Documents Needed for NACA Purchase Program

Here are the documents needed to begin the process of getting a mortgage through the NACA Purchase Program.  Make sure you provide the following: 

  • Pay Stubs (most recent 30 days)
  • Bank Statement for all accounts (last 90 days, all pages) even if blank
  • Self Employed persons…most recent 12 month all pages including blank. Itemized Business Deposits (BD) Itemized Business Expense (BE)
  • Self Employment worksheet (received at event or workshop)
  • your work history, residence history and bank account(s) information
  • W-2 (2012 & 2013) • Federal Income Tax Return last 2 years. (2012 & 2013)
  • Copy of the most recent 401k, PERA, Retirement statement (all pages)
  • Completely filled out Budget forms (received at event or workshop) 
  • Signed Membership Agreement (received at event or workshop)
  • Signed Authorization (received at event or workshop)
  • Signed Participation Pledge (received at event or workshop)
  • Landlord Contacts Form from Purchase Work Shop Book (received at event or workshop) 
  • Employer Contacts Form from Purchase Work Shop Book (received at event or workshop)
  • Check for membership and Credit Report ($20 yearly membership & fee for credit report for each household member over age 21) or you can go online to your NACA web file and pay the membership and credit report fees.

Make sure you bring ALL the documents mentioned above even if you faxed them prior to the event or workshop, as sometimes they do not fax properly.

We wish you the best on your journey to home ownership!

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106 Comments

  1. FTHB
    Posted May 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Tim,

    Can you tell me, does the down payment money that NAC provide get rolled into the member’s loan? For some reason my MC is giving me an estimate for my mortgage using the purchase price and isn’t subtracting the 3.5% down payment. Is that right? Because a lender is giving me a lower mortgage quote than NACA based on this discrepancy.

    • Posted May 30, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Hello FTHB,

      I’m afraid the way your question is phrased I don’t quite understand what you are asking. Please send me your name, NACA ID number and Forum screen name at the email address below so I may review your file.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

      • Posted June 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

        Hello FTHB,

        Thank you for the clarification. The 3.5% will not be used as a down payment, but rather to buy down the interest rate, which is a much more effective use of the money. As such, the loan amount will be based on the full purchase price. Buying down the interest rate will allow you to either have a lower monthly payment or a higher maximum purchase price.

        Tim Trumble
        Online Operations, NACA
        ttrumble@naca.com

        • FTHB
          Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:05 am | Permalink

          Tim,
          Thanks for the response. If I am understanding you correctly, NACA provides the 3.5% down payment that is usually required for FHA loans, but instead of applying it to the home purchase price, it is always automatically used to buy down the interest rate? If this is the case, Is that buy down factored into the current NACA interest rate or is it in addition to the NACA rate?

          This isn’t how I understood the NACA program, so I’m going to ask the question a different way, to ensure there isn’t any confusion: When NACA says the member has no down payment, does this mean that NACA is providing the usual 3.5% down payment for the Member? Or has NACA set up an agreement where there is simply no down payment that needs to be provided?

          I apologize if my question is confusing.

          • Posted June 2, 2014 at 11:28 am | Permalink

            Hello FTHB,

            NACA is indeed a no down payment program. This is not an FHA program and in fact surpasses FHA in affordability because it also does not include the expensive PMI payments in which you pay an insurance premium each month for the life of the loan that protects the investor on the mortgage and not you.

            I’m not sure where you got the notion that a 3.5% down payment was required. It appears that your inaccurate presumption was the source of the confusion. Any down payment funds you may have, including those from grant programs, can be used to buy down the interest rate on the loan. As I noted previously, this saves you far more money over the life of the loan compared to a simple down payment.

            Hopefully this clarifies things for you. I strongly suggest you sign up for a Purchase workshop in your area at your first opportunity. It will provide you with a great deal more detail on how the program works.

            I wish you the best on your journey to home ownership!

            Tim Trumble
            Online Operations, NACA
            ttrumble@naca.com

          • FTHB
            Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

            Tim,

            Thanks very much for the clarification. This makes sense now. I have attended a purchase workshop and now I’m patiently waiting (it’s been over 72 hours) for underwriting to let me know that I’m qualified. For some reason, I assumed that the no down payment meant that NACA/Lender was covering the down payment. I’m aware of NACA and generally understand the savings it can bring, but the process and the turnaround is excruciatingly slow. Has NACA considered hiring more MCs and underwriters to manage the load?

          • FTHB
            Posted June 3, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink

            It seems like my posts are mysteriously being deleted… Tim, I’m just checking to find out whether you received the e-mail message I sent with my NACA ID and question?

          • Posted June 4, 2014 at 9:05 am | Permalink

            Please refer to the email you have been sent.

            Tim Trumble
            Online Operations, NACA
            ttrumble@naca.com

          • Laura
            Posted November 29, 2018 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

            I don’t have any sort of payment history and I only have a good credit score from a loan I paid off. Will I still qualify for NACA?

