Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Loan Programs

Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Loan


 Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Loan Programs

There are 4 basic things that a Kentucky First Time Homebuyers in 2020  needs to show a lender in order to get approved for a mortgage. Each category has so many what-ifs and sub plots that each box can read as its own novel. In other words, each category has so many variables that can affect what it takes to get approved, but without further adieu here are the four categories in no particular order as each without any of these items, you’re pretty much dead in the water:


1. Income

You need income. You need to be able to afford the home.  But what is acceptable income? Let’s just say that there are two ratios mortgage underwriters look at to qualify you for mortgage payment:

First Ratio – The first ratio, top ratio or housing ratio. Basically, that means out of all the gross monthly income you make, that no more that X percent of it can go to your housing payment. The housing payment consists of Principle, Interest, Taxes, and Insurance. Whether you escrow or not every one of these items is factored into your ratio. There are a lot of exceptions to how high you can go, but let’s just say that if your ratio is 33% or less, generally, across the board, you’re safe.

Second Ratio- The second ratio, bottom ratio or debt ratio includes the housing payment, but also adds all of the monthly debts that the borrower has. So, it includes housing payment as well as every other debt that a borrower may have. This would include, Auto loans, credit cards, student loans, personal loans, child support, alimony….basically any consistent outgoing debt that you’re paying on. Again, if you’re paying less than 45% of your gross monthly income to all of the debts, plus your proposed housing payment, then……generally, you’re safe. You can go a lot higher in this area, but there are a lot of caveats when increasing your back ratio.

What qualifies as income? Basically, it’s income that has at least a proven, two-year history of being received and pretty high assurances that the income is likely to continue for at least three years. What’s not acceptable? Unverifiable cash income, short term income and income that’s not likely to continue like unemployment income, student loan aid,  VA education benefits, or short term disability are not allowed for a  mortgage loan.

2. Assets

What the mortgage underwriter is looking for here is how much can you put down and secondly, how much will you have in reserves after the loan is made to help offset any financial emergencies in the future.

Do you have enough assets to put the money forth to qualify for the down payment that the particular program asks for? The only 100% financing or no money down loans still available in Kentucky for home buyers are available through USDA, VA, and KHC or Kentucky Housing Loans. Most other home buyers that don’t qualify for the no money down home loans mentioned above, will turn to the FHA program. FHA loans currently require a 3.5% down payment.

Kentucky Home buyers that have access to putting down at least 5% or more, will usually turn to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgage programs so they can get better pricing when it comes to mortgage insurance.

These assets need to be validated through bank accounts, 401k or retirements account and sometimes gifts from relatives or employer… Can you borrow the down payment? Sometimes. Generally, if you’re borrowing a secured loan against a secured asset you can use that. But rarely can cash be used as an asset. FHA will allow for gifts from relatives for down payments with little as 3.5% down but Fannie Mae will require a 20% down payment when a gift is being used for the down payment on the home.

The down payment scenarios listed above are for Kentucky Primary Residences only. There are stricter  down payment requirements for investment homes made in Kentucky.

