Zero Down Kentucky Mortgages

First Time Home Buyer Louisville Kentucky Mortgage Programs

First Time Home Buyer Kentucky Loan Programs

Conventional Insured by approved mortgage insurance company. Minimum credit score of 620 or better. Monthly mortgage insurance premiums based on credit scores and down payment and can vary.

FHA 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 500 for 10% down payment and 580 credit score or higher with a 3.5% down payment.

Kentucky FHA Mortgage Guidelines for Down Payment, Credit Scores

VA 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. No Minimum credit score for VA loans, but lenders will create overlays to protect their selling ability to VA for delinquent mortgage loans sold to VA. A lot of VA lenders want a 620 credit score, with some going down to 580, and a few will do down below that but very difficult to get approved with a VA lender. No monthly mortgage insurance payments are required, however they're upfront funding fees that range anywhere from 2.1% to 3.3% based on previous use or first time use of VA eligibility to buy a home, or if you are disabled, you may have not to pay this at all.

Credit Requirements for a VA Mortgage Loan Approval in Kentucky

The VA Certificate of Eligibility will show if you have to pay a funding fee to VA or if you are exempt.

Kentucky VA Funding Fee for 2019 VA Mortgage Loans

VA Certificate of Eligibility For A Kentucky VA Mortgage Loan

RHS Guaranteed by Rural Housing Services (RHS). Home must be located in a rural area as defined by RHS. No down payment if the property appraises for the sale price or greater. Minimum credit
score of 581. Most Kentucky USDA Lenders will require a much higher credit score, usually 640 or higher, with s few going down to 620 credit score. USDA loans have a monthly mortgage insurance premium of .35% and a upfront mortgage insurance 1% that is financed into the loan. For example, if  you finance $100,000 sales price USDA loan, going no money down, then your total loan amount with 1% USDA Guarantee Fee would make the total loan $101,000.00  These premiums are kept by USDA and protect their risk of offering no money down loans to rural home buyers in case they default. They are very cheap mortgage insurance premiums when compared to FHA but can change at any time based on the fiscal condition of the rural development program.

I remember back in the foreclosure crisis of 2008,  USDA raised their upfront mortgage insurance premiums to 3% because of all the losses the program incurred with the foreclosure of homes during that period. Subsequently, when the housing market improved, they reduce their mortgage insurance premiums.

Kentucky Housing Corporation and Their Down Payment Assistance

Kentucky Housing Down Payment Assistance for 2019

(Not intended to be an all-inclusive list.)
Home Buyer Eligibility
• KHC can help both first time and repeat
home buyers statewide.
• Must be a U.S. citizen or legal status to be in
• Applicant’s income ONLY through Secondary
• Property must be the borrower’s principal
• Any Borrower that meets both the income
and purchase price limit can have access to
Down Payment Assistance.
Kentucky Housing Credit Standards
• 620 minimum credit score required for FHA,
VA, & RHS.
• 660 minimum credit score required for
• Debt ratios: 40/50%
• Collections in most cases do not need to be
paid-off in full.
• Bankruptcies and foreclosures must be
discharged two to seven years.
• Non-taxable income can be grossed-up.
Property Eligibility
• Both new and existing property.
• Both new & existing Manufactured Housing.
• With RHS only new construction
Manufactured housing is allowed.
• Purchase price limit of $301,294 for
Secondary Market or $271,164 for Tax
• Full appraisal required on all KHC loans.
• With Existing Property, VA is the only loan
product that requires a termite inspection.
• A termite soil treatment certificate is required
on ALL new construction properties except
on conventional loans.

The state agency created by the legislature in Kentucky to offer first time home buyer programs is the Kentucky Housing Corporation. Here is a summary of the current first time home buyer programs that are offered:

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