Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements for 2020


Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements

 

 

Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements for 2020 to include Credit Fico Scores, Down Payment, Income and Job history

FHA

An FHA loan is a mortgage issued by federally qualified lenders and insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA loans are designed for low-to-moderate income borrowers who are unable to make a large down payment.

  • Minimum Credit Score is 500 with at least 10% down
  • Minimum Credit Score is 580 if you put less than 10% down
  • The maximum loan amount varies by Geographical Area, for 2019 it is as follows:
  • The FHA national low-cost area mortgage limits, which are set at 65 percent of the national conforming limit of $510,400 for a one-unit property, are, by property unit number, as follows:
    • One-unit: $331,760
    • Two-unit: $42,800
    • Three-unit: $513,400
    • Four-unit: $638,100
  • Upfront and Monthly Mortgage Insurance is required regardless of the Loan to Value
  • FHA Loans are only available for financing primary residences
  • Maximum Debt to Income Ratio of 50% (unless mitigating factors justify allowing a higher DTI)

 

Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements

The requirements for Kentucky FHA loans are set by HUD.

  • Borrowers must have a steady employment history of the last two years within the same industry or line of work. Recent college graduates can use their transcripts to supplant the 2 year work history rule as long as it makes sense.
  • Self-Employed will need a 2 year history of tax returns filed with IRS. They will take a 2 year average.
  • FHA requires a 3.5% down payment. Can be gifted from family member or from retirement savings plan, or money saved-up. Any type of cash deposits are not allowed for down payments. No exceptions to this rule!! This is one of the biggest issues I see in FHA underwriting nowadays.
  •  FHA loans are  for primary residence occupancy. Not rental houses.
  • Borrowers must have a property appraisal from a FHA-approved appraiser.
  • Borrowers’ front-end ratio (mortgage payment plus HOA fees, property taxes, mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance) needs to be less than 31 percent of their gross income, typically. You may be able to get approved with as high a percentage as 43 percent. If the Automated Underwriting System gives you an Approved Eligible you can go higher on the debt ratios
  • Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 580 for maximum financing with a 3.5% down payment
  • Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 500-579 for maximum LTV of 90 percent with a minimum down payment of 10 percent. Most lenders will not go below 620 score, and very few lenders will go to 580 score. It’s best to work on getting your scores up before you apply or work with a loan officer to improve them.
  • 2 years removed from Chapter 7 is required with good pay history after bankruptcy
  • 1 year removed from Chapter 13 is okay with an excellent pay history with the Chapter 13 plan and permission from trustee. You will need to qualify with the Chapter 13 payment along with new house payment. Again, scores will play into your loan pre-approval.
  • Typically borrowers must be three years out of foreclosure and have re-established good credit. Exceptions can be made if there were extenuating circumstances and you’ve improved your credit. If you were unable to sell your home because you had to move to a new area, this does not qualify as an exception to the three-year foreclosure guideline.
  • Max FHA loan in Kentucky is between $331,760.00  depending on the county in Kentucky
    I can answer your questions and usually get you pre-approved the same day.



 

FHA 

Low Down Payment which can be 100% gift from family member or Grant Program
Seller can pay closing costs-Maximum 6% of purchase price
There is maximum mortgage amount for each county. Check FHA loan limit for your county.
500 Minimum Credit Score
More flexible underwriting guidelines and extenuating credit and income circumstances may be considered by the lender.
Non-occupant co-signers are allowed on this program.
FHA Approved Condos-Single family home-2-4 unit properties, and PUDs are eligible.
Fast automated underwriting approval available. Also, the file can be manually underwritten by a live person to get loan approval if you do not receive approval through automated underwriting system.

FHA Foreclosure Program 

Must be HUD Owned property or FHA Foreclosure in HUD Participating Communities
$100 Down Payment than standard FHA program
620 minimum credit score
Single family, 1-4 unit properties, HUD approved condominiums, and PUDS eligible

 

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Down Payment Plus Assistance Program 

Up to $5000 Grant to buy a home in the Northern Kentucky Area of The Homebuyer Assistance Program for 2019 is funded through the HOME Program and administered by the Northern Kentucky HOME Consortium through the City of Covington’s Neighborhood Services Department. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of homeowners in the Northern Kentucky HOME Consortium cities of Ludlow, Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton

 

 

