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“Grossing-Up” Non-Taxable Income
Did you know that you can gross up non-taxable income?
You may gross up non-taxable income for income qualifying purposes. The non-taxable income source being “grossed-up” must be documented.
Non-taxable income refers to types of income not subject to federal taxes, which includes, but is not limited to:
The percentage to be grossed-up varies by agency:
Now let’s talk about what it takes to qualify for a mortgage.
First off, you’ll need an adequate credit score, along with sufficient income to make the proposed mortgage payment each month.
Generally speaking, a credit score below 620 is considered subprime in the mortgage world and will make qualifying for a mortgage that much more difficult. But it’s still possible depending on lender and loan type.
If you’ve got previous foreclosures on your credit report, things will get even more problematic and you may not even be eligible for a certain period of time.
But if your credit score is above 740 and you’ve got some decent credit history to back it up, you should have access to the lowest mortgage rates and a wide array of loan options.
Credit scores in between should still work, though there might be pricing hits associated, which all else being equal, may bump up your interest rate.
Tip: Lenders want to see a minimum of 3 active credit tradelines with two-year history on each to assess your creditworthiness.
As far as job history goes, it’s important to show the mortgage underwriteryou’ve had (and still have!) a steady job, typically for two years or longer.
This essentially proves that you will continue to receive regular income to make those costly mortgage payments each month for the next 30 years.
If you just graduated and have held a job for a mere two months, don’t expect to qualify for a mortgage unless your new position directly correlates with what you studied in school.
For example, if you went to medical school, and now have a job as a doctor, this might be sufficient to qualify for a mortgage.
But if you were an art history student who has been working as a flight attendant for two months, mortgage lenders probably won’t feel comfortable lending to you just yet. Make sense?
When seeking out your mortgage, you’ll also need to consider the mortgage down payment requirements, which vary depending on the type of loan you’re after.
While there are still some zero down mortgages around, namely VA loans and USDA loans, it certainly helps to set aside some assets so you’ve got something to put into your home purchase.
Obviously, the amount of money needed will also vary based on the purchase price of the home. If you want a more expensive house, expect to put more down in order to qualify.
If we’re talking about a mortgage refinance, you’ll need a certain amount of home equity to qualify for the mortgage, as determined by loan-to-value ratioconstraints.
When it comes down it, it’s all pretty much common sense. Do you think you can/should qualify for a mortgage?
Do you have a track record of making on-time payments, carrying large amounts of debt and paying it down, holding a job, and saving money?
Are you ready to make a big commitment? If you were the bank, would you lend you a mortgage…hmm.
I would guess that most prospective homeowners could assess the situation beforehand and determine if they should be granted a mortgage.
But without running the numbers, you won’t know for certain. So be sure to do plenty of calculations and speak with a loan officer or two to see where you stand.
Here’s a general list of what you need to qualify for a mortgage. Keep in mind that qualification requirements vary greatly by lender and loan type.
In some cases, you won’t need all of these things, but it should certainly make life easier to satisfy everything on this list.
If you can’t satisfy these basic requirements, you may want to keep renting, saving, and working on your credit until you can.
Or consider adding a co-signer who is better qualified to apply for a mortgage.
Either way, don’t be discouraged. There are lots of home loan programs and creative options out there to suit all different needs. As noted, one lender may say no while another says YES.
Read more: Tips for first-time homebuyers.
Kentucky Approved HUD Home Inspector List below I
HUD’s Inspector Roster was eliminated effective August 2, 2018, as announced in Federal Register Docket No. FR-5457-F-02, dated July 3, 2018.
Inspectors as of 12/21/2018
(45 records were selected, 45 records displayed.)