          • Posted December 6, 2018 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

            Hello Laura,

            Are you saying you basically live off the grid? You have no utility bills, cell phone or internet service, car insurance payments, nothing at all which is paid on a monthly basis? Any of these can be used to establish payment history and are considered “alternative credit” in the NACA program. You only need show three regular monthly obligations other than rent that have been paid on time for the past twelve months.

            Tim Trumble
            Online Operations, NACA
            ttrumble@naca.com

  2. FTHB
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Tim,
    Thanks for the response. If I am understanding you correctly, NACA provides the 3.5% down payment that is usually required for FHA loans, but instead of applying it to the home purchase price, it is always automatically used to buy down the interest rate? If this is the case, Is that buy down factored into the current NACA interest rate or is it in addition to the NACA rate?

    This isn’t how I understood the NACA program, so I’m going to ask the question a different way, to ensure there isn’t any confusion: When NACA says the member has no down payment, does this mean that NACA is providing the usual 3.5% down payment for the Member? Or has NACA set up an agreement where there is simply no down payment that needs to be provided?

    I apologize if my question is confusing.

  3. Winsome Azan
    Posted May 13, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I filed bankruptcy 3 years ago will this automatically disqualify me from the program.

    • Posted May 16, 2016 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

      Hello Winsome Azan,

      We can work with you as soon as two years after the discharge of the bankruptcy.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  4. Lsav
    Posted February 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    My credit score is really low. I’m trying to raise it. Would like to buy a house and stop paying high rent. I no I could get a lower house payment than I pay n rent and it would b mine. Just not sure if you can help me with my credit score.

    • Posted February 24, 2017 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      Hello Lsav,

      The NACA program does not use your credit score, so your concerns about it affecting your ability to buy a home are unfounded. Please go to our website at http://www.naca.com and register for a workshop in your area to learn about the process and get started.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  5. Ann SEWELL
    Posted January 30, 2018 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I’m concerned I may not make enough money to qualify. How can I find out?

    • Posted January 30, 2018 at 9:24 am | Permalink

      Hello Ann SEWELL,

      There is no minimum income requirement to work with the NACA program. The only effect your income level will have will be on the size of the mortgage for which you will qualify.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  6. Mary R Horsely
    Posted February 9, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I get disability I was wondering if I could get a home

    • Posted February 15, 2018 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

      Hello Mary R Horsely,

      By federal law, the TYPE of income you receive is not a factor in obtaining a mortgage or any other form of credit as long as it is a legal form of income. Disability income is perfectly okay to buy a home.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  7. Juliet A Malcolm
    Posted February 11, 2018 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    I signed up for my first workshop. Are there any documents that I need to bring to this wirkshop? Thank you

    • Posted February 15, 2018 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      Hello Juliet A Malcolm,

      Just bring you, your ID and something to write with. You will submit your documents on line before your first counseling appointment.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  8. Phyllis
    Posted April 3, 2018 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Hello Tim, I been working with Naca from 9/17 until now 4/18 my problem is that the agent that I’m working with keeps asking us for the same papers over & over WHY? And when he asks my husband for somethings he bring the documents in & he turn around & ask for them again I don’t understand why is he doing this, I think he does not keep a record or files anything or maybe he has more than he can handle so, now since Naca does not check your credit score he asking me to get my payments down even though I’m paying them on time NO late payments & my score is 700, he told us a number & said we can start looking for a house because he is putting our paper though to get accepted so we can go to the home buyers class. So the next day he emailed me this long sorry excuse about my credit . I was so mad because now we are paying month to month rent hoping & wishing that we are on our way. Please help what wrong now.

    • Posted April 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      Hello Phyllis,

      In reviewing your file, there appears to be occasions of incomplete document submissions. Please continue to work with your counselor to make sure all documents sent to your file are complete, both the the number of pages submitted and forms that have been correctly filled out so we can keep your file moving forward.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  9. nelly mbongo
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    hello NACA Team,

    I have a question. I`m trying to apply for NACA program and I don`t if I can come to the workshop in my area before my appointment date. so basically, I`m suppose to go to the next workshop in November but there is one in July and is full, I couldn’t register. I will like to know if I can attend that workshop in july without any issue?

    • Posted June 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      Hello nelly mbongo,

      I’m afraid your message is rather confusing. It is impossible to have an appointment with a counselor before you attend the initial Home Buyer’s Workshop because your file is established from the information you provide at that workshop. Please feel free to email me directly with the details of your situation so I can help you.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations,NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  10. Rosario Martinez
    Posted July 6, 2018 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    my question are: When approval happens, do they say how much money we are approved for? and the interest rate? (Do the underwriters say- yes, you have been approved for X amount of money at X amount of interest rate?). Will it negatively impact what the underwriters see if I go into a bank and see what morgage product they can offer me?

