Credit Scores Needed for a Louisville Kentucky FHA, KHC, VA, USDA, and Conventional mortgage Loan


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I believe in transparency. When you apply online, we will pull your credit from all three agencies and give you a free copy. You don’t even have to ask for it. It will be in your inbox for your review at the same time we get it for review. It’s part of the Approved Buyer’s Cert (ABC) process. I will give you an underwritten mortgage approval. Better than a pre-approval based on assumptions, it’s an actual mortgage approval. Know what you are approved to purchase even before you find the home of your dreams. Simple and straightforward.

I know it can be intimidating getting approved to buy a home, so rest assured I will try and make it as easy as possible for you and I will be glad to answer any of your questions about the home buying process.

Below are some items (in red)  that we will review for your mortgage loan pre-approval letter to purchase a home along with some different loan programs to consider:

Credit:

What kind of credit score do I need?

Most lenders want a 620 credit score nowadays, however, there are some lenders now doing FHA and VA  loans down to a 580 score with no bankruptcies and no foreclosures in the last 2 years.  You have three fico scores from experian, equifax and transunion credit reporting agencies and the lenders  will throw out the high and low score and take the middle score of the borrower(s).  For example if you have a 598, 625, 604 on each of the main three reporting agencies, then your qualifying fico score would be 604.

Down Payment:

How much down do I need for a down payment?

If you don’t have access to a down payment or would like to keep your money in savings, there are still housing programs that exist for Kentucky home buyers whereas you can purchase a home with no down payment. You will need a 620 to 640  middle credit score to purchase a home using the USDA or KHC loan programs for their no down payment credit requirements.

The first no money-down home  loan program called,  KHC,  currently offers $6000  in down payment assistance (DAP)  along with a 30 year fixed rate loan of 5.00%. The maximum income limits are $117,000 for a household with a max loan of $282,000. This loan program sponsored by Kentucky Housing Corp. or (KHC) requires a 620 minimum credit score and can be done anywhere in ​Kentucky.

The second no money down home loan option is the USDA program for properties located outside urban areas of Kentucky areas where you can secure a no money down loan at a current low fixed rate of 4.25% on 30 years.  The max household income limits usually are between $80k to $103k for most rural area counties depending on household family size. A 640 middle credit score is needed for loan approval on this program. If you are looking in the area that is in an USDA eligible area, then this program should be available to you. I just need the address to determine if it’s an eligible USDA area.

Alternatively, If you have access to a down payment (3.5 % or more of the sales price) , we can always look at doing a FHA  loan and  go down to a 580 credit score. There are no income limits oror geographical restrictions on a FHA loan.​ If your credit scores are higher, say 680 or above, we can look at doing a conventional loan with Fannie Mae and possibly get you better terms on your payments when it comes to mortgage insurance and interest rates.​

Lastly, There are some programs offered to home buyers here locally that if they have a credit score higher than 660, you can do a no money down home loan with no mortgage insurance. This Is good for buyers they have no money to put down, but not have to go with a FHA loan and pay mortgage insurance for life of loan.

If your credit scores are a little low now, we can look at doing some improvement to your scores through the rapid-rescoring program we offer free of charge as I described above. It seems like you have a handle on this with your student loan error, so it may be best to let you work on this.

Keep in mind mortgage rates are currently in an trending-up pattern, kinda like gas prices they change everyday, so I would go ahead and starting getting these things together below so we can lock in your rate and secure a low 30 year fixed rate.

Income:

How much income do I need to qualify for a mortgage loan?

The maximum house payment is usually limited to 1/3 of your gross monthly income. For example, if you make $30,000  a year or $2,500   gross a month, then  x  that by 31%, and this would equal about a $824 maximum house payment you would qualify for. Again this is just the max, you don’t have to go that high on your ratios. Once I verify your income.

On a house payment, there is more than just the principal and interest payment that is included. You also have to pay property taxes, home insurance, and mortgage insurance that is all included in the house payment..We can go over this on your loan pre-approval.

In order to get you pre-approved for your max loan amount, I will need the following items from you. This is a free process and I will give you a copy of your credit report for free!

​Mortgage Pre-Approval Checklist Below

1.  Last 30 days worth of pay stubs
2.  Last 2 years W-2′s
3.  Last 2 years tax returns
4.  Last two months bank statements for all accounts including 401 k or retirement account  if you have one

Once I get the information above, I can usually get you pre-approved in one day, and get your loan closed in 30-45 days after you get an accepted offer on a home.

Your first house payment usually starts 30-60 days after you close.

Your loan pre-approval is usually good for 60 days.

