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The VA Home Loan just got better a few days ago, in case you didn’t know. If you are a Veteran Homebuyer or know someone who is, see below. The upfront Funding fee has been lowered! This means lower monthly payments for Veterans who even need to pay a funding fee. Click on the Chart image to make it bigger. Get the word out to all the Veteran Homebuyers !

VA Funding Fee chart

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Did you know that whereas FHA loans limit Seller contributions for Closing costs to 6% of the purchase price, with a VA Loan, the Seller can make not only 4% concessions towards Closing Costs but another 4% towards Veterans’ other costs including paying off consumer debt to allow the Veteran to qualify ? !

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Basic Facts First: On a VA home loan, the Veteran’s spouse’s debt obligations have to be counted against him/her when qualifying even if the Spouse will not be a borrower on the VA loan (i.e. “non purchasing spouse”).
Underwriters therefore add up all the monthly debts belonging exclusively to the spouse and count them against the Veteran (Borrower).
And since the spouse is not signing on the loan, his/her income, if working, is typically not used.
However a very little known fact is that VA actually allows *THAT PORTION OF THE SPOUSE’S INCOME THAT IS EQUAL TO THE MONTHLY DEBT OF THE SPOUSE**** to be used to offset the debt.
Confused?
Here’s an example

Veteran has $5000/mo income and $1000/mo debt of his/her own
Spouse has $2000/mo income and $700/mo debt of his/her own

We can use $700 ** of the spouse’s $2000mo but no more*** to offset the debts.

This gives us total debt of $1700/mo but total useable income of $5700/mo.

Thanks Vets for serving our country! :)

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