Am I Eligible for a VA Home Loan?
Through dedicated service to our country, military service members and veterans qualify for a range of benefits earned through their service. Chief among those benefits is an opportunity to take part in the VA Loan program.
While the VA Loan is designed specifically for those who served, there are a handful of requirements. In order to qualify for a VA Loan there are specific service conditions each borrower must meet.
- You have served 90 consecutive days of service during wartime OR
- You have served 181 days of services during peacetime OR
- You have more than 6 years of service in the National Guard or Reserves OR
- You are the spouse of a service member who died in the line of the duty or as a result of a service-related disability
Obtaining your Certificate of Eligibility
All recipients of a VA Loan must first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), a formal document that explains what VA entitlement you possess, through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Not to worry, however, your Veterans United Loan Specialist can help you secure your COE, usually within a matter of minutes. You do not need your Certificate of Eligibility in hand to start the loan process with Veterans United.
VA Loan applicants may also obtain their Certificate of Eligibility themselves by filling out a Certificate of Eligibility Request Form (VA Form 261880). The form can be downloaded through the Veterans Administrations site and mailed directly to the VA.
Additional Eligibility Requirements
Although the VA determines the guidelines for those who are eligible for the VA Loan benefit, private lenders who finance the home purchases have an additional set of criteria a potential borrower must satisfy, including debt, income and credit requirements
When you apply for a VA Loan, your VA mortgage specialist from Veterans United will pull your credit score from the three leading credit agencies, as well as examine your debt-to-income ratio.
Finally, a veteran applying for a VA Loan must not have been discharged under dishonorable conditions.
Questions about whether you qualify?
Our VA Loan specialists are available 24/7 to answer any questions you have about the VA Loan Program. Give us a call at 800-884-5560.
Learn about the many advantages of the VA Loan in our next section.
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