The VA Loan provides veterans with a federally guaranteed home loan which requires no down payment. This program was designed to provide housing and assistance for veterans and their families.
The Veterans Administration provides insurance to lenders in the case that you default on a loan. Because the mortgage is guaranteed, lenders will offer a lower interest rate and terms than a conventional home loan. VA home loans are available in all 50 states. A VA loan may also have reduced closing costs and no prepayment penalties.
Additionally there are services that may be offered to veterans in danger of defaulting on their loans. VA home loans are available to military personal that have either served 181 days during peacetime, 90 days during war, or a spouse of serviceman either killed or missing in action.
VA fixed rate
As a benefit to veterans, the Department of Veteran Affairs guarantees repayment of loans made to veterans with no down payment, in most cases, and liberal qualifying guidelines. This makes it easy for veterans to finance their homes.
VA Loan Program Synopsis
|Low Cash To Close||• Up to 100% financing
• Seller can pay all closing costs and/or discount points, with no limit!
• Seller can pay prepaids, funding fee and temporary buy down funds up to a maximum of 4 points
• No cash reserves required after closing
|Home Affordability||• Single qualifying ratio
• Alternative income sources must continue only 5 years
|Easy Qualification||• No cash reserves required after closing
• Liberal qualifying ratio
• Alternative income sources must continue only 5 years
|Special Advantage||• Some loans are assumable with qualifying|
Some of the best loans available. The goal is to make housing affordable and more accessible for U.S. veterans. Available to veterans, reservists, active-duty personnel and un-remarried surviving spouses of veterans with 100% entitlement.
The features here are excellent. No down payment. And seriously competitive interest rates. No application fee and lower closing costs. And no cash reserve is required for the purchase of an owner-occupied single-family residence.
Administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, but made available through us, these are fixed rate loans. Maximum loan amounts vary by county and state.
VA loans are available for home buying and, in most states, for refinancing.
Why a VA loan?
The more you know about our home loan programs, the more you will realize how little "red tape" there really is in getting a VA loan. VA loans are often made without any down payment at all, and frequently offer lower interest rates than ordinarily available with other kinds of loans. Aside from the veteran's certificate of eligibility and the VA-assigned appraisal, the application process is not much different than any other type of mortgage loan.
What is a VA guaranteed loan?
VA's guaranty on the loan protects the lender against loss if the payments are not made, and is intended to encourage lenders to offer veterans loans with more favorable terms. The amount of guaranty on the loan depends on the loan amount and whether the veteran used some entitlement previously. With the current maximum guaranty, a veteran who hasn't previously used the benefit may be able to obtain a VA loan. Qualified veterans and active duty military can obtain a loan of up to $417,000, or $625,500 in high-cost areas, with no money down. The amount depends on the borrower's income level and the appraised value of the property. Let a knowledgeable, courteous VA loan specialist help you to maximize your VA benefits today!
VA loans - who is eligible?
Almost 30 million veterans and service personnel are eligible for VA financing. Even though many of that 30 million have already used their loan benefits, it may be possible for them to buy homes again with VA financing using remaining or restored loan entitlement.
Financing - a good deal for veterans
Before arranging for a new mortgage to finance a home purchase, veterans should consider some of the advantages of VA home loans:
Had a VA loan before?
Veterans who have already taken out a VA home loan in the past may be eligible for remaining entitlement for any unused previous balance. Because entitlement amounts have increased over time, many people with prior VA loans may be eligible for more money now than they were previously. Complete our form or call us today to find out if you qualify.
Restoration of Entitlement
Veterans can have previously-used entitlement "restored" to purchase another home with a VA loan if:
VA Appraisal - Certificate of Reasonable Value
The CRV (Certificate of Reasonable Value) is based on an appraiser's estimate of the value of the property to be purchased. Because the loan amount may not exceed the CRV, the first step in getting a VA loan is usually to request an appraisal. The appraiser will send a bill for his or her services to the requester according to a fee schedule approved by the VA. To simplify things, VA and HUD/FHA (Department of Housing and Urban Development/Federal Housing Administration) use the same appraisal forms. Also, if the property was recently appraised under the HUD procedure, the HUD conditional commitment can usually be converted easily to a VA CRV.
It is important to recognize that while the VA appraisal estimates the value of the property, it is not an inspection and does not guarantee that the house is free of defects. Home buyers should be encouraged to carefully inspect the property themselves, or to hire a reputable inspection firm to help in this area. VA guarantees the loan, not the condition of the property.
The application process for VA financing is no different from any other type of loan. In fact, the VA application form is the same as that used for HUD/FHA and Conventional loans. We'll verify the applicant's income and assets, and obtain a credit report to see that other obligations are being paid on time. If all is well and the appraised value of the property is enough to cover the loan needed, we can, in most instances, then close the loan under the VA's automatic procedure. Only about 10 percent of VA loan applications have to be submitted to a VA office for approval before closing.
Requirements for Loan Approval
To obtain a VA loan, the law requires that: