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.

Can you get a USDA Rural Housing loan with the Government Shutdown in 2019?


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USDA INCOME LIMITS FOR 2019 KENTUCKY RURAL HOUSING LOANS

 

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Zero-Down Options Mortgage Loans in Kentucky

While Kentucky FHA and conventional, PMI-backed loans are appealing options for cash-strapped buyers, some borrowers may be eligible for mortgages with no down payment at all. The Veterans Affairs, or VA, loan program is one such option, although you have to be a veteran or active member of the military to take advantage (spouses of a service member who died or was disabled while on duty also qualify).

There’s no minimum credit score required to obtain a VA loan, and you don’t have to pay mortgage insurance on the loans, which are backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Instead, borrowers pay a one-time funding fee. You’d pay 2.15 percent of the mortgage amount if your loan covers 100% of the sale, although the fee is lower when you make a down payment.

Like VA loans, those offered by the United States Department of Agriculture also forgo the down payment requirement. Because the program is billed as a way to help families in rural areas, it’s easy to dismiss these loans out of hand. But the reality is, a lot of suburbs fall within the geographical boundaries established by the USDA. In fact, well over 90 percent of the land in the U.S. is eligible (you can do an easy address search here to find out).

As if the zero-down policy wasn’t enough, USDA mortgages also offer attractive interest rates and lower insurance premiums than FHA and conventional loans. You don’t need particularly high credit score to qualify, either – a FICO north of 580 is typically all you need.

But here’s the rub: You do have to meet the program’s goal of serving “low- to moderate-income households.” In practical terms, that means your family can’t bring in more than 115% of the median income in your region. For those who fall within those somewhat narrow guidelines, it’s a tough one to beat.

 
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 USDA Mortgage Lender for Rural Housing Loans

USDA Rural Housing Loans in Kentucky Cannot Be Closed Currently!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will not issue new Kentucky  USDA Direct Loans or Kentucky Guaranteed Loans 502.

Current Scheduled closings of  Kentucky Direct Rural Housing Loans are being canceled and unless your guarantee was previously issued for a Guaranteed Loan, those may or may not be closed, depending on the lender.

Check with your USDA lender immediately if you’re getting a USDA loan or had planned to use the program to buy a home; you might have to put off your purchase until the shutdown is resolved.

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Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 

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Tips for first-time homebuyers in Kentucky


Ready to get house hunting? Not so fast…you’ve got a little homework to do. But don’t worry, this is the kind of homework that’s going to save you money in the long run!

Source: Tips for first-time homebuyers

Shopping for your first home? Here are some key pointers to keep in mind as you undertake the process of qualifying for a loan and finding the place of your dreams.

What you need to do before you start house hunting

Ready to get house hunting? Not so fast…you’ve got a little homework to do.

But don’t worry, this is the kind of homework that’s going to save you money in the long run.

Make sure your credit is in good working order

If you’re in the market for a mortgage, begin by visiting myFICO.com and getting your true credit score.

If you and a partner or spouse want to buy a home, you may want to try to qualify for mortgage underwriting on just the income of the person who has a better score; most lenders will base your rate on the lower score if you’re a couple.

In addition to your credit score, you’ll also want to pull a free copy of your credit reports at AnnualCreditReport.com. Check all three reports at once from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Go through them thoroughly. You’re looking for two things in particular: any errors and any unpaid collections.

Errors technically should take 30 days to correct once your inform the bureau and creditor of their mistake. But in actuality, the process can take up to three or four months. So that’s why you want to get going on this early before you’re house hunting.

Should you run into a problem getting a legitimate error removed from your credit report, follow these steps.

When it comes to unpaid collections, you want to make sure there are no surprise delinquencies eating up your credit. If there are, many times they’ll be small piddling bills of a medical nature. Get those things paid off pronto before you apply for a mortgage.

Pre-qualify for a mortgage

It’s very important to pre-qualify for a mortgage before you start the formal shopping process. By doing this, you can get an idea of what kind of home you can afford and what the monthly payment will look like.

But here’s a warning: You’ll be approved for a higher home purchase price than would probably make sense in your life. It’s up to you to think through what that translates to as a monthly payment.

