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 $275,000 to $299,000 depending on the county in Kentucky
I can answer your questions and usually get you pre-approved the same day.
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Kentucky FHA Program guidelines have been updated as follows:
For a Kentucky FHA Purchase Loan, we can go down to a 600 credit score with the minimum down payment of 3.5%. No bankruptcies or foreclosures in the last 2 years.
If you are getting cash out, then the max loan to value or equity position is limited to 85% of the homes value. For example, if you had a home that was valued at $100,000, then the max loan for a FHA Cash Out in Kentucky would be $85,000.00. You still have to may mortgage insurance for life of loan so think carefully about using FHA for a cashout refinance.
The maximum debt to income ratios will be set by the AUS when we run it, but for a refer, it will be limited to 31% and 43% respectively. For example, if you make $3000 a month gross income, the max house payment would be $930.00 piti, and the maximum monthly payments including the new house payment would be $1290.00. So in the above example, the most you could have left in monthly bills listed on the credit report would be $360.00–If you had child support this would count in the dti calculation on the backend ratio of 43%
The seller can pay up to 6% of the buyer’s closing costs and prepaids (property taxes, home insurance for 1st years escrows) of the sales price. So, if you purchased a home for $100,000.00, the seller could give you a concession at closing to pay your closing costs and prepaids. A lot of Kentucky First Time homebuyers use this to limit their cash to close.
The minimum down payment of 3.5% for Kentucky FHA Loans can come from a family member in the form of a gift, or can be borrowed from a 401k, retirement account, or secured asset like a car.
• Seller must own the property a minimum of 90 days prior to the contract date.
FHA loans do not require a termite or home inspection, but they do require a HUD appraisal by a FHA approved Appraiser.
The following changes are effective for all Kentucky FHA case numbers assigned on or after June 3, 2013: FHA is changing the duration for the collection of MIP
o For all mortgages with an original principal LTV of 90% or less, regardless of loan term, the annual MIP will be assessed for 11 years.
o For all mortgages with an original principal LTV greater than 90%, regardless of loan term, the annual MIP will be assessed for the entire life of the loan.
Loans of 15 year terms or less with LTV 78% or less will pay an MIP amount of 45 bps.
FHA Streamlines Prior to June 2009
FHA Streamlines with case numbers dated June 11, 2012 or later will have new MIP rules applied. If the loan being refinanced was endorsed on or before May 31, 2009, the new Streamline will receive a flat annual MIP of 55 basis points, regardless of loan amount, and the UFMIP ratio will decrease to 0.01% of the base loan amount.
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Rental income can be used if all of the following conditions apply:
• The borrower has a two year history of managing rental properties as demonstrated by two years personal tax returns (1040’s) and schedule E.
• If the borrower wishes to qualify with rental income on the subject property in an investment transaction, they must provide evidence of rent loss insurance to cover six month’s rent in the event of a property vacancy.
• If the borrower owns a rental property that is not yet reflected on schedule E, they may use income from this property to qualify with a lease agreement. However, if the borrower does not have a two year demonstrated history of managing rental properties, this guideline is not valid. Also note, when a property is reflecting on the schedule E of the personal tax returns, lease agreements may not be used to determine qualifying income for any reason.
Once the gross rental income has been calculated from the schedule E of the tax returns OR using 75% of the monthly lease payment, you must deduct the monthly housing expense to determine net rental income. Net rental income is the final figure that is used to calculate the total debt ratio.
• Using a 24 month average of the calculated schedule E the underwriter has determined there is $300 monthly gross rental income.
• The underwriter then verifies the monthly PITI (principle, interest, taxes, and insurance) of $450 on the rental property. Note: If the rental property has a mortgage insurance or homeowners association dues expense, these amounts will be included in the PITI calculation.
• $300 gross rental income minus $450 monthly PITI nets a rental loss of $150. As a result, a $150 monthly liability is added to the total debt ratio.
This calculation is commonly referred to as “washing” the housing expenses on the property. Even though we still have a net loss that is included in the debt ratio, we were able to “wash” $300 of the $450 monthly PITI thereby improving our total debt ratios.
