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Kentucky Refinance Streamline Guidelines for an IRRL

Kentucky VA Streamline
Kentucky VA Streamline

 Kentucky VA IRRRL Refinance benefits:
No Income, No Assets, No Appraisal

Allowed on 2nd homes and Non-owner occupied proof veteran occupied the property at one time required Refinance of Existing VA loan up to $417,000 (loan amounts are based on VA worksheet)
No Appraisal, no income, and no asset documentation – including funds to close Existing Loan Term can be extended up to 30 years
Minimum 620 credit score required Reduced guarantee fee of .5%
No additional pricing adjustment for VA IRRRL transactions Term reduction allowed on VA IRRRL (payment cannot increase by more than 20%)

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346



Kentucky VA Loan Cash Out Refinance Guidelines for 2014

Kentucky VA Loan Cash Out Refinance Guidelines for 2014

Kentucky VA Cash Out Refinance:

  • Now up to 100% of the home’s value or LTV – Plus VA Funding Fee Financed
  • Minimum Credit Score of 680 Required –
  • Approve/Eligible DU AUS Findings
  • Max DTI 45.00% –
  • Must Meet Minimum VA Guarantee Requirements

Louisville Kentucky VA Refinance for Cashout, rate and term, and IRRL streamline VA refinance Mortgage

Louisville Kentucky VA REFINANCE Mortgage Guidelines


  • Anything being paid off other than a first mortgage lien is considered cash out.
  • Buyout of spouse’s equity per divorce decree.
  • Borrower may not receive more than $500.00 cash at closing.
  • Total loan amount is limited to 90% LTV plus Funding Fee.
  • No refinances are allowed within 90 days of the property being listed for sale.
  • The loan may be eligible for refinance after 30 days of the property being listed with the following compensations:
    • Letter of explanation containing the reason the property was listed for sale; the reason the property was taken off of the market; and the borrower’s plans for the property over the next 12 months.
    • Application cannot be dated prior to 30 days after the property has been taken off of the market or the listing has expired.
    • 0x30 payment history required over the previous 12 months.
  • For limited cash out or rate/term refinances, any non‐mortgage debts, collections, judgments or liens that are to be paid off must be paid prior to closing in order for the transaction to be considered as a limited cash out or rate/term refinance.
  • Primary Residence refinances only; Non-owner occupied and second homes are not eligible.
  • Must be refinancing a current VA insured mortgage.
  • All borrowers on previous Note must be on new Note.
  • Maximum term is term of the original loan plus up to 10 years not to exceed 30 years.
  • The new interest rate must bear a lower interest rate than the loan it is refinancing (unless the loan is an adjustable rate mortgage)
  • Subordinate financing may remain at max 125% CLTV. Subordinate lender must agree to re-subordination.
  • A credit report and 620 minimum credit score is required but sections V, VI and a-k of VIII of the application are not required to be completed.
  • As of December 1, 2010, employment information for the borrower(s) is now required to be completed on the loan application (Section IV). No income amount or income information is required. Only a Verbal VOE will be completed.

Minimum 2055 conventional appraisal is required.

The total loan amount (base loan amount + VA funding fee = Total loan amount) must be supported by the value of the property. Appraised value must be equal to or greater than the total loan amount. Max LTV/CLTV is 100%.

  • Employment and Income documentation is not required.
  • Borrower may not receive more than $500.00 cash at closing.
  • No refinances are allowed within 6 months of the property being listed for sale.
  • 0x30 payment history required over the previous 12 months.
  • Borrower must have made a minimum of 6 payments on current mortgage with 0x30 pay history to be eligible for VA IRRRL.
  • Borrower must credit qualify if:
    • New P&I increases more than 20% over previous Note P&I when the mortgage term is reduced or when refinancing from an ARM to a Fixed rate.
    • New P&I increases more than 20% over previous Note P&I on a primary residence or when a borrower is removed from the Note.


 Louisville Kentucky VA Refinance for Cashout, 
  • Total loan amount is limited to 90% LTV plus Funding.
  • No refinances are allowed within 6 months of the property being listed for sale.
  • LTV is based on the lesser of the appraised value or acquisition cost on properties with less than 6 months ownership seasoning.
  • 0x30 payment history required over the previous 12 months.

Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan

The VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) lowers your interest rate by refinancing your existing VA home loan. By obtaining a lower interest rate, your monthly mortgage payment should decrease. You can also refinance an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) into a fixed rate mortgage.


  • No appraisal or credit underwriting package is required when applying for an IRRRL.
  • An IRRRL may be done with “no money out of pocket” by including all costs in the new loan or by making the new loan at an interest rate high enough to enable the lender to pay the costs.
  • When refinancing from an existing VA ARM loan to a fixed rate loan, the interest rate may increase.
  • No lender is required to give you an IRRRL, however, any VA lender of your choosing may process your application for an IRRRL.
  • Veterans are strongly urged to contact several lenders because terms may vary.
  • You may NOT receive any cash from the loan proceeds.


An IRRRL can only be made to refinance a property on which you have already used your VA loan eligibility. It must be a VA to VA refinance, and it will reuse the entitlement you originally used.


  • A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is not required. If you have your Certificate of Eligibility, take it to the lender to show the prior use of your entitlement.
  • No loan other than the existing VA loan may be paid from the proceeds of an IRRRL. If you have a second mortgage, the holder must agree to subordinate that lien so that your new VA loan will be a first mortgage.
  • You may have used your entitlement by obtaining a VA loan when you bought your house, or by substituting your eligibility for that of the seller, if you assumed the loan.
  • The occupancy requirement for an IRRRL is different from other VA loans. For an IRRRL you need only certify that you previously occupied the home.

Application Process

A new Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is not required. You may take your Certificate of Eligibility to show the prior use of your entitlement or your lender may use our e-mail confirmation procedure in lieu of a certificate of eligibility.

Loan Limits

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 four 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. See Loan Limits for more information about the limits in your county.

VA Funding Fee

Generally, all Veterans using the VA Home Loan Guaranty benefit must pay a funding fee. This reduces the loan’s cost to taxpayers considering that a VA loan requires no down payment and has no monthly mortgage insurance. The funding fee is a percentage of the loan amount which varies based on the type of loan and your military category, if you are a first-time or subsequent loan user, and whether you make a down payment. You have the option to finance the VA funding fee or pay it in cash, but the funding fee must be paid at closing time. You do not have to pay the fee if you are a:

  • Veteran receiving VA compensation for a service-connected disability, OR
  • Veteran who would be entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability if you did not receive retirement or active duty pay, OR
  • Surviving spouse of a Veteran who died in service or from a service-connected disability.

The funding fee for second time users who do not make a down payment is slightly higher. Also, National Guard and Reserve Veterans pay a slightly higher funding fee percentage. See Loan Fees for more information about loan costs. Some lenders offer IRRRLs as an opportunity to reduce the term of your loan from 30 years to 15 years. While this can save you money in interest over the life of the loan, you may see a very large increase in your monthly payment if the reduction in the interest rate is not at least one percent (two percent is better).Beware: It could be a bigger increase than you can afford.

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell
502-813-2795 fax
kentuckyloan@gmail.comKey Financial Mortgage Co. (NMLS #1800)*
107 South Hurstbourne Parkway*

Louisville, KY 40222*



VA Refinance Loans For Conventional, FHA, Sub-Prime and Existing VA Mortgages | VA Loan News Blog

VA Refinance Loans For Conventional, FHA, Sub-Prime and Existing VA Mortgages | VA Loan News Blog.

VA Refinance Loans For Conventional, FHA, Sub-Prime and Existing VA Mortgages | VA Loan News Blog

But do you know which VA loan option works for you in your situation? Can a Fannie or Freddie loan be refinanced as a VA mortgage, or can a conventional loan qualify for VA streamline refinancing?

There are several options for VA refinance loans. Borrowers who want to get cash back on the refinancing deal, regardless of the type of mortgage being refinanced must explore their VA Cash-Out Refinancing loan options. These loans are appraisal required and also require credit underwriting, which means you’ll be required to submit a credit application much like your original home loan.

