Great News for Kentucky Rural Housing Home Buyers using the USDA Loan Program!

Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Rural Development Guarantee Upfront and Annual Fees are going down October 2016 for all Kentucky Rural Home loans!

On October 1, 2016, the first day of Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), both the upfront guarantee fee and annual fee (collectively the “fee schedule”) for purchase and refinance loans will decrease.

We are reducing the upfront guarantee fee from 2.75% to 1%, and the annual fee from .5% to .35%.

In real money terms, this is $3,500 Upfront & $58.33 per month on a $200,000 Home Purchase.

The Guaranteed Underwriting System (GUS) will be updated on August 31, 2016, to allow lenders to select and underwrite using either the FY16 or FY17 fee schedule. The determination will be based on the current processing timeframes in each state.

Debt Ratios–29/41% on manual underwrites – max to 45% Debt to Income ratios with GUS Approve/Eligible Finding.

ZERO down payment – 100% LTV ok

Income Eligibility Limits do apply. Usually to $75k for a family of four and up to $98k for a household family of five or more.

Lender Credit from the interest rate may be used to pay closing costs.

Gifts ok! Usually not needed for USDA loans because 100% Financing offered. Gift funds cannot be used for reserves to get a GUS approval.

Applicants with > 20% of the sales price in assets (exclude retirement accounts) are not eligible for USDA financing.

Clear CAIVRS required – CAIVRS is a Federal Government-wide data base of information regarding individuals where an insurance claim or guarantee loss was paid.

2 tradelines with > 12 months of repayment history – installment or revolving and trade lines may be open, closed or paid in full by applicant.

Student Loan Payments – important recent change to Kentucky Mortgage RHS USDA Loans. The change no longer allows for student loan payments that are IBR (Income Based Repayment), graduated, adjustable, interest only and deferred. USDA now requires a payment equal to 1% of the balance reflected on the applicant’s credit report.

Kentucky Rural Development USDA Changes Coming soon below:

Kentucky USDA Streamlined-Assist refinances – similar to an FHA Kentucky Streamline…details coming soon!

Upfront Fee and the Annual Premiums will be reducing in the Fall of 2016 for a new Kentucky Rural Housing Mortgage Loans!

To be eligible for the KY Rural Housing USDA program, properties must be outside the major metropolitan areas and income requirements be met.

Click here to go to the KY USDA Income & Property Eligibility site >>>>

KY USDA Income Limit Chart (Example – A family of 4 can make no more than $75,650 and a family of 5 can make up to $99,850 for eligible homes outside the Jefferson County Kentucky Metro area)

Joel Lobb
Senior Loan Officer
phone: (502) 905-3708
Fax: (502) 327-9119

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, ( USDA 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.