 3. Credit


  • Kentucky FHA Mortgage loan credit score requirements:
  • The minimum credit score is 500 for Kentucky FHA loans. However please keep in mind these two things: 1. Lenders credit their own overlays to increase the credit score threshold, most being 620, and secondly, if your credit score is below 580, you would need 10% minimum down payment,  and if the credit score is over 580, then you can go with the minimum 3.5% down payment.
  • Obviously, if you have a higher credit score, this will increase your chances of getting approved for a Kentucky FHA Mortgage and possibly better rates and closing costs options.
  • Kentucky VA Mortgage  loans requirements : 
  • VA does not have a minimum credit score requirement, but if the credit score is below 620 few lenders will do the loan, but I am set up with several Kentucky VA lenders where I have closed them down to a 560 credit score, but the borrower had good compensating factors such as large down payment, low dti ratios, good job history and good residual income with no previous bankruptcies or foreclosures.
  • I would suggest if your credit scores are below 580, I would suggest on working on getting the scores up before you applied for a VA mortgage loan.
  • A lot of lenders will do a rapid rescore which in some cases can increase your credit scores in as little as 7-10 working days.
  • The federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) guarantees loans for current and former members of the military and their families. VA loans provide very favorable terms to eligible borrowers and have limited qualifying requirements. You can get a VA loan with no down payment so long as the home isn’t worth more than you pay for it, and there’s no minimum credit score to qualify. You also don’t have to pay for mortgage insurance, although you do have to pay an up-front funding fee of between .5% and 3.3% of the loan amount unless you fall within an exception for disabled vets or military widows or widowers.
  • Kentucky USDA Mortgage credit score requirements: 
  • According to their guidelines, USDA will go down to a 580 credit score, but most lenders will want a 640 credit score. USDA uses an online system to underwrite the risk of the loan, and scores under 640 are very difficult to get approved.
  • Validating the Credit Score.  Two or more eligible tradelines are necessary to validate an applicant’s credit report score.  Eligible tradelines consist of credit accounts (revolving, installment etc.) with at least 12 months of repayment history reported on the credit report.  At least one applicant whose income or assets are used for qualification must have a valid credit report score
  • The Rural Housing Service (RHS) operates under the federal Department of Agriculture to guarantee loans for rural home-buyers with limited income who can’t obtain conventional financing. The upside is that Kentucky USDA loans require no down payment. The downside is that they charge a steep up-front fee of 1% of the loan amount (which can be paid off over the entire loan term) and an annual fee of 0.35%.
  • Kentucky Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conventional Credit Score Requirements
These are considered “conventional loans’ that can be often be obtained with a 3% to 5% down payment. Of course, there are higher standards for conventional home financing. The most common minimum credit score requirement to get approved today is a 620 FICO. This type of score is typical for people that have high credit card balances or a few delinquent payments in their past. The general consensus on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loans in Kentucky is that a 620 score is the entry-point to qualify, but you will need thorough documentation of income with credit scores in the 620 to 640 range. You will have a better shot to be approved for a mortgage-backed by Fannie or Freddie with a 680-credit score and less strenuous underwriting.
  • Competitive Mortgage Rates and Fees
  • Monthly Mortgage Insurance Is Not Always Required
  • Ideal for First Time Home Buyers with Good Credit

As far as previous Bankruptcies and foreclosures:

Kentucky  FHA Mortgage Loans currently requires 3 years removal from a foreclosure or short sale  and 2 years on a bankruptcy with good re-established credit.

Kentucky Fannie Mae Mortgage Loans currently requires 4 years removal from bankruptcy, and 7 years on a foreclosure.

Kentucky VA Mortgage Loans currently requires 2 years of removal from bankruptcy or foreclosure with good re established credit.

Kentucky USDA loans require 3 years of removal from bankruptcy and foreclosure with good reestablished credit.

4. Appraisal

Generally, there’s nothing you can do to affect this. The bottom line here is…..” is the value of the house at least the value of what you’re paying for it?” If not, then not good things start to happen. Generally, you’ll find fewer issues with values on purchase transactions, because, in theory, the realtor has done an accurate job of valuing the house prior to taking the listing. The big issue comes in refinancing. In purchase transactions, the value is determined as the

Lower of the value or the contract price!!!

That means that if you buy a $1,000,000 home for $100,000, the value is established at $100,000. Conversely, if you buy a $200,000 home and the value comes in at $180,000 during the appraisal, then the value is established at $180,000. Big issues….Talk to your loan officer.

For each one of these boxes, there are over 1,000 things that can affect if a borrower has reached the threshold to complete that box. So..talk to a great loan officer. There are so many loan officers that don’t know what they’re doing. But, conversely, there’s a lot of great ones as well. Your loan is so important! Get a great lender so that you know, for sure, that the loan you want, can be closed on!

 

 

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Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Common Questions and Answers:

∘ What kind of credit score do I need to qualify for different first time home buyer loans in Kentucky?
Answer:
Most lenders will want 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 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 an 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 longer turn time for your loan pre-approval answer
∘ Are there any special programs in Kentucky that help with the 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 Homebuyers 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 negotiate 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 you know! The max house payment you would qualify would be the $890, because it is the lowest payment of the two ratios.
Customer Testimonials

We just moved here the first of January in 2017 from Ohio to the Louisville, KY area and we found Joel’s website online. He was quick to respond to us and got back the same day on our loan approval. He was very knowledgeable about the local market and kept us up-to date throughout the loan process and was a pleasure to meet at closing. Would recommend his services.

