Manufactured Home Guidelines for Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loans

Manufactured Home Guidelines for Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loans

Purchase of an eligible new unit, transportation and set-up costs, and purchase of
an eligible site if not already owned by the applicant. Manufactured units must be
less than 12 months old and never occupied and will include the site. The date of
the purchase agreement must be within one year of the manufactured date
displayed on the plat attached to the unit. The following criteria outlines an
eligible unit for guarantee with the SFHGLP:
 To be an eligible unit, the new unit must have a floor area of not less
than 400 square feet.
 The unit must meet the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and
Safety Standards (FMHCSS).
 The unit must be placed on a permanent foundation built to FHA
guidelines in effect at the time of certification. Guidelines are
presently published in the “Permanent Foundation Guide for
Manufactured Housing” (HUD-4930.3G) which is found at
 Certification the foundation design meets HUD Handbook 4930.3,
“Permanent Foundations Guide for Manufactured Housing
(PFGMH).” The foundation certification must be from a licensed
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professional engineer, or registered architect, who is
licensed/registered in the state where the manufactured home is
located and must attest to current guidelines of the PFGMH. The
certification must be site specific and contain the engineers or
registered architect’s signature, seal and/or state license/certification
 The manufactured home must be classified and taxed as real estate.
Lenders are responsible for ensuring the title has been purged and the
manufactured home has been officially converted from chattel to real
property, as state law allows.
 The mortgage must cover both the unit and its site.
 Purchase of a unit on hand that has not been installed, or occupied at any other
site or location. Manufactured units may be moved only from the manufacturers
or dealer’s lot to the site on which the unit will be guaranteed. This type of unit is
eligible as long as the purchase agreement is dated within 12 months of the date
the unit was manufactured. The date of manufacture is available on the factory
installed plate on the unit. Manufactured home units with a manufacture date
exceeding 12 months of the purchase agreement contract will be ineligible for a
guaranteed loan.
 The Agency will not guarantee the purchase of an existing manufactured home
that has been moved from another site.
 Alteration or remodeling of the unit when the initial loan is made (i.e. garages).
All alternations and modifications must meet FMHCSS.


The Agency will not guarantee loans to finance the following:
 The purchase of a site without also financing a new unit;
 A unit that does not meet FMHCSS;
 Repairs not associated with a transfer, Real Estate Owned (REO) sale, or unit that
is already financed with a Section 502 loan; or
 Furniture, including movable articles of personal property such as drapes, beds,
bedding, chairs, sofas, divans, lamps, tables, televisions, radios, stereo sets, and
other similar items of personal property. Furniture does not include wall-to-wall
carpeting, refrigerators, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers, heating
or cooling equipment, or other similar equipment.
For the purpose of underwriting and for payment of the guarantee fee, a newly
constructed manufactured home is considered a purchase loan transaction and is subject
to the fee further outlined in Chapter 6 of this Handbook.
In addition to the documents required for a guaranteed loan, the lender must obtain
the following prior to loan approval. The documentation will be retained in the lender’s
permanent loan file. Lenders may utilize Attachment 13-A as an option in support of
applicable documentation.
 An itemized cost breakdown of the total package, including the base unit, eligible
options, site development, installation, set-up, lot costs, and any credit for wheels
and axles.
 A statement signed by the dealer indicating that any cash payment or rebate as a
result of the purchase will be deducted from the price of the unit and not paid to
the applicant.
 A statement signed by the dealer that the proposed cost is the full price of the unit
and if furniture is being purchased by the applicant with personal funds, that a
lien will not be filed against the security property.
 The label number of the unit shown on the FMHCSS data plate on the exterior of
each section.
 A signed statement by the dealer confirming thermal requirements in effect at the
time of purchase are met.

Site Requirements:
Located in rural area.
Contiguous to public street.
Streets to be paved or all-weather surface.
Site must not be large enough to subdivide.
Value of site must not exceed 30% of the as-improved market value of the property.
Finish grade beneath the home or the habitable floor, whichever is lower, must be above the 100 year flood plain.
Site must have adequate water and wastewater disposal systems.

Loan Purposes:

Purchase of an eligible site, if not already owned by the applicant.
Purchase of an eligible New manufactured unit, including transportation & set-up costs.
Reasonable site development work, i.e., foundation, driveway, walks, well, septic system, utility connections, etc.
Purchase of the unit and all development work must be done under a single contract.
Rural Development PA (5/08) (1)

Rural Development – Manufactured Housing Fact Sheet

Loan Limitations:

Existing units can not be purchased, only New manufactured units.
Sites can not be purchased without also financing the unit.
Units that do not meet FMHCSS and the Agency’s Thermal Performance Standards can not be financed.
Loan funds can not be used to finance furniture, including movable items of personal property, i.e., drapes, beds,
bedding, chairs, sofas, divans, lamps, tables, televisions, radios, stereo sets, etc.
Amortization period – 30 years.

