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

 

 

 

 

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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Louisville, KY 40223
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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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Louisville Kentucky FHA Loan


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FHA Loan

 

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This web site will help you understand FHA mortgage underwriting guidelines and it will also help you determine if an fha mortgage loan is right for your situation.  FHA loans have always been a good opportunity for home buyers, but there are some things you should consider before you decide.

First, we need to understand what an fha mortgage is and is not.  The Federal HousingAdministration (FHA) does not lend money, plan, or build housing.  It is a division of theDepartment of Housing and Urban Development.  The Federal Housing Administration sets standards for underwriting and construction, but its main purpose is to insure residential mortgage loans made by individual/private lenders.  The basic intent was to provide FHA-insured loans to borrowers for their primary residence.

FHA loans have always been a great alternative for people who don’t quite qualify for Conventional financing.  The guidelines are more forgiving allowing for smaller down payments, higher debt to income ratios, some credit issues, and more sources for the down payment.  The great thing is that the interest rate is only slightly higher than a conventional loan. Sometimes the interest rate is actually lower.  Remember this!  IF you go to a Mortgage Broker or a Bank and the rate quoted is exceptionally higher, they are charging you too much.  Call around for quotes.  You will usually get a better rate from a broker.

Advantages:

  1. FHA is not as strict on credit scoring.
  2. High debt to income ratios: 31% / 43%
  3. 100% of down payment can be a gift from: relative, close friend, or employer.
  4. Seller, builder, or realtor can pay up to 6% of the sales price towards the buyers closing costs, discount points, prepaids,  and up front mortgage insurance premium.
  5. Buyer can finance closing costs into the loan, except for prepaids and discount points.
  6. Credit criteria is not as strict as a Conventional loan.  In fact, you might qualify if you have filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy and have been in it for at least one year.

Disadvantages:

  1. FHA mortgage insurance may be more expensive than Conventional mortgageinsurance.
  2. Maximum loan amounts are lower than conventional loans and they are determined by area.

This web site has a ton of information that will help you better understand FHA loans.  The guidelines are very complicated in some areas so I could never include them all on this site.  If there is information you think should be added to this web site please send us anemail or If there is an area you have a question about just send me an email and I’ll do my best to answer it for you.

If you are interested in the guidelines for Conventional loans you should visit our other web site about mortgage underwriting guidelines.  That site talks about all types of loan products and it has several Mortgage Calculators if you want to play around with the numbers. Mortgage Underwriters.com also covers Credit HistoryCredit Repair and the Loan Process.

HR 3221

HR 3221 eliminated FHA DPA (down payment assistance) as of Oct 2008, while HR 6694tried to re-instate it ‘just in time’.  Unfortunately it has not passed yet.  I’ll keep you posted.  

The FHA Secure program can help home owners who are behind on their home mortgage and facing foreclosure. This program allows the delinquent home owners to refinance their ARMS (adjustable rate mortgages).

 I have put together the underwriting guidelines for this program so you can determine if you qualify or if you are in the industry, you can learn how it works.  FHA Secure Mortgage Guidelines

Hope For Homeowners, H4H

This is a program developed to help homeowners stay in their homes and prevent foreclosure.  I’ll let you decide if it really helps anyone.  I have put up the guidelines and given you the link to the Mortgagee Letter so you too can have all the details.  Honest, this program is unbelievable! H4H

FHA Secure Refinance

 Closing Costs

Refinance

Seller Concessions

Loan Process

Non-Purchasing Spouse

FHA Updates

Guidelines Blog:

Good grief, how long does it take?
Underwriting denial because of CAIVRS

FHA Gift Programs
Seller Contributions

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HR 1424

FHA Credit Guidelines

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The FHA loan underwriters focus primarily on the quality of credit over the last 12 months. They are not overly concerned about minor late payments which happened 18, 24 or 36 months ago.  However, all collections, excluding medical, must be paid in full prior to closing (preferably prior to application) or have a documented payment plan.  They do require letters of explanation for all late payments. Underwriters are more concerned about whether the loan makes sense and that you have addressed and corrected whatever issues created the past credit problems.

FHA credit guidelines can seem complicated as far as documentation but the credit guidelines or credit qualification requirements are actually slack compared to a Conventional loan.

FHA Credit Score: 

Most loans on the market today are credit score driven with the exception of FHA which is one of the best loan programs on the market for people with minor issues that have lowered their scores.

Please keep in mind that FHA may not be credit scoredriven but most lenders are.  They have the prerogative to maintain higher standards than FHA and each lender has a different cut off score (the least that they will accept).

