Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Questions to Ask Your Lender?


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Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Questions to Ask Your Lender?

∘ What kind of credit score do I need to qualify for different first time home buyer loans in Kentucky?

Answer. Most lenders will wants a middle credit score of 640 for KY First Time Home Buyers looking to go no money down. The two most used no money down home loans in Kentucky being USDA Rural Housing and KHC with their down payment assistance will want a 640 middle score on their programs.

If you have access to 3.5% down payment, you can go FHA and secure a 30 year fixed rate mortgage with some lenders with a 580 credit score. Even though FHA on paper says they will go down to 500 credit score with at least 10% down payment, you will find it hard to get the loan approved because lenders will create overlays to protect their interest and maintain a good standing with FHA and HUD.

Another popular no money down loan is VA. Most VA lenders will want a 620 middle credit score but like FHA, VA on paper says they will go down to a 500 score, but good luck finding a lender for that scenario.

A lot of times if your scores are in the high 500’s or low 600’s range, we can do a rapid rescore and get your scores improved within 30 days.

 

Does it costs anything to get pre-approved for a mortgage loan?

Answer: Most lenders will not charge you a fee to get pre-approved, but some lenders may want you to pay for the credit report fee upfront. Typically costs for a tri-merge credit report for a single borrower runs about $50 or less. Maybe higher if more borrowers are included on the loan application.
∘ How long does it take to get approved for a mortgage loan in Kentucky?

Answer: Typically if you have all your income and asset documents together and submit to the lender, they typically can get you a pre-approval through the Automated Underwriting Systems within 24 hours. They will review credit, income and assets and run it through the different AUS (Automated Underwriting Systems) for the template for your loan pre-approval. Fannie Mae uses DU, or Desktop Underwriting, FHA and VA also use DU, and USDA uses a automated system called GUS. GUS stands for the Guaranteed Underwriting System.

If you get an Automated Approval, loan officers will use this for your pre-approval. If you have a bad credit history, high debt to income ratios,  or lack of down payment,  the AUS will sometimes refer the loan to a manual underwrite, which could result in a longer turn time for your loan pre-approval answer

Are there any special programs in Kentucky that help with down payment or no money down loans for KY First Time Home Buyers?

Answer: There are some programs available to KY First Time Home Buyers that offer zero down financing: KHC, USDA, VA, Fannie Mae Home Possible and HomePath, HUD $100 down and City Grants are all available to Kentucky First Time Home buyers if you qualify for them. Ask your loan officer about these programs
∘ When can I lock in my interest rate to protect it from going up when I buy my first home?

Answer: You typically can lock in your mortgage rate and protect it from going up once you have a home picked-out and under contract. You can usually lock in your mortgage rate for free for 90 days, and if you need more time, you can extend the lock in rate for a fee to the lender in case the home buying process is taking a longer time. The longer the term you lock the rate in the future, the higher the costs because the lender is taking a risk on rates in the future.

Interest rates are kinda like gas prices, they change daily, and the general trend is that they have been going up since the Presidential election in November 2016.
∘ How much money do I need to pay to close the loan?

Answer: Depending on which loan program you choose, the outlay to close the loan can vary. Typically you will need to budget for the following to buy a home: Good faith deposit, usually less than $500 which holds the home for you while you close the loan. You get this back at closing; Appraisal fee is required to be paid to lender before closing. Typical costs run around $400-$450 for an appraisal fee; home inspection fees. Even though the lender’s programs don’t require a home inspection, a lot of buyers do get one done. The costs for a home inspection runs around $300-$400. Lastly, termite report. They are very cheap, usually $50 or less, and VA requires one on their loan programs. FHA, KHC, USDAS, Fannie Mae does not require a termite report, but most borrowers get one done.

There are also lender costs for title insurance, title exam, closing fee, and underwriting fees that will be incurred at closing too. You can negotiated the seller to pay for these fees in the contract, or sometimes the lender can pay for this with a lender credit.

