Saturday, June 17, 2017

Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion will no longer provide information regarding civil judgments and tax liens on reports as of July 1, 2017.

New Credit Report Changes Coming Soon for Kentucky Rural Housing Mortgage USDA  Loans and Fico Scores for 2017

In an effort to make credit reports more accurate, all three credit reporting agencies of Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion will no longer provide information regarding civil judgments and tax liens on reports as of July 1, 2017.  The impact to credit scores is anticipated to be minimal.  There are no changes to the current reporting of foreclosure and bankruptcy data. 

There will be no updates to HB-1-3555 and the following will continue to apply for Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loans:

  • Lenders must secure a marketable first lien as required in 7 CFR Part 3555, 3555.204 and HB-1-3555 Chapter 16. 
  • USDA’s current policy regarding judgments and tax liens in 3555.151(i)(5) and HB-1-3555 Chapter 10:  10.10 and Attachment 10-B will apply. 
  • If a lender identifies a judgment or tax lien for a GUS “Accept” loan file, the manual entry of the debt on the “Assets and Liabilities” application page will not require the file to be downgraded.  The GUS “Accept” recommendation remains valid and the lender must appropriately underwrite the loan file under the requirements of 7 CFR 3555 and HB-1-3555. 

USDA will continue to monitor the performance of guaranteed loans to determine if any future policy changes may be necessary.









Monday, June 12, 2017

What are the income and employment guidelines for a Kentucky Rural Development Loan Housing Approval?



What is an acceptable income and employment for a KY USDA Loan Approval?




 There is no minimum length of time an applicant must have held a position to
 consider employment income as dependable.
 Lender must verify the applicant’s employment for the most recent 2 full years
& verify that the applicant’s income has been stable.
 The applicant should not have any gaps in employment of more than a month
 within the 2 year period prior to making the loan application.
 Applicants that have not been employed for 12 months with their current
employer or have experienced a significant earnings increase are considered high
risk.

• Second jobs, full 2 year history
• Unearned income, 3 year continuance
• Self‐employed applicants, 2 year history


Newly Employed:

Less than a 2-year employment & income history can be considered when documentation = applicant was attending school immediately prior to current employment.
School Program/Classes must correlate to job!
For those applicants about to start a new job:
Firm offer letter from new employer indicating the job will begin within 60 days of loan closing

Re-entering the Workforce:

Applicants who re-enter the workforce after an absence to care for a family member or minor child,
extended medical illness, or other reasonable circumstances & less than 2-year employment &income history: May be considered for repayment income if the applicant has been at the current employer for a minimum of six months and there is evidence of a previous employment history

Significant increases or decreases in income level:

Experienced a Significant Decrease?

Previous higher income cannot be averaged for repayment purposes
 unless there is documentation of a one-time occurrence (e.g. injury)
that prevented working or earning full income for a period of time & proof that the applicant
is back to the income amount that they previously earned. Focus on the most recent earnings
and income that is likely to be received at the level used for qualifying.

 Experienced a Significant Increase?

 Proposing to qualify the applicant at the higher amount?

 NEED: sufficient documentation to confirm the increased income is stable and likely to
continue at the level used as part of the written analysis


Fixed Income like Social Security, SSI, non-taxable income:

• May be grossed up 25% for repayment
• Do not gross up for annual income
• No other adjustments are authorized


If you have questions about qualifying as first time home buyer in Kentucky using the USDA Home Loan Program, please call, text, email or fill out free prequalification below for your next mortgage loan pre-approval.



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The view and opinions stated on this website belong solely to the authors, and are intended for informational purposes only.  The posted information does not guarantee approval, nor does it comprise full underwriting guidelines.  This does not represent being part of a government agency. The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer. Not all products or services mentioned on this site may fit all people



100 percent Financing Kentucky USDA Rural Development Loans

Kentucky Rural Housing Loans for 2017

USDA home loans in Kentucky are also known as the Rural Development Loan or RHS Loans. It is one of the best options for homebuyers that are currently looking for a home outside the urban areas of Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky that requires No Money Down. 
Another major advantage of this home loan is it’s fixed interest rate.  The fixed interest rate insulate buyers from interest rate fluctuations. You’ll have the same monthly loan repayment throughout the life of your loan.
100 percent Financing Kentucky USDA Rural Development Loans will allow you to roll up some of your closing cost into your monthly mortgage. While it is impossible to avoid closing costs of the home purchase, it is possible to have the seller pay for some of these cost and or arranged for them to be added to your total loan with minimal impact on your monthly payments.

