Using Your Veterans Benefit to Buy a Home In Kentucky




Probably one of the most talked about GI benefits is the VA Home Loan. You’ve probably heard of it, but have you ever thought of it using it? Learn what it is & how can it help you here.

Using Your Veterans Benefit to Buy a Home In Kentucky

Using Your Veterans Benefit to Buy a Home in Kentucky | 

Probably one of the most talked about GI benefits is the Kentucky VA Home Loan. You’ve probably heard of it, but have you ever thought of it using it? Learn what it is & how can it help you here.

Using Your Veterans Benefit To Buy A Home In Kentucky For Zero Down

May 31, 2019 06:00AM 

Kentucky VA Home Loan Guidelines
Those eligible for VA loans should at least look into taking advantage of this benefit
Probably one of the most talked about GI benefits is the VA Home Loan. You’ve probably heard of it, but have you ever thought of it using it? What is the benefit, how can it help you, and what’s the process?

Experience tells me that in our area, this is an under-utilized tool by many real estate agents and loan officers. Why? Because like anything having to do with the government, there are a few internal twists. But fear not—if you hire an experienced agent and have the right loan officer, you won’t even be aware of these.
What’s the Benefit?
While there are other housing-related programs that will help assist in repairing, retaining, or adapting a personal home, we’re specifically referring to the VA home loan. This type of loan is available through private lenders to service members, veterans, and qualifying surviving spouses. In a nutshell, the VA stands behind the loan, guaranteeing a portion of it, and either eliminating the need for or in lieu of a 20% down payment, as well as costly private mortgage insurance. It can be used to buy, build, or refinance a primary residence.
How Can It Help You?
  • Limited or Zero Down payment for veterans
  • No Mortgage Insurance monthly  (there is a one-time funding fee)
  • Re-Usable & Assumable by other eligible VA Mortgage buyers
  • No minimum credit score
  • Past Bankruptcies and Foreclosure over 2 years you can apply again
  • Can be used in any county of Kentucky with a max loan limit in 2019 of $484,500
  • No income limits on how much you can make
  • can refinance up to 100% of the home’s value if it passed the VA Net Tangible Worksheet
  • Very low 30 year fixed rate loans when compared to conventional loans
  • VA loans require termite inspection on all loans.
What’s the Process?
The first question to ask is, do you qualify? If the answer is yes:
  • Get financially pre-qualified by a lender that does VA backed loans, since not all banks do them, it is best to shop around and ask if the lender does a lot of VA loans in Kentucky
  • Obtain your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). The lender can help you with this.
  • Find your home
  • Negotiate the terms of your transaction
  • Apply for your loan
  • Closing

Those eligible for Kentucky VA loans, should at least look into taking advantage of this benefit.
Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346

Text/call 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#57916
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Kentucky VA loans skyrocket in popularity for first-time home buyers

Service members are far more likely to opt for a Department of Veterans Affairs mortgage than any other type of loan when buying their first home, a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows. Here’s a look at how much more popular Kentucky VA loans have become for service members in the last decade.

Source: Kentucky VA loans skyrocket in popularity for first-time homebuyers


This report uses the term “servicemember” as those who are training for, serving in, or have previously served in the uniformed services, as defined in 10 U.S.C. § 101(a)(5).
2 “[N]early 90% of VA-backed loans are made with no down payment.” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2018). Available at
3 These protections range from VA-provided loan counseling and assistance working with loan servicers, to VA’s authority to force a loan servicing transfer or servicing the loan in-house.
4 The funding fee ranges from 1.25 to 3.3 percent for home purchase loans, depending on veteran status, down-payment size, and first or subsequent use of VA loan benefits. The fee is waived for applicants with a service-connected disability. Other details on VA home loan benefits, costs, and eligibility requirements are available at
5 This report defines “first-time homebuyer” as individuals who open a new home loan anytime between 2006 and 2016, and do not have a prior home loan tradeline on their credit report as of the first quarter of 2006. This is stricter than the definition used by many first-time homebuyer assistance programs, which include anyone who has not owned a home in the previous three years.
6 These observations are based on Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. “Data Point: 2017 Mortgage Market Activity and Trends”, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (HMDA Report, 2018), Figure 2. Available at


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


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

Text/call:      502-905-3708

fax:            502-327-9119