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The Kentucky Housing Corporation offers a number of programs for first-time homebuyers from low- to moderate-income households. You’ll work with an approved lender on the application process to qualify for the KHC’s assistance programs.

To qualify for the agency’s loans, you must:

  • Fall within your county’s “secondary market” income limit for qualifying for a reduced-interest loan with fewer overall requirements.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or qualified noncitizen.
  • Have a credit score of at least 620 (though some programs will require a higher score).

The housing agency also offers potential homebuyers access to resources including housing counseling and education, and a homebuying guide.

More: Get a free credit score and credit monitoring from Credit Sesame.

Conventional Preferred Program

The Kentucky Housing Corporation offers a few different loan programs, including the Conventional Preferred program. These home loans have 30-year fixed interest rates, so your rate won’t change over the life of the loan. The mortgages are serviced by the KHC and maintained in Kentucky, not sold off the way other mortgages are.

To qualify for this program, you’ll need:

  • A minimum credit score of 660.
  • A down payment of 3% of your purchase price.
  • To pay monthly mortgage insurance.
  • An income that doesn’t exceed 80% of the local median income.

With the Conventional Preferred Program, you also can make use of any of the state’s down payment assistance programs for help with your closing costs.

Conventional Preferred Plus 80 Program

Many of the requirements for the Preferred Plus 80 program are similar to those for the Conventional Preferred Program loans. You’ll need:

  • A minimum credit score of 660.
  • A down payment of 3% of your purchase price.
  • Monthly mortgage insurance.
  • An income that doesn’t exceed your county’s “secondary market” limit.

And, the KHC’s down payment assistance programs can be used in conjunction with the Conventional Preferred Plus 80 program.

More: Use these savings accounts to build up your down payment.

Home Buyer Tax Credit

This tax credit gives you a dollar-for-dollar reduction on your federal taxes of up to 25% of the interest you pay on your mortgage for each calendar year you occupy your home. The credit is available for all first-time homebuyers.

To qualify, your home’s purchase price must be under $294,600 and the money you make must be within the income limits for your county and household size.

You can apply for the tax credit through your approved lender for an FHA, VA, USDA or conventional 30-year fixed rate mortgage loan.

Regular Down Payment Assistance Program

To help cover your down payment and closing costs, your approved lender can help you apply for a down payment assistance loan. For homes with a purchase price of up to $327,334, KHC’s Regular Down Payment Assistance program will offer the buyer a loan of up to $6,000 in $100 increments. The loan has a 10-year term at a 5.5% interest rate. The program is available to all KHC first mortgage loan recipients.

Affordable Down Payment Assistance Program

The purchase price limit for the Affordable Down Payment Assistance Program is also $327,334, but if you meet this program’s income limits, you can receive an up to 10-year, $6,000 loan at just 1% interest.

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Sigrid Forberg

Sigrid Forberg

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Sigrid is a staff writer with MoneyWise. Before joining the team, she worked for a B2B publication in the hardware and home improvement industry and ran an internal employee magazine for the federal government. As a graduate of the Carleton University Journalism program, she takes pride in telling informative, engaging and compelling stories.

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