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Your Complete Guide to the Kentucky VA Loan for 2019

The Kentucky VA Loan isn’t just for active duty military. Check out this complete guide to see if you might be eligible to use the Kentucky VA Loan.

Source: Your Complete Guide to the VA Loan

 

You can find more information and how to prove your eligibility on the VA benefits website. The specific service requirements and time periods can be found here.

Unfortunately, the VA loan cannot be used for ANY type of purchase. Like many federally sponsored programs there are very specific requirements to what can be bought with a VA loan.

As defined by the VA, the loan can be used for five types of homes, all of which must be your personal home. The specific VA wording can be found here.

  1. Buy a home or condominium unit in a VA approved project.
  2. Build a Home.
  3. Simultaneously purchase and improve a home.
  4. Improve a home by installing energy-related features or making energy efficient improvements.
  5. Buy a manufactured home and/or lot.

 

Multi-plex for a VA loan – The VA allows you to buy a single family, duplex (2 units), triplex (3 units) and a quadplex (4 units). The key is that you have to live in one unit, however, you are still allowed to rent the other unit(s) out.

Eligibility for a VA loan
Once you know that you qualify, the next step is to figure out your eligibility. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as it sounds because it’s based on your location. The lowest total amount is $484,350 for a single family. All the numbers after that are based on location and the number of times the loan has been used. The VA location list to check eligibility can be found here.

 

Multiple VA Loans
The great thing about the new VA rules is not only are you given a set amount, but you can buy as many houses under the amount of the last local place. You entitlement includes the purchase price AND the funding fee (described below) of your location.

This is the Equation: Current Location Entitlement – Previous Entitlement(s) if you have multiple (Funding Fee included) = amount you have left.

So just because you are “out” in one location in regards to your VA loan eligibility, does not mean you should not have your mortgage broker check your eligibility in the next place you go. It never hurts to ask, you could be missing out on an opportunity!

Financing Above Your VA Loan
The VA loan does allow you to finance above your VA loan amount. The key thing to note is anything above the VA funding amount requires a down payment of 25%. So if you go above your funding amount by 10,000 you will now owe a down payment of $2,500.

VA Funding Fee
The VA funding is the only downside to the VA loan and using it for multiple loans. The VA loan charges a funding fee for all their loans. The rates depends on a couple of different variables so certainly look at this chart to figure out your funding fee.

Waiving of the Funding Fee
If you have a VA disability rating then you should definitely check out this article. I explain all the regulations and how all those fees/other expenses could be waived.

The VA loan is truly an amazing loan. There are so many nuances and great benefits. I highly recommend you find a great mortgage broker who can walk you through all the different possibilities. Did I miss anything regarding the VA loan? What has been your experience?

 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
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Text/call 502-905-3708
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http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/
If you are an individual with disabilities who needs accommodation, or you are having difficulty using our website to apply for a loan, please contact us at 502-905-3708.

Disclaimer: No statement on this site is a commitment to make a loan. Loans are subject to borrower qualifications, including income, property evaluation, sufficient equity in the home to meet Loan-to-Value requirements, and final credit approval. Approvals are subject to underwriting guidelines, interest rates, and program guidelines and are subject to change without notice based on applicant’s eligibility and market conditions. Refinancing an existing loan may result in total finance charges being higher over the life of a loan. Reduction in payments may reflect a longer loan term. Terms of any loan may be subject to payment of points and fees by the applicant  Equal Opportunity Lender. NMLS#57916http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/

— Some products and services may not be available in all states. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. The content in this marketing advertisement has not been approved, reviewed, sponsored or endorsed by any department or government agency. Rates are subject to change and are subject to borrower(s) qualification.

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 

Text/call:      502-905-3708

fax:            502-327-9119
email:
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What do VA Home Lenders Look for on a Loan Approval in Kentucky

What do VA Home Lenders Look for on a Loan Approval in Kentucky

What are the qualification for a Kentucky VA Home Loan?

