2020 KENTUCKY FIRST TIME HOME BUYER PROGRAMS

2020 KENTUCKY FIRST TIME HOME BUYER PROGRAMS


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CONVENTIONAL HOME LOANS IN KENTUCKY
First time home buyers can do a conventional loan with just 3% down.  If you are not a first time home buyer, you still may be able to qualify for the 3% down if you are within income limits for the area you are purchasing. 620 minimum credit score required.

USDA LOANS IN KENTUCKY 
The Kentucky USDA loan is a program designed to finance properties located in rural areas. One of the goals with this United States Department of Agriculture program is to secure a home loan in areas where conventional loans might not approve the area simply due to a lack of comparable sales in the area. Every 10 years the United States performs its census, these areas are identified by the USDA. This is a zero down program. The last census was taken in 2010, more than eight years ago so many areas that were deemed rural in 2010 still qualify even though the area where the property is located looks anything but a rural setting. Household income is limited to 115% of the median income for the area. 581 Minimum Credit Score Required.

VA HOMES LOANS IN KENTUCKY
Kentucky VA loans are the most common of zero down programs and are not restricted by location. They are however restricted to veterans, active duty personnel with at least 181 days of service, National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve members with at least six years of service and unremarried surviving spouses of those who died while serving or as a result of a service related injury. In addition, this program requires no monthly mortgage insurance payment like other government-backed loans do. No minimum credit score required.

FHA HOME LOANS IN KENTUCKY 
Two out of every three first time buyers select the Kentucky FHA program. It’s not restricted to who can apply nor are there any restrictions regarding location. The down payment requirement is just 3.5% and credit guidelines are somewhat relaxed compared to other low down payment conventional options. 580 minimum credit score required for 3.5% down payment and will go down to 500 credit score with 10% down payment.

 

 

I have helped over 589 Kentucky families buy or refinance their home over the last 18 years. Realizing that this is one of the biggest, most important financial transactions a family makes during their lifetime, I always feel honored and respected when I am chosen to originate their personal home loan. You can count on me to deliver on what I say, and I will always give you honest, up-front personal attention you deserve during the loan process.

I have several advantages over the large banks in town. First, I can search and negotiate for your loan options through several different mortgage companies across the country to get you the best deal locally. Where most banks will offer offer you their one set of loan products. I have access to over 10 different mortgage companies to broker your loan through to get you the best pricing and loan products that may not fit into the bank’s program due to credit, income, or other underwriting issues.

You will not get lost in the shuffle like most borrowers do at the mega banks; you’re just not a number at our company, you are a person and we will treat you like one throughout the entire process.

Give us a try or let us compare your options on your next mortgage transaction. Call me locally at 502-905-3708. Free Mortgage Pre-Qualifications same day on most applications.

Email me at kentuckyloan@gmail.com with your questions

I specialize in Kentucky FHA, VA ,USDA, KHC, Conventional and Jumbo mortgage loans. I am based out of Louisville Kentucky. For the first time buyer with little money down, we offer Kentucky Housing or KHC loans with down payment assistance.

 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346
 


Text/call 502-905-3708
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

If you are an individual with disabilities who needs accommodation, or you are having difficulty using our website to apply for a loan, please contact us at 502-905-3708.

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/

— Some products and services may not be available in all states. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. The content in this marketing advertisement has not been approved, reviewed, sponsored or endorsed by any department or government agency. Rates are subject to change and are subject to borrower(s) qualification.

 ​Buying a Kentucky Home No Money Down with a Conventional Loan from Kentucky Housing Down Payment Assistance​​

Buying a Kentucky Home No Money Down with a Conventional Loan from Kentucky Housing Down Payment Assistance​​


Conventional Loan with Kentucky Housing Down Payment Assistance​

How to Buy a House In Kentucky With No Down Payment.

