FHA STREAMLINES REFINANCE GUIDELINES IN KENTUCKY 2015


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Source: FHA STREAMLINES REFINANCE GUIDELINES IN KENTUCKY 2015

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Kentucky FHA Mortgage Guidelines


Kentucky FHA Mortgage Guidelines.

Why You Can’t Get a Louisville Kentucky FHA, VA, KHC, USDA, Rural Housing and Fannie Mae Home Loan

Why You Can’t Get a Louisville Kentucky FHA, VA, KHC, USDA, Rural Housing and Fannie Mae Home Loan


Why You Can’t Get a Home Loan.

Why You Can’t Get a Louisville Kentucky FHA, VA, KHC, USDA, Rural Housing and Fannie Mae Home Loan

Credit

This is probably the most common hurdle. Lenders will have a qualifying credit score depending on the loan type, your background and other details. That baseline also applies to anyone else on the mortgage. So you might have an 800 credit score, but if your spouse is lagging at a 530, you’re going to struggle to obtain financing.

Even if you’re going it alone, lenders in community property states may still factor in your spouse’s credit. The average credit score for conventional purchase loans was 762 in September, according to mortgage software firm Ellie Mae. For FHA loans it was 701. Military borrowers interested in using their VA loan benefits will generally need at least a 620 score.

Debt-to-Income Ratio

Conventional and FHA lenders look at two different debt-to-income (DTI) ratios. The first, or front end, ratio compares your monthly income to your housing costs. The second, or back end, ratio considers the percentage of your income that goes toward major revolving debts like the mortgage payment, credit card bills, student loans and others.

Conventional lenders are generally looking for a 28 percent DTI ratio on the front end and 36 percent on the back end. For FHA loans, it’s more like 31/43. The VA program only uses the back-end ratio and wants to see 41 percent or less.

Your DTI ratio may not be an immediate application killer. Lenders calculate it based in part on your estimated monthly mortgage payment. It might break your heart, but you can always run the numbers with a lower loan amount to try and get that ratio into qualifying range.

Cash on Hand

Down payment requirements are here to stay (unless you qualify for a VA- or USDA-backed mortgage). Conventional lenders typically require at least a 5 percent downpayment, while the minimum on FHA loans is 3.5 percent. In addition, you’ll likely need to put down earnest money, which is basically a good-faith deposit with a seller, and be able to cover an appraisal, a home inspection and possibly other up-front costs.

Assets have become increasingly important in this tighter lending environment.

[Related Article: CFPB Could Pass New Mortgage Rules Soon]

Employment

Lenders want to see stable, reliable income and employment that’s likely to continue. The gold standard is generally two years, but that can vary depending on the lender, the loan type and the borrower’s circumstances.

For example, service members who separate from the military and take civilian jobs may not have to wait two years depending on how the new employment relates to their skillset, education and previous work serving our country.

What’s especially problematic is self-employment. There are a lot of unknowns for lenders here, and they’re almost always going to require at least two years of tax returns. Same goes for seasonal workers and those who work on commission.

Bankruptcy or Foreclosure

Foreclosure starts hit a 71-month low in November, according to RealtyTrac, but they’ve impacted hundreds of thousands of homeowners since 2008. More than 1.2 million people filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court in FY2012.

Each presents short- to medium-term obstacles to obtaining home loans. The waiting periods vary by event and by loan type. Bankruptcy means waiting anywhere from two to four years in many cases. The wait after a foreclosure can range from two to seven years.

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

 

FHA extends “Anti-Flipping Waiver” to Help Stabilize the Kentucky Housing Market for FHA loans


 FHA extends “Anti-Flipping Waiver” to Help Stabilize the Kentucky Housing Market for FHA loans

FHA extends “Anti-Flipping Waiver” to Help Stabilize the Market

 

Effective currently until December 31, 2011, FHA loans in Kentucky will continue to allow the 90-day waiver for all properties acquired directly from a lender, but prohibitsKentucky FHA financing for properties owned less than 90 days if the sales price is greater than or equal to a 20% increase over the seller’s acquisition cost. The 90 days is calculated from the seller’s acquisition date to the purchase contract date of the new transaction.

 

If the resale occurs within 0 to 90 days, the following requirements must be met:

 

1. All transactions must be arms-length; no identity of interest between buyer, property seller or third parties. Specific ways to ensure an arms-length transaction include:

 

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Property seller currently holds title to the property. LLCs, corporations or trusts serving as property sellers must meet all applicable state and federal law.

 

 

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No pattern or previous flipping activity exists on the property (as evidenced by multiple title transfers within 12 months.

 

 

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The property was marketed openly and fairly (Any sales contracts with “assignment of contract of sale” may be a red flag).

2. Transactions with sales price greater than or equal to a 20% increase over seller’s acquisition cost are not allowed.

 

FHA extends “Anti-Flipping Waiver” to Help Stabilize the Kentucky Housing Market for FHA loans