Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements for 2018

Benefits and Drawbacks for an FHA Borrower

Kentucky HUD $100 Down FHA Program for 2018

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Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements

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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  • 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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    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 STREAMLINES REFINANCE GUIDELINES IN KENTUCKY 2015

FHA STREAMLINES REFINANCE GUIDELINES IN KENTUCKY 2015.

7 Major FHA Rule Changes – Effective June 15, 2015

As you probably know, HUD has scrapped their old underwriting handbook and has re-written the whole darn thing which they will be implementing on all case numbers order on or after June 15. What they DIDN’T do was indicate which rules were CHANGED significantly from the previous handbook. We compared both the old and the new handbook and found 46 rule changes. Here are seven of them.

Earnest Money

Old Rule – Document source of earnest money if the amount exceeds 2% of the sales price

New Rule – Document source of earnest money if the amount exceeds 1% of the salesprice

CAVIRS

Old Rule – Federal debt makes borrower ineligible

New Rule – VERIFIED federal debt makes the borrower ineligible

Part-Time Income

Old Rule – Underwriter discretion allowed when received less than 2 years

New Rule – Two years uninterrupted part-time income is required. Average income over prior 2 years or use 12-month average of hours at the current pay rate if the lender documents an increase in pay rate.

Rental Income on Retained Primary Residence

Old Rule – Rental income may be counted when relocating outside of reasonable commute distance for job and borrower has 25% equity.

New Rule – Rental income may be counted when relocating and the new residence is at least 100 miles from previous residence. If no history of rental income since the last tax filing, borrower must have 25% equity.

Non-taxable income

Old Rule – Gross up using tax rate evidenced on last tax return. If borrower did not filea return, use tax rate of 25%.

New Rule – Gross up using the greater of 15% or actual tax rate. If borrower did not file a tax return, use tax rate of 15%

Installment Debts Less Than 10 Months

Old Rule – May be excluded from ratios. If manual underwrite—may be excluded if debt will not affect ability to pay the mortgage.

New Rule – May be excluded ONLY if—they have cumulative payment of less than or equal to 5% of the borrower’s gross monthly income AND the borrower may not pay the debts down to achieve this percentage.

Multiple FHA Loans

Old Rule – If relocating for employment, borrower may obtain a second FHA loan for a new principal residence if current residence is more than a reasonable commute to new residence.

New Rule – If relocating for employment, the commuting distance between the old residence and new residence must be more than 100 miles.

Source: Mortgage Currentcy


Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer

 

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EFINANCE GUIDELINES IN KENTUCKY 2015.

Louisville Kentucky Mortgage Programs 2011

Louisville Kentucky Mortgage Programs 2011

 

Louisville Kentucky Mortgage Programs

As an approved Louisville Kentucky  Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Louisville Ky FHA mortgage professional, I offer a wide array of kentucky loan programs, including Kentucky First Time Home Buyers Programs, Kentucky Refinance Programs, or Louisville Kentucky Renovation Home Programs. We lend on primary, secondary, and investment properties.

Kentucky Home Purchase Programs

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.

Mortgage Program Highlights:
  • Fixed and adjustable rate options
  • $0 down payment options available
  • Up to 6% seller concessions
  • Down payment assistance and gifts permitted
  • Credit scores as low as 580
  • 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:
  1. Standard (k) loan– no maximum for repairs, which can include structural renovations, room additions, roof repairs and replacement of plumbing.
  2. 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 Mortgage Programs

Louisville Mortgage Programs

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.

Jumbo Loans
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.

Refinancing
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
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!

Bruised Credit
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 free 1-502-905-3708.

Louisville FHA Loans
An Louisville  FHA loan is a loan for residential real estate guaranteed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). FHA permits loans up to 96.5% of your purchase price and 97.75% of your homes value for a streamlined refinance or up to 95% of your homes value for a cash-out refinance. Loan limits are set by county in each state. Click the following link to determine the FHA loan limit for your area https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/hicostlook.cfm.

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.

For VA eligibility information, click here.

Second Mortgage
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.

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Ky FHA Guidelines/Bankruptcy

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Frequently Asked Questions about FHA Kentucky Home Loans

Frequently Asked Questions about FHA Kentucky Home Loans.