    • Posted July 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

      Hello Rosario Martinez,

      In the NACA program, you are approved for a maximum affordable monthly payment amount. That, based upon the current interest rate and your projected taxes and insurance, determines you maximum purchase amount. Your interest rate is locked in when you submit the Purchase and Sale Agreement for the house you are going to buy.

      Going to a bank to “see what morgage product they can offer me” cannot help you in any way. No bank anywhere can match the terms of the NACA program, period, and the difference will be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Plus an application elsewhere will result in another pull of your credit file, which will then have to be explained in your NACA file.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  11. Rhonda McCoy
    Posted July 22, 2018 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I attended a training class already and have an appointment with NACA in October. I was wondering how can I get some help filling out the booklet that I received in the training class. I am having problems understanding page 17-18. I want to make sure that everything is correct so that it won’t set me back in any kind of way. Thanks

    • Posted August 1, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      Hello Rhonda McCoy,

      Best bet is to contact NACA Member Services at 425-602-6222. If that doesn’t work, email me directly and I will find you some help.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  12. Tonia B.
    Posted August 5, 2018 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Hi I’m currently working with NACA and I qualified for a loan that was much lower than I anticipated, so I am adding my significant other to the mortgage. I have all of his documents but I’m waiting on a copy of his tax return from 2017, because I lost it on turbo tax. They said it will take 75 days, will this prolong our process?

    • Posted August 11, 2018 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      Hello Tonia B.

      Not having his tax return will delay your re-qualification. Did you not print out a hard copy of the return for your own files? It is a requirement, so anything you can do to expedite getting the return will be to your favor.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  13. Vanessa W
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Hello,
    My household is comprised of my Husband, 7 yo daughter, my Father-in-Law and myself. Would I need to add my Father-in-Laws income in the process as well or can I just fill it out with the income for my husband and myself? If we do add my Father-in-Laws income, will he be attached to the loan with us? He will likely be moving with us if this process works out as we hope it does.

    Thank You!

    • Posted October 22, 2018 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

      Hello Vanessa W,

      The income and obligations of all people 18 and older who will be living in the home must be included when creating your budget and affordability. This does not obligate them to the mortgage, but does recognize the fact that each person’s income and expenses affects the entire household.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  14. laura jeanette lokwood
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Hi there Mr Trumble

    My name is Laura and I’m very interested in the NACA PROGRAM in the
    Houston area. I registered on line and was given a seminar #28651 but no date
    or location to attend the seminar. do I need to call instead for the date.

    • Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      Hello Laura,

      What you describe seems strange since when you register for a workshop you must in fact pick the specific workshop you wish to attend. However, I did locate the workshop for which you are registered. I will send you the information by email.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  15. Sharae Chillis
    Posted November 26, 2018 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    I am interested in being in the NACA program but I don’t currently have a NACA office in my area. My question is would I only be able to purchase a home in the city where the closest NACA office is located to me?

  16. Jalil
    Posted December 10, 2018 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Hey i wanted to know where can Iget help with my booklet. I have an appointment February and want to make sure everything is correct.

    • Posted December 11, 2018 at 9:30 am | Permalink

      Hello Jalil,

      For specific questions, you can call NACA Member Services at 425-602-6222. If you need more general help with the booklet, call yoru local office and ask if they can refer you to another member who would be willing to mentor you through the process.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

      • Jalil
        Posted December 12, 2018 at 12:30 am | Permalink

        Thank you will do

  17. Jalil
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering if we have all the documents but no money set aside, will that hinder the naca process or if we have a lump some of money and havent been putting money aside due to the lump sum would that matter

  18. aylissa
    Posted December 23, 2018 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I am going to attend a workshop can I bring my child

    • Posted December 26, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      Hello alyssa,

      You may bring your child. However, please be aware that there is no child care provided at the workshop and you will need to bring items to keep your child occupied during the four-hour workshop. If your child should become distruptive, we do reserve the right to ask you to leave for the sake of the other attendees.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

      • Jeri
        Posted January 17, 2020 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

        Hi I have no retirement, 401k, etc. if I have everything else, will I still qualify?

        • Posted February 6, 2020 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

          Hello Jeri,

          As long as you have a verifiable, legal source of income, it may be used for qualification in the NACA program. Retirement savings of any sort are not a requirement.

          Tim Trumble
          Online Operations, NACA
          ttrumble@naca.com

  19. jjoints
    Posted December 24, 2018 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Hi Tim,
    I live in Georgia and I have just attended a naca workshop. I am trying to find a downpayment assistance program in Georgia or an organization that offer grants that I can use the funds to help buy down the interest rate. Does naca have a list of organizations that offer grants that work with the naca program or downpayment assistance programs that work with the naca program? If so, where would I find this information?

