What Sources of Income are Used When Qualifying for a VA Home Loan?
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Published on December 8, 2022
What Sources of Income are Used When Qualifying for a VA Home Loan?

What Sources of Income are Used When Qualifying for a VA Home Loan?

When qualifying for a VA Home Loan, veterans usually need to provide evidence of a steady income. A combination of income sources is usually accepted, including part-time jobs, full-time employment, second jobs, self-employment, rental income, active duty pay, and some government benefits. The lender will usually ask for documentation to verify the income.

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Full-time Employment

A steady, full-time job is usually the most common source of income used when qualifying for a VA Home Loan. The lender will usually ask for a two-year work history with a stable income. If the veteran has recently changed jobs, the lender may ask for additional documentation, such as a job offer letter or contract.

Part-Time Jobs, Second Jobs, and Self-Employment

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Part-time jobs, second jobs, and self-employment are also accepted as valid sources of income. The lender will usually ask for a two-year history of employment and income. This includes any part-time, second job, and self-employment. The lender will also ask for tax returns and other financial documents to verify the income.

Rental Income

Veterans can also use rental income to qualify for a VA Home Loan. The lender will usually ask for a two-year history of rental income and any related expenses. This includes any income from renting out a portion of the home or from other investment properties.

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Active Duty Pay

Active-duty pay is eligible to be used as long as there's 12 months left on the enlistment or a letter is obtained stating the veteran will re-enlist. BAH and BAS is also available to be used as income.

Government Benefits

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Government benefits can also be used to qualify for a VA Home Loan. These include Social Security, VA disability, and pension payments. The lender will usually ask for proof of the benefits and the income amount. If the income is non-taxable, like VA disability income, it can be increased by 25% (also called 'grossed up').

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