  • Borrower’s gross annual household income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income ($43,900 for a single person, $62,650 for a 4 person household). Borrowers must attend a HUD approved homebuyer education course.
  • All properties must be one to two units, owner-occupied or vacant, and meet minimum local housing standards.
  • Up to $5,000 to cover the lender required down payment and customary settlement charges to the borrower.
  • Interest Rate/Loan Term: 0%, 5 years
  • Monthly Payment Amount: No monthly payments. The loan will be forgiven if the owner occupies the home as their principal residence for 5 years from the date of purchase.

b. Credit: Credit history and documentation which indicates substantial evidence of borrower’s ability to pay will be reviewed. Reports from a Credit Bureau will be obtained for all borrowers.
c. Education: All applicants must participate in a HUD/City-approved homebuyer education course and must present a certificate of completion prior to loan closing.

d. Loan Underwriting: Borrower’s debt ratios cannot exceed 31% and 43% to ensure that the borrower’s income is sufficient to cover their mortgage and other monthly obligations. The interest rate on the first mortgage cannot be higher than 2.5% above the average 30 year conventional loan rate as published by Freddie Mac in the Weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Borrowers may not use first mortgage financing with balloon payments, adjustable rates, or other terms that are determined to be subprime. Adjustable rate mortgages may be considered if the City determines them to be the most affordable financing option for the borrower.

e. Non occupant co-borrowers will be allowed, however debt ratio limitations will apply to primary borrower’s household income only.

f. Liquid Asset Limitation Policy: The applicant(s) must not have liquid assets in excess of the following amounts at time of loan application:

 $10,000: Liquid assets in excess of this amount will be required to be used in the purchase transaction prior to the use of any Program funds.

 Stocks and other readily salable securities will be considered liquid assets unless they are restricted by IRA, 401(k) or other similar requirements. Funds in IRAs, 401(k) plans or other qualified retirement accounts will not be considered liquid assets.

 Applicants that are at or near retirement age may have retirement savings, which will not have to be contributed, unless such savings exceed an amount that
Persons in Household

 

2. Kentucky Housing Corporation Down Payment Assistance for 2020.

 

Regular DAP

  • Purchase price up to $314,257 with Secondary Market.
  • Assistance in the form of a loan up to $6,000 in $100 increments.
  • Repayable over a ten-year term at 5.50 percent.
  • Available to all KHC first-mortgage loan recipients.

Affordable DAP

  • Purchase price up to $314,257 with Secondary Market.
  • Assistance up to $6,000.
  • Repayable over a ten-year term at 1.00 percent.
  • Borrowers must meet Affordable DAP income limits.

More about down payment and closing costs

  • No liquid asset review and no limit on borrower reserves.
  • Specific credit underwriting standards may apply to down payment programs.

 

$6000 Kentucky housing grant for 2020 first time home buyers

 

 

Down Payment Assistance of $6,000 for KHC Loans. Apply online

3. Welcome Home $5000 Grant for Kentucky Homebuyers 2020

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati (FHLB Cincinnati) has established a set-aside of Affordable Housing Program (AHP) funds to help create homeownership through a program called the Welcome Home Program. Welcome Home funds are available to Members as grants to assist homebuyers.

Welcome Home grants are limited to $5,000 per household, households are eligible only if the total household income is at or below 80% of Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB) income limits, and funds are offered on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Other program requirements are identified below.

What are the Program Requirements?

Below is an abbreviated list of program eligibility requirements:

The total income for all occupants must be at or below 80 percent of the Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB) limit for the county and state where the property is located. The FHLB has an Income and Affordability Workbook to assist in determining household income eligibility.
Home-buyers must contribute at least $500 of their own funds towards down payment and/or closing costs.
WHP applicants do not have to be first-time home buyers. However, all first-time home buyers are required to complete a home ownership counseling program.
WHP grant funds are intended only for home buyers who qualify for the first mortgage based on their own merit. Co-signors and co-borrowers are not allowed unless they will occupy the home as their primary residence and their incomes are included in determining eligibility.
WHP grant funds may be used in conjunction with other local, state and federal funding sources and with the FHLB Cincinnati’s Community Investment Cash Advance Programs.
The Member who reserves the WHP funds must originate the first loan, but the loan may close in the name of a third party.
The interest rate for the first mortgage may not exceed 7.50 percent.
The interest rate for the second mortgage may not exceed 11.00 percent.
Only second mortgages provided by formal organizations, community development financial institutions, housing finance agencies, non-profit organizations, etc. are acceptable.
All eligible property assisted with WHP funds is subject to a five-year retention mechanism (Retention Agreement), which may require the household to repay all, or a portion, of the subsidy, if the home is sold or refinanced within five years from the closing of the transaction.

