Don’t Let Your Lack of Rations Delay Your Purchase!

There’re “Five C’s” every mortgage loan officer (LO) looks for when qualifying a borrower. They are Credit, Capital, Capacity, Collateral and Character. My last Blog covered Credit and the importance of preplanning for your home purchase. This time around, I’ll focus on the importance of Capital or in my best Military lingo, your “Rations”.

When applying for a home loan one of the first qualifying questions a Loan Officer will ask relates to your available funds, i.e. capital for your home purchase. One of the major benefits of your VA status is that no down is required for the purchase of a home with a VA loan. I’d be remised if I didn’t offer a general warning: some lenders mislead the true costs of their VA Loans in their advertising. Generally speaking, most VA Loans have a cost associated with origination. It’s very important to ask the right questions of your LO to ensure you know the benefits and the costs of your VA Loan.

Back to our second C of the “Five C’s” – capital! There are 3 buckets of funds, or capital that are needed to purchase a home:

1 – down payment,

2 – prepaid items

3 – closing costs.

Together these three buckets of capital generally make up the total amount of cash needed to close. As mentioned previously, with a VA purchase loan most Vets qualify for a no down payment loan option – I’ll repeat that just so it sinks in – no down payment if one stays within the maximum loan amount for your county (more on that in a later post!). So, generally with a VA loan all one would need for capital are their pre-paids and closing costs. The good news being, there’re several ways to accomplish this! One can have the seller, the person they’re purchasing the home from, credit the costs; the lender can pay the costs by adjusting the interest rate to accommodate the credit; and lastly, in addition to the VA benefits there’re Down Payment Assistance programs that can cover the pre-paids and closing costs as well.

If you are interested in owning your own home, don’t assume you’re not able to qualify because you don’t have the capital or the “rations”. I’m here to be of service to all the loyal Veterans in El Dorado County and beyond. My goal is to help those with the dream of homeownership make it a reality. If you are thinking of buying in the next 12 months, don’t hesitate to call me for a free mortgage planning session so we can get your “Rations” plan in place.

*Please note – each borrower’s situation is different. The above is meant for illustrative purposes and is subject to a complete loan file.

Christina Margo is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist and has been in the real estate industry serving future and existing homeowners along with investors since 1989. She is a proud resident in El Dorado County, wife, step mother, daughter of a Korean War Veteran, coach and ready to be of service.


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