2015 Kentucky VA Mortgages Qualifying Guidelines:
620 Minimum Credit Score with most mortgage investors, though some mortgage companies will go all way down to a 530 credit score in some cases.
No Bankruptcies in the last 2 years
100% Financing, Zero Down payment
No monthly mortgage insurance
Termite report required with a clean report Any damage noted on termite report must be fixed before closing
Maximum debt to income rations are approved on AUS findings with a manual underwrite sticking at 41% on the dti.
Residual Income Requirements on all VA loans with most set around $1200 a month
Seller can pay up to 4% of the sales price toward Veteran’s closing costs and prepaids. The Veteran cannot pay for the termite report fee.
Kentucky VA Mortgage Funding Fee are as follows:
KY VA mortgages have an upfront fee. It is called a VA funding fee and it may be financed rather than paid at the time of closing. The funding fee for a home purchase currently ranges from 2.1% for first time use, and 3.30% depending on down payment and whether or not the borrower has used VA benefits in the past. Some VA Funding Fees are exempt if the Veteran is disabled and it shows zero on the VA Certificate of Entitlement.
For purchase and construction loans, members of the regular military fall into the category of first time user or subsequent user. For first time users, no down payment requires a 2.15% fee, up to 10% down payment requires a 1.5% fee, and 10% or more requires a 1.25% fee. For subsequent users, no down payment requires a 3.3% fee, up to 10% down payment requires a 1.50% fee, and 10% or more requires a 1.25% fee.
For the category of Reserves / National Guard, first time users with no down payment requires a 2.4% fee, up to 10% down payment requires a 1.75% fee, and 10% or more requires a 1.5% fee. For subsequent users, no down payment requires a 3.3% fee, up to 10% down payment requires a 1.75% fee, and 10% or more requires a 1.5% fee.
Cash-out refinancing loans for regular military requires a 2.15% fee for first time users and a 3.3% fee for subsequent users. For Reserves / National Guard, the requirement is a 2.4% fee for first time users and a 3.3% fee for subsequent users. On interest rate reduction loans, the VA funding fee is .50% and it is 1.0% on Manufactured Home Loans.
The following persons are exempt from paying the funding fee:
- 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 (whether or not such surviving spouses are veterans with their own entitlement and whether or not they are using their own entitlement on the loan).
Please note that the VA has the final say on who is exempt
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Kentucky VA Loan Approval Checklist
The following is a list of documents that may be required to process your VA mortgage loan:
• One full month’s worth of pay stubs
•Last 2 years W-2′s
• Last 2 years tax returns
•Copy of your DD214
•Your VA Certificate of Eligibility (we can help you get this if needed)
• Last two months bank statements for all accounts
Chapter 7 Two years from discharge date; evidence the applicants have demonstrated ability to handle their credit affairs; and that applicants have re-established acceptable credit (or chosen not to incur new credit). Discharged less than two (2) years – NOT eligible.
Chapter 13 A satisfactory performance history for one year of the pay-out period and MUST be discharged.
If occurred in past three years, applicant is ineligible.
All federal tax liens will be required to be paid in full prior to the loan closing.
CAIVRS is a HUD-maintained computer information system which enables lenders to learn when an applicant has previously defaulted on a federally-assisted loan. The system’s interactive voice response function provides instant credit information.
A CAIVRS screening on each veteran and any co-obligor is required. An applicant cannot be considered a satisfactory credit risk if he or she is presently delinquent or in default on any debt to the federal government until the delinquent account has been brought current or satisfactory arrangements have been made between the veteran and the federal agency.
If student loan repayments are scheduled to begin within 12 months of the date of VA loan closing, lenders should consider the anticipated monthly obligation in the loan analysis. If the borrower is able to provide evidence that the debt may be deferred for a period outside that timeframe, the debt need not be considered in the analysis.
Interested-Party Contributions/Property Seller Concessions
A maximum of 4% of the value of the property as indicated on the Notice of Value (NOV) may be contributed from an interested party (property seller concession).
Any property seller concession or combination of concessions which exceeds 4% of the established reasonable value of the property is considered excessive and unacceptable for VA-guaranteed loans. A reduction of the sales price in the amount equal to the excess is required in these instances.
Property seller concessions include, but are not limited to, the following: Payment of the VA funding fee Prepayment of the veteran’s property taxes and insurance Gifts such as a television set or microwave oven Payment of additional discount points to provide permanent interest rate buydowns Provision of escrowed funds to provide temporary interest rate buydowns Payoff of credit balances or judgments on behalf of the veteran
Property seller concessions do not include: Payment of the veteran’s closing costs Payment of points as appropriate to the market
o For example: if the market dictates an interest rate of 7.50 with two discount points, the property seller’s payment of the two points would not be a property seller concession. If the property seller paid five points, three of these points would be considered a property seller concession.
VA ALLOWABLE CLOSING COST CHART
Closing Costs that CAN be Paid by the Veteran:
Appraisal Fee Recertification of Value Fee
Buydown Fee Recording of Deed
Compliance Inspection Recording of Mortgage
Credit Report Release Fee – Refinances Only
Discount Points Repairs listed on appraisal **
Documentary Mortgage Stamps Repair Inspection – Refinances Only
Flood Certification Septic Inspection Fee
Hazard Insurance Survey
Intangible Tax Title Insurance including: Abstract, Binder & Exam
Origination Fee – 1% Max * VA Funding Fee
Pest Inspection – Refinances Only*** Water Test Fee
Closing Costs that CANNOT be Paid by the Veteran:
Attorney Services (other than title work) Postage, Fax, Phone, Copy of Courier Fees
Broker Fees Sales Commissions
Pest Inspection on Purchase*** Realtor/Lender Transaction Fee