Dealer-Contractor Participation in the Program:

A Dealer-Contractor may apply to participate by submitting Form RD 1944-5, “Manufactured Housing Dealer Contractor Application”, to the Loan Originator in the Rural Development Area Office, along with a current financial statement prepared by a Public Accountant and certified by the Dealer-Contractor. A Dealer-Contractor must be able to provide the full service of sales, service, erection, and warranty of manufactured units and developing sites for them. To qualify to participate, a Dealer-Contractor must be:
 1. financially responsible,
2. qualified and equipped to set up the unit on a site-built permanent foundation and develop the site,
 3. willing to provide a Warranty acceptable to the Agency.
The Warranty must identify the unit(s) by serial number(s). The Dealer-Contractor must certify that the manufactured home/property substantially complies with the plans and specifications and that the
manufactured home sustained no hidden damage during transportation, and if manufactured in separate sections, that the sections were properly joined and sealed according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

The Dealer-Contractor will also furnish the applicant with a copy of all Manufacturer’s Warranties.
The attached “Dealer-Contractor Application – Processing Checklist” can be used to assemble information to be submitted to the local Rural Development Office for program participation.

To Qualify, the Rural Housing Applicant Must: Be income eligible, credit worthy and be in need of adequate housing. The applicant should refer to the Section 502 Housing Fact Sheet (available in any Rural Development Office) for specific eligibility requirements. The attached “Manufactured Housing ‘Supplemental’ Loan Application Checklist” itemizes some specific documents needed for a Manufactured Housing Loan Application.


GUS approval required. No manual underwrites allowed. 640 Credit score no bankruptice last 3 years or foreclosure last 3 years.
• Second review/signature of the property appraisal is required by USDA
• Refinances and  purchase loans. If a purchase must be brand new and from an approved USDA lender dealer
• Manufactured home must be existing construction (permanently affixed to the
foundation and titled as real estate).
•  2-4 unit properties located in a PUD are not allowed.
• No non-occupying co-borrower allowed
• No paying off debt to qualify allowed
• No Mortgage Interest Differential payment income allowed
•  Singlewide manufactured homes are not eligible
• Manufactured Housing Condo units eligible
• Manufactured Housing PUD units eligible
• In general, max two acres allowed, but up to five acres allowed only if appraisal
reflects no more than 40% land value
• Must meet all USDA agency requirements
• The following eligibility requirements must be met for all manufactured homes:
• Site development work must conform to standards imposed by the state and
local government.
• The manufactured home must have been built and installed in compliance with
the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards that HUD
established June 15, 1976 and additional requirements that appear in HUD
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Guidelines Subject to Change
regulations at 24 C.F.R. Part 3280 as evidenced by the presence of both a HUD
Data Plate and the HUD Certification Label (Tag). Manufactured homes built
prior to June 15, 1976 are ineligible.
• If the original or alternative documentation cannot be obtained for both the
Data Plate/Compliance Certificate and HUD Certification Label (tag), the loan
is not eligible.
• If the HUD tag is missing, a recent “HUD Certification Verification” letter
issued by the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) or a copy of
the Data Plate from the In-Plant Primary Inspection Agency (IPI) or
manufacturer must be in the loan file.
• Additional property eligibility requirements for manufactured homes:
• The manufactured home must be secured by both the manufactured home and
the land and both must be classified as real property under applicable state law
and subject to taxation as real estate.
• The manufactured home must be attached to a permanent foundation system in
accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements for anchoring, support,
stability, and maintenance. The foundation must be appropriate for the soil
conditions for the site and must meet local and state codes.
• The manufactured home must be attached to a permanent foundation system in
accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements for support, stability, and
maintenance. The foundation must be appropriate for the soil conditions for the
site and must meet local and state codes.
• If the manufactured home was installed prior to October 20, 2008, the anchoring
system must comply with the manufacturer’s design or a design by a licensed
(registered) professional engineer, otherwise, the anchoring system must comply
with HUD Codes.
• The manufactured home must be built on and remain on a permanent chassis
with the towing hitch, wheels and axles removed.
• Must be a 1-unit dwelling.
• Incomplete items, such as a partially completed addition or renovation, or
defects or needed repairs that affect safety, are not eligible until the work is paid
for and complete. Exceptions may be made for minor items that do not affect the
ability to obtain an occupancy permit – such as landscaping, a driveway, walkway
• The finished grade level beneath the manufactured home is at or above the 100-
year base flood elevation.
Manufactured Home Ineligible Property Types
• A manufactured home that is not titled as real estate.
• A manufactured home that was installed or occupied previously at any other site or
location. The home may only have moved from the manufacturer’s or dealer’s lot to
the current site of the home.
• Manufactured home is not classified and titled as real property at time of

Home Loan Options for Kentucky First-Time Home-buyers in 2021

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:

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 $90,200 for a household family of four and household families of five or more  can make up to  $119,300.

The Northern Kentucky Counties (***) of Boon, Kenton, Campbell, Bracken, Gallatin, and Pendleton are $99,500 for a household of four or less and up to $129,400 for a family of five or more.

USDA Eligible Areas in Northern Kentucky
Highland Heights
Cold Springs
Grant County
Owen County
Pendleton County


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!