Can an eligible veteran/active duty VA buyer include his/her non military spouse’s income on a VA Loan?
YES YOU CAN!
Even if the spouse is not VA Loan eligible, you can use their income to qualify for a higher loan amount.
However, if a couple is not married, they may not be able to include this income for a VA Loan. Unlike FHA loans, the VA Loan does not allow a non-spouse as a co-borrower. However, there is a process known as a “joint loan” in conjunction with a VA loan to allow a co-borrower who is not VA eligible and is not a spouse. The service member is also allowed to receive gift funds for a VA Loan from “friends and family,” which could include a significant other while not married. If a couple is not married, but both are eligible veterans, then they can purchase a home together with a VA Loan.
Also, it is important to note that even if not considering a spouse’s income for a VA Loan, the spouse’s credit must be pulled to check for any judgments against him/her. These judgments will have to be paid prior to closing escrow on the purchase.
The Chapman Lending Team at HomeBridge Financial is honored to help dozens of veterans utilize their VA home loan benefit each and every year. We ARE NOT a call center. Our goal is to provide the best customer service in the industry along with the most competitive rates and fees.
Semper Fi, Dan Chapman CAPT, USMC (vet)
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