    • Posted December 27, 2018 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      Hello jjoints,

      There are actually hundreds of downpayment assistance programs across the country, which unfortunately makes it impossible to create a single comprehensive listing. However, your local NACA office should be able to give you some help, and a quick internet search should also be helpful. Don’t forget to also check with any professional, fraternal or community organizations to which you may belong to see if they have a program for their participants/members.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  20. Torrance Holmes
    Posted January 2, 2019 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    What is the document that a NACA member must get from the IRS. Not the tax return but the other document sheet.

    • Posted January 2, 2019 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

      Hello Torrance Holmes,

      You are probably referring to the tax return transcript. Simply go to the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov and click on “Get Your Tax Record” to order the transcripts needed.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  21. Jasmine Echols
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    I am scheduled for
    A purchase workshop but I don’t have o time payments for the past 12 months is that a factor that would disqualify me?

    • Posted January 28, 2019 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      Hello Jasmine Echols,

      It depends upon the specifics of the situation. In any event though, you won’t be disqualified, just delayed. Typically, if there is one late within the past twelve months, it can be overlooked with a letter or Explanation. If there are multiple lates, it is far more likely to cause a delay unless you can prove that it was something totally beyond your control. You will need to attend your first counseling appointment so your counselor can review your situation and advise you on how to best proceed.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  22. jwilly88
    Posted January 28, 2019 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Even though I will have bank statements, will it be smart for me to keep a spending journal and have it with me during my next appointment. I have my action plan already in hand!

    • Posted January 28, 2019 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Hello jwilly88,

      A spending journal is a good idea anytime. Not only will it help ensure the accuracy of your budget (which is a major factor in your affordability) but it will help you understand where your money is going even better and give you better control over your finances.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  23. Kelli
    Posted February 16, 2019 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Hello,

    From what I gathered in the previous comments it looks like to be qualified for approval I need to have at least 3 monthly financial obligations paid on time for at least 12 months. What about credit cards that are written off? Do those NEED to be settled or paid in full in order to get approved for a mortgage (after I attend a workshop and see a counselor). Basically, it would be more beneficial to me to save my money than put it towards written off debt ALL at one time and instead make monthly payments to pay it off.

    • Posted February 21, 2019 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      Hello Kelli,

      Judgements and charge-offs that have been active within the past two years must either be paid in full or in an agreed-upon payment plan with payments made successfully under the terms of the plan for at least the past tweleve months.

      Those that have not been active within the past two years will still require a Letter of Explanation, to describe what they are and why they have not been paid, but will otherwise not affect your qualification.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

    • Posted February 27, 2019 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Hello Kelli,

      Charge-offs and collections that have been active within the past two years must either be paid off or in an agreed upon payment planwith 12 months of on time payments. Any that are more than two years old will require a Letter of Explanation, but will not have to be paid.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  24. Simone
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Hello Tim!

    I registered for a workshop in April but may not actually start the full process until beginning of next year depending on my lease. Can I still attend this workshop and then once I’m ready proceed to the next step (counseling session I believe) or would I have to re-attend another workshop once that time comes. Thanks!

    • Posted March 27, 2019 at 9:37 am | Permalink

      Hello Simote,

      You will not need to attend another workshop. When you are ready, please make sure all your paperwork is submitted, and contact yoru local NACA office to schedule your counseling appointment

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  25. Albert
    Posted March 26, 2019 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi
    My girlfriend signed up for the meeting to own a home. She will be on the title of the mortgage. To get approved for a higher loan can l be added with her? Myself and my father have a house and l am primary on the table of the house. The checks that are made out to the bank each month Have my dads name. l give him 00 monthly without me giving him a check that states that l pay rent / mortgage. Can l still combine my income with my girlfriend to get approved for a higher loan.

    • Posted March 27, 2019 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Hello Albert,

      Unfortunately, you cannot be on the mortgage or add your income. NACA program rules state that no member of the household may have an ownership interest in another property. In fact, if you are going to be living in the house with your girlfriend, it in fact disqualifies her from the NACA program.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

      • Albert
        Posted March 28, 2019 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

        Thank you for your response. I have another question. I have a loan with BofA. Can l get in the NACA program to lower my interest rate? Thank you!!

        • Posted April 9, 2019 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

          Hello Albert,

          Unfortunately, NACA does not do loan refinancing. The only way NACA could be of help would be if you were experiencing a hardship that threatened your ability to make your mortgage payment. In that case we might be able to work with you on obtaining a mortgage modification from the bank. However, you will need to be able to demonstrate that something has changed that will make it impossible for you to make your mortgage payment.

          Tim Trumble
          Online Operations, NACA
          ttrumble@naca.com

  26. Merawit
    Posted March 27, 2019 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    I completed the workshop and now have an appointment next week with a councelor. The only 3 bills I have are Rent, cell phone bill, credit card, is that enough as far as the 3 monthly payment requirements?? Thank you.

