How Credit Scores Impact Kentucky FHA Loan Down Payment Requirements
Kentucky Home Buyers credit scores are one of the largest factors in determining the amount of a down payment for an FHA loan. A credit score of 580 or higher, 3.5 percent is the minimum required for a down payment. Anyone with a credit score of 500 to 579 will have to save 10 percent for a down payment to obtain an FHA loan.
What Are Mortgage Insurance Requirements on Kentucky FHA Loans?
FHA loans are required to pay mortgage insurance premiums, often known as upfront mortgage insurance premiums and monthly annual premiums.
- Upfront mortgage insurance premium: 1.75 percent of the loan amount and is paid when the borrower gets the loan. The premium can be rolled into the mortgage.
- Annual mortgage insurance premium: 0.45 percent to 1.05 percent, depending on the term of the loan (15 years vs. 30 years), the loan amount and the initial loan-to-value ratio, or LTV. This premium amount is divided by 12 and paid monthly.
For a homeowner who borrows $150,000, this means the upfront mortgage insurance premium would be $2,625 and your annual premium would range from $675 ($56.25 per month) to $1,575 ($131.25 per month), depending on the length of the mortgage.
Unlike traditional mortgage insurance premiums, homeowners are required to pay FHA premiums for the entire term of the mortgage. The only time you can stop paying them is to refinance into a non-FHA loan or to sell the house.
Down Payment Gifts and Rules for Kentucky FHA Loans Kentucky borrowers choose an FHA loan can receive money as a gift to help towards the total amount of the down payment.
There are several rules that homeowners need to keep in mind. Giftscan come from friends, family members, labor unions and employers, according to data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Even non-profit organizations can provide money for a contribution toward a down payment.
In addition, each state offers various assistance programs for down payments for both FHA buyers in Kentucky lacking the down payment.