Don’t forget to add to that monthly taxes and insurance, along with possible repairs and maintenance that you wouldn’t pay when you’re a renter.

So look at the payment you’re facing and be realistic. Is it a payment level you can handle or will it make you miserable — what’s often called being “house poor”?

Where should you get pre-qualified?

My top choice for you to get a mortgage is at a credit union.

Years ago, credit unions weren’t the best place to look for a mortgage. But that was then and this is now. Today, credit unions are a great source for mortgages, especially if you’re looking for something more creative.

Credit unions make sense particularly for shorter term loans or mortgage refinances with terms of 7 years, 10 years, and 15 years. Many credit unions have low or no closing costs in return for bumping up the interest rate just a bit.

You’ll also want to get a quote from mortgage broker or mortgage banker. The latter has their own source of funds to lend out. The former is a salesperson who shops around for a loan for you.

Finally, you might also try small local banks — even though there are not many of them left — or even possibly a regional bank.

One place not to shop for a mortgage? At the giant banks. They charge much more for loans than the other sources named here.

Be sure to get more than one mortgage quote

Most people only get one mortgage quote. That’s the wrong way to go about it. You’ll want to get quotes from multiple lenders.

Mortgage lending is very competitive and to go with just a single lender won’t put your quote out there for competition. Plus, when you have more than one quote, you can play your top two quotes off each other and make them win your business. In some cases, you they may make you a better offer.

But it’s not just the interest rate that’s important…

Pay attention to points and closing costs

Beyond the interest rate, you’ll want to know about points and closing costs.

Each point is 1% of the amount of money you’re borrowing. A lot of people will quote you a low rate and they won’t disclose the points you have to pay to get that rate unless you ask them directly.

Meanwhile, when it comes to closing cost, the statement of closing costs that a lender gives you is written in stone. They can not exceed that statement under the law. So that give you real numbers you can compare from lender to lender.

BONUS TIP: When you apply for a mortgage, you’ll also face a variety of other junk fees. Many of them can negotiated down or away altogether. Know the junk fees so you can take action!

Minimize the window of time during which you get mortgage quotes

Here’s another warning: Each time a lender pulls your credit to give you a quote for a mortgage interest rate, it will ding your file.

You can minimize the damage by getting all quotes within a 14-day period. That way it doesn’t look you’re applying for multiple loans from multiple lenders each time.

Be timely with your paperwork

As you go through the lending process, you will have to do a lot of paperwork. Get your lender the info right away when they ask for it. Then document that you got it and you gave it to them.

The last thing  you want is to have a finger pointed at you for being negligent with paperwork when there’s a problem and you can’t close on time.

How much down payment is necessary?

For most people, the FHA Loan Program generally allows you to bring the least amount of money to the closing table possible. Most FHA loans require 3.5% down payment of the purchase price. If you don’t go the FHA route, many loans will require 20% down payment.

Just know that if you don’t put down 20%, you’ll typically have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI) on both FHA and traditional loans.

Meanwhile, if you’re a veteran, VA loans require zero down payment — and they don’t require mortgage insurance, either.

Foreclosure or short sale?

OK, so you’ve been approved for the loan. Great!

I am neutral on the issue of whether you should buy a foreclosure, a short sale or just a home that somebody needs to get rid of because of divorce, death or relocation.

The latter will generally be in better shape and condition than a short sale. And foreclosures look downright sad many times.

I bought one foreclosure during the depressed economic cycle of last decade and it required expensive TLC to nurse it back to health. So if you do opt for the foreclosure route, you’ve got to build rehabilitation money into your budget.

I also want you to comparison shop for owner’s title insurance any time you buy a foreclosure.

As you start to look at properties, you want an agent who “farms” the neighborhood where you’re most interested in buying a home. That means they’ll have the inside scoop on available properties and can make the process much easier.

I also want you to look at a ton of homes, both online and in person, so you can target what’s a deal and what’s not. Know the neighborhood where you’re buying.

For women in particular, drive around the neighborhood at night and see if you’re still comfortable then.

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.

 

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

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.
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