2017 Kentucky VA LOAN LIMITS

There actually is no max Kentucky VA loan Limits set by VA. However, if you go over the standard VA Max County Loan Limits, in Kentucky this year it is set at $424,000, then you would need to come up with difference in the form of the down payment by taking the Sales price, minus the max va loan limits for County, then take 25% of that for your max loan. The fact is there’s actually no maximum loan amount on a VA loan. What those loan limits represent is how much a qualified military borrower can obtain without making a down payment.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you have full VA loan entitlement and the county in which you’re purchasing has the standard $424,100. The home you want to purchase is $650,000. There’s a $225,900  difference between the two, and one quarter of that is $56,475, which is how much the borrower would need as a down payment.

This is based on your maximum VA entitlement of $36,000  not being used.





December 6, 2016
VA has announced loan limit changes for the year 2017. The base limit will be increased to $424,100 for 2017 for all Kentucky VA Home Loans.  This limit applies to the loan amount for KY VA loans with no down payment and with full entitlement of $36,000
These new Kentucky VA loan limits will be effective for loans closing on or after January 1, 2017.
Revised Loan limits (for counties in excess of $424,100) by county/state for 2017 can be found online at: http://www.fhfa.gov/DataTools/Downloads/Documents/Conforming-Loan-Limits/FullCountyLoanLimitList2017_HERA-BASED_FINAL.PDF
In addition, for comparison, the prior year limits (for counties previously in excess of $417,000) are available at: http://www.fhfa.gov/DataTools/Downloads/Documents/Conforming-Loan-Limits/FullCountyLoanLimitList2016_HERA-BASED_FINAL.pdf


YES – You CAN Buy a Home OVER $417,000 with a VA Mortgage Loan

KY VA Home loans are zero down payment up to $417,000.  If you wish you buy a more expensive home with a VA loan, you will need a small down payment.

The exact formula to determined the VA down payment is a bit more complicated, but the simple quick math is you’ll need about 25% of the difference between the purchase price, and $417,000.

So if you were to buy a $517,000 home. There is a $100,000 difference over the zero down maximum $417,000 loan. Therefore you’ll need a down payment of about $25,000.


Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer
text or call my phone: (502) 905-3708
email me at kentuckyloan@gmail.com
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Kentucky VA Loan Requirements after a bankruptcy, foreclosure, short sale

Kentucky VA Loan Requirements after a bankruptcy, foreclosure, short sale below:

Kentucky VA Mortgage Lender

Kentucky VA Mortgage Lender

  • Foreclosure: 2 years from foreclosure completion date and date transferred back to the lender
  • Deed in Lieu: 1-2 years with re-established credit and acceptable extenuating circumstances; 3 years without
  • Short Sale: 2 years from previous sale closed date and new owner transfer date
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 7: 2 years
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 13: 1 year with bankruptcy court approval for mortgage process; 2 years from discharge


Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119
 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

Louisville Kentucky VA Refinance for Cashout, rate and term, and IRRL streamline VA refinance Mortgage


Louisville Kentucky VA REFINANCE Mortgage Guidelines


  • Anything being paid off other than a first mortgage lien is considered cash out.
  • Buyout of spouse’s equity per divorce decree.
  • Borrower may not receive more than $500.00 cash at closing.
  • Total loan amount is limited to 90% LTV plus Funding Fee.
  • No refinances are allowed within 90 days of the property being listed for sale.
  • The loan may be eligible for refinance after 30 days of the property being listed with the following compensations:
    • Letter of explanation containing the reason the property was listed for sale; the reason the property was taken off of the market; and the borrower’s plans for the property over the next 12 months.
    • Application cannot be dated prior to 30 days after the property has been taken off of the market or the listing has expired.
    • 0x30 payment history required over the previous 12 months.
  • For limited cash out or rate/term refinances, any non‐mortgage debts, collections, judgments or liens that are to be paid off must be paid prior to closing in order for the transaction to be considered as a limited cash out or rate/term refinance.
  • Primary Residence refinances only; Non-owner occupied and second homes are not eligible.
  • Must be refinancing a current VA insured mortgage.
  • All borrowers on previous Note must be on new Note.
  • Maximum term is term of the original loan plus up to 10 years not to exceed 30 years.
  • The new interest rate must bear a lower interest rate than the loan it is refinancing (unless the loan is an adjustable rate mortgage)
  • Subordinate financing may remain at max 125% CLTV. Subordinate lender must agree to re-subordination.
  • A credit report and 620 minimum credit score is required but sections V, VI and a-k of VIII of the application are not required to be completed.
  • As of December 1, 2010, employment information for the borrower(s) is now required to be completed on the loan application (Section IV). No income amount or income information is required. Only a Verbal VOE will be completed.

