What are the Kentucky FHA Credit Score Requirements for 2017 Mortgage Loan Approvals?

 

Getting a FHA loan in Kentucky in 2017 you will be confronted with minimum credit score requirements set forth by FHA and the lender. Even though FHA will insure the mortgage loan at a certain credit score, you will see that lenders will create  “credit-overlays” to protect their risk and ask for a higher credit score.

So keep in mind when you are getting a FHA loan in 2017, some lenders will have higher credit score minimums in addition to the FHA Mortgage Insurance program.

For a Kentucky Home buyer wanting to purchase a home or refinance their existing FHA loan, FHA requires a 3.5% down payment and the borrower must have a 580 FICO Credit Score. If the score is below 580, then you would need 10% down and still qualify on a manual underwrite.

You must have a FICO score of at least 500 to be eligible for an Kentucky  FHA loan. If your FICO score is from 500 to 579, your down payment on the loan is 10 percent of the loan.

If your FICO score is 580 or higher, your down payment is only 3.5 percent. If your credit score is less than 580, it may be more cost effective to take the necessary steps to improve your score before taking out the loan, rather than putting the money into a larger down payment.

How do they get the credit score:  There are three main credit bureaus in the US. Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. The three scores vary but should be relativley  close as long as the same creditors are reporting to the same bureaus.

You will get a variation in the scores due to all creditors or collection companies don’t report to all three bureaus. This is why they take the mid score.  So if you have a 590 experian, 680 equifax, and 620 transunion, your qualifying credit score would be 620

Based on my experience with lenders that I deal with in Kentucky on FHA loans,  most lenders require 620 middle credit score for consideration for loan approval.

How do they get the score:  They take the mid score, so if you have a 590 experian, 680 equifax, and 620 transunion, your qualifying score would be 620.

 

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Kentucky FHA Loans with less than 620 Score

If your score is below 620, a manual underwrite is where the AUS (Automated Underwriting System) refers your loan to an human being, and they look at the entire file to see if they can overturn and approve the mortgage loan because the Desktop Underwriting Automated Software could not approve you.

With scores below 620, they typically will want to verify your rent history, have no bankruptcies in last two years, and no foreclosures in the last 3 years.

If you have had any lates since the bankruptcy this will probably result in a denial on a refer manual underwrite file.

Your max house payment will be set at 31% of your gross monthly income,  and your new house payment plus the bills you are paying on the credit report cannot be more than 43%.

Typically, on scores below 620 for FHA loans, they will also look at reserves or money you have saved-up after the loan is made to try and qualify you. For example, if you have a 401k or savings account that have at least 4 months reserves (take your mortgage payment  x 4) and this would equal your reserves. They look at this as a rainy day fund and could help you keep up on your bills if you were unemployed or could not work.

Maximum FHA loan limits in Kentucky are set around $285,000 and below.

If you are looking to take a FHA loan in 2017 to buy or refinance a home in Kentucky, please contact me below with your questions about the credit score requirements and how they affect your loan approval.

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.
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Annual MIP Rates for Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans have been Reduced for 2015

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Annual MIP Rates for Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans have been Reduced
Per the HUD Mortgagee Letter published January 9th, 2015, there will be a “reduction of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) annual Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) rates and Temporary Case Cancellation Authority”. This will be “effective for case numbers assigned on or after January 26, 2015“.

NOTE:  15 YR PREMIUMS ARE REMAINING THE SAME.


Up Front MIP (UFMIP)

UFMIP for all FHA transactions remains unchanged at this time.

MI duration

The duration of MI for FHA loans is also unchanged, remaining effective for life of loan for most transactions.  Refer to ML 2013-04 for details.

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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

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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

