2019 Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements

Kentucky HUD $100 Down FHA Program for 2019

The requirements for Kentucky FHA loans are set by HUD.

  • Borrowers must have a steady employment history of the last two years within the same industry or line of work. Recent college graduates can use their transcripts to supplant the 2 year work history rule as long as it makes sense.
  • Self-Employed will need a 2 year history of tax returns filed with IRS. They will take a 2 year average.
  • FHA requires a 3.5% down payment. Can be gifted from family member or from retirement savings plan, or money saved-up. Any type of cash deposits are not allowed for down payments. No exceptions to this rule!! This is one of the biggest issues I see in FHA underwriting nowadays.
  •  FHA loans are  for primary residence occupancy. Not rental houses.
  • Borrowers must have a property appraisal from a FHA-approved appraiser.
  • Borrowers’ front-end ratio (mortgage payment plus HOA fees, property taxes, mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance) needs to be less than 31 percent of their gross income, typically. You may be able to get approved with as high a percentage as 43 percent. If the Automated Underwriting System gives you an Approved Eligible you can go higher on the debt ratios
  • Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 580 for maximum financing with a 3.5% down payment
  • Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 500-579 for maximum LTV of 90 percent with a minimum down payment of 10 percent. Most lenders will not go below 620 score, and very few lenders will go to 580 score. It’s best to work on getting your scores up before you apply or work with a loan officer to improve them.
  • 2 years removed from Chapter 7 is required with good pay history after bankruptcy
  • 1 year removed from Chapter 13 is okay with an excellent pay history with the Chapter 13 plan and permission from trustee. You will need to qualify with the Chapter 13 payment along with new house payment. Again, scores will play into your loan pre-approval.
  • Typically borrowers must be three years out of foreclosure and have re-established good credit. Exceptions can be made if there were extenuating circumstances and you’ve improved your credit. If you were unable to sell your home because you had to move to a new area, this does not qualify as an exception to the three-year foreclosure guideline.
  • Max FHA loan in Kentucky is between $294,000 to $304,000 depending on the county in Kentucky for FHA loans in KY for 2019
  • The property must be appraised by an Kentucky FHA-approved appraiser.
  • The property must be safe, sound and secure, in compliance with minimum property standards as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.
  • You may not have delinquent federal debt or judgments, or debt associated with past FHA loans. Caivrs Alert System will show up if you owe the government money.
  • 2019 Kentucky FHA loan limits are as follows:

All Kentucky Counties received a loan amount increase in 2019 for FHA loans made starting January 1, 2019

The new loan limits are effective with case numbers assigned on
or after January 1, 2019

Most Kentucky Counties will have a max of $314, 827 for 2019 FHA loans made in KY.
To find the Kentucky FHA  loan limit for a specific county in Kentucky for 2019, please use the link below.

kentucky fha loan limits for 2019 will be $314,827

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https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/hicostlook.cfm

Why Lenders Use CAIVRS

It is true that your CAIVRS report can help lenders to predict the risk of doing business with you, just like a traditional consumer credit report. But the primary reason lenders check your CAIVRS report is because they are generally required to do so for any applications that involve a federal loan (FHA, VA, USDA, SBA, etc.). Lenders are required to conduct a CAIVRS search because Title 31 of the United States Code (Section 3720B) bars “delinquent federal debtors from obtaining federal loans or loan insurance guarantees.”

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Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements for 2019

 

 

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  • Gift Rules for Down-Payment Sources Guidelines on FHA Mortgage Programs

    One of the biggest obstacles to buying a home for Americans is the down payment. There was a time when you needed a 20% down payment and a high credit score to buy a home. But in 2018, you can buy a home with average to below average credit and a low down payment in some cases. One of the most popular loan programs for these buyers if the FHA loan. A major advantage of the FHA mortgage loan is you can get approved with only a 3.5% down payment with a 580 or higher credit score. If you have a lower score than that, you need a 10% down payment.

    Still, there are situations where the borrower is having trouble coming up with the down payment for the loan. What to do then? FHA guidelines do allow other options. Keep reading to learn more.