Since you are here and if you are interested in understanding scores, this is the break down:

  • A score of 720 and above will get you into a conventional conforming loan with the lowest rates available (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). These rates are 1% above the 10 year T-Bill.
  • In the non-conforming market credit scores will determine your interest rate. You may be in this market for many reasons, not just score. It could be because your loan amount exceeds conventional guidelines (jumbo), the house does not qualify, no down payment, high debt ratios, credit history issues, or you could be self employed and don’t show enough income to qualify.
  • Credit scores above 680 will get you the best rates in this market which is 1 to 2 points higher than the conforming market, depending on the type of loan you are getting.
  • Scores from 620 to 680 could put you as much as 3 to 4 points higher in rate, and you can still qualify for a zero down program.

Mortgage and Rent payments:

This has to be your number one priority. If you have been more than 30 days late on your rent or mortgage payment in the last 12 months you will not qualify for a Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac,  FHA, or VA loan.   There are sometimes exceptions, … if you have a very high score, lots of assets, and a legitimate documented excuse, you may get a waiver.

Car payment and installment loans:

Your history should reflect no 60 day late payments and no more than one 30 day late to get a conforming loan. The non-conforming loans allow these and again the rate depends on how many late payments you have had.  Again, FHA credit requirements prefer no lates in the last 12 months.

Revolving accounts (credit cards): 

You should not have any payments 60 days late and no more than two payments 30 days late in the last two years for a conforming loan.  FHA allows it with a good explanation as long as they did not occur in the last 12 months.

Collections, Judgments, and Liens: 

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA require that all be paid in full and they prefer that they be at least two years old. FHA will sometimes make an exception on the length of time or if they are on a current payment plan in which case all other things must be good.

Bankruptcy: 

Fannie Mae and Freddie require 4 years from discharge date. FHA only requires 2 years after a chapter 7, a good excuse, and re-established credit. Actually, you can qualify for an FHA loan if you are still in chapter 13 (for at least a year) and  have been paying on time through the courts.   You must also get court approval which does happen often!

Non conforming lender requirements vary quite a bit. As a general rule they do want to see reestablished credit unless you are putting 20% down. There are some lenders that will lend with one day out of discharge. Your credit score is very important on these programs. Again, you need a broker to sort out the details for you. Guess what, that’s free, and no obligation. They will look at your entireportfolio and if they can’t get you in something now, they will counsel you on the steps you need to take to get in a loan later. Be sure you seek out a broker that has ALL the products on the market including FHA.

Foreclosure: 

Generally, a foreclosure of your primary residence must be at least three years old and have been caused by circumstances out of your control, such as: death of the primary wage earner, layoff, or long term serious illness. Non-conforming lenders do vary but will normally require a substantial down payment if it is less than 3 years old.

Repossessions: 

The guidelines on this are about the same as a foreclosure except that it cannot have a deficiency balance for a conforming or FHA loan. The non-conforming market doesn’t care about the balance if it is more than three years old and again, their guidelines vary from one lender to another.

Student Loans:

Defaulted student loans will haunt you for the rest of your life. Unless they are re-affirmed or paid off you will never get a conforming, FHA, or VA loan.  However, the non-conforming market generally does not care about them at all except in extreme cases to the tune of $50k or more.

Previous Marriage:

Be careful here. The conforming market could care less about your divorce agreement with respect to your debt. If you signed, you are still accountable. FHA will sometimes make a wavier if you can show the divorce decree that states it is the other parties responsibility and all other things are good. (These debts will also affect your debt to income unless you can prove the other party is paying with 12 months cancelled checks.) The non-conforming lenders will normally accept the divorce decree.

Credit Depth: 

Generally this term refers to how many trade lines you have, how long you have had them and their amounts. Most lenders want to see at least a two-year history and at least 4 trade lines. Some require one of those trade lines to have had a balance over a certain dollar amount ($5,000). In the non-conforming market these requirements vary between lenders.

You can see how poor credit will cost you a lot of money in higher interest. It is important to take care of your credit and monitor it often, as it sometimes contains errors.

FHA loans do not have a zero down payment mortgage but the down payment can be as little as 3.5%.

Here is the exciting part, … those funds (3.5%) can be aGift and come from a family member, charity, or your employer.

The person providing the gift will have to provide a gift letter and their funds will have to be sourced.  The provider will have to show where the money came from by supplying copies of withdrawal slips and bank statements.

