Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Important Announcement
We have been advised by Kentucky Rural Housing USDA that they WILL ACCEPT NO LOAN APPLICATIONS FROM THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON NOVEMBER 21, 2014 THROUGH THE START OF BUSINESS DECEMBER 1 2014.
Many USDA offices currently have a significant backlog of cases to review and they will be unable to process applications under two regulations simultaneously. For these reasons the agency determined that this was the most appropriate way to address the upcoming changes and reduce the backlog.
Another recent announcement from USDA identified that they have seen a large increase in applications with missing information. This slows the file review process considerably. USDA has advised lenders that all incomplete files will be returned to the lender.
On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the annual fee for both purchase and refinance loans will increase from .4 percent to .5 percent. The Guaranteed Underwriting System (GUS) has been updated to allow lenders to select and underwrite at either the .4 percent or .5 percent annual fee structure. Lenders should communicate with Rural Development (RD) offices to understand current processing time-frames.
GUS “Final Submissions” with an annual fee of .4 percent, that areissued a conditional commitment by RD prior to the close of business on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, will not be affected by the annual fee change. Those submissions that are not issued a conditional commitment by RD prior to the close of business on Tuesday, September 30, will be affected by the annual fee change.
Lenders must underwrite the loan using an annual fee of .5 percent and resubmit the application to RD in GUS.
Senior Loan Officer
Kentucky USDA Rural Home Loans : 100% Financing
The program’s full name is the Kentucky USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan program. Most people call them “USDA loans” or “Rural Housing Loans.” Kentucky USDA loans are insured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the program’s most popular feature is its option for “no money down” financing. Via the USDA, you can finance 100% of a home’s purchase price.
It is a common misconception that these loans are only for farm types of properties. In fact, income producing farms are not eligible for the program. 118 of Kentucky’s 120 counties contain areas that are eligible for program (The whole area of Jefferson & Fayette Counties currently are ineligible). Parts of Bullitt County, McCracken, Christian, Boone, Kenton, Campbell Counties are ineligible.
The property cannot be located within the city limits of a municipality with a population level determined by the U.S Census with a limit set by the USDA.
A Kentucky USDA loans are similar to other loan types including loans via Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Kentucky USDA loans differ in their down payment requirements (none required) and its simpler loan approval standards. Kentucky Rural loans can be used by first-time buyers and repeat home buyers alike. Homeowner counseling is not required to use the Kentucky USDA program. Mortgage insurance premiums are also often more attractive than many alternative financing types.
Since October 1, 2012, USDA mortgage insurance rates have been :
•For purchases, 2.00% of loan amount upfront fee paid at closing
•For refinances, 2.00% of loan amount upfront fee paid at closing
•For all loans, 0.40% annual fee, based on the remaining principal balance
As a real-life example, then, a homebuyer with a $100,000 loan size in Kentucky would be asked make a $2,000 upfront mortgage insurance premium payment at closing, plus $33.33 in mortgage insurance monthly.
The upfront mortgage insurance is not required to be paid as cash and the amount is often added to your loan balance even above the purchase price and appraised value of the home. USDA is one of the only loan types that allows you to also finance in other closing costs and prepaid items above the purchase price up the appraised value if it is greater than the purchase price of the home.
Also similar to the FHA, the USDA requires mortgage insurance premiums to be paid until the loan is paid-in-full, or until the home is sold. USDA mortgage insurance rates are lower than those for a comparable FHA mortgages.assess a 1.75% upfront mortgage insurance premium and charge as much as 1.55% in MIP annually.
Senior Loan Officer
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,Louisville, KY 40223Company ID #1364 | MB73346
For home buyers today, there are two mortgage programs which offer 100% financing. The first is the VA loan from the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s available to most active military personnel and veterans nationwide.
The other program is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Single Family Housing Loan Guarantee Program.
Sometimes called a “Rural Housing Loan” or a “Section 502” loan, today’s USDA financing isn’t just for farms. Because of the way the USDA defines “rural”, there are plenty of exurban and suburban neighborhoods nationwide in which USDA loans can be used.
Home buyers who buy a home in a qualified USDA area, and who meet USDA income eligibility requirements, can take advantage of the USDA’s low interest rate, no downpayment mortgage program..
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The Kentucky USDA/Rural Development loan Annual Guarantee Fee is set to INCREASE October 1. 2014. Mark your calendar and prepare your processors for this change. Any loans that will be sent to Kentucky Rural Housing USDA for Commitment 10/1/14 or after will need to have this fee showing properly. Which translates to loans that you start in September that are anticipating a conditional commitment being issued October 1 or after, will need the proper fee disclosed for us to send to USDA. Please understand that this may hold up the file from being sent to USDA in a timely manner.
Please note that the Kentucky Rural Development Upfront Guarantee Fee is not changing and will remain at the current 2% rate. The new Annual Fee will be increased to .50%. The terms currently in place regarding the fee remain the same. It will continue to be based on the unpaid principal balance and remain for the life of the loan.
In the case that a loan was obligated prior to October 1, but there is a change to the loan requiring it to go back to RD for a new Commitment, the borrowers will be subject to the new annual guarantee fee amount.
Adverse credit is listed in section 1980.345(d)(1). If a manually underwritten loan
is approved by the underwriter with any indicators of adverse credit, the underwriter
must document a credit waiver on the underwriting analysis to establish the
applicant’s intent for good credit. The applicant must provide the lender with
evidence to explain how the circumstances of the adverse credit meet the
requirements of 1980.345(d)(3)(i).
The evidence must support the adverse credit
1.) temporary in nature,
2.) beyond the applicant’s control and
3.) the circumstances contributing to the adverse credit have been removed . Evidence
presented by the applicant must be retained in the lender’s permanent loan file. A
properly documented credit waiver will explain the details surrounding the adverse
credit to support the rational of the underwriter for their loan approval decision.
Exception: Manually underwritten loan files and GUS loans that receive a “Refer”
or “Refer with Caution” underwriting recommendation:
Credit scores of 680 and above: A documented credit waiver from the lender must
be submitted to RD. The supporting documentation from the applicant(s) is not
required to be submitted to RD. This documentation must be retained in the
lender’s permanent case file, available for future compliance reviews.
Credit scores of 679 to 581: The documented credit waiver and supporting
documentation must be submitted to RD and retained in the lender’s permanent case
Credit scores for 580 and below: Lenders should not approve loans with credit
scores of 580 and below if the loan exhibits any of the indicators of unacceptable
credit listed in section 1980.345(d)(1).
GUS “Accept” loans that have adverse credit accounts selected as “omit” by the
underwriter do not require a documented credit waiver to be submitted to RD.
Lenders are responsible to retain documentation provided by the applicant to
support their data entries in GUS. Lenders should enter comments in the “Notes”
section to support the omission of any debts on the “Asset and Liabilities”
Senior Loan Officer
RHS Guarantee Fee Change
Beginning October 1st, RHS Guarantee fees will be changing as indicated in the following table:
Up-Front Guarantee Fee FY 2012 Through 9/30/2012 FY 2013 Effective 10/01/ 2012
Purchase Transactions (no change)
2% Refinance Transactions 1.5% 2%
Annual Fee FY 2012 Through 9/30/2012 FY 2013 Effective 10/01/2012
.40% Refinance Transactions .30% .40%
This is effective for all RHS loans which receive conditional commitments on or after October 1st, 2012 regardless of when the loan was submitted.
Senior Loan Officer