 

  • Consistent Job and Income Stability

    • For a currently serving service member, your service will immediately qualify as a stable job.
    • For Kentucky veterans no longer on active duty, you’ll want to have at least 12 months at your current job or be in a similar line of work to your most recent work. Two years or more with an employer is the ideal job history for a mortgage.
    • If you started a new job recently, you may be able to reference your previous work history, work in the service, or educational background to support the stability of your new job. In addition to standard paperwork, if it’s a brand new job, we’ll also be looking for an offer letter.
    • Some types of jobs are inherently less stable than others. If you’re receiving a salary, your income is guaranteed short of job loss. If you’re receiving an hourly pay, then there is a good idea of what you’ll likely be making. But if you’re working any type of commission related job, your income is volatile. It could be high one month and zero the next month. For commission jobs, you’ll want to have at least two years of history reported to your tax returns. We’ll then be able to use a two-year average to determine what we can use as your monthly income.
  • Good credit scores and credit history

  •          There is no minimum credit score for VA, but most Kentucky VA lenders that I            work with  will want a 580 to 620 minimum with no foreclosure or                                bankruptcies in the last 2 years
    • You should have zero late payments on either your rent or mortgage within the last 12 months – preferably having zero late payments. If this isn’t possible, focus on keeping all current accounts paid on time. Your new history will eventually bury the old late payments.
    • If you have no credit score, we can use alternative trade lines like rent, utility  bill and car insurance. 
  • Debt to Income Ratios under 41% for lower credit score, or higher than 41% for good credit scores

    • DTI will be referenced commonly throughout the loan process. This determines how much house you can afford as it’s your monthly debts considered against the gross monthly income (GMI) we’re able to use for your mortgage.
    • Ideally, your total DTI will be below 41% of your gross monthly income. This means someone who makes $5,000 monthly would want all of their collective credit related debts + new mortgage to be below $2,050 for the month. For example, According to CNBC, the average car loan is $523 a month. If you add in another $27 for a credit card, that would be $550 in credit debts + housing. So, your mortgage payment would want to be under $1,500. You can potentially be approved for more, but this would be the ideal number to aim for.
    • Residual Income requirements of $1000 or more a month for most veteran borrowers in Kentucky 
  • Your veteran status.
    • You must have at least 90 days of active duty service.
    • For Reserves, at least six years of service.
    • For veterans, you must have a discharge other than dishonorable.

How you apply for a VA Home loan In Kentucky

The first step is to get  your  (COE and DD Form 214 for A Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan) in order as well as reviewing your information to make sure you qualify. If you don’t, we can get you on the right track.

 

​Kentucky ​VA Loan limits ​​

 

Determining your eligibility and the maximum purchase price is the first step you’ll need to take for your ​Kentucky ​VA Loan. VA Loans don’t technically have a maximum mortgage/loan limit, but they do have a maximum amount they’ll 100% finance. On the other hand, FHA does have a maximum mortgage. This is an actual limit on the amount you can borrow.

Using a VA Loan allows you to finance up to 103.3% of the purchase price, with 100% going towards the purchase and the remaining 3.3% eligible to go towards your closing costs. Determining your eligibility will involve reviewing your veteran status, Certificate of Eligibility (COE), county limits, income, credit, and job stability. These factors will all contribute to your VA maximum mortgage.

The first thing you’ll need to do is to make sure you’re an eligible veteran and confirm your Certificate of Eligibility is ready for your VA Loan. If you’ve already got that sorted out, then you’re ready to start shopping for how much you’ll qualify for.

 

Text/call:      502-905-3708
fax:            502-327-9119
email:
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Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 

Text/call:      502-905-3708

fax:            502-327-9119
email:
kentuckyloan@gmail.com
 
 

 

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Kentucky VA Loans: What to Know about Qualifying for a VA loan in 2019

What are the updated guidelines for qualifying for a Kentucky VA Mortgage in 2019

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What is a Kentucky VA Mortgage loan?

A Kentucky VA loan is issued by a private lender in Kentucky and insured by the Department of Veterans Affairs or VA . for qualified U.S. veterans, active-duty military personnel and certain surviving spouses.

Who is eligible for a Kentucky Mortgage VA loan?

You are likely to be entitled to apply for a Kentucky VA mortgage if:

  • You are active-duty military.

  • You were separated from military service in a situation “other than dishonorable discharge.”

  • As a veteran or active military, you meet specific length-of-service requirements.

  • You are a reservist or a member of the National Guard.

  • You are a qualified surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.

In addition, there are these requirements:

  • The home must be your primary residence.

  • You must have a valid certificate of eligibility from the VA.

