Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans
Kentucky FHA loans are insured to give lenders a layer of protection if you default on the mortgage. They typically have competitive interest rates, smaller down payments and lower closing costs than conventional loans. A low credit score can still warrant only a 3.5 percent down payment down to a 580 credit score.
If the score is below 580, you will need a down payment of 10%
2 years removed from bankruptcy and 3 years removed from foreclosure
Clear Cavirs Alert Number (Delinquent with Government Debts)
2 year work history usually needed.
No need for rent verification unless credit scores are derogatory.
Collections usually don’t have to be paid, but if being garnished or sued with a judgement lien, typically will need to be paid.
Max debt to income ratio centered around 50% of your total gross monthly income divided by your monthly payment on the credit report along with new house payment.
Kentucky VA Home Loans
Kentucky Mortgage loans is backed by the VA guarantees home loans that help active military members, veterans and surviving spouses. VA loans don’t require a down payment or minimum credit score and no monthly mortgage insurance. This is one of the biggest benefits of VA loans is that they don’t require monthly mi, like FHA (.85. .80 or .45) , USDA (.35) and some Conventional Loans (varies on credit score and equity position or down payment or as lenders call it Loan to Value.
They offer 100% Financing, 2 years removed from bankruptcy or foreclosure, a clear CAVIRS, and must meet residual income requirements.
VA loans is the only type of mortgage loan offered in the Secondary Market (FHA, VA, USDA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conventional Loans) that has residual income requirements based on household size and state you live in.
What is residual income?
Residual income is the amount left over after you pay your monthly utilities on home, property taxes and home insurance, mortgage payment and the FICA/Medicare, Taxes for State and Federal, Health Insurance, 401k deductions and loans on credit report to include child support.
Kentucky Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
They are government-sponsored entities that back home loans for low- and moderate-income families.
Down payments can be as low as 3 percent and monthly mortgage is relativity cheap if you have a high credit score (over 720) and at least 5% down payment.
One of the biggest advantages of conventional loans when you are putting down less than 80%, is that the mortgage insurance is not for life of loan like, FHA, USDA has, and it has no upfront mortgage insurance premium like FHA (1.75% upfront mi premium) or VA (upfront mi premium from 2.15% to 3.6% depending on usage and loan type)
Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loan
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, focuses on homes in rural areas and guarantees the home loan. Borrowers don’t have to buy or run a farm.
A credit score of 640 or higher typically gets an applicant streamlined processing. A lower score is allowed but may require extra documentation about payment history.
Kentucky Rural Development Mortgage Guide
No Down Payment Required, Zero NADA! – Kentucky Rural Housing USDA loans allow someone to buy a home without putting any money down.
Lower Mortgage Insurance costs – Mortgage Insurance, is much lower on KY USDA loans than on FHA This can save you a lot of money.
30 year fixed Interest Rates for Kentucky Rural Housing Loans with no prepay penalty The interest rates are lower on USDA loans, which results in lower payments, and plenty of money saved over time.
How to Qualify for a Kentucky USDA Loan
Property Eligibility – The home you want to finance with a KY USDA loan must be an eligible property. The property must be located in a rural area which is generally defined to have the following characteristics: Under certain conditions, towns and cities with populations between 10,000 and 25,000. The USDA makes the eligibility determination, which may be verified at the following link: http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do.
Job History – Similar to all other mortgage loans, a two year employment history is required. You must show that you have been consistently employed for the past two years in order to qualify for Kentucky USDA financing; however in certain circumstances a small gap in employment may be permitted with a reasonable explanation. Additionally, if you have just completed schooling or military service and are newly employed but do not yet have a 2 year history, your income may also be eligible.
Income Limits – The Kentucky Rural Housing USDA program is intended to assist low and moderate-income Kentucky households, therefore to be eligible for a USDA loan, your household income may not exceed the moderate-income limits established for the specific county in which you are financing a home. you may view the eligibility requirements on this page of the USDA website:
New Income limits for most counties (*) in Kentucky are $86,850 for a household family of four and household families of five or more can make up to $114,650.
The Northern Kentucky Counties (***) of Boon, Kenton, Campbell, Brackenn, Gallatin, and Pendleton are $93,500 for a household of four or less and up to $123,400 for a family of five or more.
USDA Eligible Areas in Northern Kentucky
USDA Income Limits
Boone, Kenton & Campbell Counties (N. KY)
$93,500 (family size 1-4)
$123,400 (family size 5 or more)
Grant, Owen & Pendleton Counties (N. KY)
$86,850 (family size 1-4)
$114,650 (family size 5 or more)
With the new changes for 2019 USDA Income limits, the Jefferson County Louisville, KY Metro area (**) saw an increase of $87,600 for a family of four and up to $115,650 for a family of five or more. The metro area surrounding counties of Jefferson County includes Oldham, Bullitt, Spencer are included in these higher income limits for USDA loans.