|Name||ID Number||Address||Phone||Status||Approval State|
|WILOUGHBY, DANNY G||A022||215 CLUB OAK COURT
LOUISVILLE, KY 40223
|AUBREY, DELMUS||A380||3903 BOWMAN LANE
CHATTANOOGA, TN 37416
|PAPPERT, CHRIS F||A901||4880 MARYBROOK DR
KETTERING, OH 45429
|EPLING, RICHARD J||B387||121 NORTH CUMBERLAND ST
MORRISTOWN, TN 37814
|FLICK, FERDINAND J||B637||3771 POWNER RD
CINCINNATI, OH 45248
|TOLLIVER, JAMES R||B931||POST OFFICE BOX 304
MOUNT WASHINGTON, KY 40047
|JONES, TIMOTHY E||C894||6960 US RTE 52
RIPLEY, OH 45167
|HUFF, TONY||D730||2200 AIRPORT RD, SUITE 60
OWENSBORO, KY 42301
|GILBERT, DOUGLAS W||E074||225 SUBSTATION ST
LONDON, KY 40741
|MCCRACKEN, GARY D||E404||403 SUNSET DR
LAWRENCEBURG, KY 40342
|CONNOLLY, MICHAEL||E412||508 MARCIA AVE
HAMILTON, OH 45013
|HOLLAND, CHARLES T||F096||405 GLENVIEW HTS
NEW ALBANY, IN 47150
|HOLLAND, CHARLES T||F096||405 GLENVIEW HTS
NEW ALBANY, IN 47150
|CARR, THOMAS F||G177||2805 KEARNEY CREEK LANE
LEXINGTON, KY 40511
|SCHUTZMAN, JOSEPH A||H965||2472 KREMERS LANE
VILLA HILLS, KY 41017
|TERRY, WAYNE||I920||253 MASSEY LANE
CARYVILLE, TN 37714
|VOTOLATO, FRANK J||I969||266 NORWOOD DRIVE
EAST BERNSTADT, KY 40729
|TODD, WILLIAM||J716||129 DONNA DRIVE
HOPKINSVILLE, KY 42240
|BUTCHER, BRAD S||J980||PO BOX 996
SOMERSET, KY 42503
|SWINDLER, ROBERT M||K001||1811 ABERDEEN DRIVE
LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
|POYNTER, DARRELL F||K421||1244 BETHLEHEM ROAD
PARIS, KY 40361
|GREGORY, WILLIAM||M043||5945 ABBOTT DR.
NASHVILLE, TN 37211
|ELKINS, HUGH||M320||P.O. BOX 627
RUSSELLVILLE, AL 35653
|YOUNG, DON L||N031||160 FERNWOOD DRIVE
LONDON, KY 40741
|BOTTS, KENNETH G||N291||720 HIGHLAND AVE
FLATWOODS, KY 41139
|ROHRBACK, JEFF L||N729||1081 SULPHUR WELL ROAD
NICHOLASVILLE, KY 40356
|KIPER, TROY K||N939||5101 MT HOLYOKE DRIVE
LOUISVILLE, KY 40216
|JONES, ROBERT B||Q082||100 RACHELS COURT
HENDERSONVILLE, TN 37075
|PARSON, JOSEPH A||Q297||450 BASELINE DRIVE
MOREHEAD, KY 40351
|SHRUM, JERRY||S012||605 GAYLEMORE
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN 37072
|WILDER, LARRY||S017||1224 MELINDA FERRY ROAD
BULLS GAP, TN 37711
|HARDEN, LES H||S289||33 LUMLEY AVE
FORT THOMAS, KY 41075
|WOOSLEY, DWAINE||T023||6210 ELANOR COURT
FLOYDS KNOBS, IN 47119
|BRUNS, SCOTT A||T967||339 BRIARCLIFF ROAD
DAYTON, OH 45415
|WRIGHT, GARY||U254||97 TOLLGATE TRAIL
LONGWOOD, FL 32750
|CAMPBELL, ERNEST||U433||802 BUFFALO ST., #12
JOHNSON CITY, TN 37604
|CARPENTER, BOBBY M||V373||5 BATH AVENUE
OWINGSVILLE, KY 40360
|SCOTT, THAD W||W658||4569 LONGBRIDGE LN
LEXINGTON, KY 40515
|SPEARS, JAMES C||W717||143 TUFTS LN
FAKKUBG WATERS, WV 25419
|GAGE, KERRY R||X236||195 MITCHELL DRIVE
VINE GROVE, KY 40175
|CLOYD, RUSSELL G||X533||10960 EAST BEND RD
UNION, KY 41091
|POYNTER, ROBERT||X985||4389 MARY INGLES HIGHWAY
COLD SPRING, KY 41076
|CHILDERS, MICHAEL S||Y141||185 RAVENSWOOD DRIVE
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY 42701
|BOWLING, JACK J||Z723||P.O. BOX 88
BONNYMAN, KY 41719
|COREY SR, DAVID L||Z912||777 LOCKHOUSE ROAD
FALLING WATERS, WV 25419
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Just like the gas prices at the pump, mortgage rates can change daily or throughout the day. Typically mortgage rates are published at 10-11 am daily by most lenders and you can lock up through the close of business which is usually around 6-7 PM. Mortgage rates can change up or down throughout the day based on various financial, economics, and geopolitical news in the US Financial markets and World markets. Generally speaking, good economic news is bad for rates and vice versa, bad economic news is good for mortgage rates.
