CREDIT SCORE REQUIREMENTS FOR KENTUCKY FHA FINANCING

CREDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR KENTUCKY FHA FINANCING

What credit score do I need to qualify for a Kentucky FHA loan is one of the most common questions I hear from Kentucky homebuyers?

The short answer is you must have a minimum credit score of 500 to be eligible for an FHA loan in Kentucky.  Anything lower than 500 disqualifies you from consideration for an FHA loan.

There are two sets of credit score requirements for a Kentucky FHA Loan

One important thing to understand is that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) does not lend money directly to home buyers. You will fill out an application with a regular lender just as you would if you were applying for any other type of mortgage. What the FHA does is ensure your loan to help protect the lender in case you default.

You will be required not only to meet the FHA guidelines to qualify for a loan but also meet any additional qualifications required by the lender. This means there are two sets of requirements you have to meet with your credit score.

1. The first set of requirements comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD oversees the FHA and determines what a borrower’s minimum eligibility requirements will be to obtain an FHA loan.

2. The second set of requirements comes from the mortgage lender. The mortgage lender has the right to add its requirements to those mandated by HUD.

What HUD requires of borrowers to be eligible for an FHA loan

The HUD Handbook 4000.1 includes the official guidelines when it comes to the FHA mortgage insurance program.

It states that in 2020 the Kentucky FHA borrowers with credit scores of 580 or higher are eligible for a 96.5% loan with 3.5% down.

Borrowers with credit scores from 500 to 579 are eligible for a 90% loan with 10% down.

Individuals with credit scores below 500 are not eligible for the FHA program.

What lenders may require of borrowers to be eligible for an Kentucky FHA loan

Lenders have the right to add requirements over and above the minimum requirements of HUD. These additional requirements are called overlays. Your lender may or may not require them.

This is not something that should come as a surprise to you, however. Requiring a credit score of 580 to 620 is not unusual. In addition to your credit score, you must have a manageable debt level that lenders are comfortable with and enough income to repay your loan.

What credit score do I need to qualify for FHA loan?

Each month Ellie Mae, the software company processing more than ⅓ of America’s mortgage loans, publishes an insight report for mortgage trends and standards. One of the things they track is average credit scores. The following is their report for November 2019 which shows what percentage of successful borrowers fall into what credit score ranges.

500 – 549    2.14%
550 – 599    5.20%
600 – 649    23.01%
650 – 699    34.74%
700 – 749    21.88%
750 – 799    10.87%
800+     1.89%

These percentages show that the majority of borrowers who successfully qualify for FHA loans fall into the 600 to 799 range. While it is true that some successfully qualify in the low range of 500 to 599, you have a much better chance of being approved for a loan with good terms and a low down payment if you fall into the higher range.

 

 

 

For your free credit report and analysis call us today at 502-905-3708 or email us at kentuckyloan@gmail.com

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346
 


Text/call 502-905-3708
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FHA says as many as 50,000 mortgages will be affected by new lending rules

Two weeks ago, the FHA took steps to limit risk to its single-family portfolio, announcing that it will flag some loans for manual underwriting. FHA’s Chief Risk Officer Keith Becker told the WSJ just how many loans the agency thinks will be affected, adding that the FHA felt that it was appropriate to take some steps to mitigate the risks we’re seeing.

FHA Loan Changes for Kentucky Home Buyers in 2019

 

Two weeks ago, the Federal Housing Administration took steps to mitigate risks to its single-family portfolio, announcing updates to its TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard that will flag some loans for manual underwriting.

The move upset a number of lenders who feared that some of their borrowers would be shut out of FHA financing and that borrowers who began the process but no longer qualified under new guidelines would be angry.

Turns out, their fears have some merit.

An FHA official told The Wall Street Journal that approximately 40,000 to 50,000 loans a year will likely be affected, which amounts to about 4-5% to all the mortgages the FHA insures on an annual basis.

“We have continued to endorse loans with more and more credit risk,” said FHA’s Chief Risk Officer Keith Becker. “We felt that it was appropriate to take some steps to mitigate the risks we’re seeing.”