Remember, the entire Jefferson County and Fayette County Kentucky counties are not eligible for USDA loans. Along with parts of the following counties Daviess (Owensboro), Mccracken (Paducah), Madison County, (Richmond), Clark County (Winchester), Warren (Bowling Green), Hardin (Fort Knox and Radcliff), Bullitt(Hillview, Maryville, Zoneton, Fairdale, Brooks), Franklin, (Frankfort), Henderson (Henderson City Limits), Christian County (Hopkinsville, Fort Campbell), Boyd County (Ashland city limits) and the most Northern Parts of Boone, Kenton, Campbell Counties of Northern Kentucky (Covington, Florence, Richwood, Hebron, Ludlow, Fort Thomas, Bellevue, Ryle, Beechwood, ) see map below
DTI Ratio or debt to income ratios. One of the main criteria in determining if you will be approved or not is your debt-to-income ratio. While you must not make too much money, you also must not have too much debt. Your debt-to-income ratio is how much monthly debt you have (only those debts which show on your credit report are counted) compared to your qualifying income.
Credit Score – The minimum credit score for a Kentucky USDA Mortgage Loan goes down to a 581 credit score, however most loans get approved at 640 or higher .varies from lender to lender, but most want to see at least a 640 credit score for you to be approved.
Mortgage Insurance – USDA loans have their own version of mortgage insurance. It is called the “Guaranteed Fee” and works similarly to FHA loans which have an upfront and monthly mortgage insurance premium (MIP). With USDA loans, there is a 1.00% upfront guarantee fee which may be financed on top of your loan, and a 0.35% annual guarantee fee that is divided into 12 payments each year. The amount of your annual fee (paid monthly) adjusts each year and goes down as your loan balance does. Use our USDA calculator to get an idea of what your monthly payment will be
Kentucky Good Neighbor Next Door Mortgage Loan
This program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development helps law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and K-12 grade teachers buy homes.
A 50 percent discount off a home’s listed price is available through the program in areas labeled “revitalization areas.” Buyers must commit to living in the home for at least 36 months.
Kentucky FHA 203(k) Rehab Loans
If a fixer-upper fits more easily into your budget, a Section 203(k) rehabilitation program loan that’s backed by FHA can help. It considers the value of the home after you’ve made improvements, and lets you borrow the money for these fixes, rolling it into your mortgage. The down payment can be as low as 3 percent!
Lowers Minimum Credit Score Requirement on Kentucky FHA Loans
Kentucky FHA Home loan programs for people with bad credit
COVID-19 Questions and Answers
Last revised: March 27, 2020
Q1. What is FHA’s Office of Single Family Housing doing to prepare for possible disruptions in its business operations should the Coronavirus (COVID-19) warrant office closures?
A1. All of FHA, including Single Family, is prepared to operate remotely to ensure our business operations continue with as little disruption as possible in the event of office closures.
Q2. Is FHA continuing to endorse loans?
A2. Insurance endorsements for all FHA Title I loans and Title II forward and reverse mortgages continues; however, there may be processing delays if staff is working remotely.
Q3. Is the FHA Resource Center continuing normal operations?
A3. Yes. However, if the Homeownership Centers (HOCs) are closed there will not be FHA staff members available to receive escalated calls. If this occurs, we recommend that stakeholders email their questions to the FHA Resource Center at: firstname.lastname@example.org for a quicker response.
Q4. (REVISED 3.18.20) Must lenders still complete the annual recertification by March 31, 2020?
A4. (REVISED 3.18.20) FHA has extended the due date for annual recertification to April 30, 2020 for those lenders with a December fiscal year end. However, lenders that can complete the annual recertification before April 30th are encouraged to do so.
Q5. Are requests for lender insurance (LI) authority being processed?
A5. Yes. The LI approval process is electronic, so lenders may continue to submit these requests.
Q6. Can lenders still submit applications to become FHA-approved lenders?
A6. Yes. The FHA lender approval process is electronic, so lenders may continue to submit these requests.
Q7. Will FHA still conduct lender monitoring and/or loan reviews?
A7. Yes. FHA staff will conduct these reviews remotely. All on-site reviews are suspended until further notice.
Q8. Will the Credit Alert Verification Reporting System (CAIVRS) be available if there are office closures?
