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.


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Kentucky VA Home Loan Guide
Kentucky VA Home Loan Guide

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 

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Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Limits for 2020 for Kentucky Veterans

 

 New Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan Limits for 2020 for Kentucky Veterans

VA loans no longer have a maximum loan amount.

  • Veterans, active-duty service members, National Guard members, and surviving spouses (those who qualify) will be able to get a VA home loan for any amount, with no required down payment.
  • Income guidelines are still in place.
  • With loan limits now gone you can borrow 100% of what you financially qualify for.
  • Loan limits will still be applied if you have one or more active VA loans or if you’ve defaulted on a previous VA loan.
  • Mortgage insurance is not needed..

 Funding Fees for VA Loans Are Not Going Away

Even with the loan limits going away, there is still an upfront funding fee for all VA loans (unless you are getting a VA home loan as an active-duty service member who’s received a Purple Heart). 2020 brought changes to these funding fees.

Here’s the updated funding fee percentages for VA loans:

 

To explain further, the fee for first-time use went up from 2.15% in 2019 to 2.30% in 2020. The fee for subsequent use went up from 3.3% in 2019 to 3.6% of the loan in 2020. These fees will stay in place until 2022, and you can choose to pay the funding fee up front or just roll it into the total cost of the home loan.

 

Additional VA Loan Benefits:

  • You can reuse your VA mortgage benefits over and over
  • You don’t have to be a first-time home buyer
  • No pre-payment penalty so you’re free to consider future home purchases and refinancing options
  • Can be used to buy a house, condo, newly-built home, and other types of properties
  • Your eligibility never expires

How Do You Know If You’re Eligible for a VA Loan?

Eligibility is based on specific guidelines established through the U.S. Department of Federal Affairs. These guidelines are typically based on service and discharge requirements.

 

Kentucky VA Mortgage Lender Guidelines

Who is eligible for a VA Mortgage loan in Kentucky?

 

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.

 

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 Requirementguidelines 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

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
 
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346
 


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