    • Posted March 28, 2019 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      Hello Merawit,

      Unfortunately, rent is not acceptable as one of the three trade lines required for qualification since it is a totally separate item that is fundamental to your qualification in a completely different way. Rent is the primary means of showing that you can afford your current rent and have kept it current, which in turn demonstrates your specific ability to make a mortgage payment each and every month. Remember, virtually any other documented monthly obligation, such as utilities, car insurance and even gym memberships can be used as an alternative trade line for qualification.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

      • Merawit Tesfaw
        Posted March 31, 2019 at 2:43 am | Permalink

        Thank you so much for replying to my question. Very well, maybe I will use phone bill, car insurance bill and Microsoft office bill.

        One last question, all of these 3 monthly payments have been set to have outomatically withdrawn from my account therefore it will show on my bank statement. Do I need to provide additional documentations to my counselor ?

        Thanks you so much for you

        • Posted April 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

          Hello Merawit Tesfaw,

          It depends on how clearly they are shown on your bank statements. You would still be wise to get a payment summary from all three sources if at all possible. If not, create your own summary with an extra copy of the page from your bank statement showing the payment for each month. Remember, it’s always “better twenty pages too many than one too few” in the NACA process.

          Tim Trumble
          Online Operations, NACA
          ttrumble@naca.com

  27. TX
    Posted April 30, 2019 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Tenant has been occupying the property for three years and now wants to buy it. Can she qualify to purchase the home she’s been living in or is this prohibited?

    Similar question: If the property has a “lease purchase” agreement in place and the occupant wants to exercise their option to purchase the home, can they go through the NACA program?

    Lastly, provided all of the required paperwork is completed and submitted on time to the counselor, what is the most realistic turnaround time from paper submission, reviewed, loan approved to loan fully funded and keys delivered to the ‘former tenant’ now ‘new home owner?’

    • Posted May 2, 2019 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Hello TX,

      Tenants purchasing the home in which they currently live is in fact quite commonplace in the NACA program. You will simply have to settle on a final sale price. After that is is no different than any other transaction.

      Because the NACA program deals with the buyer’s individual financial picture instead of using score, the time frame is different for every person. Some take three months and others can take up to two years. If there is any such thing as an average, it is probably about six months.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  28. Posted May 1, 2019 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    hi I have an appointment for the work shop hoping to own a home in the next year or so.my question is I do not pay rent I love with family members however I do have car note insurance fpl credit card Bill’s etc..would I not be qualified if I dont have rental history I never rented an apartment ever..and what if down the line I do decide to rent a apartment while going through naca will that disqualify me to buy home.

    • Posted May 2, 2019 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      Hello Charlene Fenton,

      The answer to your question is in fact rather easy and involves the concept of Payment Shock. Payment shock is defined as the difference between what you are now paying in rent and your desired mortgage payment when the mortgage payment is more than your current rent. Therefore, someone paying $900 per month in rent and who wants to qualify for a $1,200 mortgage payment must save the $300 Payment Shock each and every month without fail to demonstrate their ability to make the desired mortgage payment.

      The same concept applies for those who pay zero rent. You will be required to save the full amount of your desired mortgage payment for at least six months in order to become qualified and continue to do so each month without fail until you close on your new home.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  29. Tnicole
    Posted May 3, 2019 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi..hopefully when I go see my counselor in a couple weeks I’ll be ready to be submitted for approval. How long does it usually take for Underwriters to give a yes or no answer.

    I’m trying to purchase the home im currently in but asked to have $3,000 Reserve Monies. Do you think all of that money will be used?

    • Posted May 6, 2019 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Hello Tnicole,

      Right now, the underwriters seem to be taking about a week to come back with en initial decision on a file.

      You should understand however that there are some factors beyond your immediate control that may prevent your file from being submitted immediately at the end of your appointment. Both the Verification of Employment (VOE) and Verification of Rental (VOR) must be completed and returned by your landlord and employer before the file can be submitted.

      As such, one thing you can do is make sure they both know that the form will be coming and that they should complete it and return it as soon as possible upon completion. Beyond that, make sure you follow every instruction provided by your counselor, and call NACA Member Services at 425-602-6222 whenever you need an update.

      Actually, $3,000 is a relatively small amount for your Minimum Required Funds (MRF). If all goes well, it won’t all be used, because it’s not supposed be be all used for the purchase of the home. Your MRF also includes and emergence reserve of one or two months of your proposed mortgage payment which you should keep in reserve to cover any unforeseen items that occur during and after the purchase of your home.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  30. Sharon
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I have a 800 credit score and $10k in savings, i pay rent,car, credit cards and utilities and yes i am employed.i seeing soo many homes to buy asap and other lenders want my business but i chose naca.
    i have been to a work shop and i am now waiting for a counslor. can someone please get back to me so i can start this process asap?

    • Posted May 29, 2019 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      Hello Sharon,

      How long has it been since you took the workshop? All the data from the registration forms must be manually entered into our system so it can take a week or longer, especially with the holiday this week, before you receive your ID number.