KENTUCKY FHA MORTGAGE – ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTATION FOR DOWN PAYMENT FUNDS

KENTUCKY FHA MORTGAGE  – ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTATION FOR DOWN PAYMENT FUNDS

PROVIDED BY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
 
FHA recently released Mortgagee Letter 2013-14, requiring documentation that mortgagees must provide to demonstrate eligibility for FHA mortgage insurance of loans when a Federal, State, or local government, its agency or instrumentality, directly provides the borrower‘s required Minimum Cash Investment through secondary financing.
Acceptable forms of documentation include the following:
  • A cancelled check, evidence of wire transfer or other draw request showing that prior to or at the time of closing the Government Entity had authorized a draw of the funds on its account provided towards the borrower’s required Minimum Cash Investment from the Government Entity’s account; or
  • A letter from the Government Entity, signed by an authorized official, establishing that the funds provided towards the borrower’s required Minimum Cash Investment were funds legally belonging to the Government Entity at or before closing
Where a letter from the Government Entity is submitted, the precise language of the letter may vary because of differences in the funding and legal authority of each Government Entity. Examples of acceptable language, which would establish the funds were legally belonging to the Government Entity, would include the following:
  • A statement that the Government Entity has, at or before closing, incurred alegally enforceable liability as a result of its agreement to provide the funds towards the borrower’s required Minimum Cash Investment;
  • A statement that the Government Entity has, at or before closing, incurred alegally enforceable obligation to provide the funds towards the borrower’s required Minimum Cash Investment; or
  • A statement that the Government Entity has, at or before closing, authorized a draw on its account to provide the funds towards the borrower’s required Minimum Cash Investment.
        The mortgagee is not required to document the actual transfer of funds in satisfaction of the obligation or liability, which resulted from the funding of the borrower’s required Minimum Cash Investment by the Government Entity, before closing, provided the mortgagee has obtained documentation that a legally enforceable liability or obligation was incurred at or before closing. Where such documentation is provided establishing that a legally enforceable liability or obligation was incurred at or before closing, the funds provided at closing for down payment assistance will be considered by HUD to be funds legally belonging to the Government Entity. However, failure of the Government Entity to satisfy the obligation or liability may result in a determination that the funds were provided by a prohibited source.
         Note, it is still required that you provide a Gift Letter for the borrower’s Cash to close, including the required Minimum Cash Investment, as described in HUD Handbook 4155.1 5.B.5. – a Gift Letter Requirement

Kentucky FHA PMI Changes for 2015

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FHA MI Premiums Reduced
*Revised*

Effective 01/26/2015

Submit Your Loans and Take Advantage of the
New Reduced MI Premiums Today!

HUD announced in Mortgagee Letter 2015-01, certain FHA loans will have a reduced monthly MIP factor as reflected in the below table. The rate reduction for annual MIP applies to all FHA mortgages with terms greater than 15 years, excluding streamline refinance transactions that are refinancing existing FHA loans that were endorsed on or before May 31, 2009.

Loan Amount LTV (%) Previous New
< $625,500 < 95.00% 130 bps 80 bps
< $625,500 > 95.00% 135 bps 85 bps
> $625,500 < 95.00% 150 bps 100 bps
> $625,500 > 95.00% 155 bps 105 bps

 

  Thanks to previous changes to the FHA program, borrowers now have to pay mortgage insurance premiums longer than ever.

The length of time on which you’ll pay mortgage insurance premiums on your FHA loan is as follows:

Mortgage Term Loan to Value Ratio Length of Mortgage Premium
15 years or shorter Up to 90% 11 years
15 years or shorter Greater than 90% Full loan term
Greater than 15 years Up to 90% 11 years
Greater than 15 years Greater than 90% Full loan term

Source: HUD.gov.

Kentucky FHA PMI Rates Changes 2013

Effective April 1, 2013 these are the new Kentucky FHA PMI Rates. There are two kinds of Kentucky FHA PMI Insurance.  To calculate your FHA PMI Premium for a Kentucky FHA loan – take your Loan Amount and multiply it by the UFPMI rate (which will likely be 1.75%).  Add that PMI Dollar Figure to your loan amount.  That’s what your principal and Insurance is going to be based upon.

Then that that TOTAL Loan Amount (including your Upfront PMI) and multiply that by the Annual FHA PMI Rate.  Divide that number by 12.  You will have THAT amount added to your Principal and Interest Payment with loans that have case numbers pulled after the end of March 2013.

Additionally, you will note that the new effective annual FHA PMI rates for loans with an LTV of less than or equal to 78 percent and with terms of up to 15 years have gone from ZERO to .45%. The new annual FHA PMI changes ONLY for these loans is effective for case numbers assigned on or after June 3, 2013.   

Term > 15 Years

Base Loan Amount

LTV

Effective Annual PMI UFPMI
≤$625,500 ≤ 95.00% April 1, 2013 1.30 % 1.75%
≤$625,500 > 95.00% April 1, 2013 1.35 % 1.75%
Above $625,500 ≤95.00% April 1, 2013 1.50% 1.75%
Above $625,500 > 95.00% April 1, 2013 1.55% 1.75%
NOTE! Guideline Change. NO MATTER What the LTV is, there is a FHA PMI fee

Term > 15 Years

Base Loan Amount

LTV

Effective Annual PMI UFPMI
≤$625,500 ≤ 90.00% April 1, 2013

.45%

1.75%
≤$625,500 > 90.00% April 1, 2013

.70%

1.75%
Above $625,500 ≤ 90.00% April 1, 2013

.70%

1.75%
Above $625,500 > 90.00% April 1, 2013

.90%

1.75%
Exception: New Streamline Refinances previously endorsed on or before May 31,2009
Base Loan Amount

LTV

Effective Annual PMI UFPMI
Any Amount

Any

June 11, 2012

.55%

.01%

Note that FHA has also issued guidance regarding how long FHA PMI will be on the loan. Effective June 3, 2013 the following will be in effect:

