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Can I Get A Mortgage On Social Security Disability?

Published on March 18th, 2024

Obtaining a mortgage on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is certainly possible. Lenders often consider benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a regular income source, which is crucial when applying for a mortgage. Imagine a scenario where an individual receives $1,500 per month in SSD benefits. If this person has a good credit score, say above 680, and manageable debt, they could potentially qualify for a mortgage.

However, if the same individual has a significant amount of debt or a lower credit score, their chances of getting approved diminish.

Another crucial factor is the total amount of benefits and other income. For instance, if an individual’s total income, including SSD benefits, is $3,000 per month, and they have minimal debt, they are more likely to be approved for a mortgage compared to someone whose total income is the same but with substantial debt.

Understanding Mortgage Loan Options

When exploring mortgage options, understanding different types of loans is key:

  • Conventional Loans: These loans typically require a good credit score and a reasonable debt-to-income ratio. They’re a common choice but might require a higher down payment.
  • Government-Backed Loans: Some loans, like those backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, are specifically designed for service-connected disabilities. These might offer better terms like lower interest rates or no down payment.
  • Special Programs for SSDI Recipients: Certain loan programs consider the unique situations of people receiving SSDI. They might offer more lenient qualification criteria, focusing on the stability of disability benefits as income.

Choosing the right loan involves comparing these options, considering your unique financial situation, and understanding how each option aligns with your goal of purchasing a primary residence while on SSDI.

Will Selling My House Affect My Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be challenging when it comes to your financial status. Preparing for your application might mean you need to consider selling your home or other major assets.

Given the strictness surrounding SSD and finances, it’s completely understandable why many are weary of selling their home before applying or after they receive benefits. The answer to this question is unfortunately nuanced, depending on several factors related to your specific situation and the type of benefits you receive.

More often than not, however, the answer is yes, selling your home will affect the status of your disability benefits.

How To Buy A Home On Social Security Disability Benefits

1. Assess Your Financial Situation: First, calculate your total income from SSD benefits and any other sources. For example, if you’re receiving $1,500 per month in SSD benefits and have an additional $500 from other sources, your total monthly income is $2,000. Consider how much of this can go towards a mortgage while covering other living expenses.

2. Explore Mortgage Options: Investigate loans specifically designed for low-income or disabled individuals. For instance, some programs offer lower interest rates or down payment assistance.

3. Utilize Specialized Assistance Programs: Some programs offer additional support, such as counseling or grants, for individuals on SSD benefits looking to purchase a home.

4. Manage Your Assets: Be mindful of the asset limits for SSD benefit eligibility. If your total assets exceed a certain threshold, it could affect your benefits. For instance, having savings or assets over $2,000 might impact your eligibility.

5. Consult with a Financial Advisor: Seek advice on managing homeownership costs without jeopardizing your SSD benefits. They can help you plan for mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, and maintenance costs.

6. Consider Long-Term Financial Stability: Plan for future expenses, like home repairs or increases in property taxes, to ensure they won’t strain your budget, considering your SSD benefits.

Buying a home while on SSD benefits requires careful planning and consideration of various financial aspects. By understanding your budget, exploring suitable mortgage options, utilizing assistance programs, and planning for the long term, you can make an informed decision about homeownership while maintaining your SSD benefits.

Strengthen Your Chances Of Application Approval

When considering buying or selling property, you might be concerned about how that also affects your chances of receiving Social Security Disability benefits.

Whether you’re beginning your application or concerned about keeping your benefits, our team with Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. can provide guidance tailored to your situation. Let us help you understand how your finances can affect your ability to achieve or sustain benefits.

Contact us now for a free consultation.

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