Angela Forsythe

“We were searching online for mortgage companies in Louisville, Ky locally to deal with and found Joel’s website, and it was a godsend. He was great to work with, and delivered on everything he said he would do. I ended up referring my co-worker at UPS, and she was very pleased with his service and rates too. Would definitely vouch for him.” September 2016

Monica Leinhardt

“We contacted Joel back in July 2011 to refinance our Mortgage and he was great to work with. We contacted several lenders locally and online, and most where taking almost 60 days to close a refinance, Joel got it done in 23 days start to finish,I would definitely recommend him. He got us 3.75% with just $900 in closing costs on our FHA Streamline loan.

Kayle Griffin

“Joel is one of the best Mortgage Brokers I have ever worked with in my sixteen years in the real estate and mortgage business.” May 25, 2010

Tim Beck

“Joel has always worked very hard to keep his word and to work out seasonable solutions to difficult problems. He is truly an expert in FHA and other type loans.”

September 1, 2010 Nancy Nalley
“I have worked with Joel since 1998. He is a great loan professional.” I refer most of my Louisville, Kentucky area home buyers to him and he always take special care of them.

August 23, 2012 Jon ClarK

“Joel Lobb is a real professional in the lending industry, with many years of experience, he is the one to go to for any mortgage lending needs.” August 22, 2011

RICHARD VOLZ , Residential Sales , Remax Foursquare Realty
“When looking to purchase our new home in 2006, I had the pleasure of meeting Joel Lobb. Not only was he personable and easy to reach, he was extremely knowledgeable in his field and made sure to find us the best rate and a top notch mortgage company. We were able to complete the process in less than 3 weeks with his expertise. I find Joel to have the utmost high integrity and I recommend him to anyone who say’s they are need of mortgage assistance. He is also fantastic and keeping everyone up to date on the latest in the housing industry through his twitter posts. He provided great results for our family and we still communicate to this day!”

August 21, 2010
Stacie Drake

“We first use Joel on our new home purchase in 2007 in St Matthews, Kentucky area and he was great to work with. We have since refinanced our home with him in 2010 when rates got really low and he has always delivered on what he says. I could not imagine using anyone else.”

Melody Glasscock March 2014

Absolutely Amazing!! I emailed Joel after I had just got a denial from a bank and just thought i would try to get some advice on what my next steps would be to get a house. I honestly didn’t expect to even get a reply because my credit is not great. That was about a week and a half ago. I just signed a contract on a house last night. ONLY because of Joel Lobb. He even worked with us throughout the weekend, which shocked me. Best decision I have ever made. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WORKING WITH US THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS.
Cee Bellisle August 2017

Contacted him about buying a home and he was great to work with. I was moving to Louisville Ky to take a new job and he walked me through the entire process. He explained to me all the different options for FHA, VA, USDA mortgage loans and credit score requirements versus Fannie Mae. Since I was a first time home buyer I needed alot of help and guidance. I would definitely recommend him. Fast to respond and available to answer questions that I or my realtor had after hours.

Anderson Johnson April 2018

 

We moved from Michigan to Northern Kentucky area and we were really impressed. We got a USDA loan no money down and closed in less than 3.5 weeks. We shopped around online with other lenders but Joel was always first to respond and his rates were just a little better than other lenders. He kept us informed through the process along with our realtor and there was absolutely no surprises like we heard from other co-workers and friends that they experienced in their loan process. We have already referred another co-worker to Joel . He’s AWESOME!

Betty Parsons

Wow, what a great loan officer. I was referred to him by our agent and he was great to work with. We used him for a USDA no money down loan in Shelby County and we were really impressed. We were afraid we could not buy a home since we did not have money saved for a down payment, but Joe l was able to get us a zero down loan and we even got our appraisal fee and good faith deposit back at closing. We actually got money back at closing!!! I Can’t think him enough. Our family moved from our apartment in the south end of town to get our own home with 5 acres for our kids and 2 dogs, at a payment that is equal to our rent payment also. .Thanks Again Joel. May god bless you

Patty Locker

We contacted Joel about buying a house on our move from Ohio for my husband’s job transfer with Ford. We put a lot of trust in him since we were new to the area and first time home buyers in the Louisville KY market, and he always delivered on what he said. It took us a while to find a home due to the lack of homes, but once we got one, he was always quick to respond our questions via text or email ,and kept us informed through the process. We got to meet him at the closing and he was super nice and even got us a closing gift for our home which we didn’t expect at all. Super nice guy 😀!!! I would definitely recommend him for a local Home loan in the Louisville area.

