Category: Current USDA and RHS Guidelines

Kentucky USDA Rural Development Fee Reduction

Kentucky USDA Rural Development  Fee Reduction
USDA has just announced that they are planning to lower both the Guarantee Fee and the Annual Fee for RHS loans in Fiscal Year 2017. Effective for loans receiving commitments from RHS on or after October 1, 2016, the following fee changes will be in effect
  • The Upfront Guarantee Fee will be lowered from 2.75% to 1.00% of the loan amount
  • The Annual Fee will be lowered from 0.50% to 0.35% of the average scheduled unpaid principal balance for the life of the loan

 

KY USDA Rural Housing Update 2016

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Effective for all loan commitments issued on or after March 9th,  Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loan Program  is publishing an updated version of their 3555 handbook. The new handbook includes additional guidance and clarification on many previously vague subjects, including the following changes
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Use the greater of one percent (1%) of the outstanding loan balance or the verified fixed payment as reflected on the credit report.
Income Based Repayment (IBR) plans, graduated plans, adjustable rates, interest only and deferred plans are examples of repayment plans that are subject to change. These types of repayment plans are unacceptable to represent a long term fixed payment plan.

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Credit Report Requirements Update 2016

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Credit Report Requirements Update 2016

February 12, 2016

KY USDA Rural Housing Credit Report Update 2016

Effective immediately, an applicant’s credit score may be validated with at least two eligible trade lines instead of three trade lines as previously required.  Such trade lines consist of credit accounts (revolving, installment, etc.) with at least twelve months of repayment history reported on the credit report.  Corresponding revisions to the 3555 Handbook will be posted on the USDA Rural Development’s Regulation and Guidance website on March 9, 2016.

At least one applicant whose income or assets are used for qualification must have a valid credit report score or have at least two historical trade line references that have existed for at least 12 months to establish a credit reputation.

For applicants without an established credit history and unable to establish the required number of eligible trade lines to validate the credit score, alternative methods may be used to evidence an applicant’s willingness to pay, such as a non-traditional mortgage credit report or multiple independent verifications of trade references per 7 CFR 3555, Section 3555.151 (i)(6).

Non-traditional credit may not be used to enhance poor payment records or low credit scores. GUS applications receiving an “Accept” underwriting recommendation, but which fail to meet the credit score validation test using a traditional credit report, must be downgraded to a “Refer” by the lender.  In these instances the use of a non-traditional credit history will be required in order to proceed.

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Kentucky Rural Housing Mortgage offer zero down payments and low 30 year fixed rates with lower monthly mortgage insurance requirements than FHA currently
Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
(: (502) 905-3708 | 7 Fax: (502) 327-9119|

 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

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, NMLS ID# 57916, (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org). I lend in the following states: Kentucky

KY USDA Up-Front Guarantee Fee Increase Effective October 1st, 2015

2015 Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Changes

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KY USDA Up-Front Guarantee Fee Increase Effective October 1st, 2015

Any Kentucky RHS USDA loan that has not received conditional commitment from state Rural Development Offices in Lexington, KY by end of business on 9/30 will be subject to the 2.75% up-front guarantee fee increase.

Loan Purpose Loans obligated at RD on and after 10/01/2014 Loans obligated at RD on and after10/01/2015
Purchase Up-Front Guarantee Fee 2.0% 2.75%
Refinance Up-Front Guarantee Fee 2.0% 2.75%
First time home buyer loan in Louisville Kentucky
First time home buyer loan in Kentucky
Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)
 
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 

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Kentucky USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing Loans

Kentucky USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing LoansDid 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.

  • To see if your market area falls in a designated Rural area, visit:http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do
  • Available to low- and moderate-income borrowers whose adjusted income is equal to or less than 115% of the area median income
  • Owner-occupied single family non-farm residences, approved condos and PUDs
  • New construction properties are eligible
  • Home buyers can finance up to 100% of the market appraised value, including all recurring and non-recurring closing costs, in some circumstances Loan amounts as high as $417,000 in the continental U.S. Higher in Alaska and Hawaii.
  • No foreclosures in last 3 years. Can be a previous homeowner
  • No bankruptcies in last 3 years for A chapter 7. Chapter 13 are usually okay with 12 months history.
  • Credit scores as low as 620 No asset or reserve requirements. Gift funds are allowed

 
Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

New Credit Requirements for Kentucky USDA Rural Development Loans Starting 12/1/2014

TRADELINE REQUIREMENT:

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.

COLLECTIONS:

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.

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Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loans Credit Requirements for a Loan in 2014

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Credit Scores:

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.

Collections:

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.

Foreclosure:

You have to be 3 years removed from a foreclosure to qualify for a Kentucky RHS loan.

Bankruptcy:

  • Chapter 7 Bankruptices require a 3 year wait after the bankruptcy was discharged.
  • Chapter 13 bankruptices only require 1 year wait after discharge. 
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Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

KENTUCKY RURAL HOUSING CHANGES TO ANNUAL USDA GUARANTEE FEE STRUCTURE

KENTUCKY RURAL HOUSING CHANGES TO ANNUAL USDA GUARANTEE FEE STRUCTURE

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ANNUAL GUARANTEE FEE
THROUGH 9/30/2014
EFFECTIVE 10/1/14
Purchase Transactions

.40%

.50%

Refinance Transactions

.40%

.50%

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.

 
Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

 CONFIDENTI

RHS increase in Annual Fee for Kentuky Rural Development Loans October 1, 2014

RHS Increase in Annual Fee for Rural Housing Mortgage Loans in Kentucky
RHS Increase in Annual Fee
Kentucky USDA Mortgage Lenders must underwrite the loan using an annual fee of .5 percent and resubmit the application to RD in GUS after October 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.

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

(NMLS#57916)
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

Kentucky Rural Housing Mortgage Loans Require No Money Down

Kentucky Rural Housing Mortgage Loans Require No Money Down.

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