Kentucky Fannie Mae HomePath Mortgage Loan®
We are pleased to announce the introduction of the Kentucky Fannie Mae HomePath® product
The HomePath® mortgage provides special financing for loan‐to‐value (LTV) ratios up to 97% when the borrower is
purchasing an eligible Fannie Mae‐owned property. Other key features include financing without mortgage insurance
with LTVs greater than 80% and no appraisal report or cost.Product Overview & Guidelines
Loan Terms: Fixed Rate Terms only‐ 10, 15, 20 and 30 year terms
Occupancy: Owner Occupied 1‐4 unit principal residence
MaximumLoan Amount & LTV Matrix:
Minimum Credit Score Maximum Loan Amount Max LTV Max CLTV Max HCLTV
>= 660 $417,000 97% 97% 105%
659‐640 $417,000 80% 97% 105%
1‐ HCLTV: acceptable secondary financing is a Community Second per Fannie Mae guidelines
Down Payment Requirements:
o 1 unit principal residence: Minimum 3% (may come from flexible sources per Fannie Mae’s Flexible
o 2‐4 unit principal residence: Minimum 5% must come from borrower’s own funds
Eligible Property Types:
o Single Family Primary Residence
o Site Condo’s
o All homes eligible for HomePath® financing must be a listed at www.homepath.com, and include the
required HomePath® Mortgage logo
HomePath® Mortgage ‐ Renovation Mortgage dual logo must be displayed for the property to
be eligible through RMC
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Automated Underwriting System: Desktop Underwriter®(DU) must maintain Approve/ Eligible findings and
must be fully documented to the DU findings
o The following DU messages may be disregarded:
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Property value estimate appears to have an excessive rate of appreciation based on analysis of
o My Community Mortgage program is not an acceptable option for DU HomePath® loans
o Loans with a LTV/CLTV greater than 95% must meet the Fannie Mae’s Flexible Mortgage requirements
Credit Score Requirements:
LTV Credit Score
> 80% 660
80% or less 640
Reserves: Per DU Findings
Qualifying Ratios: Debt‐to‐Income: 45%
o Standard Full/ Alternative Documentation required
o 4506‐T: properly completed and signed 4506‐T required for all loans‐ Tax Transcript results required
o Reduced documentation is not allowed, regardless of any lesser requirement given by the DU findings
o File documentation must include a printed copy of the home listing from Fannie Mae’s website
www.homepath.com denoting that the property is eligible for HomePath® financing
HomePath® Mortgage ‐ Renovation Mortgage dual logo is eligible
HomePath® Mortgage only is not eligible
HomePath® Renovation Mortgage only is not eligible
Appraisal Requirements: Not Required
o The LTV ratio will be based upon the sales price
o It is highly recommended that the borrower(s) obtain a home inspection of the property
Financed Properties: Borrower may finance a maximum of ten (10) properties per Fannie Mae guidelines,
including borrower’s primary residence‐ Refer to the DU findings for more specific requirements
Escrow Waiver: Permitted for LTV ratios of 80% and less (pricing adjustments will apply)
Interested Party Contributions: Primary residences‐ 6%
Pricing: See HomePath® page of daily rate sheets or live pricing at http://mylouisvillekentuckymortgage.com for all applicable
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get help on the Kentucky HomePath Online Offers Program?
To obtain general information on purchasing a home click here.
Where can I find information on foreclosure prevention?
To obtain information on preventing foreclosures click here
What additional home buying resources are available?
For additional resources about the home buying process click here.
Why does Fannie Mae have properties for sale?
Fannie Mae works with all of its partners to help homeowners prevent and avoid foreclosure; however, sometimes it is unavoidable. When foreclosures occur on mortgages in which Fannie Mae is the investor, our goal is to sell properties in a timely manner in order to minimize the impact on the community.
What kinds of properties are available in the Fannie Mae HomePath database?
Fannie Mae’s HomePath database includes only properties that are owned by Fannie Mae. There is a wide selection of homes, including single-family homes, condominiums, and town houses—located in a variety of neighborhoods. The number, types and the sales prices of the homes that are offered for sale may vary substantially. Many of these homes are relatively new; however, older homes are offered in some areas. Some homes may require repairs.
How is buying a home owned or managed by Fannie Mae different from other home purchases?
Usually, when you buy a home, you deal with a seller who lives in the home. Fannie Mae has acquired these properties through foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, or forfeiture.