Pam Dolby

I got a VA loan with Joel and he was great. He is an ex-army guy so he could relate to my past experiences of being a veteran and moving around the country a lot. I had some credit issues that required a little extra work but Joel was able to find A VA lender to approve my situation as far as having past bad credit problems and a lower credit score. We closed yesterday on our home here in Louisville and we could not be happier. We finally have a home of our own thanks to Joel . I would definitely recommend him for a mortgage loan. Great experience and closed 8 days before expected close date so we were able to move in early.

John Sanger

I contacted Joel about the $10,000 KY Housing Grant last month and we were able to get it and I just closed on my home. He was great to work with and if you are a first time home buyer here in Louisville, I would definitely contact him. I met him at his office and he was very nice and knowledgeable and kept me informed through the process. No surprises either so I was very happy. I am new homeowner thanks to Joel .


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Louisville, KY 40223
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2020 Welcome Home Program for Kentucky Home Buyers

Originally posted on Louisville Kentucky Mortgage Loans:
? ? 2017 Welcome Home Program for Kentucky Home Buyers. ? Photo post by @kentuckyloan. Source: 2015 Welcome Home Program for Kentucky Home Buyers. ? ? Kentucky General Mortgage Guide for Underwriting Approval Kentucky Mortgage Underwriting Guidelines Understanding  Mortgage mortgage underwriting guidelines will help you understand your loan…


 

2020 Welcome Home Program for Kentucky Home Buyers.,

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Homebuyer Eligibility

In order to receive Welcome Home funding, homebuyers must meet all of the following
eligibility requirements:
• Total household income must be at or below 80% of MRB income limits, as adopted
by the appropriate state housing finance agency, for the county where the property is
located, and adjusted for family size. MRB limits for KY, OH, and TN are available at
http://www.fhlbcin.com. The income calculation will be based off of the limits in place at the
time the program opens.

• Homebuyers must contribute at least $500 of their own funds toward down payment
and closing costs (60% of these funds may be received as a gift).
Funds received from sellers, non-profit or other organizations, including state and
local government agencies, for down payment assistance grants are not considered
“gifts” and cannot be used to reduce the homebuyers’ required contribution.
Funds paid for items outside of closing, such as hazard insurance, taxes, application
fees, and other items related to the purchase are considered as part of the
homebuyer’s required contribution. Such items should be shown on the Closing
Disclosure or with other documentation.
• Applicants do not have to be first-time homebuyers (See Definitions). However, all
first-time homebuyers must complete a homebuyer counseling program. The first
paragraph of the reservation approval letter indicates FHLB’s first-time homebuyer
determination. The counseling program must be provided by, or be based on one
provided by, an organization recognized as experienced in homeownership counseling.
The counseling does not have to be provided by a HUD approved agency but must cover,
at minimum, mortgage financing, credit-worthiness, household budgeting, and home
maintenance. The FHLB does not approve or endorse any particular counseling agency or course.

