If you’re a veteran interested in refinancing your Kentucky VA home mortgage, you should look into a VA Streamline loan, also known as a VA to VA loan or Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan (IRRRL). The key aspects of VA Streamline loans are:
• You must be a veteran to qualify.
• You must have already used your original VA benefit.
• Refinancing should lower your interest rate or change an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) to a VA Streamline.
• No appraisal is required, underwriting will want you to be current on your loan.
• An email from the VA can be used instead of your Certificate of Eligibility.You don’t need to use your current lender.
• Can be done with no money from you by wrapping fees into the loan.
• A VA funding fee of .5 percent must be paid in cash or included in the loan, unless you are exempt.
• You can’t receive cash back from the loan.
If you’re interested in and eligible for a Kentucky VA Streamline loan, be sure to shop around for the best rate. You’re under no obligation to stay with your current lender.
Can I do a VA refinance in Kentucky?
Three kinds of VA Refinance programs are available for veterans in Kentucky.
Rate/Term VA Refinance
The Rate/Term VA Refinance can be used to refinance a conventional, FHA or subprime mortgage into a stable, fixed rate VA Loan.
VA Cash-Out Refinance
A Cash-Out VA Refinance is very beneficial for the veteran who wants to access the equity that they have built up in their home. VA Loans can be used to refinance up to 90% of a homes current value and take cash out for any reason.
The VA Streamline Refinance is designed to lower the interest rate on a current VA mortgage or convert a current VA adjustable rate mortgage into a fixed rate. A VA Streamline Refinance Loan can be performed quickly and easily. It requires much less hassle and paperwork than a normal refinance including no appraisal, no qualifying debt ratios and no income verification.
How much can I refinance in Kentucky?
The maximum amount for an KY VA loan is determined by:
Maximum VA Loan in Kentucky: The largest loan allowed for a VA Mortgage varies from county to county. The highest maximum VA Mortgage right now is $1,094,625. The lowest maximum VA Mortgage amount available in any county is $484,500. To see what the limit is in the county in which you’re interested, visit the following page
https://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/purchaseco_loan_limits.asp. This site lists U.S. territories as well as states.
Maximum Finance: In Kentucky, The maximum VA refinance loan amount will be 100% of the appraised value of the home for a rate/term refinance or 100% of the appraised value for a VA cash out refinance.
What factors determine if I am eligible for a VA Refinance Loan?
VA refinance loans use two methods for income qualification purposes in Kentucky. The residual income method is the primary method, where it is determined that the borrower has sufficient income to cover daily living costs once housing, taxes, insurance and all other liabilities like credit card and auto payments have been made. Additionally, VA loans use a debt to income ratio (DTI). Using this ratio, the veteran’s total debt should not exceed 41% of the veteran’s total income. Most lenders will require at least a 620 credit score for a VA Loan approval.
Why choose a VA Home Loan?
Kentucky VA Mortgages require no down payment.
There are no prepayment penalties for VA Home Loans.
An Kentucky VA Loan is fully assumable, provided the person assuming is qualified.
VA Mortgage Loans have no PMI premiums.
A VA Mortgage Loan is eligible for non-credit qualifying, Streamline Refinance or “IRRRL”.
A VA Home Mortgage is available all areas of the country, provided a market exists for the property and the home meets VA’s property standards.
A VA Home Loan may be used to purchase or refinance a new or existing home.
Kentucky VA Loans are offered at terms of 15 or 30 years.
VA Refinance Questions Answers
1. What are the guidelines for a Kentucky VA Refinance?
If the borrower wishes to take cash out of the property, then the maximum financing amount is 90% of the appraised value, depending on the borrowers qualifications. If the borrower does not take cash out then the maximum financing will be 100% of the appraised value of the home or the amount you are refinancing plus closing costs, whichever is lower.
2. Why should I consider refinancing into a Kentucky VA-insured mortgage?
Kentucky VA refinance mortgages do not come with prepayment penalties, have no teaser rates nor balloon payments. They are offered at market rate with terms up to 30 years and are fully amortized, meaning that you pay towards principal and interest every month.
3. What if I have a prepayment penalty and other refinancing costs and there isn’t enough equity in my home to refinance?
If you do not have sufficient equity in your home to add your prepayment penalty and/or other refinancing costs into your new VA mortgage, then you should ask your current lender to consider a second mortgage to pay the difference or a short payoff on your existing loan. Offering either of these options is at the discretion of the lender.
4. Does it matter that the value of my home is now less than what I still owe?
Not to Kentucky VA, but the current mortgage lender considering the refinance would have to be willing to accept a short payoff on the existing loan OR to hold a second mortgage to make up the difference needed to pay off the existing mortgage and the home’s value.