Kentucky FHA Mortgage Qualifying Guidelines for 2020

Kentucky FHA Loans

The FHA is actually not the lender. They insure the loans that are issued by FHA-approved lenders. FHA loans are gear more toward borrower’s with less than 20% down payment and credit issues in the past.

Qualifying for a FHA Loan Mortgage In Kentucky

Credit Scores and Down Payment Percentages – Each year, the rules for qualifying for these loans changes. For 2020, applicants need a minimum credit score of 580 in order to get the low down payment, which is 3.5 percent.

For those whose credit score is less than 580, they will have to come up with 10 percent for their down payment. This does not guaranteed a mortgage loan approval if you have the certain credit scores, just a the minimum required.

Compensating Factors for FHA loan Approval

The credit score is just one part of the story. The FHA will also evaluate the borrower’s bankruptcies, foreclosures, prior payment history on other debts. They will also want information on difficulties that kept the borrower from making payments on other debts in the past.

Negative strikes against qualifying for the loan include not having any credit history or a bankruptcy.

Someone with a bankruptcy will have to wait for two or more years after their bankruptcy before applying for an FHA-insured loan.

If you have late payments on debt obligations, it is best to wait until you have had a full year of on-time payments before you apply for a FHA-insured loan.

If you have had a foreclosure in the past, you may still be able to get a FHA-insured loan three years after your foreclosure. The lender will be looking at the circumstances behind the foreclosure.

If you have had any civil judgement against you for money owed, collections actions or unpaid/unresolved federal debt, the FHA-approved lender will be required by the FHA to establish that all of these outstanding issues are resolved or paid before you can go through closing.

Watch out for student loans if they are delinquent because sometime this can cause a lien against you in the form of a CAVIRS Alert with HUD

As you can see, many types of borrowers who would not be eligible for a traditional mortgage, or who would face exorbitant interest rates, will be able to qualify for a FHA-insured loan at attractive interest rates.

Employment and Income for a Kentucky FHA Loan

You must have an employment history that is steady for the last two years. Does not have to be same employer.

Your income has to be verifiable in some way, whether that be through pay stubs, your income tax returns. No bank statements or cash deposits , or undocumented income can be used for income qualifying purposes.

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Debt-to-Income Ratio Requirements –

Depending on the automated underwriting system from Desktop Originator, your Debt-to-income ratio is the percentage of your income before taxes that you spend on monthly debt.

Taking into account the proposed mortgage payment as well as the other debts, the FHA requires that these debts all total less than 43 percent of your pretax income in order to qualify for the loan.

If your debt load is too high, you will struggle to pay all of your bills and mortgage expenses and care for yourself and your family.

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Property Requirements for a Kentucky FHA Loan

It must be the place where you intend to reside. You must move into the home within 60 days of closing the loan. The home cannot be an investment. There will be an inspection to ensure that the home is safe and habitable.

It is really not too hard to pass FHA loans and the appraisal process.

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Pros of FHA Loans –

  • New homebuyers and those who have lower credit scores or who have other blemishes on their credit history will often qualify for FHA-insured loans.

  • Even though these borrowers are considered “subprime” to a traditional lender, they will receive attractive interest rates through the FHA-insured mortgage programs.

  • The down payments required from borrowers are lower than those required by traditional mortgage lenders.

  • These loans can be combined with other forms of public assistance for lower income or new borrowers so that the borrower will not need to come up with a down payment of any kind.

Cons of FHA Loans –

  • Since the FHA is not actually the lender, and you have to go through FHA-approved lenders, you may not qualify due to stricter standards that the lender has for the loan.

  • Because you are not paying 20 percent as a down payment, the FHA requires two mortgage insurance premiums to be paid. One is an upfront premium that is 1.75 percent of the loan amount. Lenders often will allow you to make that mortgage insurance premium a part of your loan. The second is an annual mortgage insurance premium that is .45 percent or 1.05 percent. This premium is paid monthly.

