TD): The PITI payment plus all other monthly debt obligation payments
divided by the repayment income must be 41 percent or less.
 Repayment ratios that exceed 29 and/or 41 percentmay be approved by Rural
Development when a ratio waiver request is provided by the approved lender. The ratio
waiver must document and provide evidence of strong compensating factors to support the
request. USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Division October 2012
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington D.C. 20250-0784
Examples of strong compensating factors include but are not limited to:
– Current rent/housing payment is equal to or less than the proposed PITI.
– Applicant has a history of devoting a similar percentage of income to housing expense
similar to the PITI over the previous 12 months.
– Strong credit score and repayment history.
– Reserves are available post loan closing, which evidence the applicant’s ability to
accumulate savings.


The property must be located in an eligible rural area as defined in 7 CFR 3550.10 as:
1. Open country which is not part of or associated with an urban area.
2. Any town, village, city or place, including the immediate adjacent densely settled area,
which is not part of or associated with an urban area and which:
a. Has a population not in excess of 10,000 if it is rural in character, or
b. Has a population in excess of 10,000 but not in excess of 20,000, is not contained within
a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area, and has a serious lack of mortgage credit for
very low, low and moderate income households as determined by the Secretary of
Agriculture and the Secretary of HUD.
Property eligibility is available online and through GUS.


 Properties must meet HUD Handbooks 4150.2 and 4905.1. An FHA Roster appraiser or
licensed residential appraiser deemed qualified by the approved lender may certify to this
 A separate home inspection report prepared by the appraiser or a home inspector deemed
qualified by the approved lender is an acceptable option to ensure properties meet
minimum standards.
 Homes must be structurally sound, functionally adequate and in good repair, or will be
improved to meet good repair.
 There are no thermal performance standards for existing homes.
 Private water systems/wells: The local health authority or state certified laboratory must
perform a water quality analysis, which must meet state and local standards.
 Private septic systems: The septic system must be free of observable evidence of failure. An
FHA Roster appraiser, government health authority, licensed septic professional or
qualified home inspector may perform the septic system evaluation.
 Termite: If required by the lender, appraiser, inspector, or State law, a pest inspection must
be obtained to confirm the property is free of active termite infestation.
 Repairs: Any repairs necessary for the dwelling to be structurally sound, functionally
adequate and in good repair must be completed prior to the request of the loan note
guarantee. Exception: Escrow accounts that meet the requirements of RD Instruction
1980-D, section 1980.315 are allowed for exterior weather delayed repairs. When eligible
escrow accounts are established per section 1980.360(2)(ii) the loan note guarantee will be
issued without the repairs complete.
 Existing homes have been completed for more than 12 months or have been completed for
less than 12 months but have been previously occupied. USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Division October 2012


 Evidence the home was built in accordance with certified plans and specifications (e.g.,
International Residential Building Code, CABO, BOCO, etc.) must be obtained through an
eligible building permit, certificate of occupancy, or certification for a qualified individual or
organization that reviews plans and specifications.
 Evidence of construction inspections performed throughout the project in accordance with
section 1980.341(b)(2) must be retained. Acceptable documentation includes an eligible
certificate of occupancy or copies of three inspections performed: (1) inspections prior to
footing and foundation poured, (2) inspections of plumbing, electrical, and mechanicals
before the shell is enclosed, and (3) a final inspection will meet requirements.
 Evidence of a builder’s warranty. Minimum one year issued by the builder. If the builder
has offered a 10 year insured builder’s warranty acceptable to the Agency, this may be
accepted and evidence of construction inspections will be waived.
 Thermal performance requirements must meet the 2006 IECC code. An eligible building
permit, certificate of occupancy, final inspection, or 10 year insured builder’s warranty is
acceptable evidence this requirement has been met.
 New construction homes have been completed (as evidenced by a certificate of occupancy)
for less than 12 months and have never been occupied.
 New manufactured homes must be purchased from an approved dealer –contractors (your
SFHGLP contact can provide a list of those approved in your state). A unit is considered
new if the purchase agreement is dated within 12 months of the date the unit was
manufactured. The date of manufacture is available on the factory installed plate on the