    More on FHA Down Payments and Approved Sources

    As we note above, you are required to have at least a 3.5% down payment to be approved for an FHA loan. The money must be verified by the FHA-approved lender to come from an ‘approved source.’ What is an approved source, anyway? Most people get their down payment from cash reserves, investments, borrow from 401k or IRA, etc. The idea behind verifying where the money came from is to make sure the borrower did not get the down payment from a credit card or payday loan, etc.

    But there are other options for your down payment. The funds also can come from a gift. The gift and the giver do need to meet FHA requirements, but this flexible guideline makes it possible to get into an FHA loan with, technically, zero money down. To determine if the down payment gift can be used or not, it is necessary to check HUD rules. According to HUD 41.55.1 Chapter 5 Section B, for the funds to be a gift, there cannot be any expected repayment of the money.

    Also, FHA will scrutinize the giver of the gift. Chapter 5 of the HUD Code states the cash gift is ok if it comes from your relative; employer or labor union; close friend with a defined interest in you; charitable organization; government agency or public entity.

    FHA also states who cannot give gift funds to you for the down payment. These are the seller; the real estate agent or broker on the deal; the builder or an associated entity.

    Gift Terms Explained

    The gift for your down payment cannot be made based upon paying it back later. You are required to get a gift letter from the person or organization. The letter should state that you are not required to pay the money back. It also should provide the contact information for the borrower, such as name, address, and phone number. Also included should be the bank account from which the funds will be sent.

    The gift donor should be OK with giving a bank statement with the letter. Also, he or she should ensure that the transfer amount matches what is in the gift letter and what is deposited into your account.

    FHA rules are very specific on these areas to ensure that the home buying process through FHA is fair and just. But as long as you follow the FHA rules, you should be able to get help with your down payment from a friend or relative.

    Don’t Have Friends or Family Who Can Help?

    Not every borrower has friends or family who can give them a gift for their down payment. But HUD lists many government programs spread throughout the country in most states that can offer down payment and closing cost help for certain borrowers.

    It also is worth checking if your employer and state have employer assisted housing. This program can help people with moderate incomes to get a loan to cover closing costs and down payment. Look up EAH in your state on Google to see what is available.

    Experts say that down payment help is available for nearly 90% of homes in the US. There is a good chance that you can get help on your down payment through one of these organizations. References: https://www.fha.com/fha_article?id=441

  • Benefits and Drawbacks for an FHA Borrower
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    Senior  Loan Officer

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    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). 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.
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What are the Kentucky FHA Credit Score Requirements for 2019 Mortgage Loan Approvals?

Kentucky Mortgage Requirements for FHA, VA, USDA and Fannie Mae

 

 

Getting a FHA loan in Kentucky in 2019 you will be confronted with minimum credit score requirements set forth by FHA and the lender. Even though FHA will insure the mortgage loan at a certain credit score, you will see that lenders will create  “credit-overlays” to protect their risk and ask for a higher credit score.

So keep in mind when you are getting a FHA loan in 2019 some lenders will have higher credit score minimums in addition to the FHA Mortgage Insurance program.

For a Kentucky Home buyer wanting to purchase a home or refinance their existing FHA loan, FHA requires a 3.5% down payment and the borrower must have a 580 FICO Credit Score. If the score is below 580, then you would need 10% down and still qualify on a manual underwrite.

You must have a FICO score of at least 500 to be eligible for an Kentucky  FHA loan. If your FICO score is from 500 to 579, your down payment on the loan is 10 percent of the loan.

If your FICO score is 580 or higher, your down payment is only 3.5 percent. If your credit score is less than 580, it may be more cost effective to take the necessary steps to improve your score before taking out the loan, rather than putting the money into a larger down payment.

How do they get the credit score:  There are three main credit bureaus in the US. Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. The three scores vary but should be relatively  close as long as the same creditors are reporting to the same bureaus.