 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
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

 

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Disclaimer: No statement on this site is a commitment to make a loan. Loans are subject to borrower qualifications, including income, property evaluation, sufficient equity in the home to meet Loan-to-Value requirements, and final credit approval. Approvals are subject to underwriting guidelines, interest rates, and program guidelines and are subject to change without notice based on applicant’s eligibility and market conditions. Refinancing an existing loan may result in total finance charges being higher over the life of a loan. Reduction in payments may reflect a longer loan term. Terms of any loan may be subject to payment of points and fees by the applicant  Equal Opportunity Lender. NMLS#57916http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/

 

Lending 101: FHA Loans In Kentucky

Lending 101: FHA Loans In Kentucky

Kentucky FHA loans are great loan program that is not just for first-time buyers!

Here are some of our favorite features of Kentucky FHA loans:

  1. Low down payment – FHA requires 3.5 % down. For qualified buyers, this money may be able to be gifted from a family member.
  2. No income limits – There are no income limits placed on the borrower or the household.
  3. Credit scores – Interest rates and underwriting requirements are less credit score sensitive than other loan programs. In some scenarios, we are able to lend to buyers with scores in the mid-500s. *Note: Credit scores under 580 will require a 10% down payment.
  4. Manufactured homes – No problem with FHA! Manufactured homes must be on a permanent foundation and have been built after June 1976.
  5. Rehab loans – Utilizing the FHA 203K program, we can do purchase and refinance loans that roll the cost of rehabs or repairs into the loan amount.
  6. No geographic restrictions – FHA loans can be done anywhere,
  7. Generous Debt-to-Income Ratios – For most buyers, FHA allows for a higher debt load than other programs. FHA may be the only program for some borrowers with high credit card and/or student loan debt.
  8. Non-Occupant Co-Borrowers – FHA is one of the few programs that allow non-occupant co-borrowers. While a non-occupant co-borrower cannot help in scenarios where a buyer has a low score and cannot qualify on their own, it is a great solution for buyers who have low income or income that can’t be documented.

Want to learn more about FHA loans? Contact any member of our team today, reply to this email, or give us a call at 502-905-3708 and ask to speak to a mortgage loan originator.

Kentucky FHA Down Payment Requirements, Credit Scores and Mortgage Insurance

How Credit Scores Impact Kentucky  FHA Loan Down Payment Requirements


Kentucky Home Buyers credit scores are one of  the largest factors in determining the amount of a down payment for an FHA loan.   A credit score of 580 or higher, 3.5 percent is the minimum required for a down payment. Anyone with a credit score of 500 to 579 will have to save 10 percent for a down payment to obtain an FHA loan.

What Are Mortgage Insurance Requirements on Kentucky FHA Loans?

FHA loans are required to pay mortgage insurance premiums, often known as upfront mortgage insurance premiums and monthly annual premiums.

  • Upfront mortgage insurance premium: 1.75 percent of the loan amount and is paid when the borrower gets the loan. The premium can be rolled into the mortgage.
  • Annual mortgage insurance premium: 0.45 percent to 1.05 percent, depending on the term of the loan (15 years vs. 30 years), the loan amount and the initial loan-to-value ratio, or LTV. This premium amount is divided by 12 and paid monthly.

For a homeowner who borrows $150,000, this means the upfront mortgage insurance premium would be $2,625 and your annual premium would range from $675 ($56.25 per month) to $1,575 ($131.25 per month), depending on the length of the mortgage.

Unlike traditional mortgage insurance premiums, homeowners are required to pay FHA premiums for the entire term of the mortgage. The only time you can stop paying them is to refinance into a non-FHA loan or to sell the house.

Down Payment Gifts and Rules for Kentucky FHA Loans Kentucky borrowers choose an FHA loan can receive money as a gift to help towards the total amount of the down payment.

There are several rules that homeowners need to keep in mind. Giftscan come from friends, family members, labor unions and employers, according to data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Even non-profit organizations can provide money for a contribution toward a down payment.