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  • 30 year fixed rate with no prepaypaymet penalty .​
  • Loan requires 3% down payment but you can use the $6000 down payment assistance for your 3% contributions
  • ​660 Minimum Credit Score Required
  • No bankruptcies in the last 4 to 7 years 
  • Must receive an Approved Eligible Recommendation through Desktop Underwriting System (AUS)
  • No mortgage insurance 
  • Free Homebuyer Education Course required. https://www.readynest.com/homebuyer-resources/the-test
  • ​Home inspection not required but recommended
  • Seller can contribute 3% toward buyer’s closing costs and prepaids
  • Current cost of Conventional appraisal is $425. 
  • Kentucky Housing Mortgage rates can change daily, but typically follow other mortgage rate trends. Everyone gets the same rates with KHC loans.
  • Appraisal to meet Conventional Appraisal Guidelines
  • You have 45 days to close the loan once you lock the loan. If you go past this date, you will have to pay lock extension fees to KHC. 
  • $6000 down payment assistance for down payment and closing costs and prepaids. Cannot be used for home repairs. 
  • $6000 Down payment Assistance Second Mortgage over 10 years at 5.5% interest, or for lower household income you can do the $6,000 down payment assitance loan for 10 years at 1% interest. This falls under the Affordable Dap Income Limits http://www.kyhousing.org/Home-Buyers/Documents/Affordable%20DAP%20Income%20Limits.pdf
  • Max housing ratios of 40% and 50% respectively. Meaning, your gross monthly income divided by your total house payment cannot be more than 40% of your total gross monthly income. And the bills listed on the credit report (monthly payments) combined with new house payment cannot be more than 50% of your total gross monthly income. 
  • Household Income limits by county. Most limits are around $130,000 for the largest counties in Kentucky like  Jefferson, Fayette, 
  • http://www.kyhousing.org/Home-Buyers/Documents/SMP%20Income%20Limitations.pdf
  • Max loan is ​314,827.00
  • County Applicant(s) Income Limit County Applicant(s) Income Limits
    Anderson
    120,400
    Jefferson
    133,700
    Boone
    142,275
    Jessamine
    130,375
    Bourbon
    130,375
    Kenton
    142,275
    Bracken
    142,275
    Larue
    119,175
    Bullitt
    133,700
    Lyon
    111,475
    Campbell
    142,275
    McLean
    123,200
    Christian
    113,750
    Mercer
    110,600
    Clark
    130,375
    Nelson
    115,675
    Daviess
    123,200
    Oldham
    133,700
    Fayette
    130,375
    Pendleton
    142,275
    Franklin
    119,350
    Scott
    130,375
    Gallatin
    142,275
    Shelby
    133,350
    Hardin
    119,175
    Spencer
    133,700
    Hancock
    123,200
    Trigg
    113,750
    Henderson
    117,600
    Trimble
    133,700
    Henry
    133,700
    Woodford
    130,375 
  • Applicant’s Income Limit for all other counties not listed above: $109,725

 

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346


Text/call 502-905-3708
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/
If you are an individual with disabilities who needs accommodation, or you are having difficulty using our website to apply for a loan, please contact us at 502-905-3708.

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/

— Some products and services may not be available in all states. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. The content in this marketing advertisement has not been approved, reviewed, sponsored or endorsed by any department or government agency. Rates are subject to change and are subject to borrower(s) qualification.

 

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.
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. Manufactured and mobile homes are not eligible as collateral.

 

Property Flipping Rules for Mortgages for FHA VA USDA Conventional Appraisals

Property Flipping Rules for Mortgages for FHA VA USDA Conventional Appraisals


FHA MORTGAGE LOANS AND FLIPPING RULE FOR APPRAISALS
Resales Occurring 90 Days or Fewer after Acquisition:
 Not eligible for FHA financing
Resales occurring between 91 days and 180 Days after Acquisition:
 Obtain 2nd appraisal if resold between 91 to 180 days after acquisition
 Obtain 2nd appraisal if resale price is 100% or more over price paid by seller
 If 2nd appraisal is more than 5% lower than value of first appraisal, the lower value must be used
 Borrower not allowed to pay for 2nd appraisal
Exceptions to FHA Flipping Rules:
 Property purchased by an employer or relocation company due to relocation of an employee
 Resales by HUD – REO program
 Sales by other government agencies (i.e., IRS, court-ordered, DEA, etc.)
 Sales of non-profit agencies approved to purchase HUD properties
 Acquisition due to inheritance
 Sales of properties by federally chartered financial institutions
 Sales of properties by GSE’s
 Sales of properties by local or state governments
 Sales by builders selling a new home
 Sales of properties in federally declared disaster areas
NOTE: Mortgage Company must obtain a 12-month chain of title to document time restrictions above.
VA MORTGAGE AND FLIPPING RULE

 No Flipping Rules – Overlays may apply or at Underwriter’s discretion
USDA RURAL HOUSING MORTGAGE FLIPPING RULES
 Lender is responsible to ensure that any recently sold property’s value is strongly supported when a significant
increase between sale and purchase occurs.
 Lender must ensure that the appraisal value is supported with validated comps and protect the borrower from
predatory lending.
Fannie Mae Appraisal Flipping Rules
 No Flipping Rules – Lender overlays may apply
Freddie Mac
 No Flipping Rules – Lender overlays may apply

 

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.
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. Manufactured and mobile homes are not eligible as collateral.






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Repair Escrows for Kentucky USDA, FHA, VA, Fannie Mae Home loans


 

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Most Kentucky mortgage lenders prefer that each property be 100% complete at the time of closing; however, there are situations that warrant exceptions for escrow holdbacks, such as weather-related circumstances, lack of materials available for finishing, foreclosure sales and short-sales where the seller cannot or will not allow property repairs to be completed prior to closing, among others.

