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.

 

Getting a Home Inspection In Louisville Kentucky- List of Home Inspectors Louisville, KY


A home inspector’s job consists of three main points:

Evaluate a property’s physical and structural condition
Identify items in need of repair or replacement
Assess the remaining useful life of major systems
It is a good idea for you, or your real estate agent, to be present during the inspection. This allows you to ask questions, better understand the reasons or causes of certain issues, and learn what you need to do to fix them. The inspector can also point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips that can be very useful in the future. You can expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours, or a little longer for an older home, and to cost $200-$500 depending on size.

Louisville Kentucky Home Inspections Things to Look for

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Home Inspectors

A Best Home Inpection Inc.
Lonnie Combs
502-261-1443

A1 Quality Home Inspections
Jeff Branham
502-262-4527
jeff@a1homeinsp.com
http://www.a1homeinsp.com

AAA Professional Home Inspectors
Jack McNear
License # HI-4072
502-776-4663
aaa.phi.ky@gmail.com
phi-louisville.com

AAA Professional Home Inspectors
Jack McNear
License # HI-4072
502-776-4663
aaa.phi.ky@gmail.com
phi-louisville.com

ABI Home Services
Ben Hendricks
License # HI-3039
502-938-5190
ben@abihomeservices.com
abihomeservices.com

Ace Home Inspections
502-599-1815
Bob Oliver
License # HI-2047
ra.oliver@live.com
229 Eastern Wood Ct.
Louisville, KY 40243

Acuity Home Inspections, LLC
502-386-8588
Bill Boone
License # HI-4036
acuityhomeinspections@gmail.com

Affordable Home Inspection Today (AHIT)
James Burkhead
License # HI-3080
P – 502-741-9706
P – 502-741-9706
ahit@insightbb.com
burkheadshomespecialist.net

All Check Home Inspections, LLC
502-427-7055
Steve Smith
License # HI-3400
genegriffin@insightbb.com
9260 Storage Way
Louisville, KY 40291

Bear Home Inspections, LLC
502-417-7132
Dominick D’Urso
domdurso@kybhi.com
http://www.bearhomeinspections.com
License # BHIHNOo194756

B-Goff Home Inspectors
502-507-2197
Bradley A. Goff
License # HI-3970
brad@idesigndrafting.com
http://www.bgoffhomeinspections.com
License # BHIHNOo194756

Bluegrass Home Inspections
502-552-2101
Michael Wirth
License # HI-2043
bluegrass@iglou.com
107 Fenley Ave., #0-1
Louisville, KY 40207

Bluegrass Services
502-428-6361
James Tolliver
bluegrass.services@yahoo.com
PO Box 304
Mt Washington, KY 40047
http://www.bluegrassreo.com

Brian Gattenby Home Inspection, LLC
502-991-2706
brian@briangattenbyhomeinspection.com
http://www.briangattenbyhomeinspection.com
License #HI-4022

Butler Home Inspection, LLC
Simmie Butler
502-445-6913
simmiebo@gmail.com
http://www.butlerhomeinspections.net
License #HI-3170

Carney Home Inspection
859-481-1437
Daniel Carney
carneyinspection@gmail.com
http://carneyinspection.com

Cattan Inspections & Engineering
502-299-6572
Joseph Cattan
jcattan@insightbb.com
404 Watch Hill Lane
Louisville, KY 40245

Certainty Home Inspections
866-417-9591
William Troutman
william@certaintyinspections.com
PO Box 144
Salem, IN 47167

Commonwealth Home Inspections
502-635-2266
Kenny Martin
kendm1@aol.com
6427 Appleleaf Ln.
Sellersburg, IN 47172

Curtis Home Inspections
502-428-9629
Chris Curtis
catchchriscurtis@gmail.com
204 Grand Ave.
Shepherdsville, KY 40165

Eagle’s Eye Inspection Services
502-639-9896
George Skeeters – Inspector License No. 3186
george@eagleeyeinspect.com

East End Home Inspections, LLC
502-458-9690
Jim Breslin
License #HI-2481
eastendhome123@gmail.com
4321 Dannywood Road
Louisville, KY 40220

