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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Kentucky FHA Mortgage Guidelines Changes for 2015

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Did You Know that Kentucky Mortgage FHA Income Requirements changed in October 2015?

• Job Changes –

FHA loan rules instruct lenders to, favorably consider a borrower for a mortgage if he/she changes jobs frequently within the same line of work, but continues to advance in income or benefits. In this instance, income stability takes precedence over job stability.

And FHA loan applicants who have been out of a job for a while but have since returned to employment may have their income considered effective and stable when recently returning to work after an extended absence if he/she:
–is employed in the current job for six months or longer, and
–can document a two year work history prior to an absence from employment using traditional employment verifications, and/or copies of W-2 forms or pay stubs.

Note: An acceptable employment situation includes an individual who took several years off from employment to raise children, then returned to the workforce.

• Employment Gaps –

For borrowers with gaps – FHA does not require a minimum length of time that a borrower must have held a position of employment. However, the lender must verify the borrowers employment for the most recent two full years, and the borrower must:
–explain any gaps in employment that span one or more months, and
–indicate if he/she was in school or the military during the most recent two full years, providing evidence supporting this claim, such as college transcripts, or discharge papers.

When analyzing the probability of continued employment, the lender must examine –the borrowers past employment record
–qualifications for the position
–previous training and education, and
–the employers confirmation of continued employment

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Joel Lobb
Senior Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)

 

phone: (502) 905-3708
Fax: (502) 327-9119
kentuckyloan@gmail.com
http://www.mylouisvillekentuckymortgage.com/

 

 

 

 

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.

How Long Do I Have To Be Employed to Qualify for an Kentucky FHA Loan?

How Long Do I Have To Be Employed to Qualify for an Kentucky FHA Loan?.

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