That didn’t take long! BREAKING: HUD suspends FHA mortgage insurance premium cut
#BREAKING In first moments of Trump presidency, HUD makes it official: FHA mortgage insurance premium cut is suspended “indefinitely.”
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it suspended the reduction of Mortgage Insurance Premiums, effective immediately. HUD sent out an announcement just an hour after President Trump was sworn in on Friday, stating that the cuts have been suspended indefinitely. Click the headline for more.
For the first time in two years, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced that it will be lowering its annual mortgage insurance premiums for Kentucky FHA Homebuyers and homeowners looking to refinance a FHA mortgage loan
Kentucky Homeowners with an existing FHA loan that haven’t refinanced in the past two years may be able to reduce their payment and get a lower monthly payment.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro said on Monday the FHA will reduce the annual premiums most borrowers will pay by a quarter of a percent, or 25 basis points, for most new mortgages with a closing or disbursement date on or after January 27th of 2017. The new rates are projected to save new FHA-insured homeowners an average of $500 this year, Castro said.
When the FHA announced late last year that its flagship fund, the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, grew for the fourth straight year, it led to many question whether we would see a cut to its mortgage insurance premiums again. Now we have an answer. Click the headline for the full details on the FHA reducing mortgage insurance premiums.
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.
Administration (FHA) Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1. These updates are effective September 30, 2016 and
Clarification that an Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) refund calculation applies even if original UFMIP was
Mortgage Debt Not Included in Credit Report: Clarification that a manual downgrade is not required when there is no history of late payments, as detailed below.
o Not currently delinquent; and
o No 30 day late payments within 12 months of the case number assignment date; and
o No more than 2 x 30 day late payments within 24 months of the case number assignment date.
A link has been added in the FHA Product Description from Mortgage Payment History requirements to “Credit History
Requirements for Manually Underwritten Loans.”
Appliances that add contributory value must be operable. Mechanical components and utilities: The appraiser must report the utility, safety, and capacity of the mechanical systems. The appraiser must observe and operate all applicable mechanical systems and utilities. In conjunction with this guidance, existing FHA Handbook guidance on the following topics will be added: o Electrical System o Heating and Cooling o Plumbing o Utilities
If you have questions about qualifying as first time home buyer in Kentucky, please call, text, email or fill out free prequalification below for your next mortgage loan pre-approval.
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 views of my employer. Not all products or services mentioned on this site may fit all people
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:
Mortgage insurance is required
The maximum allowable seller contributions have been exceededPage 2
Level of fieldwork recommendation
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.
KHC Loan Programs MRB All MRB Kentucky Housing first mortgage loans are for a 30-year term at a fixed rate of interest. The home you purchase through Kentucky Housing must be the only residential property you own and you must occupy the home as your principal residence while the loan debt is still outstanding. To qualify, you must meet KHC’s regular MRB income guidelines, make a down payment or qualify for down payment assistance, be a US citizen or legal alien and have an acceptable credit history. Some MRB KHC loans are subject to a federal recapture tax. Recapture is a federal income tax that the borrowers may have to pay if they have considerable growth in their income and they sell or transfer their KHC-financed home within 9 years. However, KHC has implemented a Recapture Tax Guarantee Program for all loans that close after October 1, 2006. The Recapture Tax Guarantee Program will reimburse homeowners if they are subject to pay the Federal Recapture Tax on their KHC mortgage loan upon the sale of their home. Conventional Insured by approved mortgage insurance company. Minimum credit score of 660 or better. Quick turnaround time, 20 percent down payment and no up-front or monthly mortgage insurance. FHA Insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Down payments as little as 3.5 percent. Can use DAP for 3.5 percent down payment requirement. Upfront and monthly mortgage insurance. Minimum credit score of 640. VA Guaranteed by the Veterans Administration for qualified military veterans. No down payment if the property appraises for the sale price or greater. Credit underwriting is flexible. Minimum credit score of 640. No monthly mortgage insurance payments. RHS Guaranteed by Rural Housing Services (RHS). Home must be located in a rural area as defined by RHS. No down payment if the property appraises for the sale price or greater. Minimum credit score of 640. GNMA Secondary Market All GNMA KHC first mortgage loans are for a 30-year term at a fixed rate of interest. The home you purchase through KHC must be occupied as your principle residence while the loan debt is outstanding. To qualify, you must meet KHC’s GNMA income guidelines, make a down payment, or qualify for down payment assistance, be a U.S. citizen or legal alien and have an acceptable credit history. FHA Insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Down payments as little as 3.5 percent. Can use DAP for 3.5 percent down payment requirement. Upfront and monthly mortgage insurance. Minimum credit score of 640. VA Guaranteed by the Veterans Administration for qualified military veterans. No down payment if the property appraises for the sale price or greater. Credit underwriting is flexible. Minimum credit score of 640. No monthly mortgage insurance payments. RHS Guaranteed by Rural Housing Services (RHS). Home must be located in a rural area as defined by RHS. No down payment if the property appraises for the sale price or greater. Minimum credit score of 640. Two FHA Refinance Options Credit qualifying Streamline Refinance and Rate/Term Refinance Insured by the Federal Housing Administration Cash back to borrower not to exceed $500 Upfront and monthly mortgage insurance Minimum credit score of 640 Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCC) A Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCC) reduces the amount of federal income tax you pay, giving you more available income to qualify for a mortgage loan. MCCs are NOT mortgages. They are tax credits that put extra cash in your pocket each month, so you can more easily afford a house payment. That means fewer tax dollars will be withheld from your regular paycheck, increasing your take-home pay. The federal government allows every homeowner an income tax deduction for all the interest paid each year on a mortgage loan. But an MCC gives you a tax credit of 25 percent (not to exceed $2,000). You can still deduct the remaining 75 percent interest on your income taxes. A tax credit is not the same as a tax deduction. A tax deduction reduces the portion of your income that is taxed, so you pay less. A tax credit is a direct, dollar for dollar reduction in the total tax you owe. The MCC is effective for the life of the loan as long as you live in the home. If you sell your home in the first nine years of ownership, you may be subject to Federal Recapture Tax. One-time fee of $500 or reduced to $200 if through KHC’s GNMA Secondary Market First Mortgage Program. Not valid with MRB loan programs. Special First Mortgage Loan Programs New Construction Program for Single-Parent, Disabled and Elderly Households offers loans for newly constructed houses at interest rates from 1 to 6 percent. These limited funds are available, usually in July, on a first-come, first-served basis. Guidelines Interest rate determined by the families’ ability to repay the loan. For new homes with a purchase price of $115,000 or less. Eligible borrowers: Single parents (at least one dependent under the age of 18 must live in the home.) Households with a person who has a permanent disability and who receives some form of disability income (SSI, SSDI, Veterans Disability etc.). Households where at least one of the home buyers is age 62 or older. Income guidelines: $28,000 for a household of 1 or 2 people; or $33,000 for a household of 3 or more people. Kentucky Housing’s DAP loan programmay be used for down payment and closing cost assistance. Applying for a Kentucky Housing loan is easy.