Upfront guarantee fee will change from 2.75% to 1.0% Annual fee will change from 0.50% to 0.35%-Huge Savings for Kentucky Home Buyers using the Rural Housing USDA Program

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*Upfront guarantee fee will change from 2.75% to 1.0%
Annual fee will change from 0.50% to 0.35%

 

Kentucky USDA Loans are not just for small farm communities, but rather they can help many lower-income individuals or households purchase homes in many small cities, towns and townships!

 

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Call or Text 502-905-3708 with your KY USDA Rural Housing Questions

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Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Guarantee Upfront and Annual Fee Changes October 2016

 

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Good News for Kentucky First Time Home Buyers Using the USDA Rural Housing Loan Program!

 

Kentucky RHS USDA Mortgage Insurance  Changes Below and Important Dates to Keep in Mind that could affect your loan closing and approval!

On October 1, 2016, both the upfront guarantee fee and annual fee for purchase and refinance loans will decrease. We are reducing the upfront guarantee fee from 2.75% to 1%, and the annual fee from .5% to .35%. The Guaranteed Underwriting System (GUS) will be updated on August 31, 2016, to allow lenders to select and underwrite using either the FY16 or FY17 fee schedule.

Due to the large volume of loan applications received daily, as well as current turn times, Kentucky will begin accepting applications using the new FY17 fee schedule on September 27, 2016

Applications using the new FY17 fee schedule submitted before September 27, 2016 will not be processed before October 1, 2016.

 September 27, 2016 will be the last day Kentucky will accept applications using the existing FY16 fee schedule. This will ensure all of these submissions are reviewed by the Agency prior to October 1.

 

 Most are familiar with USDA Rural Housing Loan Program  being a great no money down program available and it is not just for Kentucky first time buyers

But starting with commitments on October 1, the funding fee that is financed is going from 2.75% to only 1%!  On a $100,000 loan, a buyer saves about $1750!  In addition, the annual fee (like PMI) reduces from .5% to .35% which lowers the monthly payment by $15 a month on an $100,000 loan amount.

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Joel Lobb
Senior Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916
text or call my phone: (502) 905-3708
email me at kentuckyloan@gmail.com

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). USDA 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 HOUSING PROPERTY STANDARDS FOR THE GUARANTEED HOME LOAN PROGRAM

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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.

 

 

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Kentucky based USDA Mortgage Lender

 

Kentucky USDA Rural Development Fee Reduction

Kentucky USDA Rural Development  Fee Reduction
USDA has just announced that they are planning to lower both the Guarantee Fee and the Annual Fee for RHS loans in Fiscal Year 2017. Effective for loans receiving commitments from RHS on or after October 1, 2016, the following fee changes will be in effect
  • The Upfront Guarantee Fee will be lowered from 2.75% to 1.00% of the loan amount
  • The Annual Fee will be lowered from 0.50% to 0.35% of the average scheduled unpaid principal balance for the life of the loan

 

502 Direct USDA Loan in Kentucky:

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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. KY RD Offices_August2014.jpg 

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.

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
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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 USDA UP-FRONT GUARANTEE FEE INCREASE

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KENTUCKY USDA UP-FRONT GUARANTEE FEE INCREASE
 
As announced by Rural Development, the upfront Guarantee Fee for purchase and refinance loans will increase as follows for Rural Housing USDA loans in Kentucky:
UPFRONT GUARANTEE FEE
THROUGH 9/30/2015
EFFECTIVE 10/1/15
All Transactions
2.0%
2.75%
The new fee structure is applicable to all Conditional Commitments issued by Rural Development on or after October 1, 2015. Loan guarantee requests submitted to Rural Development (RD) on which a conditional commitment has not been issued by September 30, 2015, will be subject to the new, higher guarantee fee structure.
Kentucky USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing Loans are one of the only “no money down” options available to home buyers today. Kentucky USDA loans aren’t just in the country. Many other areas fall within the USDA Kentucky Rural Housing designated areas, so opportunities may be closer than you think. To view eligible rural areas near you, CLICK HERE to access the USDA lookup tool on their website.
This program is very attractive to low-to-moderate income buyers:
  • Zero percent down
  • CLTV up to 102.04%
  • 6% seller contributions allowed
  • Credit scores as low as 640
  • No reserves required

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)
 
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119