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Kentucky VA Mortgage Lender Guidelines for 2019

Kentucky VA Mortgage Lender Guidelines for 2019

Kentucky VA Mortgage Lender Guide

 

 

1. WHAT KIND OF CREDIT SCORE DO YOU NEED TO GET APPROVED FOR A VA MORTGAGE LOAN IN KENTUCKY?

Most VA mortgage lenders in Kentucky are looking for at least a 620 credit score for a VA loan approval.  However, VA in their official published guidelines for credit scores says they don’t have a minimum credit.  What happens with VA Lenders they will create credit overlays to push out lower credit score borrowers because if they do too many VA loans that default, then they run the risk of getting shut out from VA from them insuring their loans.

FICO credit scores range from 300 to 850. Most borrowers are in the 600 to 700 ranges with very few in the 300 to 400 range and few limited 800 scores.

It pays to shop around with different VA lenders in Kentucky to see what their minimum credit score requirements are.

What Does My Credit Score need to Be to Buy a House in Kentucky

2. Who is eligible for a VA Mortgage loan in Kentucky?

Kentucky Veterans, active duty servicemembers, reservists, National Guard members, surviving spouses, and other individuals can earn eligibility for home loan benefits. You may qualify if you are:

  • Military veteran
  • Active duty servicemember
  • Reservist or National Guard member
  • Surviving spouse who did not remarry
  • Academy cadet or midshipman
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officer
  • Public Health Service (PHS) Officer

In order to obtain a Kentucky VA loan, you’ll need a Certificate of Eligibility, which you can apply for online or we can get for you with your info. Usually comes back instantly, no waiting around like it use to be for it to come in the mail.

3. Can you get a Kentucky VA Mortgage loan more than once?

If you are deemed eligible for a Kentucky VA loan, the benefit is yours for life, and in some cases, it can be used multiple times at once. Many veterans use it repeatedly for their home financing needs. Use it for a starter home, then use it again when you’re ready for more space. THEN you can use it again to refinance your loan for a lower rate or get cash out of your home’s equity. It’s completely up to you.

When you use your VA COE again to buy another home, there is an increase in the funding fee from 2.15% to 3.3% for regular veteran and active duty if not on VA disability have a waiver of the VA funding fee.

You can have two active VA loans out at the same time. Call or email me and I can explain to you. Very detailed and complex but can be done if meets the test for VA guidelines for having two VA loans at once. 

KENTUCKY VETERANS ARE GUARANTEED VA MORTGAGE LOAN

 No one is guaranteed a loan. Even veterans with VA entitlement.

The word “guaranty” comes up a lot when talking about Kentucky VA loans. Well, I’m here to tell you that a “guaranty” and a “guarantee” are not the same thing. Many people assume when they see “VA loan guaranty” that they’re guaranteed a VA loan, and that’s simply not the case.
The VA loan guaranty refers to the amount of each VA loan that is backed by the government (usually 25%). If the loan defaults, the amount under guaranty is refunded to the lender by the government. So just because you see guaranty, doesn’t mean your loan is guaranteed to be approved.

HOW LONG DOES  VA APPRAISAL PROCESS?

Fact: The VA appraisal process can be rough if you’re pursuing a home that’s in rough shape. Otherwise, the VA appraisal process isn’t much different from the average Conventional appraisal.

VA loan appraisers use the VA’s “Minimum Property Requirement” guidelines to determine if a home is safe, structurally sound, and sanitary. If the home doesn’t meet their standards, the process can take a while. That’s why it’s important to choose your home wisely. A few of the MPRs include:

  • Plumbing and electrical systems must be safe and in good condition
  • Heating must be adequate
  • Roofing must be adequate
  • No leaks, excessive dampness, defective construction, or decay
  • No termites, destructive insects, fungus growth, or dry rot

Kentucky VA loans aren’t designed to fund fixer-uppers. The VA wants veterans and servicemembers to buy solid, move-in ready homes, not projects.  Also, since most VA borrowers are putting no money down, they don’t want to take the risk of borrower walking away with no equity in the home.

 

Kentucky VA Mortgage Lender Guidelines for 2019

 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346
 


Text/call 502-905-3708
kentuckyloan@gmail.com

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NAR Applauds Legislation Eliminating VA Home Loan Cap, Protecting Vital Veteran Benefit

The VA home loan guarantee program encourages private lenders to offer favorable home loan terms to qualified veterans without requiring a down payment.