When buying a Fannie Mae-owned home, you should know the condition of the property, as explained in more detail below, the cost of any needed repairs, and the steps in the loan qualification and closing process before you enter into a purchase and sales agreement.
Has Fannie Mae fixed everything in the house?
Fannie Mae may make some repairs to properties to increase their marketability; however, the buyer should be aware that other repairs may be needed. Fannie Mae sells each property “as is,” which means that the buyer accepts the property “as is.” Fannie Mae is not responsible for fixing any problems after settlement.
Even if the house has fresh paint, brand new carpet, new appliances, perhaps even a new roof or siding, it doesn’t mean everything in the house is new, or even works.
Fannie Mae does not warrant or guarantee any work that may have been done on the property, whether as part of its efforts to sell the home or pursuant to conditions in the purchase contract. Where a home warranty is available, you may wish to buy it at your own expense.
You should also consider hiring a qualified professional to inspect the property, whether it has been repaired or not. Hiring a home inspector is a recommended practice, no matter what type of home you buy.
What can you tell me about this house?
If Fannie Mae knows of any hazards on properties we own or market, we disclose this information through our real estate listing agents. However, we may not have been informed by the previous owner of all hazards. We encourage you to have the property inspected by a professional before you buy.
What type of sales contract does Fannie Mae use?
Fannie Mae uses a state-specific real estate purchase contract and a real estate purchase addendum for our properties. If there is anything in the document you don’t understand or aren’t comfortable with, you may want to contact a real estate attorney, the real estate sales professional who has listed the property, or any real estate professional of your choice to review these documents with you.
Do I have to use Fannie Mae’s selected title, settlement, or escrow companies?
No. You may designate the title, settlement, or escrow company of your choice, subject to the terms of the contract.
Will Fannie Mae accept an offer contingent on the sale of my house?
No, Fannie Mae will not accept offers contingent on the sale of your current home. Other types of contingencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Why does Fannie Mae request a lender’s prequalification statement before negotiating a home purchase offer?
Fannie Mae does not require a prequalification statement or letter before negotiating an offer. However, by obtaining this statement or letter, you better position yourself to get financing and complete the sales transaction in a timely manner. Prequalification allows you to see how much house you can afford and the mortgage amount you may be able to qualify for before you make an offer on a home. It also helps you focus on homes in an affordable price range.
A loan prequalification doesn’t mean your loan is approved. You must apply for a loan separately, after you are prequalified and your purchase offer is accepted.
You may obtain a loan prequalification or a loan pre-approval at the lender of your choice. To take advantage of our special financing, we encourage you to work with a HomePath-approved lender. To find a HomePath-approved lender in your area, please click here.
Does Fannie Mae provide special financing?
Special financing is available on many properties through HomePath® Mortgage and HomePath® Renovation Mortgage. Click here for more information.
Can I buy a house directly from Fannie Mae without going through a real estate sales professional?
No. Fannie Mae depends on the expertise of local real estate sales professionals and accepts offers only through our real estate listing agents. You may work with any real estate sales professional to submit an offer to the real estate agent who has listed the property.
What happens if Fannie Mae gets more than one offer?
All interested parties may be asked to submit their best offer in writing though the listing agent no later than a specified date and time. Fannie Mae may accept or provide a counteroffer that we determine to be in our best interest. Fannie Mae is not obligated to accept any offer submitted.
Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, upgrading to a new home, or buying an additional property, we offer a wide array of mortgage loan programs – many requiring a limited down payment (0 to 3%) for qualified individuals, both repeat and first time buyers.
Debt to income ratios to 55.00% with automated approval
We specialize in the following Kentucky Home Mortgage Programs: Conforming Agency (Conventional): Loans that conform to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines, including maximum loan amount, borrower credit and income levels, down payment, and eligible properties. Kentucky FHA: Loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration, a federal assistance program that promotes home ownership by offering low down payment options, lower interest rates and easier qualifications. Kentucky VA: Loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for military service members with benefits like no down payment (100% financing) and competitive (and usually lower) interest rates. Kentucky USDA: (United States Department of Agriculture) Government-insured rural development loans for the purchase of homes in rural areas with no down payment (100% financing), no monthly mortgage insurance and low interest rates.