Escrow holdbacks are used to facilitate loan closings for properties that are ready for occupancy but that require minimal completion or repair per the appraisal. The buyer or seller is required to establish a cash escrow that will ensure the completion of the required repairs. The cash escrow will be 1.5 times the cost of the estimated repairs (non-HUD REO properties). The proceeds of the cash escrow are held in an escrow account  until the incomplete items or repair requirements are completed.

Upon completion of the repairs, a final inspection by the appraiser will be required to release funds. Therefore, a Change of Circumstance form to add the inspection fee must be submitted within within 3 days of notification of repair requirements.

 

Maximum Repair Escrow Amounts for Kentucky Mortgages: 

Kentucky Fannie Mae Loans:
The cost of completing improvements must not represent more than 10% of the “as completed” appraised value of the property.

Kentukcy FHA Loans:
There is no maximum amount to be held in escrow for the cost of repairs required by appraiser.

Kentucky FHA Loans: (HUD REO):
The maximum limit of cost of repairs for escrow holdback is $10,000, plus $1,000 contingency included in the loan amount.

Kentukcy VA Loans:
There is no maximum amount to be held in escrow for the cost of repairs required by appraiser.

Kentucky USDA Loans:
The maximum amount to be held in escrow for repairs required by appraiser cannot exceed $5,000.





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.
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. Manufactured and mobile homes are not eligible as collateral.

Repair Escrows for a Kentucky USDA, FHA and VA Mortgage Loan

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) has $3 million available in MRB, Special Funding, for active or non-active duty veterans at a 2 percent interest rate, fixed for 30 years.


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Special Funding, for active or non-active duty veterans at a 2 percent interest rate, fixed for 30 years.

Operation KY Home – MRB Special Funding Program
Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) has $3 million available in MRB, Special Funding, for active or non-active duty veterans at a 2 percent interest rate, fixed for 30 years. This special funding program is available on a first-come, first-served basis starting today,Wednesday, September 6, 2017, with new reservations beginning at10 a.m.
This program is targeted to:
  • Households whose gross annual income does not exceed $40,000.
  • An existing or new construction property (purchase price limit $130,000).
  • 620 minimum credit score.
  • FHA, VA or RHS first mortgage options.
  • Households who include active or non-active duty veterans. Documentation may include but not limited to:
    • Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
    • DD214 – Discharge from Active Duty
    • VA Award Letter
  • Must meet insuring agency guidelines.
  • Available statewide.
  • Both Regular and Affordable DAP are available.

Home Loans for Kentucky’s Military Veterans

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) has $3 million available in Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB), special funding, for active or non-active duty veterans at 2 percent interest rate, fixed for 30 years. This special funding program is available on a first-come, first-served basis starting Wednesday, September 6, 2017, with new reservations.​

Find a KHC-Approved Lender to Apply  

This homeownership program is targeted to:
  • Households whose gross annual income does not exceed $40,000.
  • An existing or new construction property (purchase price limit $130,000).
  • 620 minimum credit score.
  • FHA, VA, or RHS first mortgage options.
  • Households who include active duty or non-active duty veterans. Documentation may include but not limited to:
    • Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
    • DD214 – Discharge from Active Duty
    • VA Award Letter
  • Must meet insuring agency guidelines.
  • Available statewide.
Down payment Assistance Programs (DAP) available up to $6,000. Qualifications apply.

How to Apply

For all KHC loans, a home buyer must apply through a KHC-approved lender. We partner with approved lenders across the state to provide you with the best mortgage loan options. By doing this, the buyer will know how much house they can afford based on income and debts. KHC’s loans are subject to certain restrictions that the lender will see if meet the qualifying guidelines. Additionally, the lender will be able to recommend any KHC down payment assistance for which you may qualify.
APR 3.058%  – based on $130,000 FHA loan at 2% interest rate.
 
 
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.
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. Manufactured and mobile homes are not eligible as collateral.
 

Fannie Mae Mortgage Student Loan Solutions Frequently Asked Questions


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Fannie Mae Student Loan Solutions Frequently Asked Questions
Listed below are common questions about Fannie Mae’s Student Loan Solutions.