You will get a variation in the scores due to all creditors or collection companies don’t report to all three bureaus. This is why they take the mid score.  So if you have a 590 experian, 680 equifax, and 620 transunion, your qualifying credit score would be 620

Based on my experience with lenders that I deal with in Kentucky on FHA loans,  most lenders require 620 middle credit score for consideration for loan approval.

How do they get the score:  They take the mid score, so if you have a 590 experian, 680 equifax, and 620 transunion, your qualifying score would be 620.

 

 

Kentucky FHA Loans with less than 620 Score

If your score is below 620, a manual underwrite is where the AUS (Automated Underwriting System) refers your loan to an human being, and they look at the entire file to see if they can overturn and approve the mortgage loan because the Desktop Underwriting Automated Software could not approve you.

With scores below 620, they typically will want to verify your rent history, have no bankruptcies in last two years, and no foreclosures in the last 3 years.

If you have had any lates since the bankruptcy this will probably result in a denial on a refer manual underwrite file.

Your max house payment will be set at 31% of your gross monthly income,  and your new house payment plus the bills you are paying on the credit report cannot be more than 43%.

Typically, on scores below 620 for FHA loans, they will also look at reserves or money you have saved-up after the loan is made to try and qualify you. For example, if you have a 401k or savings account that have at least 4 months reserves (take your mortgage payment  x 4) and this would equal your reserves. They look at this as a rainy day fund and could help you keep up on your bills if you were unemployed or could not work.

Maximum FHA loan limits in Kentucky are set around $314,500 and below.

If you are looking to take a FHA loan in 2019 to buy or refinance a home in Kentucky, please contact me below with your questions about the credit score requirements and how they affect your loan approval.

What credit score do you need to qualify for a Kentucky mortgage loan?

The first thing to keep in mind is that qualifying for a mortgage involves a lot more than just a credit score. While your FICO score is a very important ingredient, it is just one factor. Lenders also look at your income and level of debt, among other things.

As a rule of thumb, however, a credit score below 620 will make buying a home very difficult. A FICO score below 620 is considered sub-prime. In the past there were mortgage companies that specialized in sub-prime mortgages. Because of the challenges in the credit market over the last year or so, however, sub-prime loans have become difficult if not impossible to obtain.

A FICO score between 600 and 640  is considered fair to good credit. But keep in mind, this range of credit scores does not guarantee you will qualify for a mortgage, and if you do qualify, it won’t get you the lowest interest rate possible. Still, to buy a home aim for a score of at least 620, recognizing that other factors weigh in the decision and that some banks may require a higher score.

What credit score do you need to get a low rate mortgage?

It use to be that a score of about 720 would yield the lowest mortgage rates available. Today, the best rates kick in with a FICO score of 760. And interest rates go up significantly as your credit score drops. To give you an idea, the following table shows current rates by credit score and calculates a monthly principal and interest payment based on a $300,000 loan:

lenders will pull what they call a “tri-merge” credit report which will show three different fico scores from Transunion, Equifax, and Experian. The lenders will throw out the high and low score and take the “middle score.” For example, if you had a 614, 610, and 629 score from the three main credit bureaus, your qualifying score would be 614.
So if you only have one score, you may not qualify. Lenders will have to pull their own credit report and scores so if you had it ran somewhere else or saw it on a website or credit card you may own, it will not matter to the lender, because they have to use their own credit report and scores.
Lastly, lenders will pull your credit report for free nowadays so this should not be a big deal as long as your scores are high enough.
offered by FHA, VA, USDA, Fannie Mae, and KHC all have their minimum fico score requirements and lenders will create overlays in addition to what the Government agencies will accept, so even if on paper FHA says they will go down to 580 or 500 in some cases on fico scores, very few lenders will go below the 620 threshold.
If you have low fico scores it may make sense to check around with different lenders to see what their minimum fico scores are for loans.
The lenders I currently deal with have the following fico cutoffs for credit scores:
As you can see, different government-backed loan programs have different minimum score requirements with most lenders for a FHA, VA, or Fannie Mae loan, and 620  is required for the no down payment programs offered by USDA and KHC in Kentucky for First Time Home Buyers wanting to go no money down.

