Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kentucky USDA and Rural Housing Loan Information

Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Kentucky USDA and Rural Housing Loan Information



 Frequently Asked Questions


1 What is the guarantee? 

USDA Rural Development provides the full faith and assurance of the U.S 
Government that any financial loss resulting from servicing the loan will be 
reimbursed in full up to an amount not exceeding 90% of the original loan 
amount. All loss up to an amount not exceeding 35% of the original loan is fully 
reimbursed. Losses exceeding 35% are 85% reimbursed. 

2 What is the advantage to the customer? 
100 percent financing, fixed interest rate, no first time homeowner requirement, and no restrictions on size or design are a few advantages. 

3 What are the eligibility requirements? 

Have adequate and dependable income (up to 115 percent of adjusted area median 
income), have acceptable credit, do not own a dwelling in the local commuting 
area, US Citizen or permanent resident, have the ability to personally occupy the 
home on a permanent basis, and do not have funds for a 20% down payment loan 
plus closing and moving expenses. 


What is the maximum loan amount?
The Loan amount is limited by the market value and repayment ability. 

8 What is the maximum Loan to Value?
  It can be up to 100% LTV plus the Agency guarantee fee 

 9 What is the Guarantee Fee? 
The upfront guarantee fee is 2 percent of the “Total” loan amount. The Lender also has an annual fee of .4 percent based on principal. 

10 What are the qualifying ratios? 

PITI Ratio 29 percent, TD Ratio 41 percent 
Higher ratios may be approved with compensating factors 

11 Do we show deferred student loans in the debt 
ratio? 
Deferred student loans must be included in the debt ratio calculations for 
Guaranteed Loans regardless of the deferment period. 
12 What is the minimum credit score? 

Under certain criteria, middle credit score of 680 and above no comment required. 
For middle credit score of 679 and below document circumstances were 
temporary in nature beyond the applicants control and have been removed. In 
most cases, loans will not be guaranteed for applicants who have a middle credit 
score of 580 & below. 

13 What about location?

The dwelling must be located in eligible rural area (See eligibility site) 

http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do


14 What about refinancing?
Limited to existing USDA Rural Development guaranteed or direct loans. 
15 Can loans include acreage? Possibly. The acreage must not contain any income producing facilities and the value of acreage may not exceed 30% of the total property value. 

17 What about an in-ground swimming pool? 
In-ground pools permitted if the value is NOT financed; Appraiser must document 
value. 

18 What are the required inspections? 
Property must meet HUD Handbook 4905.1 & 4150.2. A FHA roster appraiser 
can verify adequacy/working order of electrical, plumbing, heating, water & waste 
disposal on existing dwellings. 

19 Will USDA Rural Development issue a letter 
asking the Approved Lender to make a loan? 

No. This is the Approved Lender’s loan. They underwrite the loan and decide if 
it meets their standards and Agency standards before submitting. 

21 Are seller concessions allowed? 
Yes. Rural Development does not restrict the amount of seller concessions.

22 Who approves the Appraiser? The appraiser must be licensed by the State to complete appraisals. 

24 Are alternate documents verifying income 
allowed? 

Yes. Paycheck stubs, payroll earnings statements and W-2 tax forms for previous 
2 tax years, and telephone verification of employment. 

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)Senior  Loan Officer502-905-3708 cell502-813-2795 faxjlobb@keyfinllc.com

Key Financial Mortgage Co. (NMLS #1800)*
107 South Hurstbourne Parkway*

Louisville, KY 40222*


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