In addition, each state offers various assistance programs for down payments for both FHA buyers in Kentucky lacking the down payment.

People obtaining an Kentucky FHA loan are also eligible for these programs. I.e. Kentucky Housing Dap Funds, Welcome Grants In Kentucky

 

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What are the requirements to  qualify for a Kentucky FHA Mortgage?

What are the requirements to  qualify for a Kentucky FHA Mortgage in 2020?

Kentucky  FHA loan is a mortgage that is insured by the Government agency under Housing and Urban Development that is called FHA or short for Federal Housing Administration. The loan was established for Kentucky Home buyers will very little or no money down home loans with more  lenient credit score and  income requirements  and tends to be more forgiving about credit history with regard to bankruptcy and foreclosures, higher debt to income ratios and job history with limited work history for home buyers will only 2 years work history or less.

Kentucky FHA Credit Score Requirements and Down Payment Requirements

The Kentucky FHA  home loan  program may accept credit scores as low as 580 and require at least a 3.5 percent down payment of the sales price on a purchase. If you have a credit score below 580, then  a 10 percent down payment or more may be acceptable some FHA lenders in Kentucky , providing you meet all program guidelines in regards to debt to income ratios, assets, and income requirements .  The loan cannot be used for rental properties and does allow for co-signers if they are related.

Remember, these guidelines are set forth by FHA and all lenders do not have to offer these guidelines, to whereas they may a higher credit score or more money down or income restrictions on how much you can qualify for.

Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans and Bankruptcy or Foreclosure

In case you had a  blemish on your credit report with a bankruptcy, short sale or foreclosure, follow these guidelines.

Kentucky FHA loans requires a passage of two years since the discharge date of a chapter 7 bankruptcy. A chapter 13 bankruptcy may be acceptable after at least 12 months of an on time pay-back period and the borrower has received permission from bankruptcy court to enter the mortgage transaction, and you qualify with the new house payment along with other debts on the credit report.

Three years must pass if you went through a short sale or foreclosure. The date starts when the home was sold, not when you entered the transaction toward foreclosure or short sale period. Sometimes the house will not sell to 1-2 years later after the foreclosure and this is when the passage date starts. Keep this in mind on your next FHA loan pre-approval if you have had a bankruptcy or foreclosure in the past.

Kentucky FHA Loans and Mortgage Insurance

FHA loans have two forms of mortgage insurance which protects the lender for any losses suffered if the borrower defaults on the payment. ne is called upfront mortgage insurance premium (UFMIP) which has a rate of 1.75% of the loan amount. The fee can be added to the loan amount or paid in full as part of your closing costs. In addition, FHA loans also have a 0.8-0.85% (of the loan amount) monthly mortgage insurance. In most cases, this mortgage insurance remains for the life of the loan. To eliminate the mortgage insurance, the borrower must refinance the loan into a non-FHA loan program and have 20% equity in the property.

In addition to the down payment requirements on a FHA loan, they’re closing costs and prepaids to pay at closing. The  seller can contribute up to 6% of the sales price to help the buyer with closing costs and prepaid expenses. Closing costs vary from lender to lender and your prepaids would be the same no matter which lender you choose because this is a function of the property ‘s home insurance premium quote you obtain and the property tax bill on the home set by PVA.

Sometimes the lender can pay a credit toward these expenses at closing with a lender credit which lets the lender credit back to you with a higher rate to reduce the costs of the loan’s costs at closing for out of pocket expenses.

All Kentucky FHA loans are assumable, which means that when the homeowner sells a home, the buyer may be able to take on the existing loan and terms (e.g.: balance, rate and remaining loan amount). Of course, anyone interested in the assumable loan feature must go through the approval process (credit check, income verification) with the current lender on the property. This is a very rare occurrence because most sellers are going to sell the home for more than they owe on it.

Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements

 

 

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How long do you have to wait to get approved for a mortgage loan after a bankruptcy in Kentucky?