Cash out for VA refinancing is not available for VA Streamline Loans, and the VA home loan program does not offer personal loans–borrowers who want cash back should apply for VA Cash-Out and expect the amount of the cash back to be calculated once the original mortgage has been paid off, plus the amount of any included/financed fees or points. VA loan rules permit any type of mortgage loan to be refinanced with a VA Cash-Out Refinance loan.

VA Streamline Refinancing, on the other hand, is aimed specifically at those who have existing VA loans. This type of VA refinance loan is meant to lower the payment and/or interest rate on the mortgage–in fact, there’s a requirement that this happens in most cases. Borrowers who include extras into the Streamline Loan such as the VA Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Option may find their payments higher on the new loan. This can be allowed under the right circumstances, but if your payments increase by more than 20% you will be required to submit a credit application.

These options may or may not be right for you depending on your financial goals and needs. The best way to determine what’s right for you may include a chat with a loan officer about the VA EEM and the inclusion of the VA loan funding fee into the loan amount where applicable.

The VA Certificate Of Eligibility


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VA Refinance Loans For Conventional, FHA, Sub-Prime and Existing VA Mortgages | VA Loan News Blog

the first requirements in the VA loan application process is that the borrower must show he or she is eligible for a VA guaranteed home loan. This is done by presenting the lender with a VA certificate of eligibility (COE), or asking the lender’s help in obtaining one.

Borrowers are free to request their own VA COE, which can be done online. The VA official site says the following about getting your COE online:

“To get your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) online, please go to the eBenefits portal. If you already have login credentials, click the Login box, and if you need login credentials, please click the Register box and follow the directions on the screen.  If you need any assistance please call the eBenefits Help Desk at 1-800-983-0937.  Their hours are Monday-Friday, 8am to 8pm EST.”

Borrowers may need to attach electronic copies of their DD Form 214 or evidence of their current military service status as part of the application form.

If you prefer to get your VA COE with the help of a lender, be ready to show required proof of military service including current military orders or a copy of your DD Form 214 report of discharge. You may also need to provide Social Security data or a copy of your Social Security card and other information.

You can also apply for a COE by mail–you’ll need to submit VA Form 26-1880, Request for Certificate of Eligibility  and any required additional paperwork to theDepartment of Veterans Affairs. Call them at 1-800-827-1000 to get the current mailing address for COE requests. Some applicants–surviving spouses of military members who died from a service-connected disability, for example–are required to apply by mail.

VA Refinance Loans For Conventional, FHA, Sub-Prime and Existing VA Mortgages | VA Loan News Blog

Louisville Kentucky VA Refinance Loans

Louisville Kentucky VA Refinance Loans

VA Refinancing for Kentucky VA Mortgages
Can the VA Loan help me lower my monthly bills?
The VA has two major refinance programs. One, the Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan, better known as a VA Streamline, helps homeowners get into a lower-rate mortgage to reduce their monthly payment. VA Streamlines come with minimal hassle and paperwork. The VA does not require appraisals or credit checks on Streamlines, but some lenders have recently made them mandatory. We are still able to process some Streamlines without an appraisal, which is a tremendous benefit given the decline in home values across the country. Homeowners have to pay closing costs on a VA Streamline. But these can be rolled into the overall loan amount, along with up to $6,000 in energy efficiency improvements.
Can I refinance my home if I don’t currently have a Kentucky VA Loan?
Kentucky Veterans and active duty homeowners who qualify can refinance into a KEntucky VA loan using the program’s cash-out refinance program. The process for obtaining a Cash-Out Refinance is similar to the process borrowers go through for a VA purchase loan, from the income verification and debt-to-income ratio to a home appraisal. Qualified homeowners with conventional or FHA mortgages do not have to take out cash when they refinance into a VA loan. But they are ineligible for the simpler VA Streamline program.
502-905-3708 or click on link to apply for your free VA refinance loan in Ky. Same day loan approval

Kentucky VA Funding Fee Information for National Guard, Reserves, Regular Military, Retired, Active Duty in Kentucky for 2012

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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

Read more: http://mylouisvillekentuckymortgage.com

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