KEntucky FHA 203(k): Loan program insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) where purchase price and renovation costs are rolled into one loan amount. Two types:
Standard (k) loan– no maximum for repairs, which can include structural renovations, room additions, roof repairs and replacement of plumbing.
Streamline (k) loan – maximum of $35,000 for repairs including simple and cosmetic renovations like new flooring, kitchen/bathroom updates and gutter repair. See details of Stonegate’s Home Improvement Program (HIP) loans under Home Renovation Programs below.
Kentucky Housing Corporatino: KHC housing program for qualified first-time home buyers offering down payment and closing costs assistance up to $10,000 and lower rates.
Apply for a home loan by clicking the link below: It’s free and takes less than 5 minutes Or call us at 502-905-3708 for your free application over the phone
Louisville Conforming Loans
The term “conforming” specifically refers to the loan amount. FNMA (Federal National Mortgage Association, aka Fannie Mae) and FHLMC (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, aka Freddie Mac) are the government agencies that set this limit. The current loan limit is $417,000. If you borrow an amount less than or equal to $417,000, then your loan amount will be considered “conforming”, since you will be conforming to the FNMA and FHLMC guidelines. Please contact one of our professional Loan Consultants to discuss your personal situation. Learn more and View rates.
A jumbo loan is any loan amount greater than $417,000, which is the limit set by FNMA (Federal National Mortgage Association, aka Fannie Mae) and FHLMC (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, aka Freddie Mac). A “super jumbo” loan is any loan amount greater than $650,000. The qualifying guidelines for these mortgages can be strict, so be sure to contact one of our professional Loan Consultants to discuss your personal situation. Learn more and View rates.
If you would like to refinance your current Louisville Mortgage Programs mortgage, it would be our pleasure to assist you. There are many reasons why it might be to your benefit to refinance you rLouisville Mortgage Programs mortgage. In most cases, it would make sense to refinance if you could lower your rate, shorten the number of years remaining on your term or take out some of your equity. Perhaps you have an adjustable rate mortgage now, and would like the security of a fixed rate mortgage. One of our professional Loan Consultants can help you by showing you the cost to obtain a new mortgage and assess the overall savings to you.
You can make an application to refinance in one of three ways: 1) complete the on-line application through our secure website Apply Now, 2) via telephone (502) 905-3708 with one of our professional Loan Consultants, or 3) download and print the application and fax it to our office at (502)813-2795. We want the application process to be fast, easy, and convenient for you. Learn more and View rates.
Debt Consolidation loans use the equity in your home to reduce your overall indebtedness. Generally, you can reduce you monthly payments significantly by using equity to pay off high interest debts such as credit cards and personal loans. This is an excellent way to ‘unlock’ the equity in your home and put it to work saving you money!
If this is your situation, you must let us quote you a rate. We offer programs not found anywhere else. We have some of the best Louisville Mortgage conforming rates for every situation. Call us today! We make it easy, quick and totally confidential–you will not be sorry. Call toll free1-502-905-3708.
Louisville FHA loans permit flexible qualifying and rates that are comparable to conforming loan rates and fees. We offer Adjustable Rate and Fixed Rate loans in all of Kentucky Counties. Learn more and View rates.
Louisville VA Loans
VA loans (or Veteran Administration Loans) guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, to assist our Louisville Veterans of military service with 100% financing for the purchase or refinance of their homes. Veterans may obtain financing in all 50 states and our rates are comparable to conforming fixed rate loans.Learn more and View rates.
Second Mortgages are called by many different names. They are sometimes called ‘Home Equity Loans’ or ‘Home Improvement Loans’. Regardless of the name, the loan is characterized by a second lien on your home. Second mortgages can typically be used to get ‘cash in hand’ to use for any reason.
There are basically two types of Second Mortgage Loans: Closed End and Open End. Closed End Second Mortgages have an amortization period, and generally, a fixed rate. They pay off in a preset term. Open End Second Mortgages are often called Home Equity Lines of Credit or HELOCs for short. They offer the ability to reuse the money as you repay the line. It works just like a credit card except the rate of interest is much lower.
For both types of Second Mortgages, the interest you pay is usually tax deductible. To determine deductibility of mortgage interest, contact your tax advisor.