Eligibility for Kentucky USDA Loans

When applying for eligibility for 100% USDA loans, There are six factors taken into account:
  • Loan income restrictions Most household income limits are set between $75k for a family of four, and up to $98k for a family of five or more see map >>>>>http://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RD-GRHLimitMap.pdf
  • Credit score  You have three credit scores, they throw and the high and low score and take the middle score of each of the three main credit bureaus, experian, equifax, and transunion.Most lenders will want a 640 middle credit score due to the fact that GUS (Guaranteed Underwriting System) will not give you an automated approval upfront if the middle score is below the 640 threshold. You may get a refer eligible on the initial pre-approval but a lot of lenders will not honor a refer eligible USDA file. 
  • Property Ownership (Do you own other Property) In most cases, USDA will not allow you to use their program to purchase another home if you already have a home in your name. In some extreme cases, they will waive this if certain exceptions are met. You can call or email me for more details on this matter. The USDA loans are only available for single family primary residences. No rental homes or working farms are allowed on the USDA Home Loan Program
  • Residential Location (USDA Eligibility:  to checkk click here ) Is the property located in a Eligible area. See link above for eligibility boundaries for counties in Kentucky
  • Debt to Income Ratios: If your credit score is above 640, GUS will typically limit your backend ratio to 45% of your total gross income. The front end ratio, or the housing ratio, usually is centered around 30% to 35% range, with compensating factors such as assets or money in bank to cover your new house payment, disposable income, high credit scores, and no rent payment shock. Rent payment shock is where your new house payment is much larger than your current rent payment. This only comes into play on lower credit scores.
  • Assets  I have noticed that with 3 or 4 months reserves you can typically get a loan approved with lower credit scores with payment shock on the new loan. Additionally, if you have access to 20% down payment in your checking or savings account, they will make you use your own money. If the money is in a 401k or other tax deferred savings accounts this will not factor in and you can use the USDA loan program.
  • I can explain this more in detail if you want to call or email me. 




-- 

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)

 phone: (502) 905-3708
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119








Kentucky Rural Development Guidelines for Pools, credit scores, debt ratios.


Kentucky Rural Development Guidelines for Pools, credit scores, debt ratios. 


1. Is the property in an eligible area? Check address at: http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov
Click on ‘single family’ under the link “Property eligibility”. Type in address or go to map.

2. Is their household income within the Agency limits? See the chart. Use the fast easy
calculator at http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov Click on ‘single family’ under ‘Income Eligibility’

3. Do they have reasonable credit? Your lender’s underwriter makes the credit decision. Our
streamlined processing does not require credit explanations if the FICO is 640 or higher (EXCEPT with recent  Bankruptcy in last 3 years or a foreclosure in the last 3 years). Alternate credit is acceptable. 580 and below would be rare. A 670+ score is a stand-alone  compensating factor. The lender’s underwriter makes the final decision on creditworthiness.

Do they have reasonable repayment ability? Ratios are 29/41% (31%/43% for homes built after
Jan 1, 2001) but can be waived when it makes sense.: .5% (.005) annual fee will be assessed. Rural Development is a direct guarantor. There is no mortgage insurance and the Guarantee remains at the  maximum of 90% of original principal borrowed. Fee cannot be prepaid and is billed annually to the servicing lender. Rate and Term: 30 year fixed, very competitive conventional rate


Other eligibility criteria:

.• No co-signors residing outside of the household.
• In-ground swimming pools. The loan, not including RD fee, is limited to the appraised value WITHOUT the pool. The FHA appraiser must justify value ‘as is’ AND a value as if the property had no pool. The value of the  pool must be established and justified


Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223

 phone: (502) 905-3708
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119

 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

Kentucky USDA Rural Development For 2017 Mortgage Guidelines



2017 Kentucky Rural Development Mortgage Guide

  • 30 year fixed rate only for Purchases and Existing USDA loans Refinances.
  • Zero down Mortgage loan with a loan limit of $424,000
  • Upfront funding fee is 1.0% and annual mi fee is .35% (very low compared to FHA)
  • Typically cannot own other real estate. There are exceptions to this. 
  • You do not have to be a first-time home buyer in Kentucky
  • Can refinance existing USDA loan as long as lowering rate by 1% and can do without an appraisal. There are overlays to this by lenders.
  • Closing costs and prepaids can be paid by seller but must be put into contract
  • Closing costs may be financed into the loan up to the appraised value.
  • You will need two credit trade lines reporting at least for 12 months on your credit file. They don't have to be open and active. Just reporting on your credit report.
  • All Guaranteed Mortgage Loans are ran through GUS. GUS stands for the Guaranteed Underwriting System. USDA and their underwriters use this system to pre-approve you. They review credit score/history, income, debt to income ratio and assets to determine your loan eligibility. If your credit score is below 640 or your debt to income ratio is over 45%, it will get a refer and you will find most lenders will not approve the loan. 
  • Some lenders will do a credit score down to 600, but they will want a lot of documentation to overturn the refer and compensating factors for the lower credit score. They typically will need to verify rent for last 12 months, with no lates, cash payments are not acceptable, and debt to income ratios are set at 29% and 41% respectively. Reserves are typically helpful too on lower credit scores, so keep in that in mind, if you have money in a savings account, for a rainy day fund, this will help sometimes get the loan approved.
  • If you have access to 20% down payment you cannot use the USDA Program. Money in a retirement account does not account toward the 20% rule.
  • Properties must be located in an eligible area of Kentucky. Typically the large metro areas of Kentucky including the following: all of Jefferson County,  all of Fayette County, Owensboro, Paducah, Hopkinsville, Bowling Green, Richmond, Frankfort and Northern KY cities of Covington, Florence, Erlanger, Beechwood, Richwood are not eligible

USDA Eligible Areas In Northern Kentucky for Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Grant Counties

  • Independence
  • Burlington
  • Hebron
  • Highland Heights
  • Walton
  • Alexandria
  • Cold Springs
  • All Of Grant County, Pendleton County And Owen County






Kentucky USDA Rural Max Income Limits:

  • The total household income must be within the county limits for household size.  Typically a family household of 4 can make up to around $75,650  and a family of five or more  can make up to $99,850 for a household- Some KY counties allow for higher like Shelby County, and the Northern Kentucky Counties of Boone, Kenton, Campbell allow $82,000 (household income of four) up to $108,250 (household income of five or more)



Some More Facts about a Kentucky USDA loan:

It's a two step approval process.  The chosen USDA lender must first underwrite the file and get it approved based on the income, assets, and credit report submitted. Then, the lenders must submit to USDA for a "conditional commitment".  This conditional commitment is the final loan approval paperwork you are looking for. 


Even though the lender may have approved the file, it still must go to USDA office in Lexington for an assignment to SFH underwriter for the final approval process. They typically are checking the appraisal and income at this stage. There have been instances where the lender would approve the file but USDA would not due to appraisal issues or income and job history. 
This is very rare instances, so keep that in mind when it comes to final loan approval. 
This two-step approval process usually adds 4-6 days to the final loan approval process, so keep that in mind when you are writing up your contract because it takes a little longer to close these loans vs FHA, VA, and Fannie Mae loans. 
Well Test Treatments:  Properties with a well as the primary drinking source will require a well water test.  There are local labs to perform this test and the water must pass.

Septic Test: Sometimes they will require the septic tank to be inspected if called for in the appraisal report or home inspection. 

Older Homes: As a general rule, USDA does not like homes older than 100 years old. They will sometimes require a home inspection in addition to the mandatory appraisal on older homes.
USDA Loan After a Short Sale:  A short sale is not the end of the world.  So it is very possible to obtain a USDA loan if 3 years have passed after the short sale.  But a buyer would need re-established good rent and other credit history.

Bankruptcy and Foreclosure:  If the mortgage debt that was foreclosed, was included in a Bankruptcy – then the USDA Home Loan waiting periods after foreclosure “waiting period” of 3 years, starts from the date of the discharge of the Bankruptcy.  Because it can take 6 months or more for Banks to process the Foreclosure, and transfer title, this is a tremendous plus.





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Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer
(NMLS#57916)


text or call my phone: (502) 905-3708
email me at kentuckyloan@gmail.com
The view and opinions stated on this website belong solely to the authors, and are intended for informational purposes only. The posted information does not guarantee approval, nor does it comprise full underwriting guidelines. This does not represent being part of a government agency. The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the view of my employer. Not all products or services mentioned on this site may fit all people. NMLS ID# 57916, (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org). Mortgage loans only offered in Kentucky.
All loans and lines are subject to credit approval, verification, and collateral evaluation and are originated by lender. Products and interest rates are subject to change without notice. Manufactured and mobile homes are not eligible as collateral.