The good news is this: Once you find a home and get it under contract, you can lock your mortgage loan rate. Typically it takes about 30-45 days to close a mortgage loan in Kentucky, so the typical lock is for 30-60 days. If rates get better you may be able to negotiate a better rate with your lender, but they usually have to improve by at least 25 basis points (.25) to do that. Not all lenders offer this option. The longer you lock the loan, the greater the costs. It is usually free to lock in a loan for up to 90 days without having to pay a fee.
What a lot of lenders are experiencing now is that some loans don’t close on time for various reasons. You can always extend the lock on the loan but it will costs you usually .125 basis points to do so. If you let the lock expire on the loan, then you have to take worse case pricing on that day when you go to relock. It is usually best to extend the lock on your loan.
FHA will allow a home buyer to purchase a house with as little as 3.5% down. If your credit scores are low, say 680 and below, a lot of times it makes sense to go FHA because everyone pays the same mortgage insurance premiums no matter what your score is, and the down payment can be gifted to you. Meaning you really don’t have to have any skin into the game when it comes to down payment. They even allow down payment assistance through eligible parties (government grants or non-profits). Lastly, FHA will allow for higher debt to income ratios with sometimes getting loan pre-approvals up to 55% of your total gross monthly income.
VA loans offer eligible Veterans and Active Duty Personnel to buy a home going no money down with no monthly mortgage insurance. This is probably the best no money down loan out there since the rates are traditionally very low on comparison to other government insured mortgages and no monthly mortgage insurance. The VA loan can be used anywhere in the state of Kentucky with the maximum VA loan limit being $417k
USDA loans offer people buying a home in rural areas (typically towns of $20k or less) to buy a home going zero down. You cannot currently own another home and there is household income limits of $75,000 for a household family of four, and up to $99,000 for a household of five or more. You search USDA website for eligible areas and household income limits below at the yellow highlighted link :
Vantage Score ranges vary depending on the version the bureau is using. Earlier versions offer a range of 501 to 990 whereas a newer version would range from 300 to 850.
Credit bureaus will often provide scores within several different scoring models, which can cause you to have two different scores issued by a single bureau at one time. This can be confusing if you do not understand where the score is coming from, who it is being provided to, and why. If you go to get a credit card and then go to buy a car, those two places of business from whom you are seeking credit will likely be looking at different scoring models and therefore would each likely be looking at a different score by which they would determine your creditworthiness.
Kentucky Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conventional Credit Score Requirements
These are considered “conventional loans’ that can be often be obtained with a 3% to 5% down payment. Of course, there are higher standards for conventional home financing. The most common minimum credit score requirement to get approved today is a 620 FICO. This type of score is typical for people that have high credit card balances or a few delinquent payments in their past. The general consensus on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loans in Kentucky is that a 620 score is the entry-point to qualify, but you will need a thorough documentation of income with credit scores in the 620 to 640 range. You will have a better shot to be approved for a mortgage backed by Fannie or Freddie with a 680-credit score and less strenuous underwriting.
Where do buyers begin?
Haley Newton, a loan officer with Starkey Mortgage in Sherman, said the first step in the buying process is not finding a house, rather it’s getting qualified for a home loan. Buyers need to first find out how much house they can afford and if they can actually purchase a home.
“A lot them want to know what the first step is, and many people believe that the first step is finding a house, but that’s actually the second step,” Newton said. “You want to get qualified with a local lender to know what you’re pre qualified for, and then go out and find a house, which is the hard part.”
What documents do buyers need to provide to get qualified and pre approved?
qualification is typically the quick and easy initial step and approval is a more involved process. The qualification process starts with an application, which most lenders have available online, though Newton said buyers can call a lender or meet them in person to fill it out. After buyers fill out an application, which covers the buyers’ finances and history, the lenders will verify the information for preapproval and that requires the supporting documents.
“Once they’re prequalified, we’ll give them a list of documents they need depending on their application,” Newton said.
The list typically calls for pay stubs from the last 30 days, tax returns for the last two years, bank statements for the last two months, W-2s, IDs and Social Security cards.
Jeremy Lewis, branch manager of Grayson Home Loans, said sometimes the lender may require divorce decrees and documentation to indicate other income depending on the buyers’ situation. After approval, Lewis said he usually gives the buyers a call, and they figure out a loan program that best fits the buyers.
How much do buyers need for a down payment?