The WSJ points out that the move is a complete reversal of the agency’s 2016 decision to loosen underwriting standards, nixing an old rule that required manual underwriting for loans with credit scores below 620 and a debt-to-income ratio above 43%.

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But the agency’s annual report to Congress released in November revealed risk trends that threatened to drain the program, among them a significant increase in cash-out refinances, a drop in average borrower credit score, and a jump in borrowers with high DTIs.

Requiring manual underwriting for riskier loans is intended to curb these risks, and there’s a good chance a number of borrowers will no longer qualify.

According to Becker, it’s likely that many of the loans flagged for manual underwriting won’t end up passing muster.

 

 

Source: FHA says as many as 50,000 mortgages will be affected by new lending rules

First Time Home Buyer Programs Louisville Kentucky

First Time Home Buyer Programs Louisville Kentucky.

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Kentucky FHA Streamline Refinance

Our Kentucky FHA lenders can help you buy a home with no money down or refinance to the lowest rates possible!

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Kentucky FHA Streamline Refinance

Welcome to the Kentucky FHA Streamline Refinance program! Our KY FHA lenders can help you save money each month on your FHA mortgage.  Want to take advantage of the current low rates?  No problem!  We service all areas of The Bluegrass State and we’re here to help!

This FHA Streamline Refi process is so simple that it’s been called “Streamline” because it allows you to refinance the interest rate on your current home mortgage rather quickly. Appraisals are usually not required and there is also less paperwork involved – saving both you and the lender time and money!

***Starting June 11, 2012 if you currently have an FHA loan you may qualify for a refinance that will reduce your upfront mortgage premium to only .01 percent and your annual premium of .55 percent!***

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell

Louisville Ky  homeowners looking to for a  FHA refinancing offers benefits for current real estate home owners who are seeking to complete a refinance mortgage of their existing real estate mortgage (s). 


Some advantages of using a Louisville KY FHA mortgage for your mortgage refinance are as follows:

  • Cash-Out up to 85% of your properties value.
  • Consolidate first and second mortgages into single loan.
  • Bill consolidation programs.
  • Easier credit and income qualifications.
  • FHA  regulated closing costs.
  • Rate and Term Mortgage Refinancing up to 96.5% of your homes value.
  • Consolidate first and second mortgages* into a single loan.
  • min. 640 credit score.
  • Competitive rates for borrowers with a Bankruptcy older than two years.
  • Competitive rates for borrowers with a Foreclosure older than three years.
  • Easier credit and income qualifications.
  • FHA regulated closing costs.
  • No Cost Interest Rate Reductions programs.
  • No Income or Credit Qualifications*.
  • Zero cost refinance options available.
  • Easily switch amortization for adjustable to fixed or vice versa.
  • Easily shorten or lengthen term of your existing loan.
  • Easier credit and income qualifications.

What Are the New Changes That Make FHA Streamline Loans Even Better?

These home loans have been available for years. Unfortunately, recent increases to mortgage insurance (MI) premiums often wiped out the savings for those refinancing.

At least until now…

New changes to the FHA Streamline program apply to those whose FHA-insured home loans were endorsed on or before May 31st, 2009.

In an effort to assist more Kentucky homeowners with FHA mortgages to refinance at today’s incredibly interest rates FHA mortgage insurance rates were reduced, effective June 11th, 2012.

This new change alone means thousands of dollars in savings for most borrowers.

According to the FHA, based upon a $200,000 30 year mortgage with a loan-to-value higher than 95%, those who took out loans on or before May 31st, 2009, will now realize the following savings:

Before June 11th, 2012

After June 11th, 2012

Mortgage Premium at Closing

$3,500

$20

Monthly MI Premium

$208.33

$91.67

Upfront MI Premium Percentage

1.75%

0.01%

Annual MI Premium Percentage

1.25%

0.55%

 



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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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Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
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 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

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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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Kentucky FHA Credit Score Requirements for 2014, Based on Lender Feedback

 

FHA Minimum FICO

 

 

 

FICO 620-639 will be allowed as long as the borrower has an Approve through DU . Manually underwritten loans will still be capped at a minimum FICO of 640.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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