Property Eligibility

• Any one to four-unit property to be used as the homebuyer’s residence is eligible for
Welcome Home assistance. However, for any property with two or more units, 85% of
the projected rent of the other units must be included in the homebuyer’s income. An
appraisal or current lease must be submitted at time of funds reservation to
document this income.
• Some manufactured housing is eligible for Welcome Home assistance. An appraisal is
required at time of funds reservation to verify eligibility. “Manufactured housing”
refers to a single-family residential dwelling built in compliance with the Federal
Manufactured Housing and Construction Standards, as amended, also known as the HUD
Code, after June 15, 1976. Manufactured homes may be built in multi-sectional or single
section units and installed on an FHA Title II permanent foundation system. In addition,
the home and lot must be taxable together as real property. For Welcome Home
eligibility purposes, a single section manufactured home must be Energy Star rated.
Welcome Home funds may not be used for any other type of manufactured or mobile
homes. Documentation verifying the above conditions have been met must be provided
and may include an FHA appraisal or an independent appraisal.
“Modular Home” refers to a home built to the State or Local Code where the home will be
located. Sectional units are built in a production facility, transported to the site and
assembled onsite. Modular homes are eligible collateral for the Welcome Home Program.
“Mobile Home” refers to a residential structure manufactured prior to the enactment of the Federal Manufactured Housing and Construction Standards, also known as the HUD
Code, on June 15, 1976. Mobile homes are not eligible collateral for the Welcome Home
Program.
• The housing assisted with Welcome Home funds must be subject to a legally
enforceable restriction in the warranty deed or restrictive covenant to the warranty
deed requiring that the FHLB be given notice of any refinancing, sale, foreclosure,
conveyance by deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, assignment of the first mortgage to the
Secretary of HUD, or change in ownership of the unit prior to the end of a five-year
retention period. Homebuyers may be required to pay back a pro rata amount of the
Welcome Home grant if the home is sold or refinanced during the five-year retention
period. The specific retention language required is available at http://www.fhlbcin.com.http://www.fhlbcin.com.
• Welcome Home may be used only in transactions which convey full title to the
homebuyer. Welcome Home may not be used with lease-purchase or land contracts.
• Welcome Home may be used for new home construction. The Welcome Home
reservation is valid until December 3, 2020 but any construction must be complete, the
first mortgage permanent loan must be closed (or the construction/permanent loan must
be converted to permanent), and funds must be requested no later than December 3, 2020.
Welcome Home funds may not be used for the construction loan financing, only the
permanent loan.
• The FHLB reserves the right to determine whether or not a property is considered
eligible.

Eligible Uses of Funds

• Welcome Home funds may be used to fund reasonable down payment and closing
costs incurred in conjunction with the acquisition of an eligible property by eligible
homebuyers.
• Welcome Home grants may not exceed $5,000 per homebuyer, as determined by the
FHLB.
• Welcome Home funds may be used in conjunction with other local, state, and
federal funding sources and with the FHLB’s Community Investment Cash Advance
programs. However, Welcome Home funds may not be used with an existing or future
award through the FHLB’s competitive Affordable Housing Program or through any of
the FHLB’s voluntary housing programs.
• A portion of the funds awarded may be used to pay for the reasonable costs of
counseling (not to exceed $300) for homebuyers purchasing Welcome Home assisted
housing if the cost is not covered by another funding source.
• Welcome Home is not intended for any purchases requiring any significant repair
or rehabilitation.
ο If more than $500 is to be escrowed for repairs from the buyer, the property is not
eligible for Welcome Home funds without the advance written approval of the FHLB
prior to closing. If the Closing Disclosure reflects an escrow for repairs and the
Member did not seek approval prior to closing the loan, funds may not be
disbursed.
ο If any funds are escrowed for repairs, the funds must come either from the seller or
from the buyer’s own funds, in addition to the required $500 homebuyer cash
contribution.

If any funds are escrowed for repairs from the buyer, Welcome Home funds will not
be disbursed until the Member certifies that:
1) All repairs were required for mortgage approval as evidenced by the appraisal;
2) All repairs have been completed; and
3) All escrowed funds have either been disbursed or released.
ο All payments from escrow funds for repairs should be made only by the Member or
closing agent and such payments should be made directly to the materials and/or
service providers. Under no condition should escrowed funds be given to the
homebuyer.
If any unused escrowed funds are released to the homebuyer, the Welcome Home
grant will be reduced by a like amount. In lieu of releasing unused funds to the
homebuyer, the unused funds may be applied as a prepayment of the first mortgage
principal.