      If it has been more than a week and a half, call NACA Member Services at 425-602-6222 for help.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

      • Sharon
        Posted June 25, 2019 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

        Hi Tim, i am very frustrated with the process, i have submitted all paper work requested of me and sometime twice because my counselor couldn’t locate it in the system. the last time i spoke to her and submitted documents for the third time was 06/14 at that time i was told i was ready to go to underwriters after i submit a couple of letters which was done and sent 06/17 per her request to email to her email address since she’s not getting the documents when uploaded. she then told me it will be about a week or 2 before the underwriters get back to me. 7 business days later. i called for an update just to find out my counselor will not be back in the office until 07/12 and my file has not been sent to underwriters. in fact looks like the file is incomplete. now how can that be? the only way this file can be incomplete is if my info is still sitting in her email to be uploaded. in the mean time a few of the houses i have interest in are now below market and will be snatched up before i can make a bid. Tim is it anyway i can get another counselor to review my documents and send them to underwriters? do to my new position at work i can not take off another week day and when my current counselor return she will need updated doc’s because it will be a new month. please help.

  31. Damian W
    Posted June 21, 2019 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Hello , I have a couple of questions regarding DTI if I have a loan take out my 401k does that go against me . As well if I owe federal or state taxes but been on a payment plan No garnishment ever will I have to wait until they are both paid off in order to close on a house once all my paper is in . As well with bills me and my partner split bills so sometimes it so it’s bounces back and forth with rent lights etc for my monthly expenses is that a problem ?

    • Posted June 23, 2019 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

      Hello Damian W,

      They are still monthly payments that you are making and will therefore factor into yrou budget and affordability unless you can show that you have ten or fewer payments left.

      Your household budget and affordability are based on all members of the household, so it probably won’t be a significant issue if any at all.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  32. JUANITA Persaud
    Posted November 23, 2019 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Does NACA help with refinance or modification? I did one year ago, but my loan doesn’t go down and if we try to sell, we can’t because the houses in my neighborhood are lower that what I owe. I owe $309,000 and houses around here are in the $200,000. I’m with SELECT PORTFOLIOS SERVICE. They say we can’t do anything at this time. Until we drop the mortgage down some more. I’m at a 2% interest and my mortgage payment is $1400.

    • Posted November 25, 2019 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Hello Juanita Persaud,

      The NACA Home Save Program is still very much in existence, helping homeowners with an unaffordable mortgage seek a mortgage modification.

      There are a number of variables that make each situation unique, so you will need to speak to a counselor to determine what if anything is possible. Please call our Home Save Department at 801-401-6222 to speak with a representative.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  33. Tiffany Nelson
    Posted November 30, 2019 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    What if I’m not renting or have no renters history. This would be my first time for anything as I’m living on my own.

    • Posted December 2, 2019 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      Hello Tiffany Nelson,

      If you have no rental history whatsoever, you will have to demonstrate you are able to make your desired monthly mortgage payment by saving that amount each and every month without fail for at least six months.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  34. Naomi Scroggins
    Posted December 5, 2019 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Hello,

    This is my first attempt to purchase a home with NACA; I was discharged from bankruptcy on 07/14/18, I registered for a workshop will my bankruptcy disqualify me from receiving a delay my process.

    Regards,
    Naomi

    • Posted December 9, 2019 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Hello Naomi Scroggins,

      Because of the bankruptcy, you will not be able to complete the qualification process until 24 months after the discharge date, July 14th, 2020. However, that means that now is a good time to start the process as you will have several months to work on your situation and make sure there are no issues standing in the way of your becoming qualified the moment you reach that 24-month mark.

      Go ahead and register for a NACA Qualification Workshop on our website and schedule your first counseling appointment as soon as possible. Your counselor will review your financial picture and advise you on what steps need to be taken to get you qualified as soon as you become eligible in July.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  35. Theraea
    Posted December 19, 2019 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Would NACA be able to help someone that’s on section 8 and a fixed income

    • Posted December 19, 2019 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      Hello Theraea,

      We can definitely work with you. Through the HOT-PHA (Home Ownership Through Public Housing Assistance) program, your Section 8 benefit can actually be used to help you buy a home that is paid free and clear in 15 years. Please go to our website at http://www.naca.com and enter your Zip Code where indicated to locate and register for a Qualification Workshop in your area. This will give you the information you need and is the required first step in the process.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  36. Latoria Gaither
    Posted December 20, 2019 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    If I am in the process of purchasing a new build home, will I be able to go through NACA to lower my overall down payment?

    • Posted December 20, 2019 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      Hello Latoria Gaither,

      NACA is a true no down payment program, so yes, it will reduce the amount of up front money needed to get into a home of your own.

      However, you need to be aware that we instruct our members not to sign a contract on a home until after they have been qualified by NACA. Since we are a full-document underwriting program and do not use credit scores, the length of time it takes to get qualified varies with each individual.