Elite Home Inspections, LLC
502-648-9294
Allan Davis
License # HI-2233
eyeinspecthomes@aol.com
PO Box 277
Greenville, IN 47124
http://www.elitehomeinspections.net

Folk Inspections
502-509-6272
Alex Folk
alex@folkinspections.com
9462 Brownsboro Rd. #158
Louisville, KY 40241

Garr Home Inspection, LLC
502-468-6510
Mark Garr
License # HI-2029
mgarr60@bellsouth.net
14510 Hearthside Court
Louisville, KY 40245

Greenlight Home Inspections, LLC
Member/Owner – Tony Ponte
Phone No. – 502-517-1248
Fax No. – 502-333-9755
ponte.tony@gmail.com
http://www.greenlighthomeinspections.com

Greg Jones Home Inspections & Associates LLC
502-429-9379
Greg Jones
gregjoneshi@gmail.com
7321 New LaGrange Road, Ste 113
Louisville, KY 40222
http://www.gregjoneshomeinspections.com
Member(s) Sunny Jone, Billy Cooper

Haystack Inspection Services
License # HI-3180
Daniel Ayers
License # HI-4019
Daniel.Ayers6@gmail.com
2639 Kings Hwy
Louisville, KY 40205
502-528-9255
eric.hay@haystackinspections.com

Home Inspection, Inc.
502-897-5113
Ken Osborne
License # HI-2065
1025 Skyview Dr.
New Albany, IN 47150

Home Inspection of Kentuckiana
502-897-1450
Mary Anne Tonini
License # HI-2034
toninima@insightbb.com
PO Box 1564
New Albany, IN 47151

Home Inspections Services, LLC
502-423-7575
Jean Filer-Smith
License # HI-3642
jeans@hiswebsite.org
102 Daventry Lane #8
Louisville, KY 40223
Member(s) Douglas Smith

HomeMD Inspection Services LLC
502-290-3935
Robb Johnson and Sharon Johnson
License # HI-2225
rjohnson@homemd.com
http://www.homemd.com

Home Sweet Home Inspections, LLC
502-509-1878
Rich Fisher
License # HI-3963
rjohnson@homemd.com
1919 Rutherford Ave.
Louisville, KY 40205
http://www.homemd.com

Home Team Inspection Service
502-357-0813
Brian O’Rear
License # HI-3024
louisville@hometeam.com
3505 Hedgewick Place
Louisville, KY 40245
Mike Dryer
License # HI-3137
hometeam-louisville.com

HomeWerx
502-303-1782
Matthew Loeser
homewerxlouisville@gmail.com
5 Maple Court
Louisville, KY 40214

HomeWise Inspection Services
502-408-9007
Giles Lanham
gileslanham@insightbb.com
3000 Piedmont Drive
Louisville, KY 40205

House Master Home Inspection
502-423-7789
David Scott
License # HI-2164
david.scott@housemaster.com
8806 Swan Hill Road
Louisville, KY 40241
http://www.housemaster.com

Inspect & Detect, LLC
Eric Smith
License # HI-4025
12417 Aquarius Road
Louisville, KY 40243
http://www.inspectanddetect.com
502-653-9924
eric@inspectanddetect.com

InspectHomes4u, LLC
502-894-8644
Ms. Lorri Keeney
License #HI-2055
inspecthomes4u@aol.com
5208 Moccasin Trail
Louisville, KY 40207-1634

Inspections Plus
502-664-0237
Bill Beasey
bbeasy@housemaster.com

JM Home Inspections
Joe Mooney
2702 Trumpetvine Rd.
Louisville, KY 40220
http://jmhiky.com
502-533-9362
joe@jmhiky.com

KPC Inspections, LLC
502-653-3688
Danny Willoughby
License #HI-3014
kpcinspections@hotmal.com
http://www.kpcinspections.com

Kentuckiana Building Solutions
502-600-2210
Eric D. Gentry
ericd.gentry@gmail.com

Lee’s Home Inspections
502-376-0856
Lee Wiard
License #HI-2230
lwiard@bellsouth.net
501 Palisades Court
Louisville, KY 40223

