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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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.

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.


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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
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/
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 http://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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Using Your Veterans Benefit to Buy a Home | Bellingham Bulletin

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

Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Approval Checklist
Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Approval Checklist

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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
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.

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