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Q1. How does Fannie Mae anticipate Student Loan Solutions will benefit
borrowers?
Forty-four million Americans today have student loan debt; seven in 10 graduates
of public and nonprofit colleges in 2015 had student loan debt; and recent
graduates averaged $34,000 in student loan debt.*
The Student Loan Solutions referenced in the Announcement address
challenges and obstacles to homeownership due to a significant increase in
student loan debt over the past decade and provide access to credit for qualified
borrowers. The new solutions give homeowners the opportunity to pay off one or
more student loans with a lower cost mortgage refinance, allow borrowers to
exclude certain monthly obligations paid by others from debt-to-income (DTI)
ratio, and make it more likely for borrowers with student debt to qualify for a
mortgage loan by allowing lenders to accept student debt payments included on
credit reports.
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Q2. Why did Fannie Mae decide to offer the Student Loan Cash-Out Refinance
option and how did they get comfortable from a risk perspective?
The Student Loan Cash-Out Refinance offers simpler eligibility terms and
reduced fees designed to provide additional options for borrowers with student
debt.
Q3. Can part of a student loan debt be paid off with the refinance?
No, borrowers may not partially pay down a student loan. Student loan(s) must
be paid in full with the transaction. No other debts can be paid except PACE
(Property Assessed Clean Energy) loans.

Q4. Are high-balance loans eligible?
Yes.
Q5. Are there any technical considerations for lenders and technology service
providers?
Yes

Q6. Why did Fannie Mae make this policy change to exclude debt paid by
others and how did they get comfortable from a risk perspective?
The policy change provides greater access to credit for creditworthy
borrowers who meet all other requirements. It also supports Fannie Mae’s
broader efforts to mitigate the widespread challenges of student debt.
From a risk perspective, we are still requiring 12 months of documentation
to verify that a party (other than the borrower) has been paying the
monthly payments

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Q7. What evidence needs to be provided?
Lenders must obtain the most recent 12 months’ cancelled checks (or
bank statements evidencing 12 months payments) from the party paying
the debt. Additionally, lenders must ascertain that there is not a history of
delinquent payments for that debt.
Q8. If someone else pays only a portion of the non-mortgage debt, is all of the
non-mortgage debt excluded in the DTI ratio, or is it only the portion that is
paid by the third party?
In order for the debt to be excluded from the DTI ratio, the other party has
to pay the complete monthly obligation every month for a minimum of 12
months.
Q9. What about mortgage debt?
Fannie Mae’s policy regarding mortgage debt has not changed. Fannie
Mae will continue permitting exclusion of the mortgage monthly payment
from a borrower’s DTI ratio when the lender can provide a 12-month
history of satisfactory payment by another party, but only if the other party
is obligated on the mortgage debt.

Q10. Why is Fannie Mae making this student loan payment calculation change
and how did they get comfortable from a risk perspective?
Fannie Mae recognizes the operational complexity of their previous policy
and this change simplifies the process for lenders. For student loans
associated with an income-driven repayment (IDR) plan, the student loan
payment, as listed on the credit report, is the actual payment the borrower
is making and that payment should be used in qualifying. Any future
increases in the IDR payment will be tied to similar increases in the
student’s income, mitigating concerns that IDR payments may create
payment shock.
Q11. Some IDR plans allow a borrower’s payment to go to $0. In that case, how
is the student loan payment calculated?
As long as the lender can provide documentation showing the IDR payment is
$0, they can qualify the borrower with $0 for the monthly qualifying payment.
Q12. What if the credit report does not reflect the correct student loan monthly
payment and there is documentation in the file to support a different
monthly payment?
If a lender has student loan documentation in the file (i.e., most recent
student loan statement), evidencing a different monthly payment than the
credit report, the lender may use that alternative documentation to support
the correct monthly payment amount. Alternatively, lenders may obtain a
credit report supplement or update the credit report to reflect the correct
monthly payment amount.
Q13. Will Fannie Mae continue allowing lenders to manually calculate an
estimated student loan payment in cases where the repayment terms are
unknown?
Yes. If the repayment terms are unknown and lenders choose not to
estimate a 1% (of unpaid principal balance) payment, lenders may calculate
a payment that will fully amortize the loan(s) based on the current prevailing
student loan interest rate and the allowable repayment period shown in the
table below.
The “current prevailing student loan interest rate” can be found on a variety
of websites. For example, see U.S. Department of Education Federal
Student Aid in E-1-03, List of Contacts (01/31/2017). The table below
specifies the repayment period to be used when calculating a fully amortizing
payment.

Calculating a Student Loan Repayment
Total Outstanding Balance Of All Student Loans Payment period payback
Example: Calculating an
Amortizing Payment
$1 – $7,499 10 years
Balance: $17,500
$7,500 – $9,999 12 years
Repayment Period: 15 years
$10,000 – $19,999 15 years
Interest Rate: 4.29%
$20,000 – $39,999 20 years
Monthly Amortizing Payment:
$132.00
$40,000 – $59,999 25 years
$60,000 + 30 years
Note: The lender is responsible for determining that the payment on the credit report or
other documents provided by the student loan lender or borrower are fully amortizing
payments

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