  • Traditional Guidelines:
    • Neither the lack of traditional credit history, nor the lifestyle of the borrower may be used as a basis for rejection.
    • Collections: Based upon the surrounding circumstances, and as determined by our underwriter, these do not necessarily have to be paid.
    • Judgment: Judgments are required to be paid off before the mortgage loan is eligible for insurance. However, exceptions can be made if the borrower has been making regular timely documented payments and the creditor is willing to subordinate the judgment to the insured mortgage.
    • Foreclosure: A borrower whose previous residence or other real property was foreclosed on, or who has given a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure within the previous three years is not generally eligible. Exceptions can be made based upon extenuating documented circumstances.
    • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: Will not disqualify a borrower if at least two years have passed since the bankruptcy was discharged.
    • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: A borrower paying off debt under Chapter 13 may also qualify if at least one year of the pay out period has elapsed with satisfactory payment performance and the court approves the borrower entering into a mortgage transaction.
  • Aliens: FHA will insure mortgages made to lawful permanent resident aliens under the same terms and conditions as a US citizen.
  • No Income Restrictions.
  • Higher Ratios: HUD’s standard ratio guidelines are 29% (maximum exception of 36%) of your gross income for housing and 41% (maximum exception of 50%) of your gross income for housing plus other creditors. Borrowers may, at the underwriter’s discretion, be allowed to extend beyond these ratios based upon sufficient compensating factors.
  • Down Payment: The minimum down payment is approximately 3.5%. While credit quality can affect this qualifying requirement, the typical borrower only needs the standard HUD guideline of 3.5% to be approved.
  • Gifts: 100% gift funds are acceptable. The donor may be a relative of the borrower, the employer or labor union, a governmental agency, a not for profit private organization, or close friend with a clearly defined interest in the borrower. No repayment of any gift may be expected or implied. Sellers are allowed to pay all closing costs on behalf of the borrower, up to 6% of the purchase price.
  • Reserves: There are no reserve requirements for one and two-family unit residences. Three months reserves are required for three and four-family unit residences.
  • Multifamily: Three and four family unit residences, regardless of occupancy status, must be self-sufficient. The maximum mortgage is limited so that the ratio of the mortgage payment, divided by the monthly net rental income does not exceed 100%. The net rental income is the appraiser’s estimate of fair market rent from all units (including the unit chosen by the borrower for occupancy), less the allowance for vacancies and maintenance (which is 15%). 85% of the rental income that is expected from the non-occupied units is added to the borrower’s income for qualifying purposes. Down payment is calculated the same as single-family units.
  • Overtime, Bonus, and Part-time Income: Overtime and/or bonus income received for a period of less than two years is acceptable where the underwriter determines that there are reasonable expectations of its continuance. An earning trend over the period of time of receipt must be established and analyzed. Part-time income means income from jobs taken in addition to the normal regular employment to supplement the borrower’s income. The same rules apply for determining using it as a part of qualifying.
  • Extended Absence From Workforce: In some cases, the borrower may have recently returned to the work force after an extended absence. The borrower’s income may be considered effective and stable, provided the borrower has been employed in the current job for 6 months or more and the borrower can document a 2 year work history prior to the absence from the work force.
  • Rental Income: Rental income from relatives residing on the premises is acceptable, provided the rental income is shown on the borrower’s tax returns.
  • Cash Saved at Home: Borrowers who meet the “cash borrower” profile (no traditional credit, no bank accounts, etc.), who have saved cash at home and are able to adequately demonstrate the ability to do so, are permitted to have this money included, with satisfactory explanation, as an acceptable source of funds to close a mortgage loan.
  • Child care expenses are NO LONGER included as debt.
  • Non Occupant Co-Borrowers: When there are two or more borrowers, but one or more will not occupy the property as a primary residence, the maximum mortgage is usually limited to 75% loan to value. However, maximum financing is available for borrowers related by blood or for unrelated individuals that can document evidence of family type or long-standing and substantial relationship not arising out of the loan transaction. Qualifying is determined by the underwriter.
  • Assumable: All FHA loans are assumable.
  • Electronic/Online Payroll: The industry as a whole recognizes that some employers use online payroll for pay stubs and W-2s. These types of documentation are acceptable.
  • Rate Adjustments: There are no interest rateadjustment “penalties” for higher loan to values with FHA fixed rate loans. The rate, is the rate, is the rate.
  • Secondary Financing: Secondary financing is not allowed with an FHA loan. The only acceptable second mortgage is with an approved HUD gifting agent, such as down payment assistance provided by a gov’t agency in the form of a “silent” second mortgage. Piggie Back seconds/HELOCS are simply not allowed.
  • Home Inspection: A home inspection may or may not be required on a property, depending on various factors. Typically, you will find it is not required, but is recommended on any existing residence.
  • Pest Inspection: A termite inspection is required for all existing properties.
  • Closing Costs: Closing costs charged to the borrower are restricted and may, in fact, be less than conventional closing costs (dependent upon your lender or broker).