- Find a Realtor That Understands How A VA Home Loan Works – you would think that most realtors understand this, but they don’t. When looking for a realtor, ask your friends who they used, and about their experiences with the realtor. VA home loans are different from other loans, and there are many things that you can be exempt from paying, such as down payments, and other fees. These exemptions can be based on disability ratings from the VA, so be sure that you know what you are entitled to. If your realtor is experienced in VA home loans, they can save you a lot of headaches when it comes to getting your home loan approved and funded in time for you to move into your new home.
- Know the Occupancy Requirements – As with most loans, there are rules and regulations that go with the VA home loan. One of the little-known requirements is the occupancy rules. When using a VA loan, you will be asked if this will be your primary residence for at least one year. While this timeline can change, one year is the current standard. This is something that you will want to keep in mind as you prepare to purchase your new home. If you are still active duty, this can affect your loan, if you are coming up on orders soon.
- Know your credit – Your credit plays a huge role in any loan. With the VA loan, you need to be sure that you have clean credit. The VA will dive into your finances, looking to be sure that you have a reliable income in order to cover the loan. They will also look for any nuances that might need to be explained, such as any income that is not claimed on our taxes, bank account information, and any little dings on your credit that might need to have a letter of explanation.
While establishing goals for 2017, military members have critical decisions to make this year that could have huge implications to retirement planning and savings. Military retirement reform became law in November 2015 and takes effect officially on Jan. 1, 2018.
How does the new law impact military members?
The new law creates big changes for how retirement compensation is structured.
As a military member, you may already have a basic plan laid out for your future. You may be planning to start a family, purchase a home, or shop for a new vehicle. Either way, the best financial plans start with a big picture. With 2017 already in full swing, take the time to reflect on your specific goals, outside of how much they may cost or how limited you may feel your resources are.
A record-keeping system is a systematic approach to retaining and filing documents in a way that makes them easy to find when needed, even if it’s several years later. Record-keeping systems range from simple to elaborate and from basic to comprehensive. The ideal system is designed to fit your personal and family situation and lifestyle.
When you envision retirement, you probably see yourself living comfortably, doing what makes you happy. Your dreams could be as lofty as traveling the world or as simple as spending more time with your friends and family. Everyone’s vision is unique.
Determining your retirement income needs is a process that helps you identify your retirement planning needs based on your desired standard of living and the resources you’ll have available. Today, you can typically no longer rely on Social Security benefits and a military pension check to fulfill all your retirement income needs.
Social Security is a federal system of programs designed to protect individuals and families against economic hardship. Most Americans work in occupations covered by the Social Security system, and they will at some point in their lives receive Social Security benefits.