The lender has to issue a breakdown of the fees you will incur on your loan pre-approval.
How long is my pre-approval good for on a Kentucky Mortgage Loan?

Answer: Most lenders will honor your loan pre-approval for 60 days. After that, they will have to re-run your credit report and ask for updated pay stubs, bank statements, to make sure your credit quality and income and assets has not changed from the initial loan pre-approval.

 

How much money do I have to make to qualify for a mortgage loan in Kentucky?

Answer: The general rule for most FHA, VA, KHC, USDA and Fannie MAe loans is that we run your loan application through the Automated Underwriting systems, and it will tell us your max loan qualifying ratios.

There are two ratios that matter when you qualify for a mortgage loan. The front-end ratio, is the new house payment divided by your gross monthly income.  The back-end ratio, is the new house payment added to your current monthly bills on the credit report, to include child support obligations and 401k loans.

Car insurance, cell phone bills, utilities bills does not factor into your qualifying rations.

If the loan gets a refer on the initial desktop underwriting findings, then most programs will default to a front end ratio of 31% and a back-end ratio of 43% for most government agency loans that get a refer. You then take the lowest payment to qualify based on the front-end and back-end ratio.

So for example, let’s say you make $3000 a month and you have $400 in monthly bills you pay on the credit report. What would be your maximum qualifying house payment for a new loan?

Take the $3000 x .43%= $1290 maximum back-end ratio house payment. So take the $1290-$400= $890 max house payment you qualify for on the back-end ratio.

Then take the $3000 x .31%=$930 maximum qualifying house payment on front-end ratio.

So now your know! The max house payment you would qualify would be the $890, because it is the lowest payment of the two ratios.

 

 

 

 

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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What does debt to income ratio mean for a Mortgage Loan Approval in Kentucky?


What is Debt to Income Ratio for a mortgage loan approval in Kentucky?

If you are looking to purchase your first home in Kentucky,  A key term you will need to know about is your  “debt-to-income ratio,” which refers to the figure you get when you add up all your monthly debt payments and then divide that number by your monthly income.

The debt-to-income ratio gives potential mortgage lenders an idea of how much your expenses are each month in comparison to how much you actually earn.

Depending on where you are in the home-buying process, you may have a good idea of where your credit score lands. As important as a strong credit score is, however, a favorable debt-to-income ratio is arguably of equal importance, and it may be just as closely scrutinized by any potential mortgage lenders.

Front-end ratios vs. back-end ratios

When you try and obtain a loan, expect possible lenders to review two types of debt-to-income ratio. The front-end ratio, or “housing” ratio, gives them an idea of what percentage of your monthly income would have to go toward home-related expenses, such as the mortgage, associated taxes and any additional fees, such as homeowner’s association expenditures, that may apply.

The back-end ratio, on the other hand, takes a more cumulative approach and compares your monthly income to all your expenses, from the housing-related ones to school tuition, child support, car payments and any other financial obligations you may have.

 

What income is used to qualify your debt to income ratios for a Kentucky Mortgage Loan Approval?

  • paystubs
  • Tips and bonuses
  • Pension
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Social Security

 

  • What type of debts are used in your debt to income ratio?
  • debts listed on credit report
  • child support payment
  • alimony payment
  • house payment to include pi, taxes, home insurance and mi
  • 401k loans against retirement account

Monthly bills such as your current rent, car insurance, cell phone bill, utilities bills are not included in your debt to income ratio to qualify for a new mortgage loan

The ideal debt-to-income ratio for Kentucky FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Loans are as follows below:

The exact percentage your lender will look for will likely vary based on factors such as your credit score, how much you have in your savings account and how much you have to put down for your down payment. Most standard lenders, however, prefer to see something in the ballpark of 31 percent for a front-end ratio. For a back-end ratio, they will likely look for a percentage that does not exceed 45 to 50 percent. Federal Housing Authority lenders typically look for a front-end ratio of about 31 percent and a back-end ratio that does not exceed 55 percent, while conventional loans will center around a back-end ratio of 45% to 50% so you can get mortgage insurance through the private market.

