Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Guidelines for 2020

Complete List of VA Loan Benefits for Kentucky Veterans

• Eligible homebuyers are not required to have a down payment in most cases – typically cited as the greatest VA loan benefit. Conventional loans generally require a 5 percent down payment, and FHA loans require 3.5 percent.
No monthly mortgage insurance premiums or PMI to pay. FHA loans come with both an upfront and an annual mortgage insurance charge. Conventional buyers typically need to pay for private mortgage insurance unless they’re making a down payment of 20 percent or more.


• Limitation on buyer’s closing costs. Sellers can pay all of a buyer’s loan-related closing costs and up to 4 percent in concessions.


• Lower average interest rates than other loan types. VA loans continue to have the lowest average interest rates of all loan types.


• No prepayment penalties. VA buyers can pay off a loan early without any financial penalties.


Two refinance options. The VA loan program allows homeowners with existing VA loans the option to lower their monthly payment with a new interest rate. Eligible homeowners who financed their property
with a loan other than a VA loan can refinance into the VA loan program.

Second tier entitlement. Even though many veterans have already used their loan benefits, it may be possible for them to buy homes again with VA financing using remaining or restored loan entitlement.


• An assumable mortgage, typically subject to VA and/or lender approval. You may be able to have someone take over your mortgage payment, which can be a big benefit in an environment of rising interest rates.


Foreclosure avoidance advocacy from the VA loan program. The VA has staff members who advocate on behalf of homeowners to find alternatives to foreclosure.


Contact us today for loan approval and let our 25 years of experience go to work for you. Credit scores down to 580. Call /text 502-905-3708 or click the link below to apply.

 

Kentucky VA Home Loan Guide
Kentucky VA Home Loan Guide

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

 

 

 

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
email:
          kentuckyloan@gmail.com

 

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
 
 

 

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Home Loans for Kentucky’s Military Veterans

Home Loans for Kentucky’s Military Veterans

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) has $3 million available in Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB), special funding, for active or non-active duty veterans at 2 percent interest rate, fixed for 30 years. This special funding program is available on a first-come, first-served basis starting Wednesday, September 6, 2017, with new reservations.​

FIND A KHC-APPROVED LENDER TO APPLY  

This homeownership program is targeted to:
  • Households whose gross annual income does not exceed $40,000.
  • An existing or new construction property (purchase price limit $130,000).
  • 620 minimum credit score.
  • FHA, VA, or RHS first mortgage options.
  • Households who include active duty or non-active duty veterans. Documentation may include but not limited to:
    • Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
    • DD214 – Discharge from Active Duty
    • VA Award Letter
  • Must meet insuring agency guidelines.
  • Available statewide.
Down payment Assistance Programs (DAP) available up to $6,000. Qualifications apply.

How to Apply

For all KHC loans, a home buyer must apply through a KHC-approved lender. We partner with approved lenders across the state to provide you with the best mortgage loan options. By doing this, the buyer will know how much house they can afford based on income and debts. KHC’s loans are subject to certain restrictions that the lender will see if meet the qualifying guidelines. Additionally, the lender will be able to recommend any KHC down payment assistance for which you may qualify.
APR 3.058%  – based on $130,000 FHA loan at 2% interest rate.
Operation KY Home – MRB Special Funding Program
KHC has $1.8 million available in MRB, Special Funding, for active or non-active duty veterans at a 2 percent interest rate, fixed for 30 years. This special funding program is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
More information is available at www.OperationKYHome.com.