What is the minimum credit score I need to qualify for a Kentucky FHA, VA, USDA and KHC Conventional mortgage loan in 2018?

via What is the minimum credit score I need to qualify for a Kentucky FHA, VA, USDA and KHC Conventional mortgage loan in 2018?

What kind of credit score do I need to qualify for different first time home buyer loans in Kentucky?
Answer below:
Most lenders will wants a middle credit score of 620 to 640 for KY First Time Home Buyers looking to go no money down. The two most used no money down home loans in Kentucky being USDA Rural Housing and KHC with their down payment assistance will want a 620 to 640 middle score on their programs.
If you have access to 3.5% down payment, you can go FHA and secure a 30 year fixed rate mortgage with some lenders with a 580 credit score. Even though FHA on paper says they will go down to 500 credit score with at least 10% down payment, you will find it hard to get the loan approved because lenders will create overlays to protect their interest and maintain a good standing with FHA and HUD.
Another popular no money down loan is VA. Most VA lenders will want a 620 middle credit score but like FHA, VA on paper says they will go down to a 500 score, but good luck finding a lender for that scenario.
A lot of times if your scores are in the high 500’s or low 600’s range, we can do a rapid rescore and get your scores improved within 30 days.

Kentucky USDA Rural Development Loans

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USDA Rural Development mortgages for Kentucky Home buyers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture mortgage program is for Kentucky home buyers that have no money to put down, have a stable 2 year job history,  no bankruptcies or foreclosures in last 3 years and the new house payment should be close to or not more than 1/3 of your gross monthly income, this is called effective income.

There is also a test for compliance income meaning cannot make more than a certain amount to use the USDA loan program in Kentucky. Most Kentucky counties are limited to $82k for a household of four, and up to $109k household income for a family of five or more.


Thy used an automated underwriting system called GUS to pre-approved Kentucky home Buyers. If your score, middle credit score of the three main bureaus of experian, equifax, and trans union is below 640, you will automatically get downgraded to a refer and it will make it more difficult to get approved for the USDA loan.

I would suggest to get your scores up to 640 before submitting your loan application, however a lot of lenders including myself will go down to a 620 score, but be ready to hand over your blood type and other documents. 😂😂

You don’t have to be a Kentucky first time home buyer people with low to moderate incomes who want to buy a home in an eligible area. They typically don’t want you to own another piece of real estate and if you have access to 20% down payment they will not let you use the program.


This program is not intended for working farms, so if the property has farm income, i.e. crops, cattle, livestock, or other income this will not work for USDA loan programs.

They will do loans on mobile homes that meet FHA standards and that are brand new. They will not finance a used mobile home.


To get a Kentucky USDA loan, you work with a bank or other lender. The loan is backed by the USDA. You must be within certain income requirements — which depend on your area — and agree to use the home solely as a primary residence.


Like Kentucky FHA loans , Kentucky Rural Development USDA mortgages have fees. There is an upfront guarantee fee, which can be as much as 1.0 percentile of the principal loan amount, which is added to your loan. You also will have to pay a mortgage insurance fee which is .35% and this is called the annual fee. This is way cheaper than mortgage insurance premiums of 1.75% and .85% for the same comparison.

I you have questions about qualifying as first time home buyer in Kentucky for a Rural Housing or USDA loan , please call, text, email or fill out free qualification below for your next mortgage loan pre-approval.
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