  • Although the VA has no minimum credit score requirement, most lenders do.

Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Benefits.

A Kentucky VA loan begins with one important distinction: relaxed credit-qualifying standards in regards to credit scores, past bankruptcies and foreclosures

VA has no minimum credit score requirement, lenders often require scores of at least 580 A few lenders will approve loans with credit scores as low as 500 in some cases .2 year removed from bankruptcy and foreclosure is required too with a clear Cavirs number.

THE MAJOR BENEFITS of a Kentucky VA mortgage are as follows:

  • $0 down payment unless the purchase price is more than the appraised value of the property or it’s higher than the local VA loan limit.

  • Mortgage rates are typically lower than rates on conventional loans.

  • No mortgage insurance is required monthly, just upfront funding fees.

  • You can reuse your VA loan benefit.

  • You don’t have to be a first-time home buyer.

  • VA-backed loans can be assumable — this means they can be taken over by someone you sell the house to, even if that person isn’t a service member.

  • A bankruptcy discharged more than two years ago — and in some cases, within one to two years — will not preclude you from getting a VA loan.

Types of Kentucky Mortgage VA loans

Home purchase in Kentucky: A Kentucky VA loan can be used to buy an existing home or a condominium in a VA-approved development, or to build a home.

Cash-out refinance in Kentucky:VA cash-out refi replaces your mortgage with a new loan, while tapping some of your home’s value for things like paying off debt or making home improvements. It also can be used to replace a non-VA loan with a VA loan.

Interest rate reduction refinance loan or rate and term: A VA IRRRL (which is pronounced “Earl”) is also called a streamline refinance loan. You can replace an existing VA loan with a mortgage offering a lower interest rate, or move from an adjustable-rate loan to one with a fixed interest rate. Usually no appraisal or income documentation is needed for most IRRRL Refinances saving you a lot of money and qualifying headaches on a refinance

Kentucky VA loan fees for Funding Fees.

Although mortgage insurance isn’t charged on Kentucky VA loans, a “funding fee” serves the same purpose: to help lenders defray the expenses of foreclosing on borrowers who default. The fee ranges from 1.25% to 3.3% of the loan balance, depending on your down payment, branch of the military and whether or not it’s your first time getting a VA loan.

The VA funding fee can be rolled into your total loan package, but that will likely raise your interest rate and will absolutely raise your monthly payment.

Though a down payment is not generally required, putting 5% or more down will reduce your VA funding fee. And a down payment will lower your monthly payment, too.

 

Childcare Expenses

Did you know that VA considers childcare expenses a debt?

VA has given guidance that Borrowers with children age 12 and under must complete and sign a “Child Care Letter”. The lender must obtain the letter from the veteran documenting the childcare expense or detailing why no expense is incurred. Ensure that the current daycare provisions will remain logical based on the location of the new home. If applicable, the name and address of the childcare provider, should be obtained. This expense should be listed under section D, line 29, “Job Related Expense (e.g., child care)” on the VA Loan Analysis.

A “VA Child Care Expense Certification” form can be found on the Fairway website under “Forms & Documents” or by clicking here: VA Child Care Expense Certification

 

Kentucky VA Guidelines After Bankruptcy And Foreclosure On Waiting Period After Foreclosure

Kentucky VA Loans only have a two year mandatory waiting period after foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, or short sale for a Veteran to qualify for a Kentucky VA Loan.

 

Kentucky VA Guidelines After Bankruptcy And Foreclosure On Waiting Period After Chapter 7 and 13

  • There is a two year mandatory waiting period to qualify for a VA Loan after a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy discharged date and 1 year for A Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

 

New Loan Limits for VA Mortgage Loans in Kentucky for 2019
Fannie Mae has just announced an increase to County Loan Limits for 2019 in Kentucky. Effective Thursday November 29th, will allow FNMA loans to be locked using the 2019 Loan Limits.
The new loan limits are listed below. Individual Kentucky County Loan Limits for 2019 can be found on Fannie Mae’s Loan Limit Look-Up Table HERE.

 

Kentucky VA Loan Process

A list of items needed for underwriting is provided to the buyer based on the buyer’s scenario. Based on the borrower’s scenario, the process is explained which includes the items discussed below such as the VA certificate of eligibility (COE), DD-214, income verification, and more.