      I strongly suggest you attend a NACA Qualification Workshop as soon as you can. Please go to our website at http://www.naca.com and enter your Zip Code where indicated to locate and register for a workshop in your area.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  37. Vanessa holmes
    Posted January 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    I am currently going through the NACA program and I have uploaded all necessary documents. My question is a voter registration needed .

    • Posted January 6, 2020 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      Hello Vanessa holmes,

      NACA does require all members to be registered voters unless they can show that they are prohibited for legal or religious reasons. This includes all household members who are of voting age.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  38. Asia
    Posted January 7, 2020 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    My lease is up in my apt June 30th, 2020 and I would like to move into a home right afterwards. I have scheduled my workshop for Jan 25th. I have no savings and a few medical collections items. Will this prevent me from being prequalified for a NACA mortgage? I do have at least 3 monthly bills that are current.

    • Posted January 7, 2020 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Hello Asia,

      It is impossible to determine from the tiny bit of information in your message, since that is actually the purpose of your first counseling appointment.

      For now, go ahead and attend the workshop, but check on our website to see if we are bringing an Achieve the Dream event to your area. The event will take the first four steps of the NACA process and bring them all together in one place. This allows us to take a process that takes several weeks and condense it down to potentially a one-day process. You will either leave the event with an approval or knowing your next steps required to reach qualification.

      We have ten events scheduled so far, starting with Miami January 23-27. However, we will be adding another ten to fifteen events , so make sure to keep checking back for new tour dates.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  39. Frank HARRIS
    Posted January 14, 2020 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    I’VE BEEN IN MY HOME FOR 12 YEARS RENTING,, THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO PAY MY UTILITY BILLS THEY WASNT PAID ON TIME THAT’S WHY THEY MOVED RECENTLY IM GOING TO THE WORKSHOP ON THE 25TH OF THIS MONTH IS THAT GOING TO HURT ME ON QUALIFYING FOR MY PROGRAM

    • Posted January 14, 2020 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      Hello Frank HARRIS,

      While you are unclear on exactly who “THEY” are, I will assume that it is your landlords as opposed to roommates or some other entity. As long as the utilities were in the landlord’s name, they will have no bearing you you whatsoever.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  40. Posted January 15, 2020 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I’m just wondering what would disqualify you from being approved?

    • Posted January 16, 2020 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      Hello Twyla Lawson,

      Your question actually tells me that you do not understand how the NACA program works. Our job is to work with you until you get approved. It’s not a matter of disqualified, it’s what actions you need to take to get qualified. NACA is a counseling program, not just a mortgage application process. We work with you as long as it takes and guide you through what actions are necessary for you to become qualified. If you are willing to do whatever is necessary for however long it amy take, the NACA program is 100% successful.

      The only way you are actually disqualified is if you deliberately withhold pertinent information or otherwise violate the law, or act in such a consistently offensive and inappropriate manner to the NACA staff that we have no alternative to ban you from the program.

      You are the biggest single determining factor in your own success in the NACA program by far, and your dedication and cooperation are key factors in that success.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  41. LaWonda
    Posted January 28, 2020 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I want to participate in the NACA program but I am married but I can not locate my husband so that he can be excluded from the home loan. What can I do? Is there some type of exclusion form that can be filled out?

    • Posted February 6, 2020 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

      Hello LaWonda,

      Your question is unfortunately one of a legal nature, which we are not qualified to answer. Additionally, the laws of your particular state will be a major factor in what can and cannot be done in such a situation. As such, you should seek a family law attorney for the answers you are seeking. I’m sorry I cannot be of more help.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  42. A b
    Posted February 11, 2020 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I jus signed up for a workshop. I’m single and stay by myself, no kids, good credit and 2 steady jobs and rent keeps going up. So I’m pretty confident to qualify for a lower mortage payment or around the same. My main concern is I will be put on the back burner as I don’t have a family an not considered “priority”. I also know or would like to think I should be an easy case as I won’t have too many documents to provide. How do y’all select to help first?

    • Posted February 14, 2020 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      Hello A b,

      I’m occasionally surprised by the meanings people assign to a certain term or phrase, and the misinterpretations of the word “priority” as a part of the NACA process are all over the place.

      Your concerns have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with priority status, not to mention that it implies that we somehow play favorites in choosing “who to help first”.

      The term “priority” simply refers to whether you make more or less than the median income for your metro area. It can affect interest rate reduction and where you are allowed to buy a home. It has nothing to do at all with the size of your family, credit status, or any of the things you listed.

      Likewise, who we help first are the people who are ready to move forward in the program, period. You, more than anyone or anything else, are the determining factor in how rapidly you progress through the program. Your on-time payment history, savings and other factors that are within your control are what determines when you are eligible for qualification.

      You are correct that in most cases, you are able to qualify for a mortgage payment at least equal to your current rent payment. In fact, many people find that it is less expensive these days to own than to rent!