I don’t need originals, copies are fine. You can fax or email  me the above documents,  or meet me face-to-face if you wish to make copies and go over your options.

Let me know your questions.

Thanks and look forward to helping you​!​


Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle
Louisville, KY 40223
Company NMLS ID #1364

Text/call:      502-905-3708
fax:            502-327-9119
email:          kentuckyloan@gmail.com

http://www.mylouisvillekentuckymortgage.com/

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Kentucky VA Home Loans Approval Criteria


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Basic Requirements

While VA loans don’t require a down payment and easier qualifying compared to conventional loan programs, there are still basic requirements that lenders must follow. The lender must adhere to the VA issued loan guidelines in order for the loan to be eligible for the VA loan guarantee.
Credit

VA borrowers must exhibit a responsible credit history, documented by a credit report. The credit report will show the credit history of the borrower as well as provide at least two credit scores. The credit score is a three digit number assigned to the level of credit risk associated with the borrower. The higher the credit score, the better the credit. The VA doesn’t establish a minimum credit score requirement but most VA lenders ask for a 620 credit score or better.

If the borrower doesn’t have a credit score or hasn’t established a credit history, some VA lenders allow for a “manual” credit approval. A manual approval means verifying at least three non-traditional forms of credit with a minimum two year history in addition to verification of a timely rent history. Non-traditional credit can be a cell phone bill, utility or cable bill. Note, not all VA lenders offer the manual approval option.
Income

VA lenders must certify the borrower’s ability to repay monthly debt. This is performed by calculating debt-to-income ratios, represented as a percentage of a borrower’s gross monthly income. VA loan requirements ask for a debt ratio to be no greater than 41 percent of gross household income. Although the ratio is not a strict limit, some VA lenders adhere to this number and will only allow a slightly higher ratio of say 42 to 44 if the borrower has an excellent credit history or significant cash reserves.
Occupancy

VA loans are intended for purchasing a primary residence only and cannot be used for investment property.

Why Use a VA Lender?

It’s important to use a VA lender that has been approved by the VA. Some mortgage companies who accept VA loan applications send the VA loan to yet another lender for approval. While VA loans are easier to qualify for, they have their own internal “quirks” that make the approval process a bit different compared to other loan types. Lenders who are not familiar with VA loans may stumble with a VA loan, extending the loan approval process unncesscarily or worse, having the loan declined needlessly.

Approved VA lenders have been fully vetted by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and must meet strict VA loan experience guidelines and exhibit minimum financial net worth requirements.
LAPP

The Lender Appraisal Processing Program, or LAPP, is a streamlined method of ordering and evaluating a property appraisal. Lenders without this special authority must order the VA appraisal directly from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, adding unnecessary time to the loan approval.
ACE

VA approved lenders have access to ACE, the Automated Certificate of Eligibility. By providing your VA loan application and authorization forms to your VA approved lender, your certificate of eligibility can be requested and obtained almost instantly by the lender.
Non-Supervised Automatic Authority

This designation allows a VA approved lender to evaluate and approve the entire VA loan package with no VA involvement. This allows a lender to streamline the loan approval process and close loans quickly.

7-Step Process for Getting a VA Loan

1. Get Prequalified Your very first step is getting prequalified. A prequalification is obtained by speaking with a VA-approved lender and reviewing your current financial picture with a loan officer. The loan officer will ask questions about your gross monthly income, current debt and your overall credit profile.

This conversation will tell you how much you may qualify for, what your monthly payments might be and how much money you’ll need to bring to the closing table. Knowing your price range will give you and your real estate agent a starting point when you begin your home search.

2. Gather Your Documentation Now it’s time to start gathering the paperwork necessary to start your VA loan process. You’ll be asked to provide your most recent pay check stubs covering at least 30 days, your two most recent W2 forms and your most recent bank and investment statements. If you’re self-employed, you will need to provide the past two years personal and business income tax returns and a year-to-date profit and loss statement

3. Your Certificate of Eligibility The certificate of eligibility is a document generated by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs validating your eligibility for a VA loan. You can obtain your certificate of eligibility by visiting your nearest regional VA center, mailing in your request or obtaining a copy online. To request your certificate, you’ll need to complete the DOD form 26-1880 and have a copy of your DD-214 as well. Yet the easiest way to obtain your certificate of eligibility is having a VA-approved lender request it for you.

4. Get Pre-approved A pre-approval is an upgrade from a prequalification. A pre-approval is issued after you apply for a VA loan and provide the necessary documentation to your VA lender. Once your credit report is pulled, your application will be reviewed and submitted for an automated approval. The only thing missing at this stage is the property address.

