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Best Kentucky Housing Corporation Lenders of 2019

NerdWalletMay 14, 2019

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The Kentucky Housing Corporation offers down payment assistance and mortgage tax credit programs. See our top picks for KHC-approved lenders.

Summary of Best Kentucky Housing Corporation Lenders of 2019

LenderBest For

Minimum Credit Score

Minimum Down PaymentLearn More
BB&T

BB&T

online experience

620

3%

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Guaranteed Rate

Guaranteed Rate

online experience

620

3%

Read review
Caliber

Caliber

veterans

620

3%

Read review
Fairway

Fairway

buying a fixer-upper

N/A

3%

Read review
loanDepot

loanDepot

at loanDepot

buying a fixer-upper

620

3.5%

at loanDepot

Churchill

Churchill

borrowers with limited credit history

620

3%

Read review
PrimeLending

PrimeLending

borrowers with limited credit history

620

3%

Read review
LenderBest For

Minimum Credit Score

Minimum Down PaymentLearn More
BB&T

BB&T

online experience

620

3%

Read review
Guaranteed Rate

Guaranteed Rate

online experience

620

3%

Read review
Caliber

Caliber

veterans

620

3%

Read review
Fairway

Fairway

buying a fixer-upper

N/A

3%

Read review
loanDepot

loanDepot

at loanDepot

buying a fixer-upper

620

3.5%

at loanDepot

Churchill

Churchill

borrowers with limited credit history

620

3%

Read review
PrimeLending

PrimeLending

borrowers with limited credit history

620

3%

Read review
Min. Credit Score 
620 

Min. Down Payment 
3% 


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers in the Southeast who want face-to-face service at one of more than 2,000 financial centers.

Rating and Review

Pros

  • Considers alternative credit history on certain loans.

  • Offers construction loans to build a home or make significant renovations to an existing home.

  • Flexible borrowing and payment options for home equity loans and lines of credit.

  • Full suite of online capabilities.

Cons

  • Available mostly in the Southeast; not available nationwide.

  • Creating an account is mandatory if you want to apply online.

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Guaranteed Rate

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Min. Credit Score 
620 

Min. Down Payment 
3% 


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers who are looking to apply for a mortgage and manage the process through online tools, whether buying or refinancing. Guaranteed Rate offers FHA, VA and USDA loans for borrowers who are well-qualified.

Rating and Review

Pros

  • Works with most borrowers as long as they have good credit scores and incomes.

  • Provides a user-friendly digital platform that’s thorough in covering all types of borrowing scenarios.

  • Has a 95% customer satisfaction rate, according to company data.

Cons

  • Charges some fees, such as a $1,290 lender fee that includes a $150 application fee.

  • Offers many products, which might confuse or overwhelm borrowers.

  • Several click-throughs required for personalized rates.

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Caliber

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Min. Credit Score 
620 

Min. Down Payment 
3% 


Why we like it

Ideal for first-time home buyers, veterans and those who may have credit challenges to overcome.

Rating and Review

Pros

  • Participates in some state down payment assistance programs.

  • Offers educational resources for military borrowers.

  • Provides digital tools for a streamlined application process.

Cons

  • No mortgage rates displayed online.

  • Must work with a loan officer for pre-qualification and preapproval.

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Fairway

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National / Regional 
National 

Min. Down Payment 
3% 


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers who want lots of options and a quick turn time. Fairway Independent Mortgage offers a full selection of home loans along with a comprehensive mobile app for a fast and easy application process.

Rating and Review

Pros

  • A robust suite of loan products.

  • Licensed in all 50 states.

  • Close in as little as 10 days using the Fairway app.

Cons

  • Limited branch locations.

  • Mortgage rates not posted on website.

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loanDepot

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Min. Credit Score 
620 

Min. Down Payment 
3.5% 

at loanDepot


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers looking to get a mortgage with help from a loan officer. Digital back-office operations are said to add efficiency to the loan process.

Rating and Review

Pros

  • Offers digital income, asset and employment verification.

  • Has over 150 affiliated loan stores nationwide for customers who prefer face-to-face service.

  • One of the nation’s most active lenders of FHA and VA loans.

Cons

  • Published mortgage rates include up to three points of prepaid interest and fees.

  • Does not offer home equity loans or lines of credit.

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Churchill

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Min. Credit Score 
620 

Min. Down Payment 
3% 


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers who worry about taking on debt. Churchill advocates "debt-free homeownership" and helps customers achieve that goal. A well-known advocate: financial guru Dave Ramsey.

Rating and Review

Pros

  • Offers loans to customers without credit scores, using alternative data.

  • Helps customers find relevant state housing and rural/farm programs.

  • Offers annual mortgage reviews to help borrowers stay on track toward the goal of living debt-free.

Cons

  • Not available everywhere: serves 44 states and D.C.

  • Some borrowers, particularly in expensive urban areas, may be put off by the debt-free homeownership strategy.

  • Does not offer home equity loans or HELOCs, but will "broker them out."

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PrimeLending

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Min. Credit Score 
620 

Min. Down Payment 
3% 


Why we like it

Ideal for borrowers with past credit issues and those looking for down payment and closing cost assistance programs.

Rating and Review

Pros

  • Low rate of consumer complaints filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • Offers a "float-down" interest rate lock.

  • Offers a proprietary closing-cost assistance program.

Cons

  • No online mortgage rates.

  • Charges an origination fee.

  • Doesn't offer home equity products.

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More KHC-approved lenders

These lenders also participate in KHC programs and are among the highest-volume mortgage providers in Kentucky; however, they haven’t been reviewed by NerdWallet.

Century Mortgage

  • Allows you to submit a preapproval request online.
  • Doesn’t list rates or loan types on its website.
  • Has several locations in Kentucky.

Commonwealth Bank and Trust

  • You must speak with a loan officer to apply.
  • Doesn’t publish loan options or mortgage rates on its website.
  • Has over a dozen locations in the Louisville area.

Fifth Third Bank

  • Provides online appointment scheduling with loan officers.
  • Doesn’t appear to have a digital application.
  • Has nearly 20 branch locations in and around Lexington.

Stockton Mortgage

  • Lets you start the preapproval process online.
  • Offers a wide variety of mortgage products.
  • Has over a dozen branch locations in Kentucky.

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Last updated on May 14, 2019

Methodology

NerdWallet's selection of mortgage lenders for inclusion here was made based on our evaluation of the products and services that lenders offer to consumers who are actively shopping for the best mortgage. The six key areas we evaluated include the loan types and loan products offered, online capabilities, online mortgage rate information, customer service and the number of complaints filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a percentage of loans issued. We also awarded lenders up to one bonus star for a unique program or borrower focus that set them apart from other lenders. To ensure consistency, our ratings are reviewed by multiple people on the NerdWallet Mortgages team.

To recap our selections...

NerdWallet's Best Kentucky Housing Corporation Lenders of 2019