A look at home loan options for Kentucky Homebuyers in 2019
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insures loans so that lenders can offer Kentucky first-time homebuyers better deals. The FHA allows a down payment of 3.5 percent points out that the FHA is also much more flexible when it comes to to credit score requirements. You can get an FHA loan with a credit score as low as 500, but you’ll be required to make a downpayment of at least 10 percent or 3.5% down payment with a 580 credit score or higher.
Another popular allure is that the FHA allows for the down payment funds to come from gifts from family members, grants, or assistance programs like Kentucky Housing Down Payment Assistance, Covington Home Buyer Assistance program, welcome home funds, and your kentucky home program offered by KACO.
The agency is also lenient when it comes to your debt-to-income ratio. Borrowers can sometimes get approved up to a higher debt to income ratio when compared to conventional loans or USDA loans.
FHA requires two types of mortgage insurance premiums—one that’s paid upfront, and another that’s paid on a monthly basis—and your home has to meet certain standards.
Typically for lower credit scores and higher risk files, FHA will keep your max house payment to be no more than 31% of your gross monthly income. For example, if you make $3000 gross a month, then your max house payment would be $1000 to included your pi, taxes, home insurance and mip.
So on a $120,000 sales price with the minimum down payment of 3.5%, your payment would be as follows:
|Monthly Principal & Interest||$604.07|
|Monthly Extra Payment||$0.00|
|Mortgage insurance to FHA HUD
|Total Monthly Payment||$869.43|
|Down Payment of 3.5%||$4,200.00|
upfront FHA Mortgage Insurance Upfront mortgage insurance premium is collected at the time you close or rolled into your loan amount. The upfront premium is 1.75 basis points (1.75&) of the loan amount and is rolled into your loan. If you refinance your FHA mortgage within the three years of closing, you will receive a refund for the unused upfront MIP. Annual FHA Mortgage Insurance The annual premium is divided into 12 monthly payments and is included into your mortgage payment. MIP is required for all FHA loans. Effective in 2015 you can no longer cancel the MIP after the LTV reaches 78% or less. You must carry MIP for the life of the loan. You will pay an annual mortgage insurance premium between .80 and .85 basis points depending on loan-to-value ratio of your loan. This is actually a great deal, the FHA mortgage insurance premium used to be over 1%. However, it was recently lowered per Mortgagee Letter 2015-01.
Fannie Mae Home Ready for Kentucky Homebuyers
The Home Ready loan program isn’t limited to Kentucky first-time homebuyers, but it is an attractive option because it allows for down payments of as little as 3 percent. Home Ready doesn’t have the upfront mortgage insurance premium that FHA requires, so the initial cost is a little bit less as well.
Kentucky home buyers must have a 620 middle credit score. The mortgage insurance is cheaper on higher credit scores when compared to FHA loans, but you will need a 680 or higher credit score to see any real benefit using the Home Ready program over FHA loans in Kentucky. The Fannie Mae Home Ready program has a sliding scale on mortgage insurance premiums, where as FHA it does not matter your credit score, everyone pays the same premiums.
For example, if you have a 620 credit score and you put down the minimum of 3% your mortgage insurance monthly would be close to 2% monthly premium or on an $120,000 loan amount that would equate to $198 a month. Conversely, If you had a higher credit score, say 680, the monthly mortgage insurance premium would be close to 1% or $120 a month.
As you can see, if you have a lower credit score, it will make sense to do a FHA loan because of the lower monthly mi premiums.
I know people will say FHA mortgage insurance has an upfront funding fee and monthly mi each month for life of loan, but nobody has a mortgage loan for 30 days, plus on lower scores, FHA will get you approved where Fannie Mae will not.
Kentucky Veteran loan (VA)
If you are a veteran or currently serving in the military, and you are a first-time homebuyer, it’s possible that you qualify for a VA loan through the Department of Veteran Affairs. The great thing about VA loans is that they require zero money down, no monthly private mortgage insurance (PMI).
The Kentucky VA Mortgage Qualifying Guidelines for 2019 for veterans, service members, and their spouses. For veterans, it’s generally required that you served at least 181 days straight, while active members need to have served 90 days total.
$10,000 Down payment Assistance Grant for Kentucky First Time Home buyers 2019 – Louisville Kentucky Mortgage Loans
Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Eligibility Map for 2019
|Northern Kentucky Counties
Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Bracken and Pendleton, Gallatin ***
|Cincinnati (OH, KY, IN FMR)||Household income of 4 or less:***$90,050||Household income of 5 or more:***$118,850|
|All Other Areas||$82,700||$109,150|
• Credit. Applicants must have a minimum credit score of 581 to qualify for USDA’s guaranteed underwriting credit requirements. However, most lenders will want a 620 or preferably to get an Automated Approval 640 is the magic number in most cases. With regards to bankruptcy, 3 years is usually the date needed to lapse since your discharge.
• Employment. Applicants must have proof of two years of stable income and employment.
: Income: They will take your gross monthly income and develop two ratios for you: The front end ratio, which is called your housing ratio, and then the back-end ratio or total debt ratio is the house payment plus the total monthly payments listed on the credit report. If you pay child support, this is included in the qualifying ratios but utility bills, car insurance, cell phone bills, water bills etc, is not included. Typically 28% is used for the housing ratio, and
Student Loans: They are pretty tough on student loans and qualifying with your current student loan debts. They will make us use 1% of your outstanding balance on student loans, so sometimes this will cause the loan to get denied because your debt to income ratio is too high. If they are in an Income-Based repayment plan they will still make us use the 1% balance so keep this in mind. For example, let’s say you owe $35k in outstanding student loans, and your IBR plan calls for a $50 monthly payment. RHS will make us use $350, not the $50 IBR payment so you can see where this will cause issue on higher debt to income ratios on some loans.
• Property location. Homes must be located within a rural area, as defined by USDA. Rural areas are any that have a population less than 35,000 depending on the area’s designation. Use this tool from USDA to determine if a specific address is eligible.
• Physical property. Homes must be the borrower’s primary residence, have direct access to a street, and have adequate utilities and water and wastewater disposal, among other things No working fams allowed or properties that income producing livestock or crops.
For those with lower incomes, a USDA direct loan provides greater opportunities for lending, as its credit and income requirements are more lax than the guaranteed loan option.
Kentucky Home Buyers
Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) DAP For Kentucky 2019
Available to Christian County only 11/15/2018
- Zero percent interest rate for first-time home buyers.
- A non-repayalbe second mortgage for $10,000.
- Forgiven after five years.
- Home purchase must be located in Christian county.
- No other counties will be eligible.
- New construction properties are not allowed.
- Property has to have been previously occupied.
- Applicants must meet Secondary Market Income and Purchase Price Limit.
Regular DAP for Kentucky Home Buyers in 2019
- Purchase price up to $301,294 with Secondary Market.
- Assistance in the form of a loan up to $6,000 in $100 increments.
- Repayable over a ten-year term at 5.50 percent.
- Available to all KHC first-mortgage loan recipients.
Affordable DAP for Kentucky Home Buyers in 2019
- Purchase price up to $301,294 with Secondary Market.
- Assistance up to $6,000.
- Repayable over a ten-year term at 1.00 percent.
- Borrowers must meet Affordable DAP income limits.
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