Pastoral Housing Allowance and VA Loan Success Story

Pastoral Housing Allowance

We love helping pastors buy homes!  So much so, we have to share this success story and “prayer” answered.  Picture this loan scenario which involved the often misunderstood pastoral housing allowance.

  • A pastor and military veteran buyerpastoral housing allowance
  • No down payment
  • Almost all nontaxable income
  • Excluded personal debts paid by the church
  • Good credit scores
  • Exempt from VA funding fee since disabled

Initially, this Virginia pastor struggled finding a mortgage company that understood pastoral income.  But then he read our article online about mortgage qualification using pastoral housing allowance.  Next, he contacted our team to start the purchase of his new home.

So How Did We Do It?

First, the pastor and our mortgage team thoroughly discussed his scenario.  Second, we provided a game plan with a detailed list of items needed.  Then, our team thoroughly reviewed the documentation and presented it to underwriting.  We paid special attention to tell underwriters how the pastor’s scenario meets VA guidelines.  Finally, we received the clear to close and even closed the purchase early!  In addition, we must give credit to our client as well.  As a matter of fact, he and his church provided all requested documents in a timely manner.

Furthermore, since the pastor is also a Veteran, he used his VA eligibility.

Pastor/Veteran Amazing Hurdles Overcome best mortgage lender for pastoral housing allowance

  • Housing and Total Debt Ratio 52%!
  • $405,000 price with no money down!
  • Majority of income is nontaxable housing allowance
  • Able to exclude debts paid by the church
  • Buyer paid off debts to qualify

So are you a Pastor looking to purchase or refinance?  We have extensive experience in helping Pastors close on a mortgage successfully!

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Written By: Russell Smith