Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements For 2020

Kentucky Mortgage Requirements

Kentucky FHA Guidelines Program for 2020

 

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 a family member or from a retirement savings plan, or money saved up. Any type of cash deposits is 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 an 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 the trustee. You will need to qualify with the Chapter 13 payment along with a 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 $331,760 in Kentucky for 2020
  • The property must be appraised by a 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.
  • 2020 Kentucky FHA loan limits are as follows:
Kentucky FHA loan limits for 2020 is set at $331,760.00
Kentucky FHA loan limits 2020

All Kentucky Counties received a loan amount increase in 2020 for FHA loans made starting January 1, 2020

The new loan limits are effective with case numbers assigned on
or after January 1, 2020

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 of Title 31 of the United States Code (Section 3720B) bars “delinquent federal debtors from obtaining federal loans or loan insurance guarantees.”

Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements for 2020

 

  • 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 2019, you can buy a home with average to below-average credit and 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 noted 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 FHA  in your state on Google to see what is available.

     

  • Benefits and Drawbacks for an FHA Borrower


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    Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements for 2020
    What are the requirements for a FHA loan in Kentucky?
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Kentucky FHA loans after a bankruptcies, foreclosures, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, pre-foreclosures, short sales, and mortgage charge-offs.

Kentucky FHA loans after a significant derogatory credit events which include bankruptcies, foreclosures, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, pre-foreclosures, short sales, and mortgage charge-offs.

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy – MUST be discharged at least 2 years from Case Number Assignment Date. Requirements
include:
1. Complete Copy of Bankruptcy paperwork MUST be provided
2. Borrower must write a detailed explanation explaining the reason for the Bankruptcy
3. The Borrower must have re-established good credit; or chosen not to incur new credit obligations.
4. An elapsed period of less than two years, but not less than 12 months, may be acceptable, if the Borrower:
– Can show that the bankruptcy was caused by extenuating circumstances beyond the Borrower’s control; and
– Has since exhibited a documented ability to manage their financial affairs in a responsible manner.
– If a Chapter 7 is discharged less than 2 years from the date of Case Number Assignment Date the loan must be downgraded to Manual Underwriting and meet all requirements listed in HUD 4000.1 Handbook

 

Chapter 13 must be discharged ** Requirements include:
1. Complete Copy of Bankruptcy paperwork MUST be provided
2. Borrower must write a detailed explanation explaining the reason for the Bankruptcy
3. The Borrower must have re-established good credit; or chosen not to incur new credit obligations.
4. An elapsed period of less than two years, but not less than 12 months, may be acceptable, if the Borrower:
‐ Can show that the bankruptcy was caused by extenuating circumstances beyond the Borrower’scontrol; and
‐ Has since exhibited a documented ability to manage their financial affairs in a responsible manner.

5. If a Chapter 13 is discharged less than 2 years from the date of Case Number Assignment Date the loan must be downgraded to Manual Underwriting and meet all requirements listed in HUD 4000.1 Handbook

Foreclosure/Deed-in-Lieu
1. A Borrower is generally not eligible for a new FHA-insured Mortgage if the Borrower had a foreclosure or a DIL of foreclosure in the three-year period prior to the date of Case Number Assignment.
2. This three-year period begins on the date of the DIL or the date that the Borrower transferred ownership of the Property to the foreclosing Entity/designee.

Short Sale

1. A Borrower is generally not eligible for a new FHA-insured Mortgage if they relinquished a Property through a Short Sale within three years from the date of Case Number Assignment.
2. The three-year period begins on the date of transfer of title by Short Sale.

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Kentucky FHA Loan

FHA loans are good for home buyers with lower credit scores and no much down, or with down payment assistance grants. FHA will allow for grants, gifts, for their 3.5% minimum investment and will go down to a 580 credit score.

The current mortgage insurance requirements are kinda steep when compared to USDA, VA , but the rates are usually good so it can counteract the high mi premiums. As I tell borrowers, you will not have the loan for 30 years, so don’t worry too much about the mi premiums.

The mi premiums are for life of loan like USDA.

FHA requires 2 years removed from bankruptcy and 3 years removed from foreclosure.