 

How to Get a VA Loan Certificate of Eligibility

 

How to Apply for a VA Home Loan Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

The first step in getting a VA direct or VA-backed home loan is to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). This confirms for your lender that you qualify for the VA home loan benefit. Find out how to apply for a COE. Then, choose your loan type and learn about the rest of the loan application process.

How do I prepare before starting my application?

Gather the information you’ll need to apply for your COE. Click on the description below that matches you best to find out what you’ll need:

 

  • Veteran
  • Servicemember
  • Current or former activated National Guard or Reserve member
  • Current member of the National Guard or Reserves who has never been activated
  • Discharged member of the National Guard who was never activated
  • Discharged member of the Reserves who was never activated
  • Surviving spouse of a Veteran who died on active duty or who had a service-connected disability

 

How do I apply for my COE?

You can apply online right now.

Go to eBenefits to Apply

You can also apply:

Through our Web LGY system

In some cases, you can get your COE through your lender using our Web LGY system. Ask your lender about this option.

By mail

To apply by mail, fill out a Request for a Certificate of Eligibility (VA Form 26-1880) and mail it to the address listed on the form. Please keep in mind that this may take longer than applying online or through our Web LGY system.
Download VA Form 26-1880.

 

Next steps for getting a VA direct or VA-backed home loan

Applying for your COE is only one part of the process for getting a VA direct or VA-backed home loan. Your next steps will depend on the type of loan you’re looking to get—and on your lender (for most loans, the lender will be a private bank or mortgage company; for the Native American Direct Loan, we’ll be your lender).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346
 


Text/call 502-905-3708
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/
If you are an individual with disabilities who needs accommodation, or you are having difficulty using our website to apply for a loan, please contact us at 502-905-3708.

Disclaimer: No statement on this site is a commitment to make a loan. Loans are subject to borrower qualifications, including income, property evaluation, sufficient equity in the home to meet Loan-to-Value requirements, and final credit approval. Approvals are subject to underwriting guidelines, interest rates, and program guidelines and are subject to change without notice based on applicant’s eligibility and market conditions. Refinancing an existing loan may result in total finance charges being higher over the life of a loan. Reduction in payments may reflect a longer loan term. Terms of any loan may be subject to payment of points and fees by the applicant  Equal Opportunity Lender. NMLS#57916http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/

— Some products and services may not be available in all states. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. The content in this marketing advertisement has not been approved, reviewed, sponsored or endorsed by any department or government agency. Rates are subject to change and are subject to borrower(s) qualification.

 

Kentucky VA Mortgage Guidelines for 2019

How can I get a VA Mortgage loan in Kentucky in 2019?

 

Kentucky veterans and active duty service members are eligible. However, all veterans, active duty service members and National Guard members must meet certain requirements.

see below requirements for Kentucky VA Mortgage Loans:

  • Served 90 consecutive days during wartime
  • Served 181 days during peacetime
  • Have more than six years of service with the National Guard or Reserves

Also, Kentucky VA loans are available to the surviving spouses of military members who died in the line of duty.

How does a Kentucky VA Home Mortgage Loan Work?

The Veterans Administration guarantees the loan, but they do not make it.. VA sets forth the guidelines as far as credit, income, assets, property requirements and inspections, but the lenders use this to make a lending decision. Usually the credit, income and assets, i.e. bank statements, pay stubs and tax returns, along with credit report and credit score to get a pre-approval upfront. The appraisal report is done by VA assigned appraiser in the area and neither the lender, borrower, realtors, sellers, have no control as far as choosing the Kentucky VA appraiser. VA will typically give the VA approved appraiser 10 days to make contact, and usually get the appraisal report back within 7-10 days after inspections.

How much can I borrow with a Kentucky Mortgage VA loan?

The Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Limits for 2019 were just published. . Currently, loan limits are $484,500 for all Kentucky Counties in 2019. They go off conventional guidelines from Fannie Mae. Now, will  you get approved for $484,500 loan limit?–That all depends on your credit, income, assets, monthly debts when they run the application through AUS or DU.

What is the credit score or fico score required for a Kentucky VA Mortgage loan?