A8. Yes. CAIVRS will be available to determine if a borrower has a delinquent federal debt.
Q9. Will the FHA TOTAL Scorecard be available for lenders?
A9. Yes. The FHA TOTAL Scorecard will be available.
Q10. (Revised 3.27.20) Will FHA still conduct in-person lender trainings?
A10. (Revised 3.27.20) No. All FHA Single Family in-person trainings are suspended. Online webinar trainings will continue. FHA will continue to assess the situation to determine when in-person trainings can resume.
Q11. Are there special loss mitigation program options available to borrowers who may be negatively impacted by the Coronavirus?
A11. As with any other event that negatively impacts a borrower’s ability to pay their monthly mortgage payment, FHA’s suite of loss mitigation options provides solutions that mortgagees should offer to distressed borrowers – including those that could be impacted by the Coronavirus – to help prevent them from going into foreclosure. An example of one of these options is our Special Forbearance for unemployed borrowers. The SFB-Unemployment Option is a Home Retention Option available when one or more of the Borrowers has become unemployed and this loss of employment has negatively affected the Borrower’s ability to continue to make their monthly Mortgage Payment. These home retention options are located in FHA’s Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1 (SF Handbook) Section III.A.2. See FHA INFO 20-18 for more details. FHA is closely monitoring the situation and will provide updated guidance, as needed.
Q12. Is FHA requiring servicers to conduct occupancy exterior inspections during this time?
A12. Yes. The standard in FHA’s SF Handbook states that the mortgagee must perform a visual exterior inspection. No physical contact with the borrower and/or occupants is required. For more information, please see SF Handbook, Section III.A.2.h.xi — Occupancy Inspection.
Q13. Does FHA require physical contact with the borrower and/or occupants when acquiring possession of a property in connection with occupied conveyances?
A13. No. When identifying property occupants, FHA does not require physical contact with the borrower and/or occupants. For more information, please see SF Handbook, Section III.A.2.s. —Acquiring Possession.
Q14. Will I be able to place a bid on a HUD-owned property via the HUD Homestore bid site?
A14. Yes. The bidding site is available.
Q15. Is FHA continuing to process claims?
A15. FHA will continue to process claims; however, servicers may experience slightly longer processing timeframes if there are office closures, particularly for any claims submitted manually and Title I claim submissions and Title I manufactured housing endorsements.
Q 16. Is HUD suspending credit reporting for FHA-Insured mortgages?
A 16. FHA requires servicers to comply with the credit reporting requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA); however, FHA encourages servicers to consider the impacts of COVID-19 on borrowers’ financial situations and any flexibilities a servicer may have under the FCRA when taking negative credit reporting actions.
Q17. (REVISED 3.27.20) Is FHA continuing to require appraisals with interior property inspections for Single Family programs?
A17. (REVISED 3.27.20) In accordance with Mortgagee Letter 2020-05, exceptions for two additional appraisal inspection scope of work options may be used for certain cases. The exterior-only appraisal and the desktop-only appraisal options are permitted when circumstances warrant. The FHA roster appraiser must complete all required appraisals in accordance with acceptable Appraisal Reporting Forms and Protocols. See ML 2020-05 for more program specific details.
Q18. Are face-to-face interviews still required under FHA’s Default Servicing early default intervention requirements?
A18. FHA has published a regulatory waiver and an accompanying SF Handbook waiver to allow mortgagees to utilize alternative methods for contacting borrowers, in lieu of face-to-face interviews, to meet the requirements of SF Handbook, Section III.A.2.h.xii. For more information, please see Regulatory Waiver and Handbook Waiver.
Q19. Will lenders be penalized if they are unable to submit case binders to FHA within 10 business days of the binder request as a result of temporary lender office closures or reductions in on-site staff?
A19: No. Lenders should make every effort to submit case binders to FHA as quickly as possible, but they will not be penalized for overdue binder requests caused by their temporary office closures or staff reductions related to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Q20. Will FHA suspend foreclosures and evictions on single family properties now that a Presidentially-Declared COVID-19 National Emergency has been declared? A20. Yes. FHA published Mortgagee Letter (ML) 2020-04, “Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium in connection with the Presidentially-Declared COVID-19 National Emergency,” on March 18, 2020. This ML announced an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for all FHA-insured single family mortgages for a 60-day period.
Q21: Is FHA providing an automatic extension to foreclosure deadlines following the expiration of this moratorium? A21: Yes. FHA is providing mortgagees an automatic 60-day extension following the moratorium expiration date to commence or recommence foreclosure action or evaluate the borrower under HUD’s Loss Mitigation Program.