Maximum FHA loan limits in Kentucky are set around $285,000 -$299,000 depending on the county in Kentucky

Joel Lobb
Senior Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle, Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223

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Kentucky FHA Loans and requirements for a loan approval after a bankruptcy, foreclosure, short sale

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FHA expands mortgage backing to the once bankrupt | 2013-08-16 | HousingWire

Kentucky FHA loans guidelines for after a bankruptcy, foreclosure, short-sale below:

  • Foreclosures: 3 years from the foreclosure completion date and transferred back to the lender to the credit report date
  • Short Sale: 3 years from the title transfer date
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 7: 2 years from the discharge date. If a property is surrendered in chapter 7 bankruptcy, it is considered to be possible foreclosure which could increase waiting time
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 13: 1 year wait with a scheduled payment plan on liabilities factored into debt-to-income ratio and bankruptcy court approval for mortgage process or 2 years from discharge date
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

Back to Work Program for FHA Borrowers in Kentucky

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Kentucky FHA Mortgage Guidelines for Previous short sale or foreclosure

• FHA permits loans to Kentucky Home-buyers  whose credit history indicates a short sale within the most recent three years prior to loan application, provided all of the following conditions are met:

– The borrower must have made all mortgage payments within the month due for  the 12 months prior to the short sale

• Borrowers who executed a short sale after completing a permanent  modification are eligible for Kentucky FHA financing, provided the borrower made at  least 12 payments on the permanent modification and all payments on the  permanent modification were made within the month due for the 12 months  prior to the short sale

• Borrowers who completed a short sale on a loan that was under a temporary  modification plan at the time of the short sale are ineligible for Kentucky FHA financing  for three years after the short sale
– The short sale must serve as payment in full on the existing liens, and the existing mortgage servicer may not require repayment of the difference between the mortgage balance and the short payoff – Borrowers in default on their mortgages at the time of a short sale are ineligible  for Kentucky  FHA financing for three years after the date of the short sale unless the  borrower experienced significant extenuating circumstances
– For additional information, refer to FHA Mortgagee Letter 2009-52 – Short Sales 

Kentucky FHA Lender for Back to Work Program
Joel Lobb Senior  Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 phone: (502) 905-3708
 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 Loan Guidelines for Credit, Down payment, income,

HA has published the following guideline updates, which will be effective for all loans with case numbers assigned on or after September 9th
  • Specific verbiage for Well Water Testing has been added indicating that it must be performed by a disinterested party in a method acceptable to the local health authority. The borrower or any other interested party may not have contact with the sample. Additionally, cases mandating a Well Water Test have been added to include (but not limited to) the following
    • Newly constructed properties and/or wells
    • Properties with deficiencies in the well or well water as determined by an appraiser
    • Areas where water has been reported or is otherwise known to be unsafe
    • Properties located in close proximity to dumps, landfills, industrial sites, farms, or other sites that could contain hazardous waste
    • Properties where distance between well and septic systems is less than 100 feet
  • Clarification issued indicating Overtime, Bonus, or Tip Income must be calculated using the lesser of
    • Average Overtime, Bonus, or Tip income earned over the previous 2 years (or if earned less than 2 years, the total length of time it has been received); OR
    • Average Overtime, Bonus, or Tip income earned over the previous year
  • All requirements regarding unreimbursed business expenses and Commission Income or Automobile Allowances has been completely removed to align with current IRS tax laws
  • Mortgagees and Third Party Originators have been specifically added to the list of parties to which Interested Party Contribution (IPC) limits apply, with the exception that Premium Pricing credits do not apply to the IPC limit unless the mortgagee is also acting as the seller, agent, builder, or developer.
  • Rent Below Fair Market has been defined as an inducement to purchase when the borrower is allowed to live in the property rent free or at a rental amount more than 10 percent under the fair market rent as determined by the appraiser.
  • Disaster Certifications and new Appraisals in Disaster Areas must now be dated at least 14 days after the Incident Period start date. NOTE: This requirement is in addition to the standard Century Disaster Area Policy.
  • Clarification has been added that Reduction in Term for Streamline Refinances refers specifically to the reduction of the remaining amortization period of the existing mortgage.
  • Manual Underwriting Tips for FHA
    Don’t Forget to Submit!
    • Verbal VOE, paystub(s) covering most recent 30 day period, W2’s for the past 2 years
    • 2 year employment history
    • At least 1 months reserves from the borrower’s own funds (cannot be a gift); 3 months required for 3-4 unit properties
    • VOR or 12 months cancelled checks if credit does not report last 12 months housing history
    • LOX for any derogatory credit or any late payments within the last 24 months
    DTI Requirements:
    • 31/43% FHA (no compensating factors required)
    What can trigger a downgrade to manual underwrite?
    • $1,000 or more in Disputed Derogatory Credit Accounts
    • 20% or greater decline in self employed income
    • Mortgage lates in the last 12 months (see guidelines for full list)
    Payment History Requirements:
    • All mortgage and installment loan payments must have been on time within the last 12 months and no more than two 30 day lates within the last 24 months
    • No derogatory credit on revolving accounts in the last 12 months
  • FHA – Underwriting must follow DU to determine if a collection account must be paid, even on a manual underwrite. Typically DU will require the following:
    • If the credit report shows a cumulative balance of $2,000 or more for collection accounts:
    • The debt(s) must be paid in full prior to or at closing, or
    • Payment arrangements must be made with the creditor and the monthly payment included in the DTI, or
    • A monthly payment of 5% of the outstanding balances of each collection must be included in the borrower’s DTI.
    • Collection accounts of non-borrowing spouses in a community property state must be included in the $2,000 cumulative balance and analyzed as part of the Borrower’s ability to pay all collection accounts. Community property states are Arizona, California, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Back to Work Program in Kentucky for home buyers with previous short sale or foreclosure less than 2 years

