We are working with a couple looking for property that will allow the Veteran to commute to Fort Bragg (in Fayetteville, NC) and the spouse to work in Apex, NC (Wake County).
Since we’ve been making mortgage loans for many years in the Triangle, this is not the first couple we’ve met who decide to purchase a home in Harnett County or the Southern Most areas of Johnston or Wake County! It’s a “hot spot” for Veterans – and the homes are VERY affordable!
Lot prices in this area are also lower than in more populated sections of Raleigh, making new homes, custom built in this area very attractive right now!
The Veteran’s Administration does not make VA loans, just HUD does not issue FHA loans. The VA insures these loans. Here are the basic guidelines for qualifying for a VA loans:
- Total Debt Ratios not to exceed 41 to 43% (depending on energy efficiency of home).
- Credit needs to have a score, however the VA does not publish a guide on a minimum credit score. Most Investors want a score of at least 600 – although exceptions are certainly made. The VA is most interested in a 12 month history of “clean credit.” (click here for more details)
- Must be a Veteran (to see if your service experience qualifies click here). If you are qualifying with another person’s income, they must also be a veteran, or a spouse. (more information about co-signors here)
- We must verify employment, there are no stated income VA loan products.
- You can receive a gift for closing costs, and/or the seller can pay for closing costs.
If you have other questions about VA home loans, please call us, we’d love to help you too!