Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans vs Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loans Compared in 2015



 


Here are the important points about Kentucky USDA Rural Housing Loans:

  • USDA loan are only available in certain counties of Kentucky.
  • There are two types of USDA loans available: Direct and Guaranteed. 
  • 100% financing. No down payment 
  • USDA will go down to 580 score and uses and  automated underwriting pre-approval system called GUS-Guarantee Underwriting System. The GUS findings will dictate your loan pre-approval.
  • Income limits based on county and number of people in household.
  • Must be 3 years removed from bankruptcy and foreclosure
  • No purchase price limit
  • Upfront funding fee of 2% of loan amount paid to RD at closing 
  • Annual mi fee of .50% paid each month for life of loan. 
  • Takes on average 30-45 days to close. 
  • 30 year fixed rate is the only term available and rates are usually comparable to FHA and VA government mortgage insured rates.
  • Do not have to be a first time home buyer and can currently own another home if USDA deems the current living situation not suitable. 
  • Appraisal has to meet FHA minimum standards
  • You can buy a home with land on USDA Loans as long as the property does not have any agricultural characteristics or income producing capabilities. 
  • There is no set max acreage but the appraisal will dictate approval of property by USDA. 
  • You can only use USDA loans to purchase property or refinance an existing USDA loan



  • Here are some important facts about Kentucky FHA Loans:
  • FHA loans can be made in any county of Kentucky. 
  • FHA loans require 3.5% down payment
  • FHA Mortgage terms are available in 30, 20, 15, 10 year terms.
  • Credit score down to 500 are acceptable but subject to investor approval.
  • Most lenders will want a 620 score, with some going down to 580 with conditions
  • FHA loans are pre-approved using DU, an online automated underwriting system that will dictate your loan approval conditions. 
  • FHA has max income limits in Kentucky with the maximum being $271,050 for most Kentucky Counties
  • There are no income limits on the household for FHA loans
  • There is a upfront mi premium of 1.75% and a monthly fee of .85% payable each month. 
  • If you finance over 90% of the homes value, the monthly mi factor of .85% is for life of loan. If less than 90%, 11 year term for annual mi fee.
  • FHA, USDA rates are really comparable on paper, no big difference except for the mi
  • FHA requires 3 years out on a short-sale or foreclosure
  • FHA requires 2 years out on Chapter 7 and 1 year out on a Chapter 13 with good clean history for the last 12 months with no lates. 
  • Not required to be a first time home buyer
  • Can refinance an existing FHA loan to another without appraisal, income, a processed call FHA streamline refinance









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