Kentucky WELCOME HOME GRANT Available beginning March 4, 2021

*Welcome Home grant offered by FHLB of Cincinnati is available on a “first-come,
first-serve” basis only to the extent the funds are available.
Buyers do not have to be first-time home-buyers.
Home-buyers must contribute $500 toward down payment or closing costs, and cannot get cash back. Closing costs include appraisal, underwriter, title exam, credit reporting, title insurance, recording and flood determination fees.
First time home buyers must complete a home buyer counseling course.
Home buyer’s income cannot exceed specific county income limits.
The home must meet specific condition requirements. Manufactured housing may be allowed. No 203k programs allowed.
Offer is subject to credit approval. Contact a Mortgage Lender for details, limits and guidelines, or if you have any questions.
Limited Time Offer

 

 

Kentucky Income limits for Welcome Home Grant for 2020

Income limits are obtained from the state housing finance agency for each state.

Use the 80% limits for the Welcome Home Program.*******

Use the 100% limits for the Disaster Reconstruction Program.

 

Kentucky 

County 100% limits 80% limits****Welcome Home Funds limit
1-2 Persons 3 + Persons 1-2 Persons 3 + Persons
Adair $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Allen $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Anderson $69,400 $79,810 $55,520 $63,848
Ballard $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Barren $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Bath $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Bell $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Boone $78,300 $90,045 $62,640 $72,036
Bourbon $84,120 $98,140 $67,296 $78,512
Boyd $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Boyle $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Bracken $93,960 $109,620 $75,168 $87,696
Breathitt $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Breckinridge $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Bullitt $71,500 $82,225 $57,200 $65,780
Butler $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Caldwell $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Calloway $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Campbell $78,300 $90,045 $62,640 $72,036
Carlisle $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Carroll $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Carter $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Casey $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Christian $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Clark $84,120 $98,140 $67,296 $78,512
Clay $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Clinton $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Crittenden $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Cumberland $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Daviess $62,300 $71,645 $49,840 $57,316
Edmonson $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Elliott $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Estill $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Fayette $70,100 $80,615 $56,080 $64,492
Fleming $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Floyd $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Franklin $65,200 $74,980 $52,160 $59,984
Fulton $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Gallatin $93,960 $109,620 $75,168 $87,696
Garrard $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Grant $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Graves $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Grayson $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Green $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Greenup $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Hancock $62,300 $70,725 $49,840 $56,580
Hardin $61,500 $72,220 $49,200 $57,776
Harlan $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Harrison $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Hart $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Henderson $65,100 $74,865 $52,080 $59,892
Henry $85,800 $100,100 $68,640 $80,080
Hickman $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Hopkins $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Jackson $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Jefferson $71,500 $82,225 $57,200 $65,780
Jessamine $70,100 $80,615 $56,080 $64,492
Johnson $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Kenton $78,300 $90,045 $62,640 $72,036
Knott $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Knox $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Larue $73,800 $86,100 $59,040 $68,880
Laurel $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Lawrence $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Lee $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Leslie $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Letcher $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Lewis $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Lincoln $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Livingston $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Logan $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Lyon $60,500 $69,575 $48,400 $55,660
Madison $79,080 $92,260 $63,264 $73,808
Magoffin $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Marion $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Marshall $59,600 $68,540 $47,680 $54,832
Martin $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Mason $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
McCracken $60,800 $69,920 $48,640 $55,936
McCreary $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
McLean $74,760 $87,220 $59,808 $69,776
Meade $60,500 $69,575 $48,400 $55,660
Menifee $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Mercer $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Metcalfe $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Monroe $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Montgomery $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Morgan $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Muhlenberg $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Nelson $74,520 $86,940 $59,616 $69,552
Nicholas $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Ohio $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Oldham $71,500 $82,225 $57,200 $65,780
Owen $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Owsley $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Pendleton $93,960 $109,620 $75,168 $87,696
Perry $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Pike $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Powell $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Pulaski $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Robertson $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Rockcastle $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Rowan $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Russell $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Scott $84,120 $98,140 $67,296 $78,512
Shelby $75,200 $86,480 $60,160 $69,184
Simpson $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Spencer $85,800 $100,100 $68,640 $80,080
Taylor $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Todd $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Trigg $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Trimble $85,800 $100,100 $68,640 $80,080
Union $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Warren $59,200 $68,080 $47,360 $54,464
Washington $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Wayne $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Webster $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Whitley $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Wolfe $71,040 $82,880 $56,832 $66,304
Woodford $70,100 $80,615 $56,080 $64,492

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Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans Guidelines

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Kentucky FHA Loan Requirements

The requirements for Kentucky FHA loans are set by HUD.