Q22. Why is FHA granting a foreclosure moratorium for HECMs instead of an extension to the HECM foreclosure timelines?
A22. FHA is authorizing a foreclosure moratorium for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) through guidance in ML 2020-04, which is being provided in response to the unprecedented national emergency and the exigent circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. HUD’s
Presidentially-declared major disaster rea (PDMDA) guidance concerning extensions of HECM foreclosure timelines as provided in FHA INFO 18-40 is unaffected by the guidance.
New Q&As (3.27.2020)
Q24. When are exceptions to the appraisal inspection protocols for the use of exterior-only and desktop-only scope of work permitted?
A24. An exception for the exterior-only option is limited to purchase cases, rate and term refinances, simple refinances, and HECMs. An exception for the desktop-only option is limited to purchase cases.
Q25. What precautions should appraisers take while conducting a property appraisal report with inspection?
A25. Appraisers are advised to establish safety policies and procedures for their clients per the current guidance and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as local, state, and federal resources. When scheduling property inspections, appraisers should discuss established protocols to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure.
Q26. Does the appraiser have to perform an interior inspection of the subject property?
A26. Certain FHA cases may now be completed with exterior-only or desktop-only scope of work. The appraiser should monitor the client’s engagement letters and instructions. For cases requiring the standard protocols of a complete interior and exterior viewing, the appraiser should follow safe practices and keep the client informed.
Q27. When performing an exterior-only or desktop-only scope of work, should the appraisal subject to inspection be completed at a later date?
A27. The appraisal does not need to be subject to an inspection at a later date solely because an interior or physical inspection was not performed. The appraiser must identify any necessary extraordinary assumptions based on the limited inspection scope of work and complete the appraisal based upon these assumptions. The appraisal will be completed “AS IS” unless deficiencies in Minimum Property Requirements (MPR) are observed or known to the appraiser based on the scope of inspection.
Q28. Which appraisal forms will be used for the exterior-only and desktop-only appraisals?
A28. The current acceptable appraisal reporting forms based on property/assignment type will continue to be used for all appraisals, including those with limited inspection scope of work. The appraiser must include the amended model certification and scope of work with the appraisal form. See acceptable reporting forms below:
Q29. Where should the appraiser get the subject property data necessary to complete the appraisal form for an exterior-only or desktop-only scope of work?
A29. To identify the property characteristics necessary to develop the appraisal, the appraiser may rely on third party data from the following sources: prior appraisals, tax assessor’s property record, and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The Appraiser may also obtain and rely on information from the homeowner with disclosures. Extraordinary assumptions are permitted when necessary in the development of a credible appraisal and should be clearly stated.
Q30. Are there any additional changes to the appraisal form data requirements to clearly communicate that a modified scope of work was completed?
A30. Yes. To better identify a modified scope of work appraisal, the Map Reference text field within the subject section of the form should be used to state “desktop” or “exterior,” when applicable.
Q31. Is the appraiser still responsible for identification of property deficiencies and minimum property requirements?
A31. While the FHA minimum property requirements (MPR) has not changed, the appraiser is required to observe, analyze, and report only what is evident based on the assignment scope of work.
Acceptable Reporting Form
Single Family, Detached, Attached or Semi-Detached Residential Property
Fannie Mae Form 1004/Freddie Mac Form 70, Uniform Residential Appraisal Report (URAR); Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO) 2.6 Government-Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) format
Single Unit Condominium
Fannie Mae Form 1073/Freddie Mac Form 465, Individual Condominium Unit Appraisal Report; MISMO 2.6 GSE format
Manufactured (HUD Code) Housing
Fannie Mae Form 1004C/Freddie Mac Form 70B, Manufactured Home Appraisal Report; MISMO 2.6 Errata 1 format
Small Residential Income Properties(Two to Four Units)
Fannie Mae Form 1025/Freddie Mac Form 72, Small Residential Income Property Appraisal Report; MISMO 2.6 Errata 1 format
Update of Appraisal(All Property Types)
Summary Appraisal Update Report Section of Fannie Mae Form 1004D/Freddie Mac Form 442, Appraisal Update and/or Completion Report; MISMO 2.6 Errata 1 format
Compliance or Final Inspection for New Construction or Manufactured Housing
Form HUD-92051, Compliance Inspection Report, in Portable Document Format (PDF)
Compliance or Final Inspection for Existing Property
Certification of Completion Section of Fannie Mae Form 1004D/Freddie Mac Form 442, Appraisal Update and/or Completion Report; MISMO 2.6 Errata 1 format