VA has issued guidelines that calls for no minimum credit score. However, most VA Kentucky  lenders will want to see a credit score of at least 620 before approving the mortgage. There are two lenders we work with currently that will do down to a 500 credit score, but it is very difficult to get them approved . The best thing to do is let someone pull your credit and see where you are at and go from there. A lot of lenders you will see will want a 620 credit score, with a few going down to 580. Again, this will vary greatly from lender to lender and be based upon our automated underwriting findings (AUS) from Desktop Underwriting.

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Do VA Loans Require a Downpayment.

Kentuck VA home buyers do not require a down payment. It does not matter if you have a 500 credit score or 780 credit score, all VA loans offer a no down payment option to applicants. The only reason you would need a down payment is if you had to qualify for the home loan payment, or if  you were borrowing with a co-applicant, that is not married to the borrower. For example, if a veteran is legally married, and his wife is not a veteran, that is fine with VA and you would not need a down payment, However, let’s say the borrower and his friend or girlfriend wanted to buy a house together, and we needed the co-borrowers income and credit to make it work, then you would need to put down 12% on the home loan since the borrower and co-borrower are not legally married.

Mortgage insurance on A VA loan?

One of the great benefits of VA loans is that have no monthly mortgage insurance premium. When you compare this to FHA, USDA mortgage loans in Kentucky, you would need to pay monthly mortgage insurance.

There is an upfront funding fee from VA , but if you are disabled, you can get this waived sometimes. See chart below

Kentucky VA Funding Fee Information

In order for VA to guarantee the home loan, there is a closing cost assessed by the VA to originate the loan called a funding fee. This fee will vary, depending upon the type of Kentucky  VA loan, whether this is your first time to use your entitlement, if you are a disabled veteran, the down payment and if you served active duty or in the National Guard/Reserves.

Current Funding Fee Charts for Kentucky VA Guaranteed Loans:

First Time Use, Purchase & Construction Loans

DOWN PAYMENT AMOUNT VETERAN/ACTIVE DUTY RESERVIST/NATIONAL GUARD
Less than 5%* 2.15% 2.40%
5% to 9.99% 1.50% 1.75%
10% or more 1.25% 1.50%

*Includes “Cash-out” Refinancing Loans

Second Time Use, Purchase & Construction Loans

DOWN PAYMENT AMOUNT VETERAN/ACTIVE DUTY RESERVIST/NATIONAL GUARD
Less than 5%* 3.30% 3.30%
5% to 9.99% 1.50% 1.75%
10% or more 1.25% 1.50%

*Includes “Cash-out” Refinancing Loans

Streamline Refinance / Interest Rate Reduction Loan (IRRL)

VA BACKED USAGE VETERAN/ACTIVE DUTY RESERVIST/NATIONAL GUARD
First time use 0.50% 0.50%
Second time use 0.50% 0.50%
Assumptions 0.50% 0.50%
Service-connected Veterans 0.00% N/A

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A Funding Fee Changes Effective October 1, 2011
Vets and Reserves/National Guard will get a significant benefit October 1st. Check the chart below to see how much they’ll save in fees. We hope this helps you help our military folks become homeowners!
If you have any questions about this or a specific situation, please don’t hesitate to email or call.
VA Funding Fee Charts

How long does it take to close a VA Mortgage loan in Kentucky?

There’s no set-in-stone time limit for how long the Kentucky VA loan process takes, but on average, you should be able to get it done within 30 days depending on the appraisal report and home inspections

VA mortgage loans is the only Government sponsored mortgage that requires a termite inspection., so keep that in mindo on your inspections when you are having them done after the accepted contract.

Can I only use a VA loan once in Kentucky?

This is a common myth with many VA eligible home buyers and homeowners. If you’re eligible for the VA loan, then you’re eligible for your entire life. Plenty of home buyers end up using the VA loan more than once, mostly because it’s arguably the best loan program out there.

Can I get a Kentucky VA Mortgage loan with a previous Bankruptcy or Foreclosure?