Ineligible Uses of Funds

• Welcome Home funds may not be used for any other purposes except those
specifically stated above. Welcome Home funds may not be used to pay for significant
repairs (i.e. repairs in excess of $500), pay off consumer debt, pay off judgments, buy
down the mortgage rate, etc. If the FHLB determines that funds were used for an
ineligible expense, the grant will be reduced by the amount of the ineligible expense
unless the homebuyer brings adequate funds to the closing to meet the required $500
homebuyer cash contribution and cover the amount of the ineligible expense.
• Welcome Home funds may not be used for any loan with co-borrowers or co-signors
unless they will occupy the home as their primary residence and their incomes are
included in determining eligibility. Welcome Home funds are intended only for
homebuyers who qualify for the first mortgage based on their own merit, not relying on
others as co-signors, co-borrowers, or guarantors, and not relying on any expected but
uncertain change in job status or income or other circumstances.
• Welcome Home funds may not be used for any loan with collateral other than the
subject property. Blanket loans (loans with cars, boats, CD’s, or other property secured
as additional collateral) are not eligible.
• Welcome Home funds may not be used in transactions involving a second mortgage
provided by an individual seller. Second mortgages provided by formal organizations,
including financial institutions, Community Development Financial Institutions, housing
finance agencies, non-profit organizations, etc. are acceptable.

Reserving Welcome Home Funds

Funds will be allocated “first-come, first-served.” Members are not guaranteed any specific amount of Welcome Home funds.
Funds will be reserved only for specific homebuyers purchasing specific homes and
reservations cannot be transferred to other homebuyers or to other properties. The
Reservation Request and Request for Payment of Reserved Funding can only be submitted through the Members Only portal at http://www.fhlbcin.com.
• To request that funds be reserved for a homebuyer, the Member must:
Access the FHLB’s Member’s Only portal at http://www.fhlbcin.com.

For assistance in accessing the Member’s Only portal, please contact the Member’s Only
Administrator at your institution or contact the FHLB’s Service Desk at 800-781-
3090 (8:30 – 5:00PM ET);

Click on Housing Program Forms, Welcome Home Program and complete a
Reservation Request; and Upload and attach the following required documents to the Reservation Request form
(All documents must be uploaded as one attachment. Note: The attachment file name
should not contain special characters, such as @, &, #,*, etc.):
1) A completed, signed and dated loan application (generally a Uniform Residential
Loan Application);
2) Third party documentation for all sources of current year income for all persons,
age 18 or older, who will reside in the home. (Reference the Income Eligibility
Guide);
3) An appraisal is required if the subject property is a manufactured home.
• A Reservation Request will be denied if a fully executed loan application is not
submitted. Stating it is a phone or internet application is not acceptable. The loan
application MUST be signed.
• Do not submit documentation that is not required such as purchase contracts, W-2s, bank statements, credit reports, tax returns (unless self-employed), etc. as this slows down th review process.
• Please note that during periods of peak demand it may take four weeks to review and
approve a Reservation Request. If the information submitted is incomplete, it might take
longer. Funds are not reserved and the loan should not close using Welcome Home funds
until the FHLB has given approval.
• A homebuyer is considered “enrolled” in the Welcome Home Program at the time the
Reservation Request is received. Income eligibility will be determined based on income
documentation required at time of enrollment and will be based on the household’s
income at that time.
• The FHLB will perform a preliminary review of the Reservation Request and the
supporting documentation submitted to determine the eligibility of the homebuyer, the
availability of funds in the program, and the availability of funds for the Member. If any
of the information is incomplete, additional documentation or information may be
required and additional time will be required to process the request. A Request for
Additional Information, describing the documentation needed, will be sent to the
designated Member contact. All additional information must be scanned and emailed to
the person requesting it within five business days or the Reservation Request will be
denied.
• Written notification will be provided to the Member as to the homebuyer’s eligibility and date of reservation expiration. Submission of the Reservation Request does not
constitute a reservation of funds; funds are reserved only upon written notification
from the FHLB. The loan should not close prior to receiving a reservation approval
or Welcome Home funds may not be disbursed.
• Changes made to the purchase price, loan amount, loan type, interest rate, or loan term
after the reservation has been approved, do not require FHLB approval. All of the final
numbers will be identified when the Request for Payment of Reserved Funding is
reviewed.

Withdrawing a request

If a Member has submitted a Reservation Request and then realizes the transaction will not close, they should send an email to welcomehome@fhlbcin.com with the project number, homebuyer’s name and statement that the Reservation Request should be withdrawn.

Use the 80% limits for the Welcome Home Program.

Use the 100% limits for the Disaster Reconstruction Program.

