Thursday, October 23, 2014

KHC Home Buyer Tax Credit Down payment Assistance

KHC Home Buyer Tax Credit:

• Reduces the amount of federal income tax
you pay.
• Gives you more income to qualify for a
mortgage loan.
• Is effective for the life of the loan. As long as you
have a mortgage, you can claim the credit!
• A 25 percent tax credit of the mortgage interest
paid over a year (not to exceed $2,000).
• The remaining 75 percent of mortgage interest
can still be taken as a yearly deduction.
• Offers a reduction of the one-time fee* to $200
if you obtain your mortgage financing through
Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC).

Down payment Assistance

Programs (DAP):
• Regular DAP:
Up to $6,000 second mortgage; paid back over
a 10-year period at 5.50 percent interest.
• Affordable DAP:
Up to $4,500 second mortgage; paid back
over a 10-year period at 1 percent interest.
Affordable DAP household income limits apply.
*DAPs can pay the home buyer tax credit fee.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

4 Things Every Borrower Needs to Get Approved for a Mortgage or Home Loan In Kentucky

4 Things Every Borrower Needs to Get Approved for a Mortgage or Home Loan In Kentucky

Kentucky FHA, VA, KHC, Conventional, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, USDA Mortgage Loans

4 Things Every Borrower Needs to know to Get Approved for a Loan!!!!

There are 4 basic things that a borrower needs to show a lender in order to get approved for a mortgage. Each category has so many what ifs and sub plots that each box can read as it’s own novel. In other words, each category has so many variables that can affect what it takes to get approved, but without further adieu here are the four categories in no particular order as each without any of these items, you’re pretty much dead in the water:

1. Income

You need income. You need to be able to afford the home.  But what is acceptable income? Let’s just say that there are two ratios mortgage underwriters look at to qualify you for mortgage payment:

First Ratio – The first ratio, top ratio or housing ratio. Basically that means out of all the gross monthly income you make, that no more that X percent of it can go to your housing payment. The housing payment consists of Principle, Interest, Taxes and Insurance. Whether you escrow or not every one of these items are factored into your ratio. There are a lot of exceptions to how high you can go, but let’s just say that if your ratio is 33% or less, generally, across the board, you’re safe.

Second Ratio- The second ratio, bottom ratio or debt ratio includes the housing payment, but also adds all of the monthly debts that the borrower has. So, it includes housing payment as well as every other debt that a borrower may have. This would include, Auto loans, credit cards, student loans, personal loans, child support, alimony….basically any consistent outgoing debt that you’re paying on. Again, if you’re paying less than 45% of your gross monthly income to all of the debts, plus your proposed housing payment, then……generally, you’re safe. You can go a lot higher in this area, but there are a lot of caveats when increasing your back ratio.

What qualifies as income? Basically, it’s income that has at least a proven, two year history of being received and pretty high assurances that the income is likely to continue for at least three years. What’s not acceptable? Unverifiable cash income, short term income and income that’s not likely to continue like unemployment income, student loan aid,  VA education benefits,or short term disability are not allowed for a  mortgage loan.

2. Assets

What the mortgage underwriter is looking for here is how much can you put down and secondly, how much will you have in reserves after the loan is made to help offset any financial emergencies in the future.

Do you have enough assets to put the money forth to qualify for the down payment that the particular program asks for. The only 100% financing or no money down loans still available in Kentucky for  home buyers are available through USDA, VA, and KHC or Kentucky Housing Loans. Most other home buyers that don't qualify for the no money down home loans mentioned above, will turn to the FHA program. FHA loans currently requires a 3.5% down payment.

Kentucky Home buyers that have access to putting down at least 5% or more, will usually  turn to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgage programs  so they can get better pricing when it comes to mortgage insurance.

These assets need to be validated through bank accounts, 401k or retirements account and sometimes gifts from relatives or employer.. Can you borrower the down payment? Sometimes. Generally if you’re borrowing a secured loan against a secured asset you can use that. But rarely can cash be used as an asset. FHA will allow for gifts from relatives  for down payments with little as 3.5% down but Fannie Mae will require a 20% down payment when a gift is being used for the down payment on the home.

The down payment scenarios listed above are for Kentucky Primary Residences only. There are stricter  down payment requirements for investment homes made in Kentucky.


 640 is the bottom score (again with few exceptions) that lenders will permit. Below a 640, then you’re in a world of hurt. Even at 640, people consider you a higher risk that other folks and are going to penalize you or your borrower with a more expensive loan. 720 is when you really start to get in the “as a lender we love you” credit score. 740 is even better. Watch your credit scores carefully. You have three credit scores and the lender will take your middle score.

Kentucky  FHA Mortgage Loans currently requires 3 years removal from a foreclosure or short sale  and 2 years on a bankruptcy with good reestablished credit.