 VA
  • If the applicant has finished making all payments satisfactorily, the lender may conclude that the applicant has reestablished satisfactory credit
  • If the applicant is still in the repayment period, as long as 12 months’ worth of satisfactory payments have been made and the trustee or Bankruptcy Judge approves of the new credit, the lender may give favorable consideration.
VA
  • 2 years from discharge date
  • Manual underwrites allowed
  •  If the bankruptcy was discharged within 1 to 2 years, it is probably not possible to determine that the applicant is a satisfactory credit risk unless both of the following requirements are met
  1. The applicant has obtained credit subsequent to the bankruptcy and has made satisfactory payments over a continued period of time, and
  2. The bankruptcy was caused by circumstances beyond the control of the applicant such as unemployment, prolonged strikes, medical bills not covered by insurance and the circumstances are verified.   Divorce is not viewed as a circumstance beyond the applicants control

 

 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346
 


Text/call 502-905-3708

kentuckyloan@gmail.com

http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/
If you are an individual with disabilities who needs accommodation, or you are having difficulty using our website to apply for a loan, please contact us at 502-905-3708.
Disclaimer: No statement on this site is a commitment to make a loan. Loans are subject to borrower qualifications, including income, property evaluation, sufficient equity in the home to meet Loan-to-Value requirements, and final credit approval. Approvals are subject to underwriting guidelines, interest rates, and program guidelines and are subject to change without notice based on applicant’s eligibility and market conditions. Refinancing an existing loan may result in total finance charges being higher over the life of a loan. Reduction in payments may reflect a longer loan term. Terms of any loan may be subject to payment of points and fees by the applicant  Equal Opportunity Lender. NMLS#57916http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/
— Some products and services may not be available in all states. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. The content in this marketing advertisement has not been approved, reviewed, sponsored or endorsed by any department or government agency. Rates are subject to change and are subject to borrower(s) qualification.

Refinance Guidelines and Information for Kentucky VA Mortgage Loans.

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Kentucky VA Mortgage Refinance Guidelines

  • Borrow up to 100% of the home’s value. Unlike other programs that only allow 80% or 85% of the home’s value.
  • No Income or Asset verification is required. We don’t need your paystubs, w-2’s tax info, or bank statements. Much easier qualifying.
  • No Appraisal is required (unless Discount is being charged to borrower – see below)—-VA does not require a new appraisal. So even if your home has not equity or went down in value, we can go off on old value when doing a rate and term with no cash back.
  • No Credit Qualifying. Meaning we don’t have to repull credit again and check your fico scores. Just verify your last 12 months mortgage history is on time.
  • VA Funding Fee is .50%, much less than the 2 or 3% you pay when you buy the home, If disabled, you will not have to pay the funding fee.
  • Can refinance an investment property as long as you can document it was formerly the borrower’s primary residence
  • At least 6 monthly payments must have been made on the original loan being refinanced; AND
  • The first payment due date of the new loan must be at least 210 days after the first payment due date of the original loan being refinanced
  • A copy of the Note from the previous loan being refinanced must be provided
  • An IRRRL refinancing a Fixed Rate Mortgage into another Fixed Rate Mortgage must result in a rate reduction of at least 0.5%
  • An IRRRL refinancing a Fixed Rate Mortgage into an Adjustable Rate Mortgage must result in a rate reduction of at least 2.0%
  • IRRRLs in which a Discount is being charged to the borrower will now require an Exterior-Only Appraisal to be ordered
  1. If the Discount being charged is 1% or less, the loan will be limited to 100% LTV based on the value of the Exterior-Only Appraisal
  2. If the Discount being charged is more than 1%, the loan will be limited to 90% LTV based on the value of the Exterior-Only Appraisal
  • Loan must current be guaranteed by VA and must be current
  • Closing costs must be recouped within 36 months
  • Proposed P&I payment must be less than current payment unless:
  1. Veteran refinancing ARM to Fixed
  2. Term of IRRL is shorter than existing loan as long as payment does not increase over 20%
  3. Energy efficiency improvements are included in the IRRL

 

Refinancing a Kentucky VA Loan

Kentucky VA loans may be used to replace an existing mortgage, called “refinancing.” A KY VA refinance may be used to reduce an existing interest rate, change loan terms or a combination of both. The most common reason to refinance is to lower the monthly payment. A borrower may take out a KY VA loan then later see that interest rates have fallen and are lower than an existing rate. By refinancing, the borrower can replace the old loan with a new one to obtain the lower rate and subsequent lower mortgage payment.

