|—||Kentucky USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing Loans
Did you know that Kentucky home buyers can still get a mortgage with no money down, even with less than perfect credit? The Kentucky Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan Program offers these options in a wide range of areas, including many suburbs outside the major metro areas of Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Paducah, Hopkinsville, and Northern Kentucky cities of Florence, Covington and Newport.
This loan program is offered through the Kentucky Rural Housing Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and designed to assist low and moderate-income residents by providing better access to affordable housing finance options including little or no out-of-pocket costs in eligible areas.
One borrower must have 3 tradelines that have existed for 12 months. If this requirement cannot be met, an accept decision must be downgraded to a refer and treated as a manual underwrite.
VERIFICATION OF RENT:
Scores 680 and above OR GUS accept = No VOR required.
Scores 679 and below = VOR required.
Determine if the total outstanding balance of all collections accounts and charge offs of all applicants is equal to or greater than $2,000. Unless excluded by state law, collection accounts and charge offs of a non-purchasing spouse in a community property state are included in the cumulative balance of all collections and charge offs.
Remove all medical collections and medical charge off accounts from the total balance. Medical collections and medical charge off accounts must be clearly identifiable on the credit report.
If the remaining outstanding balance of collection accounts and charge offs are equal to or greater than $2,000, any of the following actions will apply:
Payment in full of all collection accounts and charge offs at or prior to closing.
Payment arrangements are made with each creditor for each collection account and charge offs remaining outstanding. A letter from the creditor or evidence on the credit report is required to validate the payment arrangements. The agreed upon monthly payment for each outstanding collection account and charge off will be included in the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio.
In the absence of a payment arrangement, the lender will utilize in the debt-to-income ratio a calculated monthly payment. For each collection and charge off utilize 5% of the outstanding balance to represent the monthly payment.
Senior Loan Officer
If you have a credit score below 640 you will probably get referred for a manual underwrite which means the income and credit requirements are much tougher for scores below 640. We can do scores down to 620 but usually it is best to try and raise your score to 640 so we can get an automated approval thru GUS.
If GUS returns an refer/eligible, then we can consider doing a manul underwrite on your loan approval. This usually entails a verifiable rent history over the last 12 months with no lates, and the debt to income ratios are usually tied to the industry old standard of 29% and 41% respectively.
If GUS returns an ineligible status, then your loan is automatically denied and there is no chance of getting approved when this result shows.
If you have any delinquent back taxes, student loans they would need to be paid or brought current so you don’t have any liens to the government.
Delinquent Government Debt (back taxes, student loans
Medical bills are usually okay if they are not showing as a garnishment against you or on the title search.
Large unpaid utility bills, credit card charge offs, and car repos will usually have to be paid before closing. You will have to show you have funds to pay these off before closing.
You have to be 3 years removed from a foreclosure to qualify for a Kentucky RHS loan.
- Chapter 7 Bankruptices require a 3 year wait after the bankruptcy was discharged.
- Chapter 13 bankruptices only require 1 year wait after discharge.
Senior Loan Officer
KENTUCKY RURAL HOUSING CHANGES TO ANNUAL USDA GUARANTEE FEE STRUCTURE
The new fee structure is applicable to all Conditional Commitments issued by Kentucky Rural Development Loans on or after October 1, 2014.
Loan guarantee requests submitted to Rural Development (RD) on which a conditional commitment has not been issued by September 30, 2014, will be subject to the 2014 annual guarantee fee structure.
There is no exception to the new annual guarantee fee structure regardless of the date the file was submitted/received by RD . Inc. If the Conditional Commitment has not been issued before October 1, 2014, the file will need to be revised to reflect the correct fees and this will require re-disclosure, re-underwriting and resubmission to RD.
The Guarantee Fee change will take effect 10/1/2014.
On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the annual fee for both purchase and refinance loans will increase from .4 percent to .5 percent. The Guaranteed Underwriting System (GUS) has been updated to allow lenders to select and underwrite at either the .4 percent or .5 percent annual fee structure. Lenders should communicate with Rural Development (RD) offices to understand current processing time-frames.
GUS “Final Submissions” with an annual fee of .4 percent, that areissued a conditional commitment by RD prior to the close of business on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, will not be affected by the annual fee change. Those submissions that are not issued a conditional commitment by RD prior to the close of business on Tuesday, September 30, will be affected by the annual fee change.
Lenders must underwrite the loan using an annual fee of .5 percent and resubmit the application to RD in GUS.
Senior Loan Officer
- 100% financing, no down payment is required for the Rural Development Guarantee 502 Program in Ky. 30 Fixed 30 Year Rates only.
- Qualifying ratios are 29% for housing costs and 41% for total debt. Borrowers may request an exception to exceed these ratios when strong compensating factors are identified.
- No Max. Purchase Price.
- Gift/Grant or Seller Concessions are allowed.
- Not limited to Kentucky first time home buyers. Typically cannot own another home when using the RHS Ky Mortgage Loan Program.
- Income Restrictions Apply by Kentucky Counties with most counties being limited to $75k for a household family of four, or up to $98k for a household family of 5 or more.
- Seller Concessions up to 6% allowed or up to appraised value.
- 640 Middle Credit Score is needed for an automated approval through GUS, but can go lower on credit scores to 620 with compensating factors, such as, verified 12 month rent history with no lates, 2 months reserves or more, limited debt to income ratios of 31 and 43% respectively with no lates in last 12 months.