Previous and New FHA Annual PMI Duration

Term

LTV

Effective Previous New
≤ 15 yrs ≤ 78 April 1, 2013 No annual MIP 11 years
≤ 15 yrs > 78 – 90.00 April 1, 2013 Cancelled at 78% LTV 11 years
≤ 15 yrs > 90.00 April 1, 2013 Cancelled at 78% LTV Loan term
> 15 yrs ≤ 78 April 1, 2013 5 years 11 years
> 15 yrs > 78 – 90.00 April 1, 2013

Cancelled at 78% LTV & 5 yrs

11 years
> 15 yrs > 90.00% April 1, 2013

Cancelled at 78% LTV & 5 yrs

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April 2012: The New (& Expensive) FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) Schedule

April 2012: The New (& Expensive) FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) Schedule.

via April 2012: The New (& Expensive) FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) Schedule.

 

The FHA will raise its mortgage insurance premiums April 1, 2012. All FHA mortgage applicants — first-time buyers, repeat buyers, and users of the FHA Streamline Refinance program — will be subject to the new fees.


New FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Schedules

The new FHA mortgage insurance premium schedule raises FHA loan costs significantly.

FHA mortgage insurance is paid in two parts.

The first part is the “Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium”. Sometimes abbreviated as UFMIP, upfront mortgage insurance premiums will rise from 1.000% of your FHA loan size to 1.750% of your FHA loan size.

For example, if you live in Chicago, Illinois and you borrow up to the FHA’s local loan limit of $417,000, your upfront mortgage insurance premium will rise 75% from $4,170 to $7,298. This amount is added to your loan size. FHA upfront MIP is not paid via cash. You’ll pay interest on this amount for the life of your loan.

The changes in the FHA’s annual mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) are less extreme, rising only 10 basis points.

The new schedule, for loans with case numbers assigned on or after April 1, 2012:

  • 15-year loan terms with loan-to-value over 90% : 0.60 percent annual MIP
  • 15-year loan terms with loan-t0-value under 90% : 0.35 percent annual MIP
  • 30-year loan terms with loan-to-value over 95% : 1.25 percent annual MIP
  • 30-year loan terms with loan-to-value under 95% : 1.20 percent annual MIP

Furthermore, all FHA mortgages made for $625,500 or more will be subject to an additional 0.25 percent annual mortgage insurance fee.

Loans made prior to April 1, 2012 will use the old FHA mortgage insurance schedule:

  • 15-year loan terms with loan-to-value over 90% : 0.50 percent annual MIP
  • 15-year loan terms with loan-t0-value under 90% : 0.25 percent annual MIP
  • 30-year loan terms with loan-to-value over 95% : 1.15 percent annual MIP
  • 30-year loan terms with loan-to-value under 95% : 1.10 percent annual MIP
  • There is no “jumbo FHA mortgage premium” for loans made prior to April 1, 2012.


Special Cases: FHA Streamline Refinance MIPs

As part of the FHA’s announcement, there was also reference to the FHA’s benchmark refinance program, the FHA Streamline Refinance.

The FHA suggested that a subset of households using the streamline refi program will get access to lower mortgage insurance premiums after refinancing — not higher.

No official announcement has been made, but it’s believed that mortgage insurance premiums — both upfront and annual — will be dramatically lowered for FHA Streamline Refinances used to replace an existing FHA mortgages originated prior to June 1, 2009. New FHA Streamline Refinances that replace loans originally originated after June 1, 2009 will still pay the new, standard FHA mortgage insurance rates listed above.

The June 1, 2009 deadline should sound familiar — it’s the same deadline for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s HARP 2.0 program.

The FHA is expected to confirm new FHA Streamline Refinance mortgage insurance premiums within a few weeks.

Lock Your FHA Rate Before The Price Hike

The FHA will make a formal announcement on its new FHA premiums in the coming days. Some of the exact numbers at top may change slightly. However, the FHA has confirmed the April 1, 2012 rollout date.


If you’re planning to use the FHA for your next home mortgage, get your loan application started today. If you wait, you’ll be subject to the FHA’s new premiums.


Source – Dan Green  

Author’s note : This information is subject to final review by the FHA. It’s based on an initial FHA announcement made February 27, 2012. It’s unofficial until the FHA releases its mortgagee letter on the matter. 

Kentucky FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums 2011

 

 

Kentucky FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums 2011

Kentucky FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Amounts
EFFECTIVE FOR CASE ASSIGNMENTS DATED ON OR AFTER APRIL 18, 2011

 
FHA Single Family Mortgage Insurance
Upfront and Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums
(Loan Terms greater than 15 years)
All premiums are specified in basis points (0.01%)
LTV UFMIP Annual
≤95 100 110
>95 100 115
 
FHA Single Family Mortgage Insurance
Upfront and Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums
(Loan Terms 15 years or less)
All premiums are specified in basis points (0.01%)
LTV UFMIP Annual
≤90 100 25
>90 100 50