A Complete Guide to Closing Costs

A Complete Guide to Closing Costs.

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Five different types of Mortgage Loans avaialbe for first-time homebuyers in Kentucky

1) FHA–  3.5% of the purchase price is required for a down payment. The 3.5% down has to come from buyer funds or a buyer’s family member as a gift.

2)  VA- No money down required.  You have to be a veteran, spouse of deceased veteran, or active duty military to qualify for a VA loan.

3) USDA (aka Rural Housing)- No money down required.  You have to purchase a home outside of Jefferson County and buy in an approved USDA county.  Typically, most of the counties that surround Jefferson County are approved for USDA.

4) Conventional- As little as 5% down payment is required.  20% down payment might be required if the borrower/buyer has a lower credit score.  When putting personal money down along with gift money on a conventional loan, the buyer must have 5% personal funds verified before any gift funds can be received.  Gift funds can be used on top of the 5% personal funds to increase down payment or contribute to closing costs.  The only exception to this rule with a conventional loan would be if the buyer is getting a 20% gift. If the buyer receives a 20% gift they would not be required to provide 5% of their own funds.

5) KHC or Kentucky Housing-

Down Payment and Closing Costs Assistance

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Kentucky Housing recognizes that down payments, closing costs and prepaids are stumbling blocks for many potential home buyers. Here are several loan programs to help. Your KHC-approved lender can help you apply for the program that meets your need.

Regular DAP

  • Purchase price up to $243,000.
  • Assistance in the form of a loan up to $6,000 in $100 increments.
  • Repayable over a ten-year term at 5.50 percent.  A DAP of $6,000 over ten years at 5.50 percent interest would equal a payment of $65.12.
  • Available to all KHC first-mortgage loan recipients.

Affordable-DAP

  • Purchase price up to $243,000.
  • Assistance up to $4,500
  • Repayable over a ten-year term at 1.00 percent.
  • Borrowers must meet Affordable DAP Household Income Limits.

More about down payment and closing costs

  • No liquid asset review and no limit on borrower reserves.
  • Specific credit underwriting standards may apply to down payment programs.