Zero Down Kentucky Mortgages


There are a few programs that feature zero down payment in Kentucky for Home buyers: USDA and VA. USDA are typically for rural areas, and VA is for military veterans. Lastly Kentucky Housing with the Down Payment Assistance Program of $10,000 and the $5000 Welcome Home Grant.  

I’ve included some info on each for you on your home journey to buy a home in Kentucky!

Kentucky USDA Loans 

USDA loans are backed through the Rural Housing Division of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. They are available to millions of eligible primary home buyers with low to moderate incomes or scarce funds for down payments.

Features, benefits and things you need to know:

Zero Down - No down payment is required for Kentucky USDA loans. Thirty-year, fixed-rate loans with no pre-payment penalty are the norm. Rates are very competitive with conventional loans.

Eligible Property - These loans are limited to "rural" areas, though you might be surprised by some of the suburbs of major metropolitan areas that qualify as rural

Homes should be modest in size and cost and constructed per local codes and regulations.

Eligible Borrowers - Funds are available for qualified borrowers who earn up to 115% of the area median income.

 Even candidates who have had past credit issues with late pays, bankruptcies or foreclosure may be eligible. Borrower's income must support the proposed payments and meet the program requirements for approval. Primary occupancy is required. This program is not for investment properties.

Benefits - Minimum cash is needed to close. The USDA Guarantee Fee and some eligible closing costs may be financed. Gift money, grant money and seller contributions are allowed.

Kentucky VA Loans

Veteran's Administration or "VA" loans are available for active, non-active and retired Army, Air Force, Marine, Navy, National Guard and Coast Guard vets who meet the established service requirements. 
  • 100% financing/No down payment
  • No monthly mortgage insurance (PMI)
  • Gift funds acceptable for closing costs
  • No cash reserve requirements
  • A variety of terms or loan types available
  • Available for purchase and refinance
  • Reduced costs for disabled veterans
  • Seller can pay for closing costs
  • Seller pays for any required repairs
  • No pre-payment penalty
  • No minimum credit score 2 years removed from bankruptcy or foreclosures 
To determine your ability to participate in this program, just provide your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or your Discharge/Separation form (DD214). If you do not have your COE, you can request one using form 26-1880.

Kentucky Down Payment Assistance Programs

From first-time buyers to current homeowners, many state, county and local housing agencies offer affordable loan programs with Down Payment Assistance (DPA), subject to availability of funds and credit qualifying. 

Down payment assistance can vary with single products or sometimes can be a combination of products such as Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCC), Grants, DPA’s along with closing cost assistance and low interest rates and fees that can help individuals and families become successful homeowners.

All borrowers must qualify for an underlying mortgage product according to the Housing Finance Agency authority (FHA, VA, USDA or Conventional). Housing loan programs are then layered on top to provide additional benefits. If eligible, the borrower can also add a down payment and closing cost assistance to their loan according to individual program guidelines.

What state are you in? I assume Kentucky. I will help you gather more information if this is something you want to look into. The general terms are below:

KHC recognizes that down payments, closing costs, and prep​aids 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 need.

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ATTENTION: KHC has announced changes to the Down Payment Assistance Programs! This is great news for buyers in Kentucky!


Kentucky Welcome Home Grant $10,000

Eligibility Requirements

Homebuyer Eligibility

• Total household income must be at or below 80% of MRB income limits
• Homebuyers must contribute at least $500 of their own funds toward down payment and closing costs (60% of these
  funds may be received as a gift).
• Applicants do not have to be first-time homebuyers. However, all first-time homebuyers must complete a homebuyer
  counseling program.

Eligible Property

• Any one to four-unit property to be used as the homebuyer's residence is eligible
• Funds must be subject to a legally enforceable restriction in the warranty deed
• Only in transactions which convey full title
• May be used for new home construction

Eligible Uses of Funds

• Funds may be used to fund reasonable down payment and closing costs
• May not exceed $5,000 per homebuyer
• May be used in conjunction with other local, state, and federal funding sources
• May be used to pay for the reasonable costs of counseling
• Is not intended for any purchases requiring any significant repair or rehabilitation

Ineligible Uses of Funds

• May not be used for any loan with co-borrowers or co-signors unless they will occupy the home as their primary
  residence and their incomes are included in determining eligibility
• May not be used for any loan with collateral other than the subject property
• May not be used in transactions involving a second mortgage provided by an individual seller

Retention Requirements

All properties purchased using Welcome Home grants shall be subject to a retention period of five years

Items Included in Household Income

• Full number of wages and salaries
• Net income from operation of a business or profession
• Interest, dividends, and other net income
• Periodic amounts
• Payments in lieu of earnings
• Welfare Assistance
• Periodic and determinable allowances
• All regular pay, special pay, and allowances of a member of the Armed Forces

For More information, please visit the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati website at

Kentucky First time home buyers can do a conventional loan with just 3% down.  If you are not a first-time home buyer, you still may be able to qualify for the 3% down if you are within income limits for the area you are purchasing. 620 minimum credit score required.

The Kentucky USDA loan is a program designed to finance properties located in rural areas. One of the goals with this United States Department of Agriculture program is to secure a home loan in areas where conventional loans might not approve the area simply due to a lack of comparable sales in the area. Every 10 years the United States performs its census, these areas are identified by the USDA. This is a zero-down program. The last census was taken in 2010, more than eight years ago so many areas that were deemed rural in 2010 still qualify even though the area where the property is located looks anything but a rural setting. Household income is limited to 115% of the median income for the area. 581 Minimum Credit Score Required.

Kentucky VA loans are the most common of zero down programs and are not restricted by location. They are however restricted to veterans, active-duty personnel with at least 181 days of service, National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve members with at least six years of service and unmarried surviving spouses of those who died while serving or as a result of a service-related injury. In addition, this program requires no monthly mortgage insurance payment like other government-backed loans do. No minimum credit score required.

I hope this gives you some useful input to help guide your decision making. Give me a call if you have more specific questions! Thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

Joel Lobb (NMLS#57916)
Senior  Loan Officer
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle Suite 3
Louisville, KY 40223
Company ID #1364 | MB73346

Text/call 502-905-3708

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