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Was Your VA Home Loan Declined? Don’t Take No For An Answer

If your VA loan was denied, it’s possible that your loan officer made a mistake or the lender does not do manual underwriting on VA loans.

VA underwriting guidelines are for the most part written to give an underwriter every opportunity to build a case for extending credit to qualified Veterans, and this move made it a little harder.

In some cases, you will not get an automated underwriting approval, but that does not mean that you are not still eligible for a VA loan.

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Automated vs. Manual Underwriting

Automated underwriting is an online portal that a lender uses to upload the loan application, income, assets, reserves and all other vital qualifying criteria and it spits out a conditional approval or declines the application along with an explanation of why.

Manual Underwriting is available when you are unable to get an automated underwriting approval.  A manual underwrite simply means that the automated method is ignored, and an underwriter will physically review all of your documentation and determine if you are eligible for a VA loan.

This is also common with FHA mortgages, but unavailable for conventional financing.

My VA Loan Was Denied

A loan can be denied by the automated underwriting system for any number of reasons.  It could be that something was input wrong.  It could be because something was reported wrong on your credit.

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It could be because there was a credit issue in the past that requires that your loan be automatically downgraded to a manual underwrite.

In any case, VA loans offer a lot of flexibility and options.  Just because you are unable to get an automated underwriting approval doesn’t mean you are not eligible for a VA guaranteed loan.

Manual Underwriting is the Answer

Manual underwriting is a different story.  Manual underwriting means that a VA home loan underwriter has to physically calculate debt to income ratios, qualifying disposable income requirements, past rental payment history to name a few.

There are no exceptions with manual underwriting.  Debt to income ratios strictly limit all of your monthly expenses, including proposed housing expenses to 41% of your gross monthly income.

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This is pretty tight in terms of qualifying for a home loan when you consider that FHA DTI will allow up to 56% and conventional DTI 50%.

Don’t Take No For An Answer

If your lender is not approved to do manual underwriting on VA home loans, you may be told you’re not approved without further explanation or options.

Should this happen, ask your lender if they are able to manually underwrite VA loans.  It’s much more work for the lender and the underwriter, and may require much more documentation from you, the borrower – but don’t take NO for an answer.

Find a lender that is willing to fight for you and manually underwrite your VA home loan.  We are out there and don’t mind working extra hard to qualify Veterans for home loans.

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My biggest fear is that when things get harder to do, some lenders will be unwilling to put in the extra time and energy to fight for you.  We’re not one of those lenders.

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Scott Schang

A 20 year veteran of the Mortgage and Real Estate industry, I am passionate about educating and empowering consumers. I have been writing about consumer protection issues, and making sense of complicated real estate and mortgage topics on this website since 2007

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  • Timbattle3555@yahoo.com says:

    Have recently made installment payment plan for back taxes can I be denied from closing

    • Scott Schang says:

      Making payments on back taxes would not prevent you from qualifying for a VA loan. If your lender or loan officer is telling you that it you do not qualify because of this payment plan, you need to get a second opinion. If you would like an introduction to an experienced VA loan officer, shoot me an email to scott@findmywayhome.com and I will make that connection. Please include what State you’re buying in.

      Hope this helps?

  • Timbattle3555@yahoo.com says:

    Can a tax lein get your va loan denial even you have a payment plan thanks Tony

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