The Department of Veterans Affairs can now back loans that exceed the conforming loan limit, as a bill eliminating this cap was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Tuesday night.

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act allows homebuyers to borrow above the 2019 limit of $484,350 for most counties without any down payment.

Earlier this month, the Senate unanimously approved the bill, and now President Trump’s signature makes it official.

The move comes after a decades-long fight for veterans to receive health care benefits for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure, according to military.com, which said the bill will “fast-track disability compensation” for as many as 90,000 affected former service members.

In an earlier draft of the bill, the cost of these benefits were to be financed by raising VA loan fees 0.35% to 0.5% for non-disabled veterans, according to military.com.

But trade groups like the National Association of Realtors lobbied against such an increase, and lawmakers opted to raise the loan cap as a way to raise funds to support benefits instead.

NAR president John Smaby said the association teamed with other housing industry trade groups to ensure veteran benefits would be extended without increasing VA loan fees.

“Realtors support efforts to boost veteran participation in this program, but we also believe VA loan guarantee fees should be based on the risk of the loan made, not the costs of other VA programs or benefits,” Smaby said.

“As we aim to ensure our nation’s veterans have every possible opportunity to achieve the American Dream of homeownership, the National Association of Realtors has remained a strong supporter of the VA home loan guaranty program,” said Smaby. “This vital tool encourages private lenders to offer favorable home loan terms to qualified veterans and provides a much-needed resource to those who have sacrificed so much for this country.”

 

 

 

 

Source: NAR Applauds Legislation Eliminating VA Home Loan Cap, Protecting Vital Veteran Benefit

Congress Passes VA Loan Bill for Kentucky VA Home Buyers

The President is expected to sign H.R. 299, the ‘Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act.’ This legislation includes language which will eliminate the cap on the VA home loan guarantee.

Source: Congress Passes VA Loan Bill

Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Guide for Foreclosures, Bankruptcy, and short sales or deed in lieu.

Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Guide for Foreclosures, Bankruptcy, and short sales or deed in lieu.

 

Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Guidelines For Kentucky VA Home Mortgage Loans in 2019 and 2020


Follows guidelines provided for bankruptcies filed under straight liquidation (Chapter 7)
The fact that a home loan foreclosure in Kentucky  (or deed-in-lieu or short sale in lieu of foreclosure) exists in a borrower(s) history does not in itself disqualify the VA borrower for a Kentucky VA  loan. Develop complete information on the facts and circumstances of the foreclosure
You may disregard a foreclosure finalized more than 2 years from the date of closing. If the foreclosure was finalized within the last 1 to 2 years from the date of closing, it is probably not possible to determine that the borrower(s) is a satisfactory credit risk unless both of the following requirements are met:The borrower (s) has obtained consumer items on credit subsequent to the foreclosure and has satisfactorily made the payments over a continued period, and the foreclosure was caused by circumstances beyond the control of the borrower (s) such as unemployment; prolonged strikes, medical bills not covered by insurance, and so on, and the circumstances are verified.

If a foreclosure, deed in lieu, or short sale process is in conjunction with a bankruptcy, use the latest date of either the discharge of the bankruptcy or transfer of title for the home to establish the beginning date of re-established credit. If there is a significant delay in the transfer of title, the lender should contact the RLC of jurisdiction for guidance.

For a deed in lieu or short sale, develop complete information on the facts and circumstances in which the borrowers) voluntarily surrendered the property. If the borrower’s payment history on the property was not affected before the short sale or deed in lieu and was voluntarily communicating with the servicer or holder, then a waiting period from the date transfer of the property may not be necessary.
If the foreclosure, deed and lieu or short sale was on a Kentucky VA-guaranteed loan, then a borrower may not have full entitlement available for the new Kentucky VA loan. Ensure that the borrower’s COE reflects sufficient entitlement to meet any secondary marketing requirements of the VA Mortgage Lender in Kentucky

 

In order to get you pre-approved, I will need the following items from you. This is a free process and I will give you a copy of your credit report for free.

Kentucky VA Loan Mortgage Pre-Approval Checklist

  • one full month’s worth of pay stubs
  • 2018 and 2017 W-2′s
  • 2018 and 2017 tax returns
  • Your  VA Certificate of Eligibility (we can help you get this if needed, just need your dd214) 
  • Last two months bank statements for all accounts
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  • Link here to get your COE—–>>>>> https://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/purchaseco_certificate.asp

Once I get the information above, I can usually get you pre-approved in one day, and get your loan closed in 30-45 days after you get an accepted offer on a home.