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Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

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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

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). 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.


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FHA eases rules for some credit-impaired applicants

FHA eases rules for some credit-impaired applicants.

Kentucky FHA Mortgage Guidelines for Collections in 2014
Kentucky FHA Mortgage Guidelines for Collections in 2014

Handling of Collections and Disputed Accounts

This guidance is effective for all case numbers assigned on or after

October 15, 2013.

Documentation Requirements: Collection Accounts and Judgments

Applicable to Manually Underwritten Loans:

The lender must document reasons for approving a mortgage when the borrower has collection accounts or judgments.

Regardless of the amount of outstanding collection accounts or judgments, the lender must determine if the collection account or judgment was a result of:

 the borrower’s disregard for financial obligations;

 the borrower’s inability to manage debt; or

 extenuating circumstances.

The borrower must provide a letter of explanation with supporting documentation for each outstanding collection account and judgment. The explanation and supporting documentation must be consistent with other credit information in the file.

Applicable to Loans Run Through TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard:

TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard Accept/Approve – There are no documentation or letter of explanation requirements for loans with collection accounts or judgments run through TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard receiving an “Accept/Approve” despite the presence of collection accounts or judgments. These accounts have been already taken into consideration in the borrower’s credit score. If TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard generates a “Refer,” the lender must manually underwrite the loan in accordance with the guidance above applicable to manually underwritten loans with collection accounts and judgments.

Collections – FHA does not require collection accounts to be paid off as a condition of mortgage approval. However, FHA does recognize that collection efforts by the creditor for unpaid collections could affect the borrower’s ability to repay the mortgage. To mitigate this risk, FHA is requiring a capacity analysis of collection accounts with an aggregate balance equal to or greater than $2,000, as described below.

If the total outstanding balance of all collection accounts for all borrowers is equal to or greater than $2,000, the lender must perform a capacity analysis as detailed below. Unless excluded under state law, collection accounts of a non-purchasing spouse in a community property state are included in the cumulative balance.

All medical collections and charge off accounts are excluded from this guidance and do not require resolution.

Capacity analysis includes any of the following actions:

 At the time of or prior to closing, payment in full of the collection account (verification of acceptable source of funds required).

 The borrower makes payment arrangements with the creditor. If the borrower has entered into a payment arrangement with the creditor, a credit report or letter from the creditor verifying the monthly payment is required. The monthly payment must be included in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio.

 If evidence of a payment arrangement is not available, the lender must calculate the monthly payment using 5% of the outstanding balance of each collection, and include the monthly payment in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio.

TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard Accept/Approve/Refer – Regardless of the Accept/Approve/Refer recommendation by TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard, the lender must include the payment amount in the calculation of the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio.

Judgments – FHA requires judgments to be paid off before the mortgage loan is eligible for FHA insurance. An exception to the payoff of a court ordered judgment may be made if the borrower has an agreement with the creditor to make regular and timely payments. The borrower must provide a copy of the agreement and evidence that payments were made on time in accordance with the agreement, and a minimum of three months of scheduled payments have been made prior to credit approval.

Borrowers are not allowed to prepay scheduled payments in order to meet the required minimum of three months of payments. Furthermore, lenders are instructed to include the payment amount in the agreement in the calculation of the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio.

FHA requires judgments of a non-purchasing spouse in a community property state to be paid in full, or meet the exception guidance for judgments above, unless excluded by state law.

Disputed Derogatory Accounts Indicated on the Credit Report

If the credit report utilized by TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard indicates that the borrower is disputing derogatory credit accounts, the borrower must provide a letter of explanation and documentation supporting the basis of the dispute. The lender must analyze the documentation provided for consistency with other credit information in the file to determine if the derogatory credit account should be considered in the underwriting analysis.

Guidance for TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard Accept/Approve loans with disputed accounts.