Short answer: It depends on the loan.
Lewis said the down payment is often the main concern for buyers, and it’s not a set amount. Depending on the loan type and what programs the buyers are eligible for, the down payment can be as little as zero down. Loans from the Federal Housing Administration, Veteran Affairs and the U.S. Department of Agriculture each have a set of stipulations that include the percentage required for the down payment.
“It depends on the loan type they’re going with — whether it be a conventional loan, an FHA loan, a VA loan or a USDA loan, it will determine what they’re going to have to place down — what their initial investment is going to be,” Lewis said. “There are still those out there out there that think they have to put 10 to 20 percent down, which is not correct. They can, in certain programs, put as little as zero down.”
Newton said there are down payment assistance programs in the state that can help cover the amount needed. These programs are income based and are capped anywhere from $55,000 to $75,000 depending on the program.
What’s the deal with closing costs?
In addition to a down payment, buyers also need funds to cover the closing costs. Lewis said the closing costs depend on the loan amount as a higher loan amount is going to cost more. About half the closing costs are directed to building the buyers’ escrow account, and the other half is a combination of fees for items such as the title and appraisal.
“Closing costs are another piece of the puzzle they’re going to have to come up with,” Lewis said. “However, in a Texas residential contract, you can ask the sellers to pay a certain percentage, depending on the loan type, for your closing costs.”
Buyers can negotiate with the sellers and ask that the seller pays a portion of the closing costs, which if the buyers qualify for a down payment assistance program, the initial costs can be very low.
“If you’re able to use the down payment assistance programs in addition to requesting the seller to pay some of their closing costs, they can actually get into a home with little to nothing down,” Newton said.
What is an escrow account?
“It kind of works like a separate checking account, and the purpose of that account is to pay the yearly tax bill that comes due every January, and their insurance premium that’s due once a year depending on when they closed on their home,” Newton said.
The initial money put into the escrow account is part of the closing costs, and Lewis said homeowners then add to it monthly when they make their house payments. The account is for buyers to put back money so property taxes and insurance are covered.
“Say when their tax bill comes due in January, there will be plenty of money in the account for them to pay their taxes, so that way they’re not coming up $2 to 3 to 5,000 all at once to pay their tax bill,” Newton said.
Can buyers purchase a home with a bad credit score?
Newton said buyers don’t necessarily need the best credit in order to get a home loan, and she noted that first-time home buyer programs have recently lowered their credit score requirements.
“A lot people around here they don’t necessarily have bad credit, they just don’t have a lot,” Newton said. “They don’t use their credit.”
Newton said lenders will work with buyers and give them steps to take over 60 to 90 days to boost their credit score to where they can buy a home.
“It can be intimidating but we can walk them through it,” Newton said.
Buyers should consult with local lenders, and Lewis said he guides buyers through the process so they know what to expect.
“There’s so many different moving parts to a loan anymore,” Lewis said. “I try to keep everyone versed and ready for what’s to come in the process and what to expect.”
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Debt-to-Income Ratio for Kentucky Mortgage Loans Debt-to-Income Ratio: What It Is and Why You Should Care for A Kentucky Mortgage Loan Debt-to-Income Ratio: What It Is and Why You Should Care for…
Fannie Mae recently announced some changes to the Selling Guide. The following changes are effective immediately for loans submitted to Crescent under Fannie Mae’s requirements.
Student Loan Payments
If a payment is provided on the credit report, that amount can be used for qualifying purposes. If the credit report does not identify a payment amount (or reflects $0), the lender may use either 1% of the outstanding balance, or a calculated payment that will fully amortize the loan based on documented loan repayment terms.
Debts Paid by Others
Documentation requirements to exclude a NON-MORTGAGE debt from qualifying ratios have been simplified. Non-mortgage debts included installment loans, student loans, and other monthly debts as defined in the Fannie Mae Guide. When documentation is provided to show the debt has been satisfactorily paid by another party for the past 12 months, then the debt can be excluded from the debt-to-income ratio calculation. This applies regardless of whether the other party is obligated on the loan.
NOTE: This does not apply if the other party is an interested party to the subject transaction such as the seller or realtor.
Student Loan Cash-out Refinance
The update introduces the student loan cash-out refinance feature, which provides the
opportunity to pay off one or more student loans through the refinance transaction. The loan level price adjustment that applies to cash-out refinance transactions is waived when are all requirements for this feature have been met.
The student loan cash-out refinance feature contains elements of both a cash-out refinance and a limited cash-out refinance transaction as described in the table that follows.