Your lender will then provide you with your pre-approval letter which verifies that you have completed an application and documented your loan and all you need to do next is find a property.

5. Go Shopping Now the fun part begins! Find a real estate agent that is familiar with the VA loan process. VA loans require zero money down but you should also negotiate to have the seller pay your closing costs for you. An experienced real estate agent can help guide you through the negotiations to get the right house at the right price.

Once your offer is accepted, your agent will provide you with a list of property inspectors who will physically inspect your new home from basement to the rooftop highlighting any issues that need to be addressed.

6. Processing and Underwriting The moment your sales contract is signed by you and the seller, the clock begins to tick. Most sales contracts allow for a 30 day closing period but may be adjusted depending upon your agreement with the seller.

Your lender will order a property appraisal to support the sales price as well as obtain a copy of the property’s title report. Your loan is now “in process” and you will work with both your loan officer and loan processor. The processor prepares the file for final underwriting.

The underwriter is the individual that manually reviews your file and supporting documentation to determine that your loan meets the required VA guidelines. Once that determination is made, your loan is forwarded to the closing department.

7. Closing and Funding The closing department prepares your loan documents and sends your loan papers electronically to your settlement agent who will oversee the closing. The settlement agent will prepare an initial settlement statement called the HUD-1. This is a form that accounts for all the charges, deposits and credits associated with your loan closing and itemizes any and all costs for which you’re responsible and tally the final amount needed from you to close

At your closing, you will review, initial and sign your final closing papers and provide the amount needed to close your VA loan. Your settlement agent will follow the closing instructions issued by your lender then forward the signed documents to the funding department.

The “funder” will make sure the settlement agent followed the instructions to the letter then release your funds to the settlement agent. Congratulations, you’re a home owner!

FAQ’s

VA loans are hands-down the preferred choice for those who qualify searching for a competitive loan program with no money down. VA lending guidelines are similar to those with other loan types and are approved and documented in much the same fashion as conventional loans. However, VA loans do have specific requirements that make the program unique and do have additional requirements. Here is a list of some common questions.

Since the VA guarantees my loan, does that mean I’m guaranteed a VA loan?
No, the VA guaranty is to the lender approving your VA loan. As long as the lender approves your loan using established VA guidelines, should the loan ever go into default, the lender can receive compensation of 25 percent of your loan amount. Lenders will still review your income and credit amount other requirements before issuing an approval.

What are “non-allowable” closing costs?
The VA restricts certain closing costs that may be charged to and paid for by the veteran. Your VA lender can provide you with a list of these restricted fees along with other charges that you may be responsible for.

What credit score does the VA require?
Credit scores, a 3-digit number reflecting your current credit profile, are not required by the VA. However, most VA lenders do require a minimum credit score with lenders asking for a score to be at or above 640.

How do I know if I qualify for a VA loan?
VA lenders must review your certificate of eligibility to determine whether or not you’re eligible for a VA loan. However, basic requirements ask that you have more than 180 days of active duty service, an honorably discharged veteran, served six years in the National Guard or Reserves or the spouse of a service member who died as a result of a service-related injury.

What types of loans does the VA offer?
All VA lenders provide loan choices in both fixed rate and adjustable rate loans. Most lenders offer fixed rate terms of 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years. Adjustable rate mortgages are typically issued as hybrids, where the initial rate is fixed for a predetermined period before changing into a loan that can adjust annually.

What is a funding fee?
The funding fee is an insurance premium that finances the VA guarantee on your loan and is expressed as a percentage of the amount borrowed. This percentage can vary based upon loan type, equity and other loan characteristics but the funding fee for a first time purchase with no money down is 2.15 percent of the loan. The funding fee may be rolled into the loan amount in lieu of paying out of pocket. Most borrowers choose to roll the fee into the loan.

Do all lenders offer VA loans?
VA loans are typically offered by most lenders but it’s important to work with a lender that is an approved VA lender. An approved VA lender is authorized to process, underwrite and fund a VA loan. It’s important that you work with a lender with extensive VA experience to help you navigate your way through the VA approval process.

Can I use a VA loan more than once?
Yes, you can use a VA loan more than once as long as your original entitlement is restored. Your entitlement is restored when you sell your house and pay off the existing VA home loan.

What is my entitlement?
The entitlement issued today is $36,000 and the VA will guarantee a loan up to four times that amount, or $144,000. For loans above that, the VA guarantee will be 25 percent of the loan amount up to $417,000. In certain “high cost” areas, the guarantee and maximum loan amounts are greater.

 

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