Disputed Derogatory Credit Accounts greater than or equal to $1,000

If the cumulative outstanding balance of disputed derogatory credit accounts of all borrowers is equal to or greater than $1,000, the mortgage application must be downgraded to a “Refer” and a Direct Endorsement underwriter is required to manually underwrite the loan as described above.

Disputed Derogatory Credit Accounts less than $1,000

If the cumulative outstanding balance of disputed derogatory credit accounts of all borrowers is less than $1,000, a downgrade is not required.

Excluded Accounts

 Disputed medical accounts are excluded from the $1,000 limit and do not require documentation.

 Disputed derogatory credit accounts resulting from identity theft, credit card theft, or unauthorized use are also excluded from the $1,000 limit. However, the lender must provide in the case binder a credit report, letter from the creditor, or other appropriate documentation to support the dispute, such as a police report disputing the fraudulent charges

Disputed derogatory credit accounts are defined as follows:

 disputed charge-off accounts,

 disputed collection accounts, and

 disputed accounts with late payments in the last 24 months.

Disputed derogatory credit accounts of a non-purchasing spouse in a community property state are not included in the cumulative balance for determining if the mortgage application is downgraded to a “Refer”.

Non-derogatory disputed accounts are excluded from the $1,000 cumulative total.

Non-Derogatory Disputed Accounts and Disputed Accounts Not Indicated on the Credit Report.

Non-derogatory disputed accounts include the following types of accounts:

 disputed accounts with zero balance,

 disputed accounts with late payments aged 24 months or greater, and

 disputed accounts that are current and paid as agreed.

If a borrower is disputing non-derogatory accounts, or is disputing accounts which are not indicated on the credit report as being disputed, the lender is not required to downgrade the application to a “Refer.” However, the lender must analyze the effect of the disputed accounts on the borrower’s ability to repay the loan. If the dispute results in the borrower’s monthly debt payments utilized in computing the debt-to-income ratio being less than the amount indicated on the credit report, the borrower must provide documentation of the lower payments.

 


 
Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

 

Kentucky FHA loans have new guidelines for collections, judgements, and disputed accounts on credit report.

Kentucky FHA loans have new guidelines for collections, judgements, and disputed accounts on credit report. 