  • Borrowers must have a steady employment history of the last two years within the same industry or line of work. Recent college graduates can use their transcripts to supplant the 2 year work history rule as long as it makes sense.
  • Self-Employed will need a 2 year history of tax returns filed with IRS. They will take a 2 year average.
  • FHA requires a 3.5% down payment. Can be gifted from family member or from retirement savings plan, or money saved-up. Any type of cash deposits are not allowed for down payments. No exceptions to this rule!! This is one of the biggest issues I see in FHA underwriting nowadays.
  •  FHA loans are  for primary residence occupancy. Not rental houses.
  • Borrowers must have a property appraisal from a FHA-approved appraiser.
  • Borrowers’ front-end ratio (mortgage payment plus HOA fees…

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Acceptable Income and Job History for a Mortgage Loan Approval in Kentucky


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Mortgage Underwriters must follow both DU and agency guidelines when it comes to documenting and calculating qualifying income for a loan transaction. Income guidelines may vary slightly depending on the loan program and the borrower’s employment profile. Below are some general tips for W2 income.   
 
Documentation that may be required
Paystub with year to date gross earnings
At least 1 year’s W2
Verbal or full VOE
 
Base Pay:
Salaried and fixed hourly income is calculated by averaging the gross year to date income 
Variable hourly income is calculated by averaging 12 month history
Commission and tip income is calculated by averaging over 24 months
No transcripts are required for salaried, hourly, or less than 25% commission W2 income borrowers
Unreimbursed expenses do not have to be deducted from the gross pay for salaried, hourly, or less than 25% commission W2 borrowers
 
Overtime, and Bonus Income:
Overtime and Bonus can be used as effective income as long as it’s been received for 2 years and is reasonably likely to continue
Periods of less than 2 years may be considered as long as it’s been consistently earned over a period of at least 12 months and there are positive factors to offset the shorter history of receipt per underwriter discretion
Overtime and Bonus income must be documented by a full VOE
Declining overtime and bonus income cannot be used for qualifying income
 
Part Time Income:
FHA loans requires a 2 year history of working multiple jobs
Fannie Mae or Conventional loans will allow less than 2 years as long as it’s been consistently earned over a period of at least 12 months and there are positive factors to offset the shorter history of receipt per underwriter discretion
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Louisville, KY 40223
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Self-Employed with Income and Getting Approved for a Home Mortgage Loan in Kentucky?


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Self Employed Income for FHA, VA, USDA and KHC Mortgage Loans Guidelines
 
• A borrower is considered self employed if they have 25% or more ownership in a business.
 
• Contract or 1099 employees are self employed borrowers
 
• There are 4 types of self employed business structures
o  Sole Proprietorships
o  Corporations
o  Limited Liability Company (LLC)
o  Partnerships
 
Tax Returns are always required for a self employed borrower.  Depending on the business structure, the borrower may have business returns in addition to their personal tax returns.
 
1099, Sole Proprietorships, and LLC self employed borrowers typically file Schedule C on their personal tax returns
 
Corporations and Partnerships will file Business Tax Returns in addition to their personal returns.  The business returns will include K1’s listing the borrower’s ordinary business income and percentage of ownership.
 
Corporation and Partnerships may also have W2 income in addition to their K1’s.
 
All self employed income is calculated per agency guidelines
 
Self employed income requires a 2 year history. 
 
Declining self employed income typically cannot be used unless allowed by specific agency of loan program
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Louisville, KY 40223
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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#57916 http://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.

What kind of income is allowed and needed for a FHA, VA, USDA and Fannie Mae Mortgage Loan Approval in Kentucky?