On Kentucky VA loans, I have seen approvals as high as 65% on higher credit scores, but if you have lower credit scores, say under 680, then the debt to income ratio will be lowered to compensate for the risk of a past bad credit history.

 

On Kentucky  USDA  Loans, they are much more strict on debt to income ratios whereas they will not go past 45% on the back-end ratio, and usually the front end ratio can be no more than 28%

Debt-to-Income Ratio: What It Is and Why You Should Care for a Kentucky Mortgage Loan for Kentucky Mortgage Loan Approval

Acceptable Ratios
Housing Debt to Income
Conventional 28% 41-50%
FHA 29% 41-56.5%
VA
USDA/RHS
KHC 
29%
29%
40%
41-65%
41-45%
50%
Higher ratios may be accepted with compensating factors: low loan value, large cash reserves after closing, high credit scores, etc,

What is your debt-to-income ratio?

Commonly referred to as your “DTI,” your debt-to-income ratio is a personal finance benchmark that relates your monthly debt payments to your monthly gross income.
As an example… Let’s say that your gross monthly salary is $5,000 and you are spending $2,800 of it toward monthly debt payments. In that case, your DTI would be an unhealthy 56%.
This version of your DTI is sometimes referred to as your “back-end” DTI. This is often broken down further to give a front-end debt-to-income ratio, which is a component of your back-end DTI.

How to calculate your front-end DTI for a Kentucky Mortgage Loan Approval

Your front-end DTI is calculated by dividing your monthly housing costs by your monthly gross income. Front-end DTI for renters is simply the amount paid in rent, whereas for homeowners it is the sum of mortgage principal, interest, property taxes, and home in

 

Think back to the last time you financed a purchase — be it a home, automobile, or what have you… You may remember having heard the term “debt-to-income ratio.” Today I want to spend some time going over exactly what this ratio is, and to also touch on how it can effect your personal finances.

What is your debt-to-income ratio?

Commonly referred to as your “DTI,” your debt-to-income ratio is a personal finance benchmark that relates your monthly debt payments to your monthly gross income.
As an example… Let’s say that your gross monthly salary is $5,000 and you are spending $2,800 of it toward monthly debt payments. In that case, your DTI would be an unhealthy 56%.
This version of your DTI is sometimes referred to as your “back-end” DTI. This is often broken down further to give a front-end debt-to-income ratio, which is a component of your back-end DTI.

How to calculate your front-end DTI for a Kentucky Mortgage Loan Approval

Your front-end DTI is calculated by dividing your monthly housing costs by your monthly gross income. Front-end DTI for renters is simply the amount paid in rent, whereas for homeowners it is the sum of mortgage principal, interest, property taxes, and home insurance (i.e., your PITI) divided by gross monthly income.
From above, if that $2,800 in debt payments is attributable to $1,500 in housing costs and $1,300 in non-housing costs, then your front-end DTI is $1,500/$5,000 = 30% (and your back-end ratio is still 56%, as calculated above).

How lenders use your DTI for a Kentucky Mortgage Loan Approval

Kentucky Mortgage lenders typically use DTI (along with other variables) to determine whether or not you qualify for a loan, and to help determine your Kentucky mortgage rate. A high front-end DTI raises red flags with lenders because it is commonly associated with borrower default. In fact, reducing front-end DTI to reduce the risk of homeowner default was one of the main objectives of the loan modification programs introduced by the government in 2009.
There are specific limits for DTI that are used as cut-off points when evaluating borrowers. Current DTI limits for conventional conforming mortgage loans are typically 28% on the front end and 36% on the back end, though these limits are slightly higher for government subsidized Kentucky FHA loans.

 

 

 

 

Lower a high ratio

Simply put, the most effective way to lower a high debt-to-income ratio and therefore make yourself more appealing to lenders is to pay off some of your debt. If you have a cosigner who may be willing to help you out with a loan, that could serve as an additional method of getting around a high ratio.

