Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Income Eligibility guidelines.

Today I will like to discuss what income is allowed by USDA Lenders in Kentucky  when calculating your income, as well as income that is used to determine whether you meet Kentucky Rural Housing  USDA Income Eligibility guidelines.
USDA Loans in Kentucky equire that the borrower's income meet both "Income Eligibility" and "Income Qualifying" requirements.  Income Eligibility is income used to determine whether the income of all adult household members exceeds USDA's county specific and household size allowable limit.  Income Qualifying is the income used to determine whether the income is appropriate to support the loan request.  The components used to determine the income for both criteria differ.

A common list of areas that should be reviewed by the Loan Officer with the borrower is as follows:
Income Type  Income - Eligibility Income -Qualifying
Household Income in Kentucky
Income of all adult members of the household are considered for qualifying purposes even if they are not on the loan application
Use only income from borrower(s) on the loan application
W-2 Annual Income in Kentucky
Use Box 3 – Social Security Income
Use Box 1 – Wages, tips, other comp
Court Ordered Child Support and AlimonyUse court ordered amount even if not receiving income regularly. This is for all members of the householdMust document on-time receipt over the previous 12 months
Part-Time, Overtime, and Bonus IncomeAny income earned is extrapolated over a 12 month period of timeNeed a two year documentable history with the same employer to be considered
Business Income/LossBusiness income or loss from a previously filed tax return will be used to determine incomeNeed a two year documentable history provided by tax return information obtained directly from the IRS
Unemployment IncomeBenefit received from current year (and possibly previous year even if non-reoccurring) will be added to income eligibilityOnly unemployment income derived from seasonal planned layoffs will be considered as qualifying income.  All other unemployment income will be disregarded
Unreimbursed Business ExpenseReduce income eligibility incomeReduce income qualifying income

Loan Officers that are inexperienced with USDA Loans in Kentucky often incorrectly calculate income eligibility, which may lead to a subsequent loan denial.  Furthermore, the actual borrower should review this information as well. Borrowers need to realize there are variables identified through the loan approval process that the Loan Officer has no way of knowing when providing an initial pre-qualification letter. For instance, the Underwriter will not know if there are any unreimbursed business expenses until tax returns are obtained directly from the IRS, unless the borrower proactively communicates the information to the Loan Officer during the initial loan pre-qualification interview. 

 Kentucky Rural Housing USDA Income Eligibility guidelines.

Most are familiar with USDA Rural Housing Loan Program  being a great no money down program available and it is not just for Kentucky first time buyers

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Joel Lobb
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