Minimum 2055 conventional appraisal is required.

The total loan amount (base loan amount + VA funding fee = Total loan amount) must be supported by the value of the property. Appraised value must be equal to or greater than the total loan amount. Max LTV/CLTV is 100%.

  • Employment and Income documentation is not required.
  • Borrower may not receive more than $500.00 cash at closing.
  • No refinances are allowed within 6 months of the property being listed for sale.
  • 0x30 payment history required over the previous 12 months.
  • Borrower must have made a minimum of 6 payments on current mortgage with 0x30 pay history to be eligible for VA IRRRL.
  • Borrower must credit qualify if:
    • New P&I increases more than 20% over previous Note P&I when the mortgage term is reduced or when refinancing from an ARM to a Fixed rate.
    • New P&I increases more than 20% over previous Note P&I on a primary residence or when a borrower is removed from the Note.


 Louisville Kentucky VA Refinance for Cashout, 
  • Total loan amount is limited to 90% LTV plus Funding.
  • No refinances are allowed within 6 months of the property being listed for sale.
  • LTV is based on the lesser of the appraised value or acquisition cost on properties with less than 6 months ownership seasoning.
  • 0x30 payment history required over the previous 12 months.

Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan

The VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) lowers your interest rate by refinancing your existing VA home loan. By obtaining a lower interest rate, your monthly mortgage payment should decrease. You can also refinance an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) into a fixed rate mortgage.


  • No appraisal or credit underwriting package is required when applying for an IRRRL.
  • An IRRRL may be done with “no money out of pocket” by including all costs in the new loan or by making the new loan at an interest rate high enough to enable the lender to pay the costs.
  • When refinancing from an existing VA ARM loan to a fixed rate loan, the interest rate may increase.
  • No lender is required to give you an IRRRL, however, any VA lender of your choosing may process your application for an IRRRL.
  • Veterans are strongly urged to contact several lenders because terms may vary.
  • You may NOT receive any cash from the loan proceeds.


An IRRRL can only be made to refinance a property on which you have already used your VA loan eligibility. It must be a VA to VA refinance, and it will reuse the entitlement you originally used.


  • A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is not required. If you have your Certificate of Eligibility, take it to the lender to show the prior use of your entitlement.
  • No loan other than the existing VA loan may be paid from the proceeds of an IRRRL. If you have a second mortgage, the holder must agree to subordinate that lien so that your new VA loan will be a first mortgage.
  • You may have used your entitlement by obtaining a VA loan when you bought your house, or by substituting your eligibility for that of the seller, if you assumed the loan.
  • The occupancy requirement for an IRRRL is different from other VA loans. For an IRRRL you need only certify that you previously occupied the home.

Application Process

A new Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is not required. You may take your Certificate of Eligibility to show the prior use of your entitlement or your lender may use our e-mail confirmation procedure in lieu of a certificate of eligibility.

Loan Limits

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 four 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. See Loan Limits for more information about the limits in your county.

VA Funding Fee

Generally, all Veterans using the VA Home Loan Guaranty benefit must pay a funding fee. This reduces the loan’s cost to taxpayers considering that a VA loan requires no down payment and has no monthly mortgage insurance. The funding fee is a percentage of the loan amount which varies based on the type of loan and your military category, if you are a first-time or subsequent loan user, and whether you make a down payment. You have the option to finance the VA funding fee or pay it in cash, but the funding fee must be paid at closing time. You do not have to pay the fee if you are a:

  • Veteran receiving VA compensation for a service-connected disability, OR
  • Veteran who would be entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability if you did not receive retirement or active duty pay, OR
  • Surviving spouse of a Veteran who died in service or from a service-connected disability.

The funding fee for second time users who do not make a down payment is slightly higher. Also, National Guard and Reserve Veterans pay a slightly higher funding fee percentage. See Loan Fees for more information about loan costs. Some lenders offer IRRRLs as an opportunity to reduce the term of your loan from 30 years to 15 years. While this can save you money in interest over the life of the loan, you may see a very large increase in your monthly payment if the reduction in the interest rate is not at least one percent (two percent is better).Beware: It could be a bigger increase than you can afford.

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell
502-813-2795 fax
kentuckyloan@gmail.comKey Financial Mortgage Co. (NMLS #1800)*
107 South Hurstbourne Parkway*

Louisville, KY 40222*



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