2019 Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Assistance


2019 Kentucky First Time Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance for Kentucky First Time Home Buyers for $4500 to $6000 Kentucky Housing DAP Funds

Here are action steps you can take right now to buy a home in Kentucky in 2019

1. Focus on your credit score

FICO credit scores are among the most frequently used credit scores, and range from 350-800 (the higher, the better). A consumer with a credit score of 750 or higher is considered to have excellent credit, while a consumer with a credit score below 620 is considered to have poor credit.

To qualify for a mortgage and get a low mortgage rate, your credit score matters.

Each credit bureau collects information on your credit history and develops a credit score that lenders use to assess your riskiness as a borrower. If you find an error, you should report it to the credit bureau immediately so that it can be corrected.

2. Manage your debt-to-income ratio

Many lenders evaluate your debt-to-income ratio when making credit decisions, which could impact the interest rate you receive.

A debt-to-income ratio is your monthly debt payments as a percentage of your monthly income. Lenders focus on this ratio to determine whether you have enough excess cash to cover your living expenses plus your debt obligations.

Since a debt-to-income ratio has two components (debt and income), the best way to lower your debt-to-income ratio is to:

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 are 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.

3. Keep credit utilization low on your credit cards

Lenders also evaluate your credit card utilization, or your monthly credit card spending as a percentage of your credit limit.

Ideally, your credit utilization should be less than 30%. If you can keep it less than 10%, even better.

For example, if you have a $10,000 credit limit on your credit card and spent $3,000 this month, your credit utilization is 30%.

Here are some ways to manage your credit card utilization:
set up automatic balance alerts to monitor credit utilization
ask your lender to raise your credit limit (this may involve a hard credit pull so check with your lender first)
pay off your balance multiple times a month to reduce your credit utilization

4 . Look for down payment assistance in Kentucky

There are various types of down payment assistance, even if you have student loans.

Here are a few:
FHA loans – federal loan through the Federal Housing Authority
USDA loans – zero down mortgages for rural and suburban homeowners
VA loans – if military service
Kentucky Housing Down Payment Assistance of $6000

There are federal, state and local assistance programs as well so be on the look out.

If you want a personalized answer for your unique situation call, text, or email me or visit my website below:

 

 

∘ 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 620 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 620 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 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 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, USDA, 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 you know! The max house payment you would qualify would be the $890, because it is the lowest payment of the two ratios.

Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Programs for 2019
There are basically 5 popular programs that Kentucky Home buyers use to purchase their first home.
• 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 $484,350 for 2019 in Kentucky
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 a 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.
There is also a max household income limits with most cutoff starting at $82,700 for a family of four, and up to $109,350  for a family of five or more.
USDA requires 3 years removed from bankruptcy and foreclosure.
There is no max USDA loan limit.
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 counteract 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 $ and below.
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 a 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 the max loan is $417,000 in Kentucky
Most VA lenders I work with will want a 620 credit score though I am setup with lenders that will go down to a 560 credit score if I can get it approved.
VA requires 2 years removed from bankruptcy or foreclosure.
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% an 50% respectively.

2019 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 620 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 620 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, USDA, 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.

Title Insurance Information

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Title Insurance Information.

The title report which is also known as the Preliminary Title contains several schedules and these schedules can differ depending on the state where the property is located. The title usually begins with a “Schedule A”. This schedule indicates the property being insured, the legal description of the property being insured, the insured, the amount of insurance for the mortgagee and the fee owner. If there is leasehold then there would be Leasehold policy.

Schedule B indicates the history of the property also known as the chain of title. The report also indicates the survey boundaries, tax history and indicates if there are any open taxes, judgments, liens, easements of record and any or all clouds on the title.

What is Title Insurance?

Title insurance protects the insured from claims regarding ownership of the property, liens against the property, and marketability of title to the property. The Rounsavall Title Group, in its capacity as an agent of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, offers two types of policies: the mortgagee policy which protects the lender, and the owner’s policy which protects the buyer.

According to the mortgagee policy, when a claim results in a total loss of title, the title insurance company shall take all steps necessary to defend the claim on behalf of the insured entity. In other words, the lender could ultimately be compensated for any loss they might suffer as a result of a title claim, for a claim could negatively impact their collateral interest in the property. Almost every lender today requires that you purchase this policy on their behalf at the closing of the loan. Keep in mind that this lender’s policy only protects the lender, and does not afford any protection to the home owner. So in the event of a claim, an uninsured home owner would still be responsible for repaying the debt to the lender despite the fact that they may no longer actually own the property. Furthermore, the uninsured home owner could lose any and all of the equity they have established in their home.

As such, we strongly recommend that every home owner obtain an owner’s title insurance policy in order to be fully protected in the event of a claim. It insures against the loss they may suffer, and typically includes reimbursement to the home owner for court costs and fees associated with the claim. Unlike other insurance policies you might get, this is a one time premium, and once purchased, is effective for the rest of the home owner’s life.

 

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Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346

Text/call 502-905-3708
 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). I lend in the following states: Kentucky

Louisville Home Sales at Six Year High


Louisville Home Sales at Six Year High.

 

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  —  Homes sales in Louisville and the surrounding area, continue to do well.

