Grants for First Time Home Buyers in Kentucky

First-time home buyer


  • Insured by approved mortgage insurance company.
  • Minimum credit score of 680 or better.
  • Quick turnaround time, 5 percent down payment and no up-front or monthly mortgage insurance.
  • Insured by the Federal Housing Administration.
  • Down payments as little as 3.5 percent.
  • Can use DAP for 3.5 percent down payment requirement.
  • Upfront and monthly mortgage insurance.
  • Minimum credit score of 640.
  • Guaranteed by the Veterans Administration for qualified military veterans.
  • No down payment if the property appraises for the sale price or greater.
  • Credit underwriting is flexible.
  • Minimum credit score of 620.
  • No monthly mortgage insurance payments.


Two FHA Refinance Options
  • Credit qualifying Streamline Refinance and Rate/Term Refinance
    • Insured by the Federal Housing Administration
    • Cash back to borrower not to exceed $500
    • Upfront and monthly mortgage insurance
    • Minimum credit score of 640

Down Payment and Closing Costs Assistance

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Kentucky Housing recognizes that down payments, closing costs and prepaids are stumbling blocks for many potential home buyers. Here are several loan programs to help. Your KHC-approved lender can help you apply for the program that meets your needs.

Neighborhood Down payment Assistance Program (DAP) 

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) received $3 million from the National Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement Fund to offer a new mortgage program for down payment and closing costs assistance. This program is only available until all funds are gone.
Repayable second mortgage up to $10,000
  • 1 percent interest rate for 30 years.
  • Income must be less than $124,775 (terms and conditions apply).
To be eligible for the Neighborhood DAP, either:
  • The property must be in the process of disposition option (i.e., deed-in-lieu, short sale) or foreclosed upon.
  • The newly-constructed or existing property has been for sale for at least six months.
  • The home buyer has experienced a foreclosure and credit qualifies to purchase another home.

Regular DAP

  • Purchase price up to $243,000.
  • Assistance in the form of a loan up to $6,000 in $100 increments.
  • Repayable over a ten-year term at 6 percent.  A DAP of $6,000 over ten years at 6 percent interest would equal a payment of $66.61.
  • Available to all KHC first-mortgage loan recipients.


  • Purchase price up to $195,700.
  • Assistance up to $4,500
  • No monthly repayment; forgiven over five years.
  • Existing homes only.
  • Borrowers must meet HOME-income guidelines.

More about down payment and closing costs

  • No liquid asset review and no limit on borrower reserves for Regular DAP.
  • Borrowers may retain two months’ house payments in reserve while using available funds first before looking for any form of HOME DAP assistance.
  • Specific credit underwriting standards may apply to down payment programs.


If you don't mind, go ahead and get the following things together and I will see what you how much qualify for on a home.
This is a free process, in case you were wondering. 
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 with all schedules
·        Last two months bank statements for all accounts
·       ·        Explanation for any derogatory credit (if applicable)
·        Bankruptcy and discharge paperwork (if applicable)
·        Divorce decree and settlement paperwork (if applicable)
Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
502-905-3708 cell

Fill out my free prequalification form to see if you qualify for a kentucky first time home buyer grant-click here!