A refinance can also make sense when changing loan terms such as switching from an adjustable rate mortgage to a fixed rate or adjusting the term of the loan to save on interest charges.
The Streamline

The Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan, or IRRRL is commonly referred to as the Kentucky Mortgage Refinance VA “streamline” refinance program. This is a special VA loan to VA loan refinance that requires very little documentation to obtain an approval. Some of the features of the VA streamline are:

• No appraisal needed

• Income or employment is not verified

• No credit review

• Closing costs may be rolled into the loan amount

As long as you’re reducing your current mortgage payment, not taking any cash out or switching from an adjustable rate mortgage to a fixed rate loan, you may qualify for this unique program and you don’t have to use your existing Kentucky VA lender in order to benefit from the Kentucky VA streamline mortgage.
Cash Out VA loan Refinance

Cash out refinance loans allow the borrower to pull out equity in the home in the form of cash during the course of a refinance. While the VA doesn’t establish a maximum loan amount, most VA lenders do place limits on the loan based upon the current value of the property and the final loan amount. Lenders may limit any cash out loan to 80 or 90 percent of the property’s current value. If taking cash out of your home is needed and you have sufficient equity in your home, it may be better to obtain a home equity loan or refinance into a conventional mortgage.





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Senior  Loan Officer
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346
 


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KENTUCKY VA REFINANCE LOAN
QUESTIONS ABOUT A KENTUCKY VA MORTGAGE REFINANCE. CALL OR TEXT ME TODAY. I HAVE DONE OVER 200 VA LOANS IN MY CAREER AND A FORMER ARMY TANKER THAT HAS USED A VA LOAN FOR MY OWN FAMILY.

Kentucky VA Loan Overview

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I have originated over 300 VA Home loans in Kentucky and I know how great they are for Kentucky Families; a home loan with zero down, at a very low 30 year fixed rate with no monthly mortgage insurance. I consider myself a VA Home loan expert from Louisville Kentucky and I would like to assist you in your next VA home loan in Kentucky. I have created a Kentucky VA home mortgage website for information and insights to the VA Home Loan NMLS #57916

502-905-3708 or email kentuckyloabn@gmail,.com  NMLS#57916
Deal with someone locally on your VA loan instead of a person behind a 1-800 number. Honest, straight-forward service right here in Kentucky.
Maximum LTV

Purchase: 100/100 Max LTV/CLTV

Refinance: 100/100 Max LTV/CLTV (VA Cash-Outs greater than 90% have additional guideline requirements)

FICO/Credit Score

A minimum of 1 credit score is required. A standard Tri-Merge Credit Report is generally required; however a Mortgage Only Credit Report will also be accepted for IRRRLs ONLY so long as it includes valid FICO scores.

Minimum Credit scores for VA loans (including IRRRLs) are:

  • Automated Approval: 580
  • Manual Underwriting: 560
DTI Ratio

Automated Approval: No maximum DTI

Manual Underwriting: Maximum 43% backend DTI

Appraisal

An NOV (Notice of Value) from VA is required.

Maximum Loan Amount

Individual county loan limits may differ. You can find the link to determine loan limits for the subject property county here.

The maximum potential loan amount for a purchase transaction with full entitlement is $1,094,625. Loan amounts up to $1,500,000 are allowed as long as the VA guaranty plus the veteran’s down payment and/or equity equal 25% of the lesser of the sales price or Notice of Value (NOV).

Under certain conditions (see below), Non-IRRRL refinance transactions are allowed up to 100/100 LTV/CLTV. Refinances not meeting these conditions are limited to a maximum 90/90 LTV/CLTV of the property value shown on the CRV or NOV plus the cost of any energy efficient improvements (up to $6,000) plus the VA Funding Fee.

For IRRRLs, Maximum loan amount is the existing VA loan balance plus the following

  • Allowable fees and charges, plus
  • The cost of energy efficiency improvements, and
  • The VA funding fee = .50.
Cash-Out Refinance Loans greater than 90% LTV

VA Cash-Out Refinance loans will now be offered with LTV/CLTV up to 100%. If the LTV or CLTV greater than 90%, the following additional requirements will apply

  • The cash-out loan may be paying off a current mortgage loan (VA or otherwise), a second (seasoned or unseasoned), and/or another non-mortgage debt.
  • Maximum cash in hand after all payoffs cannot be greater than $50,000
  • Minimum FICO 660
  • An additional adjustment of -0.5
  • The loan must have a DU Approve/Eligible (No manual underwrites allowed)
Entitlement

A minimum of 25% of the loan amount must consist of available guaranty. If less than 25% guaranty is indicated on the Loan Guaranty Certificate (LGC), a calculation worksheet must be enclosed indicating the calculations used to determine the full 25% guaranty.