GETTING A MORTGAGE LOAN IN KENTUCKY WHEN YOU HAVE HAD A BANKRU
ARE YOU CURRENTLY IN A CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY OR HAD A CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY IN THE PAST?

Qualifying For A Kentucky Mortgage After Bankruptcy

Home Buyers can qualify for a Kentucky mortgage after bankruptcy:

  • 2 year waiting period to qualify for FHA Loan to qualify for a FHA Loans after discharge of Chapter 7.
  • One year into a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy to qualify for a Chapter Loan into a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy repayment plan.
  • No waiting period after a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharge date.
  • 4 year waiting period to qualify for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy discharge date to qualify for a Conventional Loan.
  • Two year waiting period to qualify for a Chapter 13 after Chatper 13 discharged date to qualify for a Conventional Loan.
  • Four year waiting period to qualify for a Conventional Loan if you had a mortgage part of bankruptcy but the foreclosure needs to be be finalized

Bankruptcy Chart for FHA, VA, USDA and Fannie Mae Guidelines for Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and Foreclosure and Short Sale

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
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

Disclaimer: No statement on this site is a commitment to make a loan. Loans are subject to borrower qualifications, including income, property evaluation, sufficient equity in the home to meet Loan-to-Value requirements, and final credit approval. Approvals are subject to underwriting guidelines, interest rates, and program guidelines and are subject to change without notice based on applicant’s eligibility and market conditions. Refinancing an existing loan may result in total finance charges being higher over the life of a loan. Reduction in payments may reflect a longer loan term. Terms of any loan may be subject to payment of points and fees by the applicant  Equal Opportunity Lender.

Kentucky FHA Loan Limits for 2019

Kentucky FHA Loan Limits for 2019
FHA has announced new loan limits for 2019. For all FHA loans with Case Numbers assigned on or after January 1st, the following will be effective
 these values are updated to coincide with the new FNMA loan limit floor values.

Kentucky Lending Limits for FHA Loans in KENTUCKY Counties

FHA mortgage lending limits in KENTUCKY vary based on a variety of housing types and the cost of local housing. FHA loans are designed for borrowers who are unable to make large down payments.

kentucky fha loan limits for 2019 will be $314,827

HUD Announces Higher FHA Loan Limits for 2019

December 20, 2018 – The HUD official site has announced higher FHA home loan limits for 2019. The higher loan limits are attributed to what the agency describes as “robust” increases in median housing prices over the last year. Nationwide, the limit for “average” housing markets-defined as those not in high-cost or low-cost areas-is set in 2019 at $314,827.

That is an increase from 2018 when the limit was set at $294,515.

 

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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
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

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Disclaimer: No statement on this site is a commitment to make a loan. Loans are subject to borrower qualifications, including income, property evaluation, sufficient equity in the home to meet Loan-to-Value requirements, and final credit approval. Approvals are subject to underwriting guidelines, interest rates, and program guidelines and are subject to change without notice based on applicant’s eligibility and market conditions. Refinancing an existing loan may result in total finance charges being higher over the life of a loan. Reduction in payments may reflect a longer loan term. Terms of any loan may be subject to payment of points and fees by the applicant  Equal Opportunity Lender. NMLS#57916 http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/
 
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Kentucky FHA Lending Limits

2019 Kentucky FHA limits include the following cities of  Fort Thomas, Erlanger, Florence, Ashland, Frankfort, Lexington, Richmond, Somerset Elizabethtown, Louisville, Owensboro, Hopkinsville, Fort Campbell North, Mayfield, Paducah, Madisonville, Henderson, Radcliff, Fort Knox, Georgetown, London, Bowling Green, E-town, Shepherdsville, Mount Washington, Lagrange, Shelbyville, Independence,  Hodgenville, Brandenburg, Morehead, Danville, Versailles, Lawrenceburg, Simpsonville, Winchester, Williamstown, Pikeville, Munfordville, Prospect, Crestwood, St. Matthews, Highlands,

 

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