Do you qualify for the Back to Work Program in Kentucky for home buyers with previous short sale or foreclosure less than 2 years?Back to Work Program, bad credit, Bankruptcy, FHA Back to work, foreclosure, job loss, Short Sales

 

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Senior  Loan Officer
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
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Louisville, KY 40223
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Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Loan Programs for FHA, VA, KHC and USDA Mortgage Loans in Kentucky

FHA changes may aid those who lost homes.

Kentucky FHA changes may aid those who lost homes

The Federal Housing Authority has shortened the mandatory waiting periods for an Kentucky  FHA-insured mortgage loan for those who have undergone foreclosure, deed-in-lieu, taken a short sale or declared bankruptcy during the economic recession.

 

Through its new program, Back to Work—Extenuating Circumstances, the waiting period for most borrowers is now just 12 months instead of the typical three, seven or 10 years. Both first-time and repeat home-buyers can apply. “Most people do not know this program has been released, and are only renting because

If you feel like you qualify for this and live in Kentucky, please call or email me with your questions and I would be glad to see if you qualify for the new Kentucky FHA Program for free.

 

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste…

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The Latest Guidelines on Waiting Periods – Valley Business Journal

The Latest Guidelines on Waiting Periods – Valley Business Journal.

 

It might be interesting to update everyone on the latest guidelines on required waiting periods after a Bankruptcy, Foreclosure or Short Sale. The rules seem to change fairly often and, of course, may vary greatly with lenders and mortgage investors.

For conventional financing, basic guidelines at this time show a waiting period of four years after a Chapter 7 or 11 Bankruptcy, two years with extenuating circumstances; after a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, it would be two years from the Discharge date, four from Dismissal date (two from Dismissal with justifying circumstances). A Foreclosure on your record would mandate a seven-year waiting period, three with extenuating circumstances but with additional restrictions as to the maximum loan-to-value allowed and occupancy of the property. A Short Sale or Deed-in-Lieu on a person’s credit requires a waiting period of at least two years for an 80% loan-to-value and four for 90%, two with mitigating circumstances can be possible up to 90%.

FHA and VA requirements may be considerably different. For example, if a person had a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the usual waiting period would be two years for FHA, but under some circumstances it could be moved down to just one, not with VA though. Many factors must be clearly illustrated, including either no new debt since discharge or re-establishment and maintenance of good credit plus a demonstrated ability to manage one’s financial obligations. A new purchase after a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy (where debts are being paid over time) has different guidelines also, primarily being that the Bankruptcy has been in a payout period for at least one year, with satisfactory performance and Court approval. Foreclosures and short sales generally mandate three years with FHA, two with VA.

These are some of the lending policies, but of course a person must also qualify for the new loan – income, stability of same, debt ratios and credit scores are critical. We must measure that with the basic question of whether a person is ready to purchase again and take on ownership responsibilities. Working with an experienced, professional mortgage advisor should be very helpful if you find yourself in this kind of situation.

The snag would come in the underwriting portion of the mortgage application process.

“The IRS office won’t be able to provide the forms to prove income, deal with tax lien information, and the like. Because those documents aren’t available, those loans will be stuck until further notice,’’ Herrera said.

It’s in the intake — the starting of the files — where a backlog could occur, he said.

With the housing recovery in the Inland region still viewed as fragile, any slow-down in sales has a trickle-down effect on the economy.

National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun recently pinned the August slow-down in pending home sales — contract signings eased 1.6 percent — on tight inventory conditions, higher interest rates, rising prices and restrictive mortgage credit.

For the three month quarter ended June 2013, nearly 20 percent of the 8,758 mortgage transactions reported to the Inland Valleys Association of Realtors were FHA-insured.

Conventional loans insured by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae accounted for 34 percent of the transactions; Veterans Administration-backed mortgage applications represented 4 percent of the loan business, Herrera said.

Donavon Ternes, president and chief operating officer of Provident Savings Bank, agreed the FHA-furloughs could end up harming – or bogging down — the number of refinance transactions or purchase money transactions looking for FHA-insurance on the loan.