Kentucky Welcome Home Grant Income Limits for 2020👇👇👇👇

Kentucky 

County 100% limits 80% limits
1-2 Persons 3+ Persons 1-2 Persons 3+ Persons
Adair $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Allen $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Anderson $68,800 $79,120 $55,040 $63,296
Ballard $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Barren $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Bath $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Bell $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Boone $81,300 $93,495 $65,040 $74,796
Bourbon $89,400 $104,300 $71,520 $83,440
Boyd $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Boyle $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Bracken $97,560 $113,820 $78,048 $91,056
Breathitt $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Breckinridge $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Bullitt $76,400 $87,860 $61,120 $70,288
Butler $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Caldwell $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Calloway $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Campbell $81,300 $93,495 $65,040 $74,796
Carlisle $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Carroll $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Carter $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Casey $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Christian $60,900 $70,035 $48,720 $56,028
Clark $89,400 $104,300 $71,520 $83,440
Clay $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Clinton $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Crittenden $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Cumberland $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Daviess $68,500 $78,775 $54,800 $63,020
Edmonson $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Elliott $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Estill $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Fayette $74,500 $85,675 $59,600 $68,540
Fleming $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Floyd $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Franklin $68,200 $78,430 $54,560 $62,744
Fulton $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Gallatin $97,560 $113,820 $78,048 $91,056
Garrard $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Grant $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Graves $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Grayson $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Green $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Greenup $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Hancock $68,500 $78,775 $54,800 $63,020
Hardin $67,600 $77,740 $54,080 $62,192
Harlan $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Harrison $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Hart $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Henderson $67,200 $77,280 $53,760 $61,824
Henry $91,680 $106,960 $73,344 $85,568
Hickman $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Hopkins $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Jackson $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Jefferson $76,400 $87,860 $61,120 $70,288
Jessamine $74,500 $85,675 $59,600 $68,540
Johnson $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Kenton $81,300 $93,495 $65,040 $74,796
Knott $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Knox $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Larue $81,120 $94,640 $64,896 $75,712
Laurel $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Lawrence $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Lee $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Leslie $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Letcher $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Lewis $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Lincoln $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Livingston $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Logan $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Lyon $63,600 $73,140 $50,880 $58,512
Madison $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Magoffin $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Marion $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Marshall $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Martin $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Mason $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
McCracken $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
McCreary $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
McLean $82,200 $95,900 $65,760 $76,720
Meade $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Menifee $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Mercer $63,200 $72,680 $50,560 $58,144
Metcalfe $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Monroe $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Montgomery $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Morgan $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Muhlenberg $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Nelson $79,320 $92,540 $63,456 $74,032
Nicholas $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Ohio $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Oldham $76,400 $87,860 $61,120 $70,288
Owen $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Owsley $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Pendleton $97,560 $113,820 $78,048 $91,056
Perry $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Pike $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Powell $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Pulaski $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Robertson $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Rockcastle $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Rowan $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Russell $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Scott $89,400 $104,300 $71,520 $83,440
Shelby $76,200 $87,630 $60,960 $70,104
Simpson $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Spencer $91,680 $106,960 $73,344 $85,568
Taylor $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Todd $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Trigg $60,900 $70,035 $48,720 $56,028
Trimble $91,680 $106,960 $73,344 $85,568
Union $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Warren $62,700 $72,105 $50,160 $57,684
Washington $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Wayne $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Webster $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Whitley $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Wolfe $75,240 $87,780 $60,192 $70,224
Woodford $74,500 $85,675 $59,600 $68,540

 

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2017 Welcome Home Program for Kentucky Home Buyers.

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Source: 2015 Welcome Home Program for Kentucky Home Buyers.

Kentucky General Mortgage Guide for Underwriting Approval

Kentucky Mortgage Underwriting Guidelines

Understanding  Mortgage mortgage underwriting guidelines will help you understand your loan options when purchasing or refinancing a home. Now that you have found your dream house, you are going to need to apply for a Louisville Mortgage mortgage loan. Your Realtor will either recommend a banking institution or you may already have one in mind. You will be dealing with a loan officer who will be compiling all the data on you to see if you qualify for a loan to pay for this house. All lending institutions have different Underwriting Guidelines set in place when reviewing a borrower’s financial history to determine the likelihood of receiving on-time payments. The primary items reviewed are the following 5 areas…

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Popular Kentucky Mortgage Programs


5 popular programs that Kentucky Home buyers use to purchase their first home.