M Squared Home Inspections
Mike Meurer
2040 Fox Tail Dr.
LaGrange, KY 40031
http://www.msquaredhi.com
502-909-7126
mike@msquaredhi.com

Mark Hunter Home Inspector
Mark Hunter
8313 Pine Grove Ct.
Louisville, KY 40214
502-744-1967
mark.hunter67@twc.com

Mark Oerther Associates, Inc.
502-459-1446
Mark Oerther
License # HI-2045
moerther@att.net
markoetherinspector@gmail.com
http://www.markoertherassociates.com
2021 Tyler Lane
Louisville, KY 40205

National Property Inspections
John Gazerro
1118 Beechwood Circle
Mt. Washington, KY 40047
502-599-1901
john.gazerro@npiinspect.com

Northstar Property Inspections
Stephen Williams
11304 Vista Greens Dr.
Louisville, KY 40241
https://www.northstarinspections.com
502-377-4126
steve.williams@northstarinspection.com

On Your Side Home Inspections
Dale Miller
2041 Bashford Manor Lane
LaGrange, KY 40018
http://www.onyoursidehomeinspections.com
502-439-1148
onyoursidehomeinspections@gmail.com

Pillar to Post
502-228-9880
John O’Nan
License #HI-2076
jonan@ptphome.com
P.O. Box 97
Goshen, KY 40026

Prochek Home Inspections, LLC
502-802-6336
Darryl Willoughby
License #HI-2038
darryl@procheklou.com
8404 McKenna Way
Louisville, KY 40291

Proven Home Inspection Service
502-689-0221
Neil DeGaris
HI-4027
provenhomeinspection@gmail.com
http://www.provenhomeinspectionservice.com

Ray Williams Inspect & Repair
502-459-9968
rfwill01@louisville.edu
Ray Williams
License # HI-2498
2725 Sheila Drive
Louisville, KY 40220
http://www.rwHomeInspection.com

Rayhill Home Inspectors
Joe Rayhill
214 Buffalo Trail
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
http://rayhillhomeinspections.com
502-299-4106
joe@rayhillhomeinspectors.com

River City Home Inspections
502-338-4404
rhino502@twc.com
Ryan Olson
http://www.rivercityhomeinspections.net

Safe At Home Inspections, LLC
Jay Jackson
4005 Brookfield Ave.
Louisville, KY 40207
502-290-2837
jay@safeathomeinspectionsllc.com

Service USA Home Inspections / Radon Lady
502-895-6430
Ray Sandbek
License # HI-2022
serviceusa@rsandbek.win.net
318 Lanai Court
Louisville, KY 40245
Member(s), Sheila Heller: radonlady@yahoo.com

The Home Inspectors LLC
Scott Barbour
912 Brentwood Ct.
New Albany, IN 47150
502-773-3480
thehomeinspectors@hotmail.com

WIN Home Inspections
502-327-6231
Mike English
License # HI-2160
10213 Linn Station Road
Louisville, KY 40223

WIN Home Inspections
502-426-4635
Bob English
License # HI-2161
benglish@wini.com
10213 Linn Station Rd. #2
Louisville, KY 40223

Wright Choice Home Inspection
Nick Wright
1728 E. Spring St.
New Albany, IN 47150
http://yourwrightchoice.com
502.822.6484
nick@yourwrightchoice.com

Wrubel Home Inspections, LLC
812-945-7478
Joseph Wrubel
License # HI-2291
wrubelhomeinspections@yahoo.com
P.O. Box 1291
3626 St. Joseph Road
New Albany, IN 47150

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Home Inspector

The home buying process can seem like a lengthy one, but each step of the journey is important and should not be bypassed in effort of saving a little time or money. Sometimes it may seem as if a home inspection isn’t necessary, especially if a property appears to be in excellent condition. However, what you see in a house can be very deceiving. Buyers see a crack in a ceiling, immediately assume it is a big problem and get scared off, but a home inspector might say it is just cosmetic and can easily be covered up. A newly renovated home can seem flawless, so buyers opt out of getting a home inspection only to find out after closing that the home has major—meaning expensive—electrical or plumbing problems. Examples like these prove that home inspections are crucial to the home buying process.

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