Kentucky Fannie Mae Mortgage Loans currently requires 4 years removal from a bankruptcy, and 7 years on a foreclosure.

Kentucky VA Mortgage Loans currently requires 2 years removal from a bankruptcy or foreclosure with good reestablished credit.

Kentucky USDA loans require 3 years removal from bankruptcy and foreclosure with good reestablished credit.

4. Appraisal

Generally, there’s nothing you can do to affect this. Bottom line here is…..”is the value of the house at least the value of what you’re paying for it?” If not, then not good things start to happen. Generally you’ll find less issues with values on purchase transactions, because, in theory, the realtor has done an accurate job of valuing the house prior to taking the listing. The big issue comes in refinancing. In purchase transactions, the value is determined as the

Lower of the value or the contract price!!!

That means that if you buy a $1,000,000 home for $100,000, the value is established at $100,000. Conversely, if you buy a $200,000 home and the value comes in at $180,000 during the appraisal, then the value is established at $180,000. Big issues….Talk to your loan officer.

For each one of these boxes, there are over 1,000 things that can effect if a borrower has reached the threshold to complete that box. Soooooooooooo… to a great loan officer. There are so many loan officers that don’t know what they’re doing. But, conversely, there’s a lot of great ones as well. Your loan is so important! Get a great lender so that you know, for sure, that the loan you want, can be closed on!

I can answer your questions and usually get you pre-approved the same day.

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
 800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223
((502) 905-3708 | 7 Fax: (502) 327-9119|
 Company ID #1364 MB73346 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loans : Kentucky Eligible Areas for Rural Housing Developm...

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Louisville Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Programs and Resources

Louisville Ky First Time Home Buyers Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Programs and Resources

If you are a potential Louisville Kentucky First Time home buyerfirst time home buyer in Louisville Kentucky, we welcome you! It is our utmost desire to assist you in reaching the goal of buying your first home. We've gathered the most helpful, beneficial resources together on this page to make things as easy as possible for you.

We have access to all the Louisville Kentucky First Time home Buyers programs including, FHA, VA, KHC, and USDA, Rural Housing Zero Down home loans--Our site is updated daily for Louisville Kentucky first time home buyers with the best programs and rates available.

What is available for first time home buyer financial programs in Kentucky?The first place to start in that search is the Kentucky Housing Corporation. They provide generous assistance to first time home buyers in the form of grants to help with the down payment as well as closing costs.

The Kentucky Housing Corporation has a down payment assistance program for eligible homebuyers who meet specific moderate income limits to help with downpayment and/or closing costs. Check and see what is available and if you qualify....

To visit the website of the Kentucky Housing Corporation Zero Down Home Loans for Ky Home Buyers First Time. In certain situations they will provide loans for the down payment for first time home buyers in Louisville Kentucky and Jefferson County Kentucky. . It is a great program for first time home buyers and is worth investigating. Simply go to their website above for complete information.

There are other Louisville, Kentucky first time homeownership programs available through the Kentucky Housing Corporation. You can visit the website by clicking here. You'll find information on income limits in order to qualify for the first time home buyer program, program descriptions, a list of approved lenders, an interest rate lock program, and a host of other first time home buyer resources.

In addition to the state programs, there are federal funds and grants available to residents and first time home buyers in Kentucky through the Homes and Communities program of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. On their website you'll find complete grant information, application forms, description of available funds, as well as many other helpful tools.

Every potential first time home buyer should investigate what they have to offer. You can visit the website by clicking on US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Finally, there is a website that lists all grant programs available through the federal government, Louisville, Kentucky First time home buyers should plan to spend the required time investigating to determine how many specific grants they may qualify for. You can visit the website by clicking here.

We will be adding more resources to this page as we discover them and/or they become available to first time home buyers in Kentucky, so please do bookmark this site and check back often! In the meantime, please do look around and get the most of the information that is here.

Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Grants and Loan Programs

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell


Kentucky FHA Loans Guidelines on Student Loans.

Student Loans and FHA Loan Approvals

Debt payments such as a student loan or balloon note scheduled to begin or come due within 12 months of the mortgage loan closing must be included by the lender as anticipated monthly obligations during the underwriting analysis.

Debt payments do not have to be classified as projected obligations if the borrower provides written evidence that the debt will be deferred to a period outside the 12-month timeframe.

In lieu of obtaining copies of payment letters or forbearance agreements, the smonthly payment can be calculated using no less than 2% of the outstanding balance as the borrower’s recurring monthly debt obligation.

Student Loans under an Income Based Repayment plan are acceptable, however $0.00 payments are not acceptable and loan will be subject to above 2% rule.

Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loan Approval same day

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223

 phone: (502) 905-3708
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119

 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Kentucky VA Mortgage Guidelines after a bankruptcy, foreclosure, short sale.

Kentucky VA Mortgage Guidelines after a bankruptcy, foreclosure, short sale. 

2 years completion date needed after a short-sale, foreclosure, or deed-in lieu of foreclosure.

If extenuating circumstances exist – 12 months from completion date with re-established credit
Note: If the occurrence was on a  Kentucky VA loan, the veteran may not have full entitlement available for the new loan.

2  year completion needed after a Chapter 7 bankruptcy
If extenuating circumstances exist – 12 months from discharge or dismissal date with re-established credit.

If it was a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, a minimum of 12 months of payments have been made, all payments have been paid satisfactorily and Trustee or Bankruptcy Judge approval of new mortgage loan.

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

 phone: (502) 905-3708
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119

 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What do I need to get approved for a Rural Housing Loan in Kentucky?

What do I need to get approved for a Rural Housing Loan in Kentucky?
You really need to look at the four following items below:

Credit Score: They typically want a 640 credit score with no bankruptcies or foreclosures in the last 3 years. KY USDA Loans are initially ran thru GUS (Guarantee Underwriting System), an underwriting approval engine online that Kentucky USDA Mortgage lenders use to tell us how much you are qualified for based on the income, assets, property, and credit provided. Most lenders will want an Approved Eligible. If your score is below 640, you will automatically get a refer eligible which most lenders will not do.

Homeownership: You cannot currently own another home with a USDA loan but there are waivers granted if you can show the current living arrangements are not suitable and safe for your family.

Income: Typically, you cannot make more than $75k approximately for a household family of four, and up to $98k for  a household family of five in most Kentucky counties. Some Kentucky Counties are more but not much.

Location: Kentucky has 120 counties, and USDA is not allowed in the following KY Counties: Jefferson, Fayette (whole county)  and parts of  McCracken, Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Bullitt, Daviess, Warren, Franklin and Christian counties. The best thing to do on the location is tell me an address and I can look it up for you.

I have a website that is really good for USDA loans, located at  that may assist and educate you about the program.

 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. 

 Loan Checklist
The following is a list of documents that may be required to process your  mortgage loan:
  • One full month’s worth of pay stubs
  • Last 2 years W-2′s
  •  Last 2 years tax returns 
  • Last two months bank statements for all accounts

I don't need originals, copies are fine. You can fax, email, or drop off at my office below . 

Let me know your questions. 

Thanks and look forward to helping you
Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
800 Stone Creek Pkwy, Ste 7,
Louisville, KY 40223

 phone: (502) 905-3708
 Fax:     (502) 327-9119

 Company ID #1364 | MB73346

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Getting your Louisville Kentucky VA Loan Approval.

Getting your Louisville Kentucky VA Loan Approval. 

Getting Your VA Loan

Step 1: Determine If You Are Eligible

We will cover the Proof of Eligibility Process below but in general, the following people are eligible for a VA-Backed Home Loan:

    * Veterans
    * Active duty personnel

    * Reservists/National Guard members

    * Some surviving spouses

 Get The Proof You Need To Show You Are Eligible For The VA Loan Program

You’ll need a Certificate of Eligibility before you can get a VA-backed loan.  This section shows how you can apply for one. 

Among categories A, B, and C below, find the one that matches your situation.

Category A:  Veterans, Active Duty, and Reservists/National Guard Members Who Have Served on Active Duty

You can get a Certificate of Eligibility in any of three ways:

1. Apply online.  Go to the Veterans Information Portal ( and click on User Registration. Click Here for user instructions for applying online.

2. Apply through us.  In many cases, we can obtain a Certificate online in minutes.  Check the table below entitled, “Evidence Needed for the Certificate of Eligibility.”

3. Apply by mail.  Use VA Form 26-1880.  Return it to the address shown on the form. If you can’t print the form, just call 1-888-244-6711 and follow the prompts for Eligibility.

Evidence Needed for the Certificate of Eligibility:
If you are:You need to submit:
(Includes a member or former member of the National Guard or Reserves who was once activated for Federal Service)
DD Form 214; We are required to have a copy showing the character of service (item 24) and the narrative reason for separation (item 28). 
Active Duty ServicememberA current statement of service signed by (or by the direction of): the adjutant, personnel office, or commander of the unit or higher headquarters showing:

Your full name
Social Security Number
Date of birth
Entry date on active duty
The duration of any lost time
The name of the command providing the information

Not Active: Please include copy of DD214 if not currently active

Active: Copy of Current “Service Statement” (obtained from base personnel or online) and PCS Orders to Michigan

12) Copy of VA Certificate of Eligibility (or fill out VA form 26-1880) and fax to me.

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