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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 3Louisville, KY 40223Company ID #1364 | MB73346
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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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Fannie Mae Kentucky Conforming Guideline Changes
The following guideline changes are effective immediately for all Kentucky Fannie MaeF Conventional loans; however DU will not be updated to reflect these changes until August 15th 2015
Conversion of Currently Primary Residence
Requirements for conversion of a borrower’s current primary residence to secondary or investment have been removed. The converted residence will be treated like a normal second home or investment part with regards to Reserve requirements and use of Rental Income.
This removes all requirements related to the requirement of 30% equity in the converted property.
Stocks, Bonds, & Mutual Funds
Unreimbursed Employee Expenses
If a borrower qualifies using commission income which accounts for less than 25% of borrower’s annual income, base pay, bonus income, or overtime income:
If a borrower qualifies using commission income which accounts for 25% or more of their annual income, general unreimbursed business expenses must be deducted from the gross commission income.
If the borrower reports an automobile allowance as part of monthly income, the related expense must always be considered. The underwriter will determine whether automobile expenses will be deducted from income or included in the debt calculation.
In cases where a borrower reports additional “Unreported Tip Income” to the IRS beyond what is reported by their employer, this higher amount of tip income can be used as long as it can be verified with the last 2 years tax returns and filed Forms 4137 (Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income).
Funds for purchase and refinance loan commitment authority for the guaranteed loan program in Kentucky have been allocated to Kentucky. Please obligate conditional commitments issued “subject to” funding through these steps before processing any new applications.
Fiscal Year 2015 Funds Now Available!
Funding for Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan program is now available for fiscal year (FY) 2015. The funding received is based on a Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 (P.L. 113-164, H.J. RES.124).
Loans that were issued Conditional Commitments “subject to” commitment authority will be obligated on the Agency’s Guaranteed Loan System (GLS).
If the loan has closed, the lender may submit their request for Loan Note Guarantee, together with their closing package. Ensure the lender certification on Form RD 1980-18 “Conditional Commitment for Single Family Housing Loan Guarantee” is dated on or after the obligation date provided by Rural Development.