Kentucky VA Mortgage Guidelines for 2020

VA Loan Limits in Kentucky for 2020

How can I get a VA Mortgage loan in Kentucky in 2020?

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?

There is no max income limit for VA loans beginning in 2020. 

 

VA Loan Limits in Kentucky for 2020

VA does not set a cap on how much you can borrow to finance your home. However, there are limits on the amount of liability VA can assume, which usually affects the amount of money an institution will lend you. The loan limits are the amount a qualified Veteran with full entitlement may be able to borrow without making a down-payment. These loan limits vary by county, since the value of a house depends in part on its location.

The basic entitlement available to each eligible Veteran is $36,000. Lenders will generally loan up to 4 times a Veteran’s available entitlement without a down payment, provided the Veteran is income and credit qualified and the property appraises for the asking price.

VA county loan limit:

  • VA’s 2020 Loan Limits are the same as the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s limits – 2020 Loan Limits (Effective January 1, 2020)
    For purposes of determining the VA guaranty, lenders are instructed to reference only the One-Unit Limit column in the FHFA Table “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Maximum Loan Limits for Mortgages Acquired in Calendar Year 2020 and Originated after 10/1/2011 or before 7/1/2007”.

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.

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.

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

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Kentucky VA Loans: What to Know about Qualifying for a VA loan in 2020

What are the updated guidelines for qualifying for a Kentucky VA Mortgage in 2020

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

 

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.

 

2020 Kentucky VA LOAN LIMITS

The changes are part of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which became effective Jan. 1, 2020.  Besides extending disability benefits to more Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange, the new law eliminates VA loan limits for borrowers with full entitlement to VA loans. It also increases the VA funding fee for most borrowers. (The fee decreases slightly for National Guard and Reserve members.)

VA home loans are a benefit for current and veteran service members. They have competitive interest rates and usually no down payment requirement, among other advantages. VA loan limits are the maximum loan amount the Department of Veterans Affairs can guarantee without borrowers making a down payment. VA funding fees are one-time fees borrowers pay in lieu of mortgage insurance to help cover the government’s costs for backing the loans. If a borrower defaults, the VA repays the lender a portion of the loan.

No VA home loan limits in 2020

“Removing the loan limits is huge for veteran and military buyers across the country, and it comes on the heels of another big year in VA lending,” says Chris Birk, director of education at Veterans United Home Loans. The VA guaranteed 624,544 loans in fiscal year 2019, a 2% increase over the prior fiscal year, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Veterans living or stationed in costlier real estate markets can stretch the zero-down buying power of their benefit in a way they never have before,” Birk says.

The removal of loan limits doesn’t mean unlimited borrowing power without a down payment. You’ll still need to have sufficient income and meet a lender’s credit requirements to qualify for the loan amount.

Loan limits will still apply in 2020 to veterans who have one or more active VA loans or have defaulted on a previous loan, Birk says.

Those VA loan limits are the same as the ones set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency on conforming loans. The limit in 2020 is $510,400 in a typical U.S. county and higher in expensive housing markets, such as San Francisco County.

If you’re subject to VA loan limits, the lender will require a down payment if the purchase price is above the loan limit. The exact down payment you will pay is determined by a formula that takes into account your entitlement and home price.

VA funding fee to increase

The VA funding fee you pay in 2020 will depend on your down payment amount and whether you’ve ever had a VA-backed loan before. If you haven’t, it’s a “first use” loan, and if you have, it’s a “subsequent use” loan. You can pay the fee upfront or roll the cost into the loan.

The fee for first-use, zero-down loans is 2.3% of the loan amount in 2020, up from 2.15% for active-duty military and veterans in 2019. The fee for subsequent use loans will be 3.6% of the loan amount, up from 3.3%. These fees will stay in place for two years, return to 2019 levels from 2022 through Sept. 30, 2029, and then drop further after that.

The funding fee increase is lower and lasts for a shorter period than earlier proposals, Birk says. “It’s critical that the VA loan remains affordable.”

Other VA funding fee changes

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 made a couple of other funding-fee changes. Starting in 2020, the fees will be the same for the main branches, National Guard and reservists. Currently, National Guard and Reserve members pay slightly higher fees.

In addition, active-duty service members who have received a Purple Heart are now exempt from the funding fee.

Shopping for a VA loan

Not all lenders offer VA loans, and among those that do, some have more experience working with military service members and veterans than others.

“There is a huge variation, depending on which lender you go with,” says Anthony Powell, chief operating officer for AAFMAA Mortgage Services LLC in Fayetteville, North Carolina. “Going to the first bank you think of may not be the best option.”

Requirements for borrowers and mortgage rates vary among lenders. For example, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does not require a minimum credit score for VA loans, but lenders can set their own thresholds.

Aim to get quotes from at least three lenders, and look for one that provides the information and help you need to understand and move as smoothly as possible through the mortgage process.