Income and your job history  plays a significant role when applying for a mortgage loan and getting approved for one for Kentucky Homebuyers . Mortgage Underwriters from FHA, VA, USDA and Fannie Mae  must follow both Fannie Mae  and agency guidelines when it comes to documenting and calculating qualifying income for a loan transaction. Income guidelines may vary slightly depending on the loan program and the borrower’s employment profile. Below are some general tips for W2 income.
Documentation that may be required
  • Paystub with year to date gross earnings
  • At least 1 year’s W2
  • Verbal or full VOE
Base Pay
  • Salaried and fixed hourly income is calculated by averaging the gross year to date income
  • Variable hourly income is calculated by averaging 12 month history
  • Commission and tip income is calculated by averaging over 24 months
  • No transcripts are required for salaried, hourly, or less than 25% commission W2 income borrowers
  • Unreimbursed expenses do not have to be deducted from the gross pay for salaried, hourly, or less than 25% commission W2 borrowers
Overtime, and Bonus Income
  • Overtime and Bonus can be used as effective income as long as it’s been received for 2 years and is reasonably likely to continue
  • Periods of less than 2 years may be considered as long as it’s been consistently earned over a period of at least 12 months and there are positive factors to offset the shorter history of receipt per underwriter discretion
  • Overtime and Bonus income must be documented by a full VOE
  • Declining overtime and bonus income cannot be used for qualifying income
Part Time Income
  • FHA requires a 2 year history of working multiple jobs
  • Fannie will allow less than 2 years as long as it’s been consistently earned over a period of at least 12 months and there are positive factors to offset the shorter history of receipt per underwriter discretion

 

Joel Lobb
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American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
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Part-time earnings or second jobs may not count when seeking a mortgage loan approval in Kentucky


Part-time earnings may not count when seeking a mortgage.

 

 

The two-year rule for counting part-time income has been an industry standard for years and was recently incorporated into regulations adopted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The rationale is straightforward: If part-time income hasn’t been established for an extended period of time, it may not be dependable or available in the future to make monthly payments on a mortgage. The industry also has restrictions on qualifying seasonal income and overtime earnings.
 Part-time or second-job income may be used if it can be verified as having been uninterrupted for the previous 2 years and there is a strong likelihood of continuation. Seasonal income may be considered if the borrower has worked in the same job for the past 2 years, and expects to be rehired for the next season
 

 

Using Income from a 2nd Job

Generally speaking, each program wants to make sure that the borrower has a stable and documented history of working two jobs. This is very common for many occupations (health professionals, firefighters, etc), as full time is often less than 40 hours per week. Schooling/Training directly related to the borrower’s current position can often count as work history. This flexibility can help you qualify for borrowers!

•FANNIE Conventional DU: Requires a 24-month uninterrupted history of secondary employment, but an underwriter may accept a shorter history as long as it at least 12 months if there is other positive factors. Found in Ch. B3-3.1-05

•FREDDIE Conventional LP: Requires a 24-month uninterrupted history of secondary employment, but an underwriter may accept a shorter history as long as it at least 12 months AND there are other positive factors and we can support that the income is stable. Guidelines also give specific instructions for teachers who teach summer school – this income would be allowed at the start of the second summer the borrower is teaching. Also, if a borrower had a 40 hr primary job, and was laid off and replaced the income with two part-time 20 hr. jobs in the same field/line of work could be considered as stable after 12+ months. Found in Ch. 5305.2

•FHA: R

equires a 24-month uninterrupted history of secondary employment in order to use income to qualify, and there must be a likelihood of continuance. Found in 4000.1 handbook, Part II, Section A, part 4, section c.

•VA: Secondary income is generally not considered stable unless it has a 24-month history and a likelihood of continuation. If the income has been received for at least 12 months, the underwriter may at their discretion, use it to offset debts that have 10-24 months left (car notes, installment loans, etc.) Found in Ch.4, 2-h

•USDA: USDA follows FHA guidelines for secondary income as the USDA guidelines do not specifically address secondary income

 

 

Unacceptable Sources of Income


Income derived from any of the following may not be used in calculating qualifying income:

• Projected income
• Draw Income
• Capital withdrawals
• Expense/Auto Reimbursement 
• VA Education Benefits
• Income not listed on Tax Returns
• Any income that cannot be documented and verified.

How much house can you qualify for?

Traditionally, mortgage lenders have used something known as the 28/36 rule to determine how much of a mortgage you can qualify for. This refers to two income ratios that provide guidelines for your maximum monthly payment.

Front-end ratio-The “28” is known as the front-end ratio and says that your mortgage payment, including taxes and insurance, shouldn’t exceed 28% of your pre-tax income.

Back-end ratio-The “36” is called the back-end ratio, which means your entire debt load, including your mortgage payment, car payment, credit cards, student loans, and other monthly payments shouldn’t exceed 36% of your pre-tax income.