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General Requirement. Standard Income. Minimum of 12 months (may include training or related experience) Overtime or Part-time. Minimum of 2 years. 2nd Job Income. Public Assistance. That it will continue for at least 3 more years. Workers Compensation. That it will continue into the foreseeable future. Seasonal Income. Carefully document the past history and provide evidence that it will continue into the foreseeable future. VA Educational Allowance. Can not be used as a source of income.

What kind of income is allowed and needed for a FHA, VA, USDA and Fannie Mae Mortgage Loan Approval in Kentucky?


Income and your job history  plays a significant role when applying for a mortgage loan and getting approved for one for Kentucky Homebuyers . Mortgage Underwriters from FHA, VA, USDA and Fannie Mae  must follow both Fannie Mae  and agency guidelines when it comes to documenting and calculating qualifying income for a loan transaction. Income guidelines may vary slightly depending on the loan program and the borrower’s employment profile. Below are some general tips for W2 income.
Documentation that may be required
  • Paystub with year to date gross earnings
  • At least 1 year’s W2
  • Verbal or full VOE
Base Pay
  • Salaried and fixed hourly income is calculated by averaging the gross year to date income
  • Variable hourly income is calculated by averaging 12 month history
  • Commission and tip income is calculated by averaging over 24 months
  • No transcripts are required for salaried, hourly, or less than 25% commission W2 income borrowers
  • Unreimbursed expenses do not have to be deducted from the gross pay for salaried, hourly, or less than 25% commission W2 borrowers
Overtime, and Bonus Income
  • Overtime and Bonus can be used as effective income as long as it’s been received for 2 years and is reasonably likely to continue
  • Periods of less than 2 years may be considered as long as it’s been consistently earned over a period of at least 12 months and there are positive factors to offset the shorter history of receipt per underwriter discretion
  • Overtime and Bonus income must be documented by a full VOE
  • Declining overtime and bonus income cannot be used for qualifying income
Part Time Income
  • FHA requires a 2 year history of working multiple jobs
  • Fannie will allow less than 2 years as long as it’s been consistently earned over a period of at least 12 months and there are positive factors to offset the shorter history of receipt per underwriter discretion

 

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
Company NMLS ID #1364
Text/call:      502-905-3708
fax:            502-327-9119
email:
          kentuckyloan@gmail.com
Mortgage loans only offered in Kentucky.
All loans and lines are subject to credit approval, verification, and collateral evaluation and are originated by lender. Products and interest rates are subject to change without notice.

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 approvalnor 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).

 

 

What does it take to get a mortgage today? – Half Moon Bay Review : Community


What does it take to get a mortgage today? – Half Moon Bay Review : Community.

Your debt to income ratio cannot exceed 45 percent. The higher your credit score, the lower the mortgage rate. A score of 740 or above will give the best rate; a 690 will work, but you will pay between one-eighth to one-quarter of a percentage point more. Rates have certainly moved up this year after the announcement from the Federal Reserve saying it planned to gradually stop buying bonds sometime in the near future. The rate changes daily, but now it’s hovering around 4.375 percent for 30-year fixed mortgages.
The amount of the down payment will also affect both the rate and monthly payment. A 20 percent down payment is the magic number, but other programs are available. The banks are once again offering second mortgages with purchases reducing cash needed. Wells Fargo is doing 80 percent first mortgages with a 5 to 10 percent second mortgage and a 10 to 15 percent down payment. This avoids the costly Private Mortgage Insurance premium, which can add a few hundred dollars a month to your payment and isn’t tax-deductible.
For those with less cash, there are the FHA loans that only require a 3.5 percent down payment and 3.5 percent for closing costs. Here you will have to pay PMI — at the time of closing and every month thereafter until you have 20 percent equity in the property.

So what does it take to get a loan today? According to Griffis, banks are going to want to see two years of tax returns, pay stubs, bank statements and a letter explaining any gaps in employment. If part of your down payment is a gift, you will have to season it in your account for two to three months or obtain a letter.

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