Your first house payment usually starts 30-60 days after you close.

Your loan pre-approval is usually good for 60 days.
I don’t need originals, copies are fine. You can fax or email  me the above documents,  or meet me face-to-face if you wish to make copies and go over your options.

Let me know your questions.

Thanks and look forward to helping you.

 

 

 

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer

Individual NMLS ID #57916

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.

10602 Timberwood Circle 

Louisville, KY 40223

Company NMLS ID #1364

click here for directions to our office

Text/call:      502-905-3708

fax:            502-327-9119
email:
          kentuckyloan@gmail.com

http://www.mylouisvillekentuckymortgage.com/

 

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.

How to Get Your VA Certificate of Eligibility for a VA Home Loan Approval.

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TIPS FROM VA FOR ORDERING COE OR CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY
TIP #1: If you don’t have an urgent need (like an impending closing date), or a potentially deal-breaking question or concern please give VA a few business days to process your COE request, before checking on status.
Currently, the majority of our incoming calls relate to Certificate of Eligibility (COE) processing – particularly requests for status updates. While VA’s COE staff is here to help answer your questions about COEs, it is important to note that the staff is currently processingCOE requests in about 4 business days, on average. Despite system enhancements that allow us to provide you instant COEs in over two-thirds of cases, record-setting loan volume means that our COE staff is working as hard as ever to process the remainder as quickly as possible.
TIP #2: Please be sure the “T’s” are crossed and the “I’s” are dotted prior to submission of a COE request. Providing a complete and accurate submission increases the probability that VA can process your request instantaneously.
We sometimes find that COE requests are missing critical pieces of information or that the submitter has forgotten to provide a required form (such as a National Guard member’s NGB-22 or a Reservist’s Points Statement). It may also be helpful to proof the forms you’re uploading to ensure they’re legible and complete. We find that oftentimes, submissions cannot be processed immediately online, only because a key data field or required piece of evidence is illegible, or missing.
Some commonly required (but often omitted) forms are:
  • For Veteran borrowers, the DD214 copy that includes the Character of Service
  • For Reservist borrowers, the Point Statements document, which proves 6 Creditable Years and Character of Service
  • For National Guard borrowers, the Form NGB 22
  • For Active-Duty Servicemember borrowers, the Statement of Service from a commanding officer
 
TIP #3: Please help us help you with your ‘special requests’ regarding COEs.
If your borrower has a special circumstance that requires you to submit a request for more than just a standard COE issuance, it is helpful to provide details about that special circumstance in the “Notes” field of the COE submission page. Our staff can process your full request in an accurate and timely fashion if all the details are easily discernable.
For example, if your borrower is submitting evidence of a name change along with her request for a COE, and you note both requests in the submission, our staff can easily and quickly discern that two actions are required of them and quickly process your request. If that same submission did not note the requested name change, staff may attempt to process only the COE request and initially reject it, due to non-matching information in our system. The “Notes” field can be found in the left-side vertical toolbar on the submission page.
 TIP #4: Please be sure your COE request makes it to the Internet in complete form.
You may be used to other online web forms that allow you to hit “Enter” on your keyboard to navigate through sections of the form or complete a transaction. However, our online COE tool is a bit different. Hitting “Enter” to navigate through the page can result in your incomplete form being submitted to VA. If you hit “Enter” multiple times, we can get multiple incomplete requests for the same COE. Please also note that after you complete the form/process, you should click the “Submit” button in order for the request to be transmitted to our processing system. The “Submit” button can be found at the bottom center of the COE submission page.
 TIP #5: If you’re stuck or have a general question, you may find the answers you need in our web tutorials and guides.
Helpful information can be found at:
  • The Lender’s Tutorial “How to Order a Certificate of Eligibility on the VA Portal” [click here]
  • Information on how to correct your COE submission [click here]
 
TIP #6: If you have issues with the web form or are experiencing other technological issues, the BEST way to report a problem or get help with a problem, is to email the system Help Desk atVIP.VBACO@va.gov rather than call the COE toll-free line.


