New owner operator and buying a house

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  1. joseph1853

    joseph1853 Medium Load Member

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    I'm in a bit of a crossroads in my life right now.

    Been out of work for around 4 months collecting unemployment (long story) and I'm in the process of selling our property which will get me some cash.

    Kinda tired of working as a company driver and want to move to run my own rig here in Texas, but since we are selling our property we need to move into another house that will require a home loan/mortgage.

    From what I can tell you can not get a home loan running your own trucking business until you have been doing it for at least a year which puts a block on my running my own rig idea at least from what I can tell.

    Our idea is to get another company driver job for a couple of months or however long it takes to get a new house an after it's all done quit and then start running my own truck.

    One of the questions I'm pondering in my head is what does the mortgage lender consider acceptable and what they do not consider acceptable. I mean does buying a truck and leasing it on to a company using their authority still considered running your own business? I'm guessing it does but don't know for sure.

    I would be paying cash for the truck so the financing of the truck on my credit score wouldn't be a concern. Of course, I would rather keep my cash on hand and finance one if that were an option considering the circumstances.

    I'm afraid if I don't do this now (running my own truck) it will not happen once in a house and all that that in tells. It's funny how your money disappears through situations like this.

    We are allowed to stay at our house currently after we sale the land also. So it's not absolutely necessary we move after selling but my wife will not want to stay long. The buyer bought our property for the land mostly to run cattle and isn't concerned as much about the house.

    Thoughts?
     
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  3. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

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    No way would I use money from the sale of my home to buy a truck to start a trucking gig, if that's what you're implying.

    On what a mortgage underwriter might or might not do in your situation, I would contact a local mortgage broker in your area and go sit down with them.
     
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  4. Chinatown

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    If you're a military veteran, www.USAA.com is pretty lenient helping veterans buy a home.
     
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  5. joseph1853

    joseph1853 Medium Load Member

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    We wouldn't be using all of the proceeds for the truck. I've talked to a mortgage lender about the subject but wanted to know what other drivers have experienced also. Thanks for your input.
     
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    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

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    What did the mortgage lender recommend?
     
  7. joseph1853

    joseph1853 Medium Load Member

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    Unfortunately, I am not. Thanks for your input once again.
     
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  8. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    What’s the long story of you being out of work collecting unemployment?
     
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  9. joseph1853

    joseph1853 Medium Load Member

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    Why do you want to know?
     
  10. 6wheeler

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    In a similar situation here. Banks from what I understand, which is very little, is all they care about is the "tax returns" for verfication of employment. Heck, most bankers don't have a clue about anything involved in trucking, your lucky if they even know what a Comchek is.

    All they see is numbers on paper and in there mind a truck driver was someone they cut off on the way to work
     
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  11. LtlAnonymous

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    That's a lot of pressure. If you suddenly find out that you are not a great business owner, you could lose your business and your house in one fell swoop. You'd better be determined and dedicated.
     
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