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I. ML 2013-25 (and 2013-24) – Collections, Judgments and Disputed Accounts
This guidance amends the TOTAL Scorecard User Guide (FHA’s guide for
using AUS) and is effective for all case numbers assigned on or after October
15, 2013. It applies to all FHA loans with the exception of non-credit
qualifying streamline refinance transactions.
A. FHA does not necessarily require collection accounts to be paid off for
approval, but it is recognized that collection efforts by the creditor could
affect the borrower’s ability to repay the mortgage. To that end, FHA is
requiring lenders to follow these guidelines when collection accounts are
present with an aggregate balance equal to or greater than $2000. When
the loan is rated approve/eligible or accept/accept by TOTAL:
1. If the cumulative outstanding balance of all collections is LESS than
$2000, then no further consideration is required.
2. If the cumulative outstanding balance of all collections of ALL
borrowers is equal to or greater than $2000 the lender must include
monthly payments in the borrower’s debt to income ratio for accounts
that will remain open after closing. This means that you will need to
document payment arrangements with the creditor and count the
payment or use 5% of the outstanding balance.
Note 1: Collections accounts of a non-purchasing spouse in a community
property state are included in the cumulative balance.
Note 2: Medical collections and charge offs are excluded from this
guidance.B. Judgments – Loans for borrowers with outstanding judgments are
generally not acceptable unless the following documentation is obtained.
a. Judgment must be on the credit report that is linked to the TOTAL
Scorecard findings and the findings must be “approve/eligible” or
“accept/accept.”
b. If the judgment will not be paid off and released prior to the
closing, evidence of a payment agreement may be considered. The
payment agreement must be in writing and provided at the time of
underwriting. Crescent will require evidence that 12 months
satisfactory payments have been made as scheduled. Borrowers
may not pre-pay scheduled payments in order to meet this
requirement. The monthly payment must be considered in the
borrower’s debt-to-income ratio for qualifying.
c. Any judgments that are discovered in the processing of the loan
that ARE NOT on the credit report linked to the TOTAL findings
require the loan to be manually downgraded to “refer” status.
Crescent does not approve loans that must be manually
downgraded.
d. A subordination agreement will be required for any judgment that
is also a lien against the borrower and/or the subject property.
C. Disputed Accounts – Because disputed accounts are not generally
considered in the borrower’s credit report FHA will now require loans of
borrowers who have derogatory disputed accounts with cumulative
balances of $1000 or more (excluding medical) to be downgraded to
“refer” findings and manually underwritten. As you are aware, Crescent
does not approve loans that require manual underwriting.
NOTE 1: Disputed derogatory credit account of a non-purchasing spouse
in a community property state are not included in the cumulative balance
for purposes of determining if the mortgage application must be
downgraded to a “refer.”
NOTE 2: Disputed medical collections are excluded from the $1000 limit
as are derogatory credit accounts resulting from identity theft, credit theft
unauthorized use, etc. However, documentation must be provided to
conclusively support the disputed status. Documentation might entail
police reports, letters from the creditor, etc.
II. ML 2013-26 – Back to Work-Extenuating Circumstances
The guidance provided in ML 13-26 requires loans to be manually
underwritten. For this reason Crescent cannot approve loans that need these
credit underwriting leniencies. III. ML 2013-29 – Application of Unused Funds from Escrow Account on
Refinance Transactions
This guidance is effective with case numbers assigned on or after November
1, 2013.
A. Unused funds from an escrow account that are not sent directly to the
borrower must be used for a purpose authorized by the borrower.
B. If the current servicer nets the escrow balance out of the payoff, it does not
change the way the new loan amount is calculated. You must still start
with the unpaid principal balance on the current loan, NOT the payoff
amount.
C. When the borrower has determined that they want the unused funds to be
applied to costs associated with the new FHA loan the lender is required
to:
a. Obtain a written authorization from the borrower to apply the funds
from an existing mortgage for any purpose prior to using them. The
borrower’s written authorization must clearly state the purpose for
which the authorization is provided.
b. The credit must show on the HUD-1 when the funds are applied to
settlement charges or to the new escrow account.
IV. Reminder: Loan officers are not to sign the initial 92900a (addendum to the
loan application for sponsored originator cases. This includes lenders who
have their FHA approval, but have not completed the test case phase of the
process.
A link to the FHA mortgagee letters is provided here > Mortgagee Letters.

Louisville Kentucky FHA Update Collections, Judgments, Disputes, Escrow Credits
Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell

kentuckyloan@gmail.com

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– Collections, Judgments and Disputed Accounts for Kentucky FHA Loans

Mortgages and Credit Scores

Today, credit scores plays a big role in determining whether or not your mortgage loan is approved and at what interest rate.  Obtaining a mortgage loan at an interest rate just one point less results in a savings of about $5,000 on the average 15 year mortgage, and significantly more on a 30 year mortgage (about $50,000).
 
Why do lenders use your credit score in their lending decisions?  Because they discovered that there is a direct correlation between your credit score and the odds of your becoming delinquent on your monthly mortgage payments. Consider the following statistics the mortgage industry has compiled:

If Your Credit Score Is
 
780  

700
680
660
645
630
615
600
585
Your Odds of Becoming 90 Days Delinquent are
 

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Factors contributing to someone’s credit score, for Credit score (United States). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
576 to 1
288 to 1
144 to 1
72 to 1
36 to 1
18 to 1
9 to 1
4 to 1
2 to 1
As the above table illustrates, those with credit scores below 630 are not a very good risk, so they will obtain a mortgage at a significantly higher interest rate and this will add anywhere from $50 to about $250 to their monthy mortgage payment and add thousands to the price of the home.
 