 Loans must be secured by a first lien on real property in an eligible rural area.
Loan funds may be used to:
 Purchase an existing or new construction (stick built, modular, or manufactured) home.
 Purchase or pay off a site as part of a new construction package.
 Purchase and improve an existing home. Improvements must be complete before a loan
note guarantee will be issued. Exception: Escrow accounts are allowed for weather delayed
exterior repairs only.
 Include eligible loan fees, including legal fees, title services, and eligible closing costs.
 Refinance existing Section 502 Direct and Guaranteed loans. If only the principal balance
and the guarantee fee will be financed, no new appraisal is required. If the applicant wishes
to include eligible closing costs into the loan, a new appraisal is required. A new appraisal is
always required for Section 502 Direct loan refinances.
 The maximum loan amount is 100 percent of the appraised value plus the upfront
guarantee fee.

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell
502-813-2795 fax
jlobb@keyfinllc.comKey Financial Mortgage Co. (NMLS #1800)*
107 South Hurstbourne Parkway*
Louisville, KY 40222*

Kentucky USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program

Kentucky USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program

Kentucky Guaranteed Loans Offer Affordable Financing To Rural Homebuyers.

The mission of Kentucky Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program is to assist low to moderate income rural Kentucky  homebuyers achieve their dream of homeownership!

Kentucky Rural Development partners with approved local lenders to extend 100% financing opportunities to eligible rural individuals and families for the purchase of safe and sanitary dwellings. Guaranteed loans have assisted thousands of homeowners to purchase a home with affordable interest rates and loan terms.

Applicants must purchase a home within the eligible rural areas, and have a household income that does not exceed the established limits where the home is located. Additional Guaranteed Loan Features include but are not limited to:

  • 100% financing, no down payment is required. The loan amount may not exceed 100% of the appraised value, plus the guarantee fee may be included.
  • Guarantee Fee applies: may be rolled into the loan amount.
  • Flexible credit guidelines. Non-traditional credit histories may be accepted.
  • Fixed 30 year interest rates apply. Lenders and applicants agree upon interest rate.
  • Qualifying ratios are 29% for housing costs and 41% for total debt. Lenders may request an exception to exceed these ratios when strong compensating factors are identified.
  • No maximum purchase price. Qualifying ratios and the applicant’s stable and dependable income will determine home affordability.
  • Eligible property types include existing homes, new construction, modular homes, Planned Unit Developments (PUD’s), eligible condominiums and new manufactured homes.
  • Eligible closing costs and lender fees may be included in the loan or paid by the applicant.
  • Gift/Grant Funds/Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCC’s)/Seller Concessions are allowed.
  • Eligible repairs and improvements may be included in the loan.
  • Applicants apply with an approved lender of their choice.
  • Not limited to first time homebuyers.


Changes to RHS Guarantee and Annual Fee

Effective on October 1, 2012, RHS will revise the Up-Front Guarantee Fee and Annual Fee structure as follows:


Up-Front Guarantee Fee


Sept. 30, 2012

Effective  Oct. 1, 2012

Purchase Transactions (no change)



Refinance Transactions




Annual Fee


Sept. 30, 2012

Effective  Oct. 1, 2012

Purchase Transactions



Refinance Transactions




Loan guarantee requests submitted to RHS by September 30, 2012, in which a conditional commitment has not been issued, will be subject to the new, October 1, fee structure.  Lenders are encouraged to plan for the changes because, as mentioned previously, some RHS offices are experiencing extreme backlogs in loan guarantee delivery.


Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell
502-813-2795 fax
jlobb@keyfinllc.comKey Financial Mortgage Co. (NMLS #1800)*
107 South Hurstbourne Parkway*
Louisville, KY 40222*

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