      Based on what you have written, I suspect you will be fine. Go ahead and sign up for a local workshop or Achieve the Dream event if there is one coming to your area. Worst case scenario is your counselor will be able to advise you on what actions need to be taken to get you to your goal of homeownership and how long it will take. One of the biggest advantages of the NACA program is that if you follow the program guidelines, follow your counselor’s instruction and stick with it for however long it may take, you WILL become a homeowner through NACA.

      I wish you the best on your journey to home ownership.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  43. Sarah F. Jefferies (LG)
    Posted February 13, 2020 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Hello, I am currently on section-8, live in senior housing, I am a senior citizen, and retired. I would like to attend a qualification workshop for naca, I receive SS and pension, will my circumstances disqualify me as an applicant? If not, could you please provide me dates and locations of your next workshop, if at all possible in Charlotte, NC or Gaston county, NC area?

    • Posted February 13, 2020 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      Hello Sarah F. Jefferies,

      There is absolutely nothing about your circumstances that would disqualify you from the NACA program. There seems to be some sort of misconception out there that social Security or pension income or receiving some sort of other benefit such as Section 8 is a reason to disqualify someone for credit. In fact, the opposite is true. Federal law specifically states that the type of income one receives may not be used as grounds for denying credit of any sort as long as that income is legally received.

      Additionally, your Section 8 benefits can be used to help you buy a home through he Home Ownership Through Public Housing Assistance (HOT-PHA) program.

      I strongly suggest you attend out Achieve the Dream event coming up April 2nd through 5th at the Park Expo and Conference Center (formerly Charlotte Merchandise Mart) on Independence Blvd (800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28205). The event will get you started in the process and potentially even get you qualified in as little as one day.

      You can find information regarding the event at https://www.naca.com/media/104152/83850-naca_bilingual-palm-card_proof_charlotte-v10.pdf

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  44. delores
    Posted February 14, 2020 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    hello,

    Does NACA accept section 8 voucher holder? if so is the voucher counted towards yearly income?also because ive been cutting down on bills all I have is necessities, light bill, water and sewer, rent of course doesn’t count and a gym membership, my cellphone lines (3) are in my mom name however I pay the bill..do I have any other options it seems like I only have two.

    • Posted February 14, 2020 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      Hello delores,

      Not only does NACA accept Section 8 recipients, the Home Ownership Through Public Housing Assistance (HOT-PHA) program allows you to use your housing benefit to help you buy a home. We can most likely use your on time payment of the utilities and the gym membership to help qualify you.

      I strongly suggest you either go to our website at http://www.naca.com and enter your Zip Code where indicated to locate and register for either a Qualification Workshop in your area, or if available, and Achieve the Dream event to get the process started. Your counselor will help guide you through the path to qualification.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  45. Mo
    Posted February 21, 2020 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Hello my lease is up March 31st 2020 I was wondering how long will it take to get approved for a house? I have the workshop on Feb 27th 2020 and I’m going to also attend the event on Feb 28th 2020 to make the process go faster. How long will it take for me to see a coulensor after the workshop and I have all documents already to tuem in as well. Im asking how long it will tale because i really dont want to renew my lease so do you think i will be approved by the end of March. And also you said bills in my name that i pay i have bills that i pay through my bank card every month but the bills is not in my name its in my ex husband name but i pay them every month i also have 2 cars to show as bills but its in both of our names but i pay it. And when you get approved do they run your credit again before closing on the house??

    • Posted February 21, 2020 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      Hello Mo,

      Unfortunately, I can tell you for a fact that you will not be able to become qualified, find a home, and have everything in place to close before March 31st. In fact it was the “be in your new home in 30 days” sales pitches that played a large role in creating the housing bubble in the early 2000’s that in turn resulted in the Great Recession.

      In reality, three months is a short time frame for completing the NACA process, and six months is pretty typical. Because NACA is a full-document underwriting program, everyone’s situation is different and takes a different length of time.

      With the additional questions you asked, it appears you have not attended a NACA Qualification Workshop yet. I strongly suggest you do so as this will give you all the information you need about the NACA program and is also the required first step in the process. Please go to http://www.naca.com and enter your Zip Code where indicated to locate and register for a workshop near you.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

  46. Heidy Geier
    Posted February 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    So I am reading all these messages and I’m am confused. does NACA pay closing cost and the down payment? I have no money to put into buying house and I was told about your organization. I am registered for a workshop next weekend.

    • Posted February 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      Hello Heidy,

      The NACA program is 100% financing, so there is no down payment. Any funds that you may have available from savings, gifts, down payment assistance programs and so on can be used to buy down your interest rate instead. The bank pays all the closing costs. You will still need some savings for an earnest money deposit on the home you buy, plus funds for inspections, plus the initial property taxes and homeowners insurance. So there will have to be some savings, but only a small fraction of what you would need for a down payment and/or closing costs.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA
      ttrumble@naca.com

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