Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Changes for Below

USDA Advance Copy Notice HB-1-3555 Chapter 11

USDA has announced that Chapter 11 of the HB-1-3555 will be updated and an advanced copy has been provided.  Changes will become effective after USDA issues a Special Procedure Notice.

  • Clarification was added that revolving accounts with no outstanding balance are not required to be closed.
  • USDA eliminated guidelines provided that a retained property that has been rented for 24 months or longer may be omitted from the DTI, and
  • Added guidance that the income received from rents may only be included in the repayment calculation if the property has been rented for 24 mo. or more.
  • Guidelines were added that monthly payment for borrowers in debt management plans must be included in the DTI.
  • The calculation guidelines for Non-Fixed Student Loan Payments were updated removing the requirement for the greater of calculation to be used and added guidance for when the payment amount is zero.
  • Additional guidance was added that compensating factors supporting Debt Ratio Waivers for manually underwritten loans must be documented.
  • Clarification was added that federal, state and local taxes don’t need to be included in the DTI unless there is a payment plan in place.

Refer to the Advance Copy Notice HB-1-3555 Chapter 11 and Chapter 11: Ratio Analysis

Kentucky Rural Housing Development Mortgage Guide for USDA Loans

Kentucky USDA Rural Development

  • No down payment is required. This a true 100% financing loan for approved mortgage applicants in Kentucky .
  • Closings costs may be able to be financed into the loan or can be paid by seller or lender as a credit.
  • Generally easier to qualify for than conventional loans with you are looking to go no money down. 
  • Fixed-rate mortgages for 30 years is the only term allowed.
  • The property MUST be located in a rural area as defined by the USDA. Click here to learn more.
  • The borrower must meet income eligibility guidelines for the Guaranteed Rural Housing Program. Eligibility is based on all household income, including income from adults living in the home who are not applying for the loan. Click here for Income Limits
  • Seller can contribute up to 6% towards closing costs.

The USDA program is one of the best home loans that we offer. There are many areas of Ohio and Indiana where the entire county qualifies as a rural area. Contact us to learn more about your specific market area and how you can more effectively market these properties to your clients.