Conventional Loan

• At least 3%-5% down
 Closing costs will vary on which rate you choose and the lender. Typically the higher the rate, the lesser closing costs due to the lender giving you a lender credit back at closing for over par pricing. Also, called a no-closing costs option. You have to weigh the pros and cons to see if it makes sense to forgo the lower rate and lower monthly payment for the higher rate and less closing costs.
Fico scores needed start at 620, but most conventional lenders will want a higher score to qualify for the 3-5% minimum down payment requirements Most buyers using this loan have high credit scores (over 720) and at least 5% down.
The rates are a little higher compared to FHA, VA, or USDA loan but the mortgage insurance is not for life of loan and can be rolled off when you reach 80% equity position in home.
Conventional loans require 4-7 years removed from Bankruptcy and foreclosure.
Max Conventional loan limits are set at $510,400  for 2020 in Kentucky

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Program

If you meet income eligibility requirements and are looking to settle in a rural area, you might qualify for the KY USDA Rural Housing program. The program guarantees qualifying loans, reducing lenders’ risk and encouraging them to offer buyers 100% loans. That means Kentucky home buyers don’t have to put any money down, and even the “upfront fee” (a closing cost for this type of loan) can be rolled into the financing.
Fico scores usually wanted for this program center around 620 range, with most lenders wanting a 640 score so they can obtain an automated approval through GUS. GUS stands for the Guaranteed Underwriting system, and it will dictate your max loan pre-approval based on your income, credit scores, debt to income ratio and assets.
They also allow for a manual underwrite, which states that the max house payment ratios are set at 29% and 41% respectively of your income.
They loan requires no down payment, and the current mortgage insurance is 1% upfront, called a funding fee, and .35% annually for the monthly mi payment. Since they recently reduced their mi requirements, USDA is one of the best options out there for home buyers looking to buy in an rural area
A rural area typically will be any area outside the major cities of Louisville, Lexington, Paducah, Bowling Green, Richmond, Frankfort, and parts of Northern  Kentucky .
There is a map link below to see the qualifying areas.
Thee is also a max household income limits with most cutoff starting at $86,400 for a family of four, and up to $115,000 for a family of five or more.
USDA requires 3 years removed from bankruptcy and foreclosure.
There is no max USDA loan limit.

Kentucky FHA Loan

FHA loans are good for home buyers with lower credit scores and no much down, or with down payment assistance grants. FHA will allow for grants, gifts, for their 3.5% minimum investment and will go down to a 580 credit score.
The current mortgage insurance requirements are kinda steep when compared to USDA, VA , but the rates are usually good so it can counteracts the high mi premiums. As I tell borrowers, you will not have the loan for 30 years, so don’t worry too much about the mi premiums.
THe mi premiums are for life of loan like USDA.
FHA requires 2 years removed from bankruptcy and 3 years removed from foreclosure.
Maximum FHA loan limits in Kentucky are set around $331,600 and below.

Kentucky VA Loan

VA loans are for veterans and active duty military personnel. The loan requires no down payment and no monthly mi premiums, saving you on the monthly payment. It does have an funding fee like USDA, but it is higher starting at 2% for first time use, and 3% for second time use. The funding fee is financed into the loan, so it is not something you have to pay upfront out of pocket.
VA loans can be made anywhere, unlike the USDA restrictions, and there is no income household limit and no max loan limits in Kentucky
Most VA lenders I work with will want a 580 credit score, even though VA says in their guidelines there is  no minimum score, good luck finding a lender
VA requires 2 years removed from bankruptcy or foreclosure.
Clear Cavirs needed to for a VA loan.

Kentucky Down Payment Assistance

This type of loan is administered  by KHC in the state of Kentucky. They typically have $4500 to $6000 down payment assistance year around, that is in the form of a second mortgage that you pay back over 10 years.
Sometimes they will come to market with other down payment assistance and lower market rates to benefit lower income households with not a lot of money for down payment.
KHC offers FHA, VA, USDA, and Conventional loans with their minimum credit scores being set at 620 for all programs. The conventional loan requirements at KHC requires 660 credit score.
The max debt to income ratios are set at 40% and 50% respectively.
apply online for a kentucky first time home buyer loan