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

The view and opinions stated on this website belong solely to the authors, and are intended for informational purposes only.  The posted information does not guarantee approval, nor does it comprise full underwriting guidelines.  This does not represent being part of a government agency. The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the view of  my employer. Not all products or services mentioned on this site may fit all people.
, NMLS ID# 57916, (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org). I lend in the following states: Kentucky

 

 

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Can you do a Kentucky VA Cashout Refinance Mortgage Loan Up to 100% of the home’s value?

Does VA allows 100% equity  Cash-Out on Refinances for Kentucky VA Mortgages?

Yes is the simple answer, but a lot of VA lenders will only go to 90%, so be careful shopping out there for quotes and qualifying info.

VA allows Kentucky VA Mortgage holders and veterans to finance 100% of the purchase price of a home, but they also allow Kentucky VA Mortgage veterans to take cash-out up to 100% of the value of their home! You are still subject to the funding fee unless disabled, and the cash out maybe limited in hand depending on your credit score.

  • Cash-Out Refinance up to 100% .Higher Credit Scores may be needed to get cash in hand after paying off existing mortgage. Subject to debt to income limits and acceptable appraisal. VA termite required again.
  • Min FICO 620 with no bankruptcies or foreclosure last 2 years
  • Max Loan Amount subject to VA County Loan Limits
  • 0 x 30 days on mortgage in last 12 months
  • Can pay off existing VA, FHA or conventional mortgage (Note there MUST BE an existing lien against the property)
  • Must be first lien and owner occupied by the Veteran applicant. (Note: Property may NOT be owned free & clear)
  • Owner-occupancy cert is required
  • Properties listed for sale in the previous 6 months, prior to the date of the application (& appraisal) are not eligible

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Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
Text or Call 502-905-3708 cell
kentuckyloan@gmail.com
http://www.mylouisvillekentuckymortgage.com/


This web site is not the FHA, VA, USDA, HUD or any other government organization responsible for managing, insuring, regulating or issuing residential mortgage loans.
All approvals and rates are not guaranteed, and are only issued based on standard mortgage qualifying guidelines

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STUDENT LOAN CLARIFICATION FOR ALL LOAN PROGRAMS

April 19, 2016
 
STUDENT LOAN CLARIFICATION FOR ALL LOAN PROGRAMS
PROGRAM
GUIDELINE
FNMA
For all student loans, whether deferred, in forbearance, or in repayment (not deferred), the lender must use the greater of the following to determine the monthly payment to be used as the borrower’s recurring monthly debt obligation:
  • 1% of the outstanding balance; or
  • The actual documented payment (documented in the credit report, in documentation obtained from the student loan lender, or in documentation supplied by the borrower).
If the payment currently being made cannot be documented or verified, 1% of the outstanding balance must be used.
Exception: If the actual documented payment is less than 1% of the outstanding balance and it will fully amortize the loan with no payment adjustments, the lender may use the lower, fully-amortizing monthly payment to qualify the borrower.
FHLMC
Use the following:
  • The payment on the credit report
  • 1% of the outstanding balance or
  • The actual documented fully amortizing payment.
FHA
Student loans:
Regardless of the payment status, the mortgagee must use:
  • The GREATER of:
    • 1% of the outstanding balance on the loan; or
    • The monthly payment reported on the credit report; or
  • The actual documented payment, provided the payment will fully amortize the loan over its term.
For example:
Student loan reporting on credit with a balance of $15,000 and a payment of $55.00. 1% of the balance is greater than the payment reporting, so you would use 1%.
If there is documentation showing a fully amortized payment of $125.00, you could use that payment instead of the 1%.
VA
May be excluded from the borrower’s total monthly obligations with evidence of a minimum of 12 months deferment from date of closing.
 
If there is no monthly payment reflected on the credit report, a copy of the borrower’s payment letter or promissory note should be used to determine what payment amount to use.
USDA
Fixed payment loans:  A fixed payment may be used in the debt ratio when the lender retains documentation to verify the payment is fixed, the interest rate is fixed, and the repayment term is fixed.  There must be no future adjustments to the terms of the student loan payments.
Non-Fixed payment loans:  Payments for deferred loans, Income Based Repayment (IBR), Graduated, Adjustable, and other types of repayment agreements which are not fixed cannot be used in the total debt ratio calculation.  One percent of the loan balance reflected on the credit report must be used as the monthly payment.  No additional documentation is required.