- Annual Qualifying Income – The requirement for calculations to be included on the Income Calculation worksheet have been removed and should now be included on Attachment 9-B, the underwriter transmittal summary, FNMA form 1008/Freddie form 1077, or equivalent
- 4506-T – The requirement for asset statements to be reviewed to ensure borrowers have no additional income sources has been removed.
- Repayment Income – MCC income must now be included in repayment income.
- Boarder Income – USDA now considers a boarder as a household member and a boarder’s income must now be included in annual income calculation. Rent paid by boarders that is reported on tax returns must also be included in annual income.
- Capital Gains – USDA removed requirement from Repayment Income to provide evidence showing borrowers own additional property or assets that may be sold if additional income is needed to support the mortgage obligation
- Commission – The borrower must now show one year history in same or similar line of work to include commission in repayment income.
- Fellowship, Stipend, Scholarship – Scholarship award letters must now provide date of termination and USDA will no longer presume benefits with no expiration date will continue. USDA also added guidelines for GI Bill income and stated it cannot be included in annual or repayment income.
- MCC – This income must now be included in repayment income, but no history is required. A copy of the W-4 from employer is required to verify borrower is taking tax credit on monthly basis. Note: MCC’s are ineligible with FWL as qualifying income.
- Unreimbursed Business Income – only taxable income is allowed to be included in repayment income
- Section 8 – USDA removed requirement for section 8 income to be deducted from the monthly PITI to determine DTI if it is paid directly to the loan servicer when included in the repayment income.
- Self Employed Income – Federal tax returns must now be reviewed to determine gross income for annual calculations. Removed requirement to deduct business loss before entering as repayment income into GUS or on loan application. Clarified documentation requirements as most recent 2 years of federal tax returns / transcripts & YTD P&L may be audited or unaudited
- Social Security Income – clarified documentation options and will allow social security benefit statement or form SSA-1099/1042S to source
- Temporary Leave – The history requirements for repayment income has been changed and now income must be received by loan closing.
- Cash on Hand – The underwriter must review the reasonableness of accumulation based upon income stream, spending habits, etc. and cash on hand can no longer be included in reserves
- Gift Funds – Clarification provided on how gift funds must be sourced when gift funds have been deposited into borrower’s account, not deposited into borrower’s account, or if funds are being wired directly to the settlement agent.
- Large Deposits – USDA no longer addresses lump sum additions.
Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Housing Loan Program Affected by COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2020 – USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.
* Visit www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus for information on Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and more.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF
* Rural Development Guaranteed Loan Programs
Effective immediately until September 30, 2020, lenders may offer 180-day loan payment deferrals without prior agency approval for Business and Industry Loan Guarantees, Rural Energy for America Program Loan Guarantees, Community Facilities Loan Guarantees, and Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees. For additional information, see page 17721 of the March 31, 2020, Federal Register.
Rural Housing Service
Effective March 19, borrowers with USDA single-family housing Direct and Guaranteed loans are subject to a moratorium on foreclosure and eviction for a period of 60 days. This action applies to the initiation of foreclosures and evictions and to the completion of foreclosures and evictions in process.
Direct Loan Program:
• USDA has waived or relaxed certain parts of the application process for Single-Family Housing Direct Loans, including site assessments, and has extended the time period that certificates of eligibility are valid.
• A Direct Loan borrower who is experiencing a reduction of income by more than 10 percent can request a Payment Assistance package to see if he/she is eligible for payment assistance or for more assistance than currently received.
• Moratorium Assistance is available for Direct Loan borrowers experiencing medical bill expenses (not covered by insurance) or job loss because of COVID-19. Qualifying borrowers can receive a moratorium on house payments for a period of time, repaid at a later date.
• Direct Loan questions should be directed to USDA’s Customer Service Center at 800-414-1226 (7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday-Friday) or https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/loan-servicing. Call volume and wait times are high at this time.
Guaranteed Loan Program:
• Guaranteed Loan borrowers who are in default or facing imminent default due to a documented hardship can have payments reduced or suspended by their lender for a period not to exceed 12 months delinquency. Once the hardship is resolved, the lender can modify the loan to cure the delinquency or make up the missed payments based on the borrower’s individual circumstances.
•*USDA is granting lenders temporary exceptions pertaining to appraisals, repair inspections and income verification for the Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) due to theCOVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, the following exception sto Agency guidance found atHB-1-3555 are in effect for a period of 60-days.
*Residential Appraisal Reports–Existing Dwelling: For purchase and non-streamlined refinance transactions, when an appraiser is unable to complete an interior inspection of an existing dwelling due to concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, an “Exterior-Only Inspection Residential Appraisal Report”, (FHLMC 2055/FNMA 2055) will be accepted. In such cases, appraisers are not required to certify that the property meets HUD HB 4000.1 standards. The appraisal must be completed in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) and the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD).This exception is not applicable to new construction properties or construction-to-permanent loans. As a reminder, appraisals are not required for streamlined and streamlined-assist refinance transactions.
*Repair Inspections–Existing Dwelling: For loans for which a completion certification is not available due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a letter signed by the borrower confirming that the work was completed is permitted. Lenders must also provide further evidence of completion, which may include photographs of the completed work, paid invoices indicating completion, occupancy permits or other substantially similar documentation. All completion documentation must be retained in the loan file. This exception is not applicable to rehabilitation and repair loans noted in section 12.28 of HB-1-3555.
*Verbal Verification of Employment: Lenders must document and verify the borrower’s annual and repayment income in accordance with Agency regulations. Lenders should use due diligence in obtaining the most recent income documentation to re-verify the borrower’s repayment ability prior to closing. When the lender is unable to obtain a Verbal Verification of Employment(VVOE)within 10 business days of loan closing due to a temporary closure of the borrower’s employment, alternatives should be explored. For example, email correspondence with the borrower’s employer is an acceptable alternative to a VVOE. If the lender is unable to obtain a VVOE or acceptable alternative, the requirement will be waived when the borrower has a minimum of two months cash reserves. In the case of a reduction of income, the borrower’s reduced income must be sufficient to support the new loan payment and other non-housing obligations. Borrowers with no income at the time of closing are not eligible for SFHGLP loans regardless of available cash reserves.
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 in 2020?
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:
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:
|Household income of 5 or more:
|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
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USDA Rural Housing Loans in Kentucky Cannot Be Closed Currently!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will not issue new Kentucky USDA Direct Loans or Kentucky Guaranteed Loans 502. This is due to the ongoing shutdown by the Federal Government.
Kentucky FHA, VA, Fannie Mae, and KHC loans are being closed currently as of this writing.
Current Scheduled closings of Kentucky Direct Rural Housing Loans are being canceled and unless your guarantee was previously issued for a Guaranteed Loan, those may or may not be closed, depending on the lender.
Check with your USDA lender immediately if you’re getting a USDA loan or had planned to use the program to buy a home; you might have to put off your purchase until the shutdown is resolved.
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