The maximum guaranty is the lesser of the veteran’s available entitlement or the maximum potential guaranty amount detailed below:

Up to $45,000 50% of the loan amount
$45,001 – $56,250 $22,500
$56,251 – $144,000 40% of the loan amount with a maximum of $36,000
$144,001 – $417,000 25% of the loan amount with a maximum of $104,250
$417,001 – $1,500,000 25% of the loan amount with a maximum of $273,656

Note: the maximum guaranty for loan amounts > $417,000 varies depending upon the location of the property.

VA Funding Fees

All IRRRLs have a funding fee of 0.50. For other loans, see the table below

Purchase and Construction Loans
Type of Veteran Down Payment Percentage for First-Time Use Percentage for Subsequent Use
Regular Military 0 – 4.99%
5 – 9.99%
10% or more
2.15%
1.50%
1.25%
3.30%
1.50%
1.25%
Reserves/National Guard 0 – 4.99%
5 – 9.99%
10% or more
2.40%
1.75%
1.50%
3.30%
1.75%
1.50%
Refinance Loans
Type of Veteran Percentage for First-Time Use Percentage for Subsequent Use
Regular Military 2.15% 3.30%
Reserves/National Guard 2.40% 3.30%
Funding Fee Exemption

A veteran must establish any claim for exemption from the fee with documentation included in the loan file. The following are the only exceptions allowed:

  • Veterans receiving VA compensation for service-connected disabilities
  • Veterans who would be entitled to receive compensation for service-connected disabilities if they did not receive retirement pay
  • Surviving spouses of veterans who died in service or from service-connected disabilities (regardless of whether such surviving spouses are veterans with their own entitlements and whether they are suing their own entitlements on the loan)
  • Veterans who are rated by the VA as eligible to receive compensation as a result of pre-discharge disability examination and rating.
VA Student Loans
  • Student Loans deferred at least 12 months may still be excluded
  • When repayment will begin within the next 12 months, calculate a 5% yearly payment. Then divide that by 12 to get the monthly payment.
    • If the reported payment on the credit report is higher than the above calculated payment, the payment on the credit report must be used.
    • A lower payment reported on the credit report can only be used if corroborated with an official statement from the student loan servicer(s) confirming the loan terms and payment information. This statement can be no more than 60 days old at the time of VA loan closing.
Credit Report and AUS Fee Requirement
  • The combined total of Credit Report Fees and AUS charges cannot exceed $100.
  • The only time a Veteran can be charged with both Credit Report Fees and AUS charges is on AUS “Refer” cases.
VA Short Sales

A borrower with a previous Short Sale will now be eligible without the standard waiting period if they meet all of the following

  • Borrower was current on all mortgage payments for the prior mortgage during the 12 months prior to the Short Sale
  • No 30 day lates on any installment loans during the 12 months prior to the Short Sale.
  • No late payments at all within the last 24 months
  • 660 FICO
  • Loan must receive DU approval
IRRRL QM Requirements

VA IRRRLs must meet the following requirements:

  • The loan being refinanced was originated at least 6 months prior to the IRRRL closing date,
  • At least 6 payments must have been made on the original loan,
  • The borrower has not been more than 30 days late on a payment in the past six months,
  • The recoupment period for all allowable fees and charges financed as part of the loan or paid at closing does not exceed 36 months,
  • The refinance does not increase the principal balance outstanding on the prior loan, except to the extent of fees and charges allowed by the VA,
  • Points and fees do not exceed 3% ,
  • regardless of loan amount—this applies even to lower-balance loans,
  • Loan must also comply with VA limitations on fees and charges,
  • The interest rate on the IRRRL is lower than the interest rate on the loan being refinanced (unless the borrower is refinancing from an adjustable rate loan to a fixed rate loan under VA guidelines),
  • The refinance is fully amortizing and there is no balloon payment,
  • The loan being refinanced is a loan that VA has already guaranteed, and
  • Both the loan being refinanced and the IRRRL meet all other VA requirements.

 

 

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
Company NMLS ID #1364
Text/call:      502-905-3708
fax:            502-327-9119
email:
          kentuckyloan@gmail.com
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

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