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.

A fast and easy refinance for those with an FHA mortgage | CharlotteObserver.com

A fast and easy refinance for those with an FHA mortgage | CharlotteObserver.com.

Verification and documentation requirements are also very light compared to the traditional mortgage requirements. With an FHA refinance, there is no employment verification and no income verification. While the FHA approves these lighter requirements, some individual lenders may decide to verify these items for their own purposes.

FHA Streamline Refinance also does not require a credit score verification. Instead, payment history is used as a guideline for your ability to pay the loan in the future. So, low FICO scores are not a problem as long as your payment history is in good shape.

The FHA Streamline Refinance program does require several things to get your loan approved:

• First, you’ll need a history of making payments on time over the past year, and at least six months must have passed since the closing date on your original FHA mortgage.

• Second, while there are no requirements for employment verification or income verification, you do need to provide copies of your W-2s or tax returns.

• Third, your loan balance cannot increase to cover closing costs. You can only add the upfront portion of the required mortgage insurance premium to the balance of your loan. So, the new loan balance can’t exceed the current amount outstanding, plus the upfront portion of the mortgage insurance premium. You’ll either have to pay the closing costs upfront in cash, or qualify with your lender for a zero-cost FHA Streamline refinance.

• Finally, the refinance must have a purpose that benefits the homeowner, such as significantly lowering the monthly mortgage payments, or moving from an adjustable-rate mortgage to a more stable fixed-rate mortgage. If lowering the monthly payment is the purpose, you must be able to demonstrate at least a 5 percent drop in your monthly mortgage payments, including the mortgage insurance premiums.

The FHA frequently updates these mortgage guidelines, and individual lenders may add their own specific requirements, so it’s best to check with your preferred lender to determine your exact situation. Also, if your original FHA mortgage was closed after May 31, 2009, the mortgage insurance premiums most likely will be significantly higher, so make sure to evaluate those costs carefully versus the savings you’ll receive from the lower interest rate.

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell
502-813-2795 fax
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

Key Financial Mortgage Co. (NMLS #1800)*
107 South Hurstbourne Parkway*

Louisville, KY 40222*

Don’t Let a Short Sale Keep You From a New Mortgage | Consumer Information

Don’t Let a Short Sale Keep You From a New Mortgage | Consumer Information.

If you negotiated a short sale of your home, you may be surprised to learn that some mortgage loan underwriting systems can’t distinguish short sales from foreclosures on consumer reports. And that may keep or delay you from getting a new mortgage.

You see, borrowers who go through a foreclosure typically have to wait seven years before they’re eligible for a new mortgage. But short sellers may qualify in as little as two years. When you’re trying to buy a new home, an additional five years can seem like a lifetime. So is there anything you can do to improve your financial footing? You bet there is.

  • Get a letter from your lender confirming that your loan closed in a short sale, not a foreclosure. Send a copy of the letter to each of the nationwide credit reporting companies: EquifaxExperian, and TransUnion.
  • Order a copy of your credit report. Make sure the information is accurate. If you find a mistake, contact the credit reporting company and business providing the information to correct the error.
  • When you’re ready to buy another home, get pre-approved for a loan. A pre-approval letter from a lender shows that you are able to go through with a purchase. Pre-approval is not a final loan commitment; it means you met with a loan officer, your credit report was reviewed, and the lender believes you can qualify for a specific loan amount. This pre-approval process allows your lender to identify issues and errors in your credit report that may keep you from qualifying for a loan. That, in turn, allows you to correct inaccuracies before they can prevent you from buying another home.

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Understanding PMI.

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Understanding PMI

Trust me for your next FHA loan  Call 502-905-3708
Trust me for your next FHA loan Call 502-905-3708

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell
502-813-2795 fax
jlobb@keyfinllc.com

Key Financial Mortgage Co. (NMLS #1800)*
107 South Hurstbourne Parkway*

Louisville, KY 40222*

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