If your score is 660 or above, you can get a mortgage loan fairly easily since you are a pretty good risk. As stated above, the higher your score the lower your interest rate, so your goal shouldn’t be to obtain a credit score of 660; it should be to achieve a credit score of at least 700.  Some lenders will reward you if your credit score is higher than 725, by lowering your interest rate by about 1/4th of a percent.  If it is between 700 and 724, it will be lowered by 1/8th of a percent.
 
Does an interest point or two make such a big difference in the price of the house?  You bet it does!  It means saving  thousands in finance charges and a lower monthly payment.  For example, paying an interest rate just two points higher means paying an additional $200 each month on your house payment on the typical $150,000, 30-year mortgage loan.  That’s at least $72,000 more you’re going to pay for your house!
 
There are steps you can take to raise your credit score or overcome a low credit score:
 
(1)  Offer a larger down payment so that you aren’t borrowing so much money
(2)  Lower your debt-to-income ratio by paying off as much debt as you possibly can before applying for a mortgage loan in order to increase your credit score
(3)  Don’t buy a car just before applying for a mortgage loan as it lowers your credit score
For a Kentucky FHA Purchase Loan, we can go down to a 620 credit score with the minimum down payment of 3.5%.  No bankruptcies or foreclosures in the last 2 years.

FHA Manual Underwriting

The minimum FICO for FHA Manual Underwrites is being lowered to 620

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

The Best Kind of Loan for Your Credit Score

The Best Kind of Loan for Your Credit Score.

 

I’m often asked if having certain types of credit or loans is better or worse than other types of credit or loans.

I get questions like, “John, is it better to have a car loan or a mortgage for my scores?” I also hear, “John, is it better to have a secured card or an unsecured card for my scores?”

In fact, you can swap in almost any type of credit-related account and I’ve been asked about that scenario.

I’ve been getting this type of question for almost 15 years now, and it seems that people believe there’s value or a penalty for having certain types of loans or accounts on your credit reports. That’s completely understandable and, thankfully, almost a complete myth.

Credit Cards

First, let’s tackle the secured credit card, versus the unsecured credit card, versus the charge card question. The assumption is that the type of card has a direct impact on your credit scores. That’s an incorrect assumption, meaning, you’re not penalized or rewarded for having one type of card over another.

That doesn’t mean one form of plastic isn’t better or worse for your credit than another.  For example, a secured credit card is easier to max out than an unsecured credit card.

Why? The reason is because secured cards have considerably lower credit limits than unsecured credit cards. It has nothing to do with the fact that one is secured and one isn’t. It has everything to do with the credit limits.

Installment Loans

When it comes to installment loans, the issue of credit limits disappears because installment loans don’t have credit limits. They do, however, have original loan amounts.

An auto loan is likely to have a considerably lower loan amount than a mortgage, home equity loan and perhaps even a student loan. And, balances do matter on installment loans, albeit slightly.

Exactly like credit cards, credit scores do not treat installment loans of one variety or another differently. The collateral issue of balances can cause variable score impact, however.

Defaulting

One thing we haven’t addressed yet is the issue of missing payments and defaulting. Defaulting on a credit card, secured card, charge card, auto loan, mortgage, or any other kind of credit card, is treated equally — as one default.

You’re not penalized because you’ve defaulted on one variety of credit account versus another. You can, however, have a much larger default amount on a mortgage than any other type of credit account and that’s where the score impact can be variable.

The bottom line is: it’s not really the type of account that’s important, but it’s the incident that matters.

One Exception to the Rule

There is one very small exception to this rule. In fact, it’s so small that I thought very hard about omitting it.

There’s a chance your score could be negatively impacted if you have too many finance company accounts on your credit reports. These are the loans offered by consumer finance lenders who often target the near or subprime consumer.

Notwithstanding the consumer finance issue, the lender is also meaningless in your scores. So, you don’t get rewarded for doing business with a large, well-known credit card issuer and you don’t get penalized for doing business with a subprime credit card issuer.

In fact, credit scores are brand agnostic when it comes to your credit accounts. The most important factor is how you manage them.

Editor’s Note: This article by John Ulzheimer was originally published on MintLife.

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