How To find Out If Your Income Makes You eligible For a VA Loan

Dated: March 17 2022

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How to Find Out if Your Income Makes You Eligible for a VA Loan

by David Gerwels 03/06/2022


All home loan programs require you to prove your ability to afford the house you buy. The same is true for home loans offered by the VA. Even though VA loans have no down payment and can have easier financial benchmarks for eligibility, lenders still evaluate your income when considering you for a loan. Here is a guide to the basics of VA loan income eligibility requirements:

Types of accepted income

VA lenders will consider income from multiple sources as long as they meet certain requirements.

  • Full-time income can be used for consideration if it's for a verified minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Part-time income can also be counted, but only if you can provide a two-year minimum history of part-time employment.
  • Self-employment income also must have at least two years of history.
  • Residual income means the amount of money you have leftover after you pay all of your bills. Some lenders require a minimum amount of residual income to be eligible for a loan, and minimums are usually based on factors like the mortgage amount and amount of people in your household.

The most important factor in your income according to the VA is the likelihood it will continue. While many conventional lenders set a guideline for the minimum total income required, the amount does not mean as much as the consistency. A steady income, no matter how large, will help you gain approval for a VA loan.

What types of income don't qualify?

Not all types of income count toward VA guidelines for lending. Some examples include gambling or lottery winnings and one-time performance bonuses from your employer. Unemployment income is another common type of income VA lenders will not count toward meeting requirement guidelines.

These are just the basics of the income requirements for VA loans. To find out if you're eligible, the best thing to do is to consult a VA lender or financial professional to go over your unique situation.

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About the Author

David Gerwels

David has been helping clients with their real estate needs since 2006.  On Hilton Head Island he has experienced and lived in the villa, gated, and non-gated communities.  His love of this unique area and care of his client's individual needs are of utmost importance.  Whether you seek a dream home or investment real estate he can help you achieve that goal.

He is the current President of the Property Owners Association of Burkes Beach, an upscale beachfront community located mid-island.  He is an avid college football fan and University of Tennessee graduate in Business Management. He is the proud Father of five island children, Palmer, Baylor, Banks, Beres, and Jewels. 

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David Gerwels

David has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2005 and, over the years, has consistently ranked in the top 1% of agents in South Carolina. In 2021 he ranked #5 in the entire state and #1 agent in Hilto....

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