Some lenders will stretch these limits even further. For example, if your loan is a qualifying mortgage under Fannie Mae’s underwriting standards, and you meet a few other requirements, you can qualify for a debt-to-income ratio of up to 45%. In other words, if your monthly paychecks are $5,000 before taxes, you could qualify for a mortgage as long as it doesn’t cause your monthly debt load to exceed $2,250. No doubt this is on the high end of the spectrum for what you can afford with little cushion for unexpected events.

Credit history – Lenders will generally review your FICO Score to better understand your risk as a borrower and the interest rate offered. Homeowners will need a minimum FICO Score of 580 to qualify for an FHA, low down-payment mortgage. Potential homeowners with larger down payments will need a FICO Score of 620 to 660, depending upon lenders. That’s not to say anyone with a lower score won’t qualify, but there’s no hard-and-fast rule on credit scores and qualifying for a mortgage.

If you’re thinking of buying a home for the first time, or maybe haven’t owned since the real estate collapse starting in 2008, you may be wondering what credit score you need to get a mortgage. 

In fact, before the housing market crashed, it was far easier for the average person to get a loan since credit standards were very low (or nonexistent!) and the subprime loan market was nearly unregulated.

However, banks and lenders have tightened up their lending standards since then (which is a good thing), including the credit score you need to qualify for a mortgage.

So let’s look at some data that will help us define what score you need to get a mortgage loan approved:

What credit scores are being turned down for loans?

To help gauge what credit score you realistically need to buy a home (and get a mortgage), we can also check the average credit score for loans that were actually denied.

In fact, the average credit score has dropped to 645 in 2017, a decrease from a declined loan average of 675 in 2016. (The number and percentage of declined loans has also dropped.)

According to FICO, the average score for denied FHA purchase applications was 636.

For VA loans, the average FICO score for denied purchase loan applications is 642.

Crunching the credit score data for closed loans

We can also ascertain some data about not just guidelines, but information from actual closed loans.

Mortgage servicer Ellie Mae is a great source for that information, since about a quarter of all loan applications in the U.S. pass through that agency.

After tracking 3.7 million loan applications, Ellie Mae found that the average FICO score for approved/closed FHA loan applications is 645, down from 689 in 2015.

Approved conventional loans have an average score of 719, down from 731 a year ago and 755 in 2015.

For VA loans, the average approved purchase loan has a 707 FICO now.

Credit score minimums by loan type

The easiest way to figure out what credit score you might need to buy a house is to just open the “rulebook” for different loan types.

FHA loans have a minimum credit score requirement of 500 with a 10% downpayment.

But most FHA loans are approved with a score of 580 and up

VA Loans – 620+ credit score

USDA Loans – 640+ credit score

FHA 203K Loans – 620+ credit score

Conventional Loans – 620+ credit score

But that doesn’t mean you’ll be approved with that credit score!

Don’t get too excited if you have those minimum credit scores, because that doesn’t mean you’ll be automatically approved.

That’s because individual lenders apply what’s called “mortgage overlays” which means they have more stringent credit standards than those programs dictate.

In fact, a recent study by Fannie Mae found that nearly two-thirds of mortgage lenders apply mortgage overlays these days, with 47% of lenders calling for higher credit score overlays.

For instance, FHA – the Federal Housing Administration – may only require a 500 credit score on paper, but the FHA also doesn’t lend any money or issue any loans! Instead, the FHA is a governmental agency that insures loans made by other lenders, and so we see it’s rare and difficult to get an FHA loan approved with a score under 580.

Remember that the lower your credit score, the more you can typically expect to pay for your mortgage interest rate. For instance, with FHA if your score is:

579 and lower score: If you get approved at all, your interest rate will probably be 2% higher than conventional rates.

580-619: Your interest rate will be up to 1% higher than the lowest rates available.

620-679: Your interest rate will only be bumped up slightly – probably by about .5%.

680+: Your rate probably won’t be affected at all, and with a 720 or 740 and up score, the best rates will be available.

What is the average credit score for mortgage holders, and homeowners?

To put it another way, people with mortgages have higher credit scores than the general public, as do homeowners. In fact, the average credit score among non-mortgage holders in the U.S. is 613, compared to 649 for FHA loan holders, and 652 for conventional real estate mortgagees.

So is YOUR credit score good enough to buy a house? Chances are that with our help and a few months, you’ll be in prime position to qualify for a great home loan and get the keys to a new house!

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Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle 
Louisville, KY 40223
Company NMLS ID #1364
 
 

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