The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors has released year to date figures showing the number of homes sold, and the average sale prices, are both at six year highs.

Association President Paul Ogden says mortgage rates, although up from six months ago, are still incredibly low. He adds, they are monitoring the Federal Reserve Policy Board meeting this week, to see what that does to the bond market, which affects mortgage rates.

For more information about GLAR, click HERE.

Read more: http://www.talkradio1080.com/articles/84-whas-local-news-283307/louisville-home-sales-at-six-year-11660569/#ixzz2fC7aKabS

Louisville Ky FHA Mortgage Loans


Louisville Ky FHA Mortgage Loans.

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Louisville real estate | Homes sales hallelujah? | Derby City Cents#comment-540#comment-540#comment-540


Louisville real estate | Homes sales hallelujah? | Derby City Cents#comment-540#comment-540#comment-540.

For the first time in 12 months, Louisville Realtors sold more houses and condos in July than they did a year earlier. (Formal story here).

The most likely explanation is that Realtors are no longer comparing their monthly sales to figures boosted by the long-expired federal tax credits (like the one that was worth up to $8,000 for first-time buyers). Though deadlines were extended, all the tax credit deals were pretty much closed by June 2010.

“Realtors® may be quietly putting the Home Buyer Tax Credit sales figures into the history books, as they move to a post HBTC market,” the group said.

Buyers still have a lot of choices, while sellers have a lot of competition. There were 26 percent more houses and condos on the market on July 31 than a year earlier.

Here is the Realtors’ full news release:

Members of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® posted the second most productive month of 2011 in July with 1,048 units sold. For the year, July ranked 2nd to June which recorded 1,137 closed units. The July sales figures also broke a trend of declining monthly sales, when matched against 2010 numbers. The July 2011 sales were 4.9% stronger than July 2010. Realtors® may be quietly putting the Home Buyer Tax Credit sales figures into the history books, as they move to a post HBTC market. The average selling price for July 2011 was $179,758, up 2.7% from June 2011, and up 1.6% from July 2010. Inventory, or the number of homes for sale, declined slightly to 9,295, from 9,313 in June.  Year-to-date sales remain nearly 13% behind last year’s pace, but the upward trend in June and July is positive.

 

Overall, GLAR members are encouraged by the strength of the July market figures and are looking forward to a continuation of the seasonable increases associated with the July/August market period.

Jefferson County Market Comment:

 

Realtors® posted 720 closed sales in July 2011, up 6% from July 2010. The average selling price in the county improved to $173,186 for July 2011, when compared to $171,154 for June 2011.  The supply of homes on the market in Jefferson County stands at 5,877 units, similar to last month, but up 33% from July 2010. Year-to-date sales, in the county, stand at 4,326 units, down 15% from a similar period last year.  In summary, the Jefferson County market followed the broader GLAR analysis by breaking the year-to-date trend of lagging behind 2010 and posting a 6% increase in sales volume when matched against the same period last year.

Jefferson County July 2010 July 2011 Jan.1 – July 31, 2010 Jan. 1 – July 31, 2011
Houses Sold 678 720 5092 4326
Average Selling Price $181,875 $173,186 $164,246 $161,266
Median Selling Price $145,000 $139,500 $135,000 $130,000
# of Listings Placed into Pending Status During July 678 817

Active Listings at July 31 4410 5877

Oldham County Market Comment:

 

The number of closed sales in July jumped 14% compared to July 2010 (when the buyer tax credits were ending), bringing the YTD total up 2% compared to the same time last year. The average and median prices in July 2011 vs 2010 are up 29% and 36% respectively, reflecting the sale of some higher priced homes that had not sold in the Spring market. The YTD average and median figures were up a more modest 8% and 4% respectively and are less volatile than a single month data point. The number of sales going under contract was up 10% and the inventory of unsold homes remained higher than last year by 16%. Continued low mortgage rates will be the key factor in the resumption of a balanced market in Oldham County, as it will be with the broader Louisville market.

Oldham County July 2010 July 2011 Jan.1 – July 31, 2010 Jan. 1 – July 31, 2011
Houses Sold 58 66 418 429
Average Selling Price $263,112 $339,117 $251,477 $272,413
Median Selling Price $242,245 $330,000 $230,000 $240,000
# of Listings Placed into Pending Status During  July 70 77

Active Listings at  July 31 497 577

Bullitt County Market Comment:

 

Realtors® posted 80 closed sales in July 2011, up nearly 51% from June 2011 and nearly even with July 2010’s 83 closed units. The average selling price in the county for July was $151,692, down from June’s $154,908, but up 11% from July 2010. Year-to-date sales, in the county, stand at 422 units, down 15% from a similar period in 2010. Supply, or the number of homes on the market, has fallen to 616 units, down 11 units from June, but up nearly 18% from a similar period in 2010.

 

 

Bullitt County July 2010 July 2011 Jan.1 – July 31, 2010 Jan. 1 – July 31, 2011
Houses Sold 83 80 499 422
Average Selling Price $135,692 $151,692 $140,276 $138,336
Median Selling Price $113,750 $139,000 $125,000 $129,900
# of Listings Placed into Pending Status During July 60 75

Active Listings at July 31 521 616

 

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