2020 VA Chapter 13 Guidelines On VA Home Mortgages

This ARTICLE On 2020 VA Chapter 13 Guidelines On VA Home Mortgages Was PUBLISHED On March 23rd, 2020

What are the guidelines for VA 2020 home mortgages Chapter 13

2020 VA Chapter 13 Guidelines On VA Loans During And After Chapter 13 Bankruptcy:

  • It is no secret that our Veterans have put themselves through a lot
  • Many of our veterans struggle financially
  • This is an unfortunate stat and something that we all hope changes in the future
  • Sometimes our veterans are forced into filing bankruptcy
  • In this blog, we will detail how to obtain a home while currently in a chapter 13 bankruptcy
  • It is important to understand the difference between chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy
  • This blog will detail how to apply for a VA loan well currently in a chapter 13 bankruptcy and the changes for the count to hear of 2020

In this article, we will discuss and cover the 2020 VA Chapter 13 Guidelines On VA Home Mortgages.

2020 VA Chapter 13 Guidelines On Manual Underwriting

Gustan Cho Associates are experts in VA mortgage financing.

  • We specialize in manually underwriting VA mortgages and have a very aggressive approach without LENDER OVERLAYS
  • This allows us to lend to more Veterans
  • We do NOT have a minimum credit score requirement
  • While most lenders will tell you that there is a minimum credit score to get a VA loan, that is a very common overlay, NOT a guideline
  • Most banks require a 620 or even a 640 credit score but please understand, that requirement is specific to their bank, and not a HUD guideline
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) oversees VA mortgage guidelines
  • A VA mortgage is one of the most lenient mortgage products out there when it comes to qualifying

Below we will go over some basics to pass a VA manual underwrite.

VA Manual Underwriting Guidelines

VA Manual Underwriting Basics:

  • A VA underwriter will strongly examine your past 12 months of payment history
  • As mentioned above, there is not a minimum credit score requirement
  • But we are interested in your efforts to pay all creditors / financial obligations
  • An underwriter will go through your credit report with a fine-tooth comb and make sure there are no missed payments or non-medical collections in the previous 12 months
  • If you do have late payments in the past 12 months, you will need a very strong letter of explanation accompanied by verifiable proof of why you were late (such as hospitalization)

With proper documentation, late payments will be viewed on a case by case basis and approved only by underwriter discretion.

2020 VA Chapter 13 Guidelines On Manual Underwriting And Rental Verification

What are the guidelines for manual risk assessment and rent verification 2020 VA Chapter 13


  • Commonly called a VOR, A verification to make sure you have paid your rent on time
  • An underwriter needs to make sure you pay your housing expenses
  • If you have a mortgage, we will know your payment history based on your credit report

If you are currently renting, an underwriter may go as far as 24 months to make sure you have not missed a housing/ rent payment.

2020 VA Chapter 13 Guidelines On Debt To Income Ratios On VA Loans

Debt to Income Ratio Requirements:

  • While the guidelines surrounding maximum debt-to-income ratios are very vague on VA mortgages
  • We have yet to see an approval higher than 65%
  • Even on manually underwritten loans, it is possible to have a VA backed mortgage with debt to income ratios as high as 64.99%
  • Of course, the underwriter is more likely to approve your file with lower debt to income ratios, it is still a possibility

Every veteran must pass the residual income test. Residual income is based on the area you live and the size of your family.

Bankruptcy Trustee Approval During Chapter 13 Repayment Plan

Trustee approval.

  • A veteran has a much better chance of receiving permission from the trustee to enter into a mortgage only due to the fact that a down payment is not required
  • A non-veteran will require a 3.5% down payment to enter into a mortgage with an FHA loan
  • Many times, the trustee will want to know how they were able to save the 3.5% well actively trying to pay their creditors back
  • This is not a problem for a veteran since 100% financing is available
  • The trustee will still want to take a look at your overall financial picture and verify you will be able to afford your home
  • Typically, they want your mortgage payment to be similar to what you’re currently paying for rent
  • If your mortgage payment will rise considerably, the trustee will want to reevaluate your chapter 13 repayment plan

It is important to contact your chapter 13 attorney before submitting any documentation to the trustee. You do not want to shoot yourself in the foot and have a higher chapter 13 obligation.

VA Loan Limits On VA Mortgages

What are the VA loan limits for VA mortgages?

2020 Loan Limits- As part of the BLUE WATER NAVY VIETNAM VETERANS ACT OF 2019, loan limits were removed for VA borrowers.

  • That is right, a Veteran can now use their 100% financing to buy a home above the conforming loan limit
  • Our investors are currently allowing loan amounts up to $3 million!
  • As home values Across the nation continue to climb, our veterans will be able to purchase a home without a down payment
  • Previously a veteran would need a 25% down payment or the difference between the maximum loan amount and the purchase price
  • This is a huge change for our nation’s veterans

For more information on the loan limit cap removal, see our 2020 VA LOAN LIMIT BLOG

Lenders Who Are Experts With 2020 VA Chapter 13 Guidelines With No Overlays

From this blog, I hope you understand that we are incredibly aggressive with VA manual underwriting.

  • We understand it more than most lending institutions
  • As you can see from our reviews, we are able to help numerous veterans within a chapter 13 bankruptcy purchase a home
  • Owning a home is important for every American and a100% VA mortgage financing is a huge benefit offered to those who serve and protect this great nation
  • Without our incredibly strong veterans, this country would not enjoy the freedoms that it does

Remember, 75% of our clients have been turned down by the current lender or are not getting the customer service they deserve. VA financing deals with a lot of lender overlays in the mortgage industry, so come to the experts who do not have any overlays. For any general mortgage questions, please call Mike Gracz at 630-659-7644. If you are a veteran stationed overseas and only have access to email, feel free to email [email protected]. We encourage you to check out our other blogs on VA mortgage financing and subